Cool Tool | Twig Science Videos

CREDIT Twig Science VideosNow this is science done right. As an educator, you can truly bring science to life with more than 600 real-world, engaging science videos. These three-minute videos combine rigorous research with concise scripts and utterly stunning visuals. The result is an inspiring introduction or complement to classroom teaching. These videos have so much potential to amp up student interest with colorful footage, inventive illustrations, and intriguing, easy-to-follow story lines. Yes, the videos enhance interest — but more importantly,  understanding. These content-rich videos are organized by topic, so they’re easy to access. Each one is designed to align with science content you’re presenting, making it easy to work into your lesson plan. Each one offers supporting learning materials and quizzes that further develop and assess student comprehension. Choose from hundreds of videos across key science subject areas including Biology, Chemistry
, Earth Science
, and Physics. Learn more.

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | SpringBoard Digital

CREDIT SpringBoard DigitalHere’s a College and Career Readiness English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum that is comprehensive, highly interactive, and accessible on any device: desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and interactive whiteboard- 24/7. SpringBoard Digital is student centered, making instruction come alive through innovative technology. Teachers use the Digital Toolbox to plan and personalize lessons, pinpoint Common Core standards, track student progress and communicate with students. Teachers are empowered to differentiate and manage instruction easily with editable lesson plans, pacing calendars, and curriculum maps. Students have customizable features, too. In addition to resources like definitions and glossary of terms, students can mark up their electronic books, add sticky notes, post questions, reactions or comments. They can annotate, highlight, add markers, “draw”, and upload photos and videos. Students are provided with a variety of learning strategies that support collaboration and best practices. In mathematics, they have access to digital tools, virtual manipulatives, and visual models. Students and teachers connect through a student’s personal notebook where teachers can respond, motivate and suggest helpful resources in a private, personal way. All this interactivity helps teachers encourage their students to dig deeper and learn more with the high-rigor SpringBoard curriculum. Worth a good look.

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education

CREDIT Samsung tabletIn May 2014, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy Tab 4 Education – Samsung’s first tablet specifically developed to support scalable one-to-one learning programs. It is designed to address the unique needs of K-12 classrooms, specifically durability, manageability and access to digital learning resources. Bundled with a protective case and featuring Corning Gorilla Glass, it’s ready for rugged classroom use. With a web-based console, IT administrators can manage and update a whole fleet of devices. It also includes NFC technology, making it easy to set up devices with just a few taps. Through integration with Google Play for Education, it gives educators access to a wide selection of teacher-approved apps, books and videos, helping them deliver more engaging and personalized learning. Acquiring content is easy too, thanks to easy-to-manage purchase orders. Also convenient: students can do more at once with Samsung’s MultiWindow feature that allows users to have two apps open side-by-side. The device offers up to 10 hours of battery life (not bad) and features rear- and front-facing cameras so students can capture images and collaborate with peers through video web chats. Check out more about it and their classroom in a box solution here.

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | PathSource

CREDIT PathSourceThese guys would like to be known as America’s premier career navigation platform. How are they succeeding? PathSource is taking a proven set of career exploration tools, refined through work with some of America’s largest school districts, and offering them for free through a unique career exploration app. The company currently has offices in the US and China, has raised venture capital and wants to disrupt the way young Americans land jobs. For the past two years, PathSource has worked with the Chicago Public Schools, the San Francisco Unified School District and other large districts across the country. Last October, the company rolled out one of the only apps out there that connects careers, education, lifestyle and budget. The PathSource library of 2,600 informational interviews on video are a core component of their approach — they are divided by interest and goals, allowing the user to filter through different fields and attitudes. Their extensive career database then allows the student to scrutinize a position or profession by education requirements, physical and mental demands, salaries, even job locations, and connects these choices to lifestyle choices and budget. This first-of-its-kind app guides young people to the proper career path in a few minutes — instead of a few years. Learn more.

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | ePals Experiences

CREDIT ePals Experiences flagHow do the traits of hummingbirds, geckos, and other animals help scientists design robots? What can bird’s nest soup tell you about Chinese culture? How do images, color and text work together to communicate ideas that can change the world? These are just a few examples of the high-interest, Experiences, or explorations, that students can work on collaboratively with peers in Afghanistan, Greece, Iceland, India, Italy and other countries around the world through the free ePals Global Community. A division of Cricket Media, ePals connects millions of students and teachers across 200 countries to reinforce culture, language, and subject-based learning. ePals Experiences “are designed to inspire, challenge and empower kids by opening their minds to new understandings and points of view,” says  Cricket Media CEO, Katya Andresen. “When they collaborate on language learning or other activities with peers in places like Thailand or Argentina, these personal connections foster the global awareness and empathy called for in the 21st century.” Check it out.

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment