Monday, March 31, 2014

Door 24

Door 24 is an excellent iPad app for basic Math skills, number sense, and Algebraic thinking.  This innovative game has students using computational fluency to solve a number of equations in 6 different levels as they try to help fix Victor the robots circuits and solve the mystery behind Door 24.      This game is designed for grades 4th-8th, aligned to Common Core Standards, and has a high replay value w/ their unique reward system.

I highly recommend checking out Door 24 by clicking here!!!

TwistedWave

TwistedWave is a neat little online audio editor that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This new (beta) site allows for users to upload or record an audio file and then edit it.  Also, TW integrates w/ SoundCloud and Google Drive to make for easy uploading/exporting.  Editing options include the ability to cut, fade in/out, adjust pitch, and more making it a rather robust online tool.

I highly recommend checking TwistedWave by clicking here!!!

Tangram Chess

Tangram Chess is an excellent iOS game from the creator of MathFileFolderGames.  This is a multiplayer game that has students trying to move shapes using: rotations, translations, and reflections across a chess board.  The player to move their shape to the other side of the board first wins.  Best of all, as w/ most MFFG this app is bluetooth enabled which means that two players can play on multiple devices.

I highly recommend checking out Tangram Chess by clicking here!!!

For more MathFileFolderGames click here.

*MathFileFolderGames is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DimensionU

DimensionU is one of the best companies around for Game Based Learning.  This is an excellent site for educators wanting to use GBL in the subjects of Math and Literacy.  These games are designed for grades 3rd-9th and are aligned to Common Core Standards.  DU uses four different innovative games that immerse a player in a 3D virtual environment.

Below is a list of the games...


Meltdown is the DimensionU game that
offers students a second chance when
answering difficult questions, and rewards
creative strategies to achieve victory.

Swarm is DimensionU's team-based game
that most strongly reinforces cooperation
and collaboration between students to
achieve a common goal.

Towerstorm is the DimensionU game
that is best for working through the most
curriculum in the shortest amount of time.


Velocity is DimensionU's high-speed obstacle
course that ensures players answer
questions correctly in order to continue
progressing through the race.

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

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Game Based Learning click here.

*DimensionU is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Level It Books

Level It Books is an excellent iOS app that teachers everywhere are using to scan a book and get a Reading Level.  This is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to easily find out if a book is the appropriate Reading Level for their student/child.  Best of all a educator can use this to track their students and their Reading Levels, keep a digital library of class books, and even create wish lists (think Amazon).  Also, there are lots of other features such as manually searching for books, a book of the day, and more.

I highly recommend checking out Level It Books by clicking here!!!

*Level It Books is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

iPracticeMath

iPracticeMath is an excellent all-in-one resource for all things Math.  This is a great place where educators/students can find: problem walk-throughs, games, worksheets, and more.  Also, it doesn't matter what topic of Math is being covered, iPracticeMath has it all (i.e. fractions, division, decimals, etc.) it's perfect for K-12.  Best of all, is the educational portal that allows teachers to manage and track student activity and generate detailed reports for analyzing student performance.

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

*iPracticeMath is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits. 

30hands Learning

30hands Learning is an excellent company for creating an innovative LMS (Learning Management System) as well as a free iOS app that is ideal for digital storytelling.  The 30hands community is a perfect cloud based solution that allows educators to: manage/track students, hand in/out assignments, schedule events, and more.

The free iOS app uses a easy drag-n-drop interface to allow users to take or upload/draw images.  Once the images are uploaded they can then be dragged into any order.  Finally, a user can then record their audio to narrate a story.  It can then be saved to the users to device or shared into the 30hands Learning community.  This is an excellent free tool to integrate technology into the classroom that can be used by any subject.

I highly recommend checking out 30hands Learning by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.

*30hands Learning is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

SpellingCity

SpellingCity the number one site around for Spelling and Vocabulary.  This excellent site allows educators to find or create their own word lists and then integrate them into educational games to motivate student learning.  Also, there is an educational portal for tracking students as well as lots of references for teachers.











Right now they are offering 15% off for Teachers, Parents, and Homeschoolers through 3-31-14.  Just use the code 150ffSpring.

For more info on SpellingCity click here!!!

*SpellingCity is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Zammer

Zammer is a innovative site/app (iOS) for students working on Multiplication & Vocabulary skills.  This is done through an interactive game that can be played either: solo, against a friend, or random.  The game has students trying to answer questions as fast as possible to earn zollars/badges used to customize their avatar and theme.  Best of all is the teacher web interface that allows them to manage their class and track student progress to assess them.

