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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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

Sphero

The beauty of this little gadget is that not only does it supply hours of various gaming, it also includes augmented reality. Check out their website for more information as well as additional information on the games that are available.

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What is Sphero?

Coming Soon…

Sphero 2B takes on a new form factor, drives like it’s from the future, comes with interchangeable parts like tires and hubcaps for different terrain, and will launch with accessories for advanced gameplay. Powered with AI Superdrive capabilities, 2B is unreasonably fast and maneuverable. With only two points of contact, 2B can turn on a dime, launch off steep inclines, and tumble unlike anything you’ve seen.

Sphero 2B is also made for open play and is designed to inspire future inventors like Sphero’s young co-founders. And just like Sphero Original, Sphero 2B offers awesome new ways to play. Not just with its driving, programming, and multiplayer apps, but also by inspiring imagination through a robot that is completely programmable. We’re even working to have built-in infrared technology that will offer interactive and multiplayer gameplay.

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