S'Cool Tools of the Week: Edulastic, Zaption, BrightLoop, Zulama

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S'Cool Tools of the Week: Edulastic, Zaption, BrightLoop, Zulama

Sep 14, 2014

S'COOL TOOLS IN SOCAL: In celebration of our Los Angeles Tech for Schools Summit, here are some of the wonderful tools that graced the City of Angels with their presence this past Saturday.

Free! Want to track your students' progress towards Common Core standards? Edulastic lets you tailor assessments to your classroom, creating your own questions or drawing from thousands of standards-aligned options created by other teachers. Reports help you identify struggling students so you can offer them personalized extra help with in-class assignments crafted from Edulastic’s questions.

Freemium: Zaption brings interactive video into your class by enabling you to add images, text, quizzes and discussions to your own videos, as well as those from YouTube and Vimeo. You can add a quiz at the end of your video, or start up a student discussion around a cool find from YouTube. The $79/year premium account allows you to integrate Zaption with your LMS and access additional features, like student groups and shared lesson ownership.

Freemium: Looking to share student progress with families this year? BrightLoop enables teachers to create individual learner timelines from student work and interactions, to share information from the timelines in reports with families, and to plan out the class day with a handy scheduling tool.

License: Is your school looking to enhance its arts, design or programming curriculum? Zulama offers online courses around 21st century skills, including game design and 3D modeling, with a focus on games and project-based learning. Each class is 14-15 weeks long and geared towards middle and high school students. Unlimited courses from Zulama cost $5,000 per school for the first year with pricing determined by school size afterwards.

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