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! TIME Edge offers current events articles that you can use to help your students develop close reading nonfiction skills. Designed for seventh and eighth grade social studies classrooms, the site offers versions of articles in Spanish, on audio, and at different reading levels. Plus, access over 90 years of historical primary sources through the TIME archives. TIME Edge is free until July 1; find out more about different pricing plans.
FREE! Know any students who love gaming? Using Roblox, those developers-in-training can create game worlds by coding. Users can explore games, from "Apocalypse Rising" to "Sword Fighting Tournament," created by thousands of other users, and create their very own. (Hey, they might even make some serious cashdoing it.) Available on browsers, the App Store, and Google Play. Users under 13 need parental permission.
FREE! Teach your kids about current events and math with YummyMath, which provides exercises based on news happening in the world today. Search by math skill or chronological events to find activities like calculating the possible dates on which Memorial Day could fall or predicting the profits of "The Avengers 2" based on opening weekend sales.
FREEMIUM! After standardized tests and AP exams, it's no wonder your students are sick of worksheets and study guides. But Listen Current offers public radio stories that keep students learning by listening to current events, as well as ELA, science, and social studies themed pieces. Access the radio stories for free, or contact Listen Current to upgrade for student accounts, lesson plans and class activities.