TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): Ding ding! We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. Our fave S'Cool Tools are:
*Free! Who better to tell you about new edtech products than a fellow educator? (Oh, and EdSurge, too.) On his blog, Educational Technology Guru David Andrade posts reviews and suggestions of products that he’s experienced as Chief Information Officer for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut. And here at EdSurge, he’s got some handy tips for backing up data. Don’t lose it!
*Free! Tired of hearing students (or your kids) groan that old “I’m bored” refrain? Check out Pinterest Guided Search, available on iPhone, iPad and Android. For summer activity inspirations, try filtering by tags such as “outdoor,” “Spanish,” or “2nd grade.” A bit of homemade gak or ice chalk ought to keep them busy.
*License: We know how much work it can be to make sure that each of your individual students is well-prepared for Common Core testing. Built by teachers trained in the Common Core curriculum, Practutor allows teachers, administrators, and parents to monitor how a student is progressing according to his or her results, and tailor the open-ended, interactive, concept-based questions to his or her need. Prices start at $29.95/student, with more pricing options for classrooms and districts.