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! Tracking the references to piety and fate in Virgil’s Aeneid can be tricky, whether or not your students know Latin. Brought to you by the founding editor of Sparknotes, LitCharts hopes to make more than 200 great works of literature, from Anna Karenina to 1984, more accessible through its interactive data visualizations which visually track themes, symbols and plots in a story. For now, you can use the content with signing-in.
Free! Families make a huge difference in the success of your students—which is why it’s so important to understand their concerns about education. In the Family-School Relationships Survey from Panorama and the Harvard School of Education, educators can read questions and use them to gather feedback about parent attitudes on what prevents them from getting more involved at their child’s school, a classroom’s social environment, and more.
Free! Kevin Hodgson’s sixth graders had some fun after finishing standardized tests by creating Para Para animations. From Mozilla Japan, the site allows users to collaborate on stopmotion animation creations.
Free! Students enrolled in an accredited high school or college (and 13 or older) can move beyond coding basics with Xamarin. The site, which enables developers to write cross-platform apps for iOS, Android and Windows, has free access to its C# database for students, including support around debugging and app-building from its Visual Studio.