Study Island

study_island_logo I’ve had the opportunity to look at this program that is owned by Edmentum called Study Island. Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 9.12.21 AM http://www.studyisland.com/tour The beauty that I find in this program is the Online Standards Mastery Program. This simple tool is aligned and specifically written to the Florida FCAT and Common Core standards, presented in an online test-like fashion. Although the school that I teach at doesn’t apply to these standards as we are a private college preparatory school, we have the ability to create customized test for our various classes.  This allows us to create placements exams for new students as well as create practice exams for students in a majority of our classes even the AP classes. Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 9.10.20 AM Another key point about this program is that a school is able to not only track their curriculum standards but also get real-time results and track students, teachers and the school as a whole in terms of data. This really helps the school to get a “picture” of how they are doing as well as their students. Being able to specifically design this to fit the needs of our school and have the data and information to track the curriculum as well as the progress of the teachers and students is an asset to any school.

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Kahoot

Are you looking for a way to engage the students in your classroom?

Or possible engage the people who are attending a presentation you’re giving…

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Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system that can be used at schools or businesses.

I introduced this response system to the teachers at my school and they loved using it with their students, either as an interactive way to quiz the reading for the night before or also as a way to see how well student know the content prior to a quiz or testing.

Simply go to

https://getkahoot.com

and sign up for an account.

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Forget Coding, Let’s Change Up How We Teach Math! – The Edublogger

screen-shot-2013-12-09-at-4-22-15-pmForget Coding, Let’s Change Up How We Teach Math! – The Edublogger.

Myo

This is probably one of the items I’m really itching to get my hands on this coming year. All the possibilities that I can see myself using it for both at home as well as in the classroom. Seeing the potential with our robotics class as well as use with the GoPro’s on campus and the additional uses in the STEM classes… I’m excited at the various ideas that have been discussed using this device.

The Myo gesture and motion control armband lets you use the movements of your hands to effortlessly control your phone, computer, and so much more.

Myo armband senses gesture and motion control to seamlessly interpret what your hands and fingers are doing, and transmits that information over Bluetooth to communicate with your favourite digital devices.

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Sony QX100

Looking to take your smartphone photos to the next level? Sony has 2 different lenses that you can use seamlessly with your smartphone.

http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-gb/products/ec8t/#features

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Want a camera with true professional performance? Try your phone with the QX100. It has a large 1.0-type 20.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor for precision detail and low light shooting. And with F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optics, you have complete control to create beautiful background defocusing effects.

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Take impressive photos with your smartphone

The DSC-QX100 empowers your smartphone to take photos and videos of exceptional quality with beautiful defocusing and extremely low noise, even in dark environments. Compact and lightweight, it delivers sophisticated performance usually reserved for high-end cameras.

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The freedom to zoom and shoot in the dark

The DSC-QX10 overcomes the image shooting limitations of smartphones. You can zoom to your heart’s content with up to 10x optical zoom, as well as clearly capture subjects in dark conditions with extremely low noise

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TED-Ed

I’m pretty sure everyone out there has watched a TED talk or two and really enjoyed them.. the beauty of TED-Ed is that you’re able to build a lesson around a TED talk, YouTube video or TED-Ed original.

What is TedEd?

http://ed.ted.com

When you make these TED-Ed lesson you’re able to search from various categories or even create you own lesson.

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You’re able to create any lesson based on your subject of choice. There are so many resources on how to create your own lesson that this site is a great tool to get students into a discussion on topics.Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 8.11.21 PM