Friday, September 15, 2017

BoomWriter Goes Global

BoomWriter is going global, officially!

Regular readers of this site are undoubtedly familiar with and know I’m a big fan of BoomWriter.  It’s a free site that lets teachers conduct collaborative fiction, nonfiction, and vocabulary-focused writing activities with their students.

Not only is BoomWriter a Google for Education Partner with a presence in tens of thousands of classrooms, they just announced they are now officially expanding their reach overseas by establishing a partnership with U.K. based Learning Technologies.  Learning Technologies promotes strategic partnerships with schools, academies and other educational institutions throughout the U.K. and have received accolades in the Services and Support category from the London-based BETT Awards. 

Gavin Hawkings, Head of Learning Technologies is thrilled with the partnership stating, “What we are seeing on our own and hearing directly from the teachers regarding students’ engagement levels while writing on BoomWriter has been immensely positive, and we’re excited to play a role in delivering this experience to many more classrooms throughout the U.K. in the future.”

The partnership kicked off last spring in the City of Wolverhampton, U.K. with BoomWriter facilitating a ‘Writing Bee’ type experience to the students collaboratively generating content centered around the district’s anti-bullying social curriculum that was being implemented.

According to Chris Twyman, CEO of BoomWriter, this collaboration won’t be limited to just BoomWriter and Learning Technologies.  “We’re thrilled by the growth this relationship will undoubtedly deliver, but what is equally exciting is the prospect of transatlantic collaborative writing events that’s sure to follow between U.S. and U.K. based classrooms using BoomWriter.”

Students in different countries working together to generate and publish original content sounds like a tremendous use of educational technology.  Go BoomWriter!

For more information from their press release and collaboration w/ Wolverhampton click here.

I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter by clicking here!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Easyblog

Easyblog is a simple way for students to blog and create digital portfolios to share w/ parents.  Best of all is the teacher portal that allows educators to create a class blog and add students.  Educators can then send a secure subscription link to parents.  These blogs can include, text, videos, photos, and more and is a great way to keep parents informed.  Best of all are the security features that lets educators moderate student posts, view comments, and protect student profiles.  There is even a free mobile app called ClassPack for users to download.

Below is a demo video...



I highly recommend checking out Easyblog by clicking here!!!

For a more detailed review click here.

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is a excellent learning tool that educators are using in a wide variety of ways in their classrooms.  STB is being used as a graphic organizer, for creating storyboards, digital storytelling, project based learning, and much much more.  Also, STB has lots of educational resources for teachers and templates to make it easy to integrate STB into the classroom.

New Features

  • New Content: We now have teacher guides for French, Health, Science, and a brand new concept called Illustrated Guides. These guides include Shakespeare Plays,Literary Elements, Famous People,Innovations & Myths!
  • Advanced Cropping: Now you can crop in a circle, and many other shapes with advanced cropping. 
  • Smart Scenes: We introduced Smart Scenes last year. Now all of our scenes can be edited and layered. Click "Edit Scene" after you drag it into the Storyboard Creator.
  • New Characters: We now have over 700 characters. 
  • New Teacher Dashboard: We will be launching a new dashboard very shortly. We hope you love it!
New Resources


Blog

Teacher Guides
  
Illustrated Guides

I highly recommend checking out Storyboard That by clicking here!!!

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    Solvemoji

    Solvemoji is a fun site for students who like Math-style brainteasers and puzzles.  These emoji puzzles come in 5 different difficult levels and the goal is to get as many puzzles correct to get the highest score.  The way Solvemoji works is to guess the number value of the emojis in each row and correctly work out the bottom row sum.

    I highly recommend checking out Solvemoji by clicking here!!!
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    EDpuzzle

    EDpuzzle the amazing simple to use site that educators everywhere are using to "flip" a classroom and differentiate instruction has recently release their "online" curriculum for teachers.  Educators can now access all video-lessons and questions for the whole school year and search for them by subject or grade level.  This is a great way to easily gage student learning in a wide range of subjects and save educators a bunch of time.

    New mobile (iOS/Android) Updates

    • revamped player design - cleaner, faster, and sleek
    • improved security and privacy
    • new progress page features


    Below is a brief demo video...



    For iOS click here.
    For Android click here.

    I highly recommend checking out EDpuzzle by clicking here!!!

    *EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

    TenMarks Writing

    TenMarks Writing is the new Writing platform from Amazon designed for grades 4th-8th.  This online curriculum is the ultimate resource for educators looking for: lesson plans, worksheets, graphic organizers, professional development, and more.  Also, they have short interactive exercise called "TenMarks Bursts" where students can create dialogue between characters or comment on images.

    I highly recommend checking out TenMarks Writing by clicking here!!!

    Buncee Boards

    Buncee Boards is the latest feature that lets users share, view, collaborate, and "review" in a new and innovative fun way.  Buncee Boards makes it super easy for students/educators to rate/review buncees by adding a comment or a fun buncee emoticon.  Also, users can share a buncee via unique URL, edit the title, and even set permissions on who can view can view/edit/post/copy a already existing buncee.

    For more information on Buncee Boards and 10 ways to use Buncee Boards in the classroom click here!!!

    Below is a brief demo...



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