Saturday, January 21, 2017

Towerstorm

TowerStorm is a fantastic free iOS app/broswer based game for Game Based Learning in the subjects of Math and Literacy. As w/ any game created by the award winning company DimensionU, this game takes place in a multiplayer 3D virtual world.  Players can create their avatar and unlock special power ups as they immerse themselves in a fun 3D world while solving problems in Math/Literacy aligned to Common Core Standards.  Best of all, the game tracks a players score and generates detail reports as well as lets a player customize and select what problems they want to encounter (i.e. Algebra, Vocabulary, etc.).  Also, TowerStorm has high replay value as each game lasts only 5 minutes and has students trying to answer as many questions correct as they can while trying t
o score points by changing the color of rings on the Tower.

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

For more DimensionU games click here.

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.
To find TowerStorm on Edshelf click here.



* DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Bouncy Balls

Bouncy Balls is a neat little site I just found out about from the great blog, Teachbytes.  This is a fun site that uses the computer's microphone to monitor sound levels.  The greater the sound the more the balls bounce around the screen.  This could be a great and fun visual way to monitor classroom noise levels and show students that they are being to loud.

I recommend checking out Bouncy Balls by clicking here!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

RoomRecess Hangman

RoomRecess's Hangman is an excellent online game for those working on LA or Spelling skills.  This is a 1 or 2 player game that focuses on different parts of Speech such as: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more, while incorporating Spelling skills.  This is a super fun age-old game where students select letters and try to solve the word before breaking all their pencils (10 chances).

I highly recommend checking out RoomRecess's Hangman by clicking here!!!

For other educational games by RoomRecess click here.


Pindex

Pindex is an interesting new site for educational videos/courses.  It is very similar to Pinterest where a user can "pin" a image or video, w/ some nice sharing options.  However, there is a nice feature that awards digital badges for users who complete a "course" on a given topic.

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

Pear Deck

Pear Deck is a cool educational tool that interacts w/ Google Chrome (extensions) or Google Drive to create interactive quizzes/slides/presentations.  The way this works is an educator creates a dynamic deck/slide w/ or w/out multiple choice questions, then has students join the sessions via their Google in Education domain or Chrome extension.  Then the teacher can ask questions and have students respond to them on their own devices.  This is ideal for Differentiating Instruction and assessing students in real-time.

I highly recommend checking out Pear Deck by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Differentiated Instruction click here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Class Compete

Class Compete is a fantastic Game Base Learning and Assessment system that educators are using to help boost student's test scores and eliminate test anxiety.  Class Compete works on any mobile device (iOS, Android, etc.) and follows the familiar "running/racing" game formula.  Students will answer questions from any subject as they race against opponents to try an win.  Educators can even create their own content and best of all assess student progress through detailed reports.  This makes it easy to differentiate instruction and even works for Blended Learning or the "Flipped" classroom model.  Finally, there is even a parent portal where parents can track their child's pro
gress and engage in their learning.

I highly recommend checking out Class Compete by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo video...



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

ClassDojo Student Stories

ClassDojo the widely used (free) tool for behavior management and communication for education now offers Student Stories. Student Stories is a new way for students to create digital portfolios and share them w/ others.

More info from their press release...

  • Students take the lead - students can share and celebrate their learning by snapping photos of projects, taking videos of presentations, and writing reflections.
  • Work is shared, not stored away  - rather than being stashed in desks or stored in boxes, work is shared instantly w/ parents sparking hours of conversations at home.
  • All communication in one place - parents, teachers, students, and school leaders on ClassDojo can now use it for all communication between home and school.
  • Perfect for shared device classrooms - no need for every student to have their own device; Student Stories can be used on one device shared by all students in the classroom.
  • Closed platform creates a safe space for sharing - a student's Story can only be seen by the teacher, and that student's parents.
I highly recommend checking out Student Stories by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.