Adaptive Curriculum’s Uzinggo can turn any place at home into a classroom for math and science tutoring or enrichment. The online learning system features interactive elements, games and motivational tools for students between fifth and 12th grades for a variety of math and science courses. Along the way, parents and teachers can look in and see the student’s progress. The service costs $10 a month for each curriculum, $15 a month for both or $750 per year for a class license.
Smart’s emerging amp online collaboration space not only can work with just about any computer, from Androids to desktop PCs, but will include a wide variety of classroom software and services. The first dozen amp-ready apps include Adaptive Curriculum, Conceptua Math, Green Light Learning Tools and Zondle. It all starts this spring.
To just about every teacher and administrator, the future of education is online and SoftChalk Cloud has been designed to let you integrate it much more easily in the classroom. The new offering not only allows just about any computer to work with the material, but it adds the ability to manage your school’s educational material as well as share it among teachers and students. You can create your own lessons with multimedia elements, interactivity and assessments and save them directly to online folders. There are online seminars on the produce on January 7, 2014 at noon (eastern time), January 22 and 1PM (ET) and February 3 at 2:00 PM (ET).
2014 is here and you’ll need a new calendar to plan out lessons, track assignments and generally plan for the upcoming year. My favorite is Calendar Labs, which has a nice assortment of free downloadable and printable calendar formats. In addition to photo and astrology calendars, there are excellent school calendars that work in Excel, Word and Google Docs. There are even tools for creating a customized school calendar in Acrobat format that includes holidays, half-days as well as teacher development days, perfect for distributing to teachers, kids and parents.
Quality worksheets and take-home work don’t grow on trees and Teacher’s Pet is a reliable source of free assignments on everything from grammar and spelling to pronunciation and vocabulary. The catalog is not only deep but each sheet is editable so it can accommodate a full day of teaching to different classes. It all starts with downloading the free Teacher’s Pet app, which gives access to fill-ins, multiple choice and a variety of exercises. There are versions that integrate with Word and Open Office and you’ll need to enable Macros for the sheets to work., Be warned, some of the activities (like the crossword puzzle and bingo game card maker programs) cost $16 each.
Ever want to use Windows software on an inexpensive Chromebook? Stoneware’s WebNetwork does all the heavy lifting to run the software. The service is not only secure, but includes remote file access and a single sign-on for all services. But, by far, its biggest plus for teaching is that it works just as well as a Chromebook as a regular old Windows computer.
When it comes to a school’s bookkeeping, every penny counts, and the Active Network’s School Books can track everything from fundraising and fees to online registration and auditing tools. The Web-based software can not only house the school’s general ledger and bank account balances but print receipts while dealing with vendors suppliers.
The National Zoo, Smithsonian Education Center and Filament Games have teamed up to bring thousands of kids to the zoo, all without leaving the classroom. Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp is a free iPad app that’s aimed at early learners and lets them explore vocabulary through investigating exotic animals. As students master the words involved, they are given a coloring page to fill in to reinforce the lesson.
Teaching young children about art doesn’t have to start with finger painting because Crayola’s Photo Mix & Mash can help them with perspective and placement by making art from digital photos. The pictures can be cut, stamped, transformed and placed onto a variety of backgrounds. The $20 kit comes with a digital pen and stamper and works with iPads and Windows 8 tablets.
Aspex’s AppliTracks goal of doing away with paper from hiring and maintaining employees got a step closer to reality with the platform’s new mobile interface. In addition to three dashboards, which show the most important information for open jobs, employees and applicants. The software works with all platforms and shows real-time data as well as the ability to link to other programs. It’s available and free for current users.