Cool Tool | DeskBoard from Boxlight

CREDIT DeskBoard from BoxlightHere’s a portable, height- and tilt-adjustable desk surface made interactive via an attached ultra-short throw interactive projector. It’s called the DeskBoard, ideal for schools that need mobile, customized interactivity as it can be used as an interactive screen or desk teachers and students can raise, lower, tilt, and move from classroom to classroom. The instructor can adjust and accommodate students interacting both at the screen and in a desktop environment; it’s flexible, mobile and a great collaboration tool. Horizontally, it’s an interactive group work surface. Vertically, it makes for a great flat panel. Either way, it helps bring engagement and collaboration to a higher level. Bundled with the P10 interactive projector, you gain 10 independent finger touch points and a completely touch-activated work surface for one or many students at a time. The P10 has amazingly sharp and bright images and exceptionally fast touch response times. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | AVerCharge C30i

CREDIT AVerCharge C30iC30i is a small-footprint charging solution packed with features to safely secure and efficiently charge devices. The sleek and compact charging cart can comfortably support 30 laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets with its spacious slot width design. It also provides intelligent charging meaning that it has the ability to automatically shut off—once devices are fully charged—and can thereby help conserve energy consumption and prevent any circuit overload. Slide-out shelves and individual AC adapter compartments provide users easy device access and management. All combined, these features make it an effective device management tool for any classroom. There’s an all-inclusive warranty program and great customer service provided with the product. The team behind this product goes beyond the minimum to assure customers are getting the IT support they need through extensive web support with U.S.-based live chat, e-mail, and phone services. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | MasteryConnect

CREDIT MasteryConnect Mastery TrackerA market leader in competency-based learning for K-12, this platform empowers teachers in their move to mastery learning helping them to more easily identify student levels of understanding in real time against any set of standards. It targets students for intervention and enrichment, and drives instruction with real-time data — and all of this, to personalize learning and fuel student learning outcomes. It’s MasteryConnect, and the heart of the learning platform lies in what’s called Mastery Tracker. “Trackers” provide an intuitive, visual way to track student mastery of standards, while providing robust features such as curriculum mapping and standards-aligned item banks, to make planning, measuring, and reporting simpler. As part of the MasteryConnect platform, Socrative is an intra-instruction tool that provides a way for teachers to administer formative assessments in the moment. MasteryConnect supports teachers via its cloud-based platform, including, as well as through numerous apps on all web-enabled devices. The company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | Evaluate from Catapult Learning

CREDIT Catapult Learning EvaluateCatapult Learning’s Evaluate™ system is a robust next-gen assessment tool. Through a combination of web-based formative reading and math assessments and superior reporting and analysis tools, Evaluate engages students in their own learning, guides teachers as they target instruction, and allows administrators to identify instructional areas in need of additional resources and support. Formerly a tool for grades 2-12, it has now added an interface appropriate for emergent readers in K-1st grade. The tablet- and touch-screen-compatible system features a simple, intuitive platform with a graphical log-in process, rich graphical multiple choice items, and human-voice-recorded audio prompts to enhance comprehension. Teachers and leaders have access to frequent and fast actionable reports and real-time feedback that yield immediate academic impact. The Evaluate team is always on the cutting edge, adding improvements and features to keep the system ahead of the pack. Learn more.

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Cool Tool | Illuminate DnA

CREDIT Illuminate Ed DnAThere’s no question that looking at data helps inform instructional practice. But, too often, the data teachers need is either too difficult to collect and access—or too overwhelming to interpret effectively. Illuminate Education’s Data and Assessment (DnA) system was built from an educator perspective featuring tools making the data actionable so that teachers can spend more time instructing and less time data mining.

  • Formative and summative assessments can be developed and administered online/on paper with instant reporting.
  • Assessment data and assignments can be collected and calculated in either a points-based gradebook or standards-based gradebook that can feed directly into report cards.
  • A powerful custom reporting engine gives users access to assessment and demographic data to not only inform instruction, but to also look at the whole child including social emotional data and perception data.
  • Early warning system tools are available to identify students for intervention and monitored over time utilizing the RtI/MTSS module.
  • Blending learning and flipped classroom is supported through built-in wrap around instructional services in the portal where students receive immediate feedback on their performance, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and have access to standards-based instructional resources to remediate and accelerate student learning.

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