September 29, 2014 | Posted At: 06:19 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Regardless of whether it’s for connecting a classroom with a sick child, to talk to a parent remotely or to watch a virtual field trip, video conferencing is taking hold in most schools. Lifesize lets you do it without any extra hardware because all you need is a PC, Mac, iPad or Android device and a good Internet connection. The system lets you log-on, talk and see other participants in high definition video without expensive hardware or busting the budget. The company’s package of 25 licenses can be extended to 625 actual users, more than enough for the typical elementary or middle school. At $7,500, it adds up to about a dollar a month per user. You can set up a remote demo of the system or try it out for two-weeks for free.
August 14, 2014 | Posted At: 08:46 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
This fall, look for the arrival of TCI’s Bring Science Alive series of science lessons. Purchased by subscription, the service is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and will cover Kindergarten through 5th grade curriculum. The class gets interactive lessons, assessments and a full digital textbook that’s delivered over the Internet to a browser window so just about any computer can be used.
August 12, 2014 | Posted At: 06:44 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
With Tynker, kids of all ages can use their tablets to create vivid and creative programs, from games and interactive stories to puzzles and even some educational titles. There are free versions for Android and the iPad, but the $4.99 Premium versions add game building features. There are tutorials available for $50.