Performance Matters makes creating and tracking a child’s Student Learning Objectives (SLO) easier with comprehensive monitoring that consolidates all the important data. After Creating the SLO plan and method of scoring, all a teacher has to do is check over the Administration screen, which not only has a place for every student, but shows all test scores as well as whether they are meeting the improvement criteria. At any time, the objectives can be adjusted, but this action leaves an audit trail.
If you liked the first generation of Socrative’s online lessons, you’re really going to love the second generation. After registering, teachers can set up a quiz, ask a quick question, assess the depth of their understanding with three questions or use the Space Race section, which is as much a video game as school test. Students answer the questions and teachers get instant feedback on their progress. The upgrade is free and automatic with classes using the same log in and password details.
We all know that parental input, encouragement and even the occasional reprimand helps students learn at school, but NBC has put together a Parental Toolkit. It has a good group of ideas, services and tools for getting a child from K through 12. It’s part of the network’s Education Nation programming, was put together by Pearson and includes videos, advice and growth charts for handicapping a child’s learning.
Despite their versatility and use of inexpensive lamps, the one thing that Epson projectors lacked was a comprehensive collection of multimedia educational material. That is until now because the company’s interactive projectors can now be ordered with Smart’s Notebook software and access to their online library of more than 65,000 teaching resources. The software is available now for $250.
Open Educational Resources, or OER content, is the direction the world is going, and Net Texts has a new set of courses for 6-through 12-th grades that make paper textbooks a thing of the past. The curriculum is multimedia heavy, has 40 courses already set up and covers math, science, social studies, and English classes for grades 6-12. The material can be used in Android tablets, iPads and regular classroom computers.
Smart’s amp collaborative learning software is for any teacher who has struggled to get a digital lesson onto a computer and the big screen. The service should be available early next year and uses online resources to ease the way to digital teaching. Browser-based, amp works with just about any device that can get to the Internet and could actually end up as the Lingua Franca of education.
ThinkWave 3 may not have everything to keep a school running, but it excels at keeping class lists, grades can be used with just about any computer, from a PC and Mac to an iPad. In addition to a flexible grade book and ability to post grades online or parents, the service can host a school-wide blog and provide an online place for homework to be turned in with up to 2GB of storage space. It’s free for 30-days and then costs $2,000 a year for a school with 250 students
To appeal to a generation of gamers and thumb-texters, you need to use every interactive trick in the book. Apex Learning’s iOS app has a slew of new material that comes across to kids as play but the tutorials incorporate Common Core standards for grades 9 through 12 for everything from Algebra I and II, Geometry and Math I, II and III to English for all the grades covered.
What’s the best way to get kids to creatively think through a story and then write it? Make them think they’re creating a comic book. And, that’s exactly what the appropriately named Kblam! app does. Kids start with an idea and a slew of images that they can arrange, add speech bubbles and arrange into a coherent narrative. There are several layouts, caption styles and lots of comic book effects available to use. When done it can be shared directly or via a social network. The app costs 99 cents and works with everything from a simple strip to a full comic book. It can be used on iPhones, iPads and recent iPods Touch models that have iOS 6 or newer but not Android systems.
If the multiple ways to access Netatmo’s indoor-outdoor weather station weren’t enough, the company has just released an Android Widget. The app lets you put the weather info front and center on a tablet or phone’s main screen so it’s available at a glance. All you need to do is update the Netatmo app and it’s there.