TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. By the way--got a favorite S’Cool Tool you like to use? We would love to hear and share your recommendations! If you’ve got a tool that makes you or your students sing from the proverbial mountaintops, fill out this form to let us know. It might just get featured!
Our tools of the week are:
Free! Can’t get enough S’Cool Tools for your classroom? Head on over to We Are Teachers and check out lesson plans on topics from financial literacy to social emotional learning. Plus, they’ve got information on grants and contests to win funding for your classroom. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Free! Looking for multimedia quizzes and games that have to do with your specific lesson plans? Available on iPad and Android, TinyTap allows you to create your own, by uploading pictures and adding text and voice recordings. Try using the voice feature to narrate a flowchart or timeline!
Free! What do students do after school in Taiwan? Is that different from students in Silicon Valley? Do students in big cities spend more or less time on homework? The BigDayta Project is compiling information about what students do in every hour in a normal school day. Check out the team’s findings to give your students real-world applications for topics from math (What’s the mean bedtime?) to social studies (How do timelines differ by continent?), or get in touch with educators across the world to share your stories and find penpals.
Freemium: When student Sheryl couldn’t afford to go on her after-school program’s annual trip to amusement park Magic Mountain, she proposed an alternative: Could she earn the trip through mentoring, or completing educational software? That’s the start behind Team(You), an online incentive system that teaches students about financial responsibility through earning and spending points. Try the trial version free for two weeks.