*Keep in mind this app is for UK/US and does allow for students to add/request friends (this should always be done under adult/parent approval.)

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Answer Pad Digital Portfolio

Earlier this week I did a post on The Answer Pad a wonderful graphical student response system.  Yesterday they just released a big update w/ their newest feature being that of the digital portfolio.  This is a great way to collect and organize students work to show case for future classes, self assessment, and track students progress and growth.  A educator can create a portfolio by class or student and use the auto capture feature to automatically take snap shots for their portfolio or do it manually.  Other new features is the ability to tag (i.e. CC, theme, unit, etc.), flag responses to review later, and the ability to export a portfolio to PDF.

I highly recommend checking out The Answer Pad by clicking here!!!








*The free student response system for 1 teacher per 8 groups & 200 students.
**Answer Pad is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

BrainRush

BrainRush is one of my favorite new sites for Game Based Learning (GBL).  This is a great resource for educators looking to find educational games on a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Foreign Language, Social Studies, etc.  Also, a teacher can create their own or customize an existing game to meet their needs.  Best of all the games are ideal for differentiated instruction (and aligned to Common Core Standards) using it's unique engine to adapt to each student's learning.

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

For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

Healthy Heroes 1

Healthy Heroes 1 is a wonderful iOS game from the excellent mobile app company Yogome.  This is a fun app for the younger kids learning about Nutrition and healthy eating habit.  After selecting a Yogotar (the famous avatars of Yogome), the child has to feed 6 different hungry monsters in 36 levels before they destroy the Yogopolis.  This is done by selecting the nutritious snacks/food items that are dropped down in baskets.  Each stage tells you what kind of foods to select as well calorie content.  After each level is deleted a healthy eating tip is then revealed.

I highly recommend checking out Healthy Heroes by clicking here!!!

For more games from Yogome click here.

*Yogome is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Poptropica

Poptropica is a free iPad app based on the popular online game by Jeff Kinney (author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series).  This is a super fun adventure game that has kids solving puzzles and using logical thinking to complete quests on two different islands.  Best of all, it is completely safe, saves user data, and has high replay value.  It's a nice way for kids to play a educational type game w/out playing one of those mindless shooting/fighting style games that are so popular.

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational Apps click here.

ClassDojo Messaging

ClassDojo the ever popular site for behavior management has just released their biggest feature to date, messaging.  The way this works is quite simple and no phone number or private data is needed.  All a person needs is to be using the free mobile app (iOS/Android) to connect w/ each other.  This is a great way for educator to share (private messages) how their student is doing w/ parents, group messages to a list of parents, and read when parents are receiving/reading their messages (think FB).

I highly recommend checking out ClassDojo Messaging by clicking here!!!

*ClassDojo is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Answer Pad

Answer Pad is one of the best free (per 1 teacher - 8 groups & 200 students) tools around for mobile devices.  This is a easy to use graphical student response system that helps turns a classroom paperless by allowing for all testing/assessing to be done on mobile devices.  Educators use the web interface to create lessons then push them out to student devices using the free TapIt app.  This allows them to guide learning, differentiate instruction, and assess students in real-time.

Also, there are lots of templates for teachers to browse through and customize to meet their needs.  For example, an educator can download a template of a graph, map, clock, grid etc. and then draw/type/annotate on it to use w/ their students.

Below is a brief demo...



I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here!!!

*Answer Pad is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Modern Chalkboard

Modern Chalkboard is a wonderful new free site for finding SMART board resources.  This is a great place to find interactive lessons on a wide variety of subjects such as: Math, Grammar, Science, and Social Studies.  Also, this is a nice place to find other resources such as links and help files.

I highly recommend checking out Modern Chalkboard by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Buncee

Buncee is one of the best all around sites for integrating technology into any curriculum in a safe and easy way.  Buncee is a excellent web tool (as well as iOS app) for creating beautiful looking multimedia presentations, cards, posters, greetings, etc.  This is all done through a very easy to use drag-n-drop interface that has students adding text, animations, stickers, photos, etc onto a digital canvas.  Once the presentation is finished it can then be shared w/ others or even embedded into a site/blog.

Best of all, Buncee has an educational portal which allows educators to create student accounts, track monitor projects, adjust privacy settings, and more.  This is a perfect solution for Project Based Learning, Differentiating Instruction, Blended Learning, etc.  Finally, there are lots of educational projects to browse through/borrow to see how others are using Buncee in their classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Buncee for education by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief example...
*Buncee is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Scrawlar

Scrawlar is a new web tool that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  This is an excellent site that acts as a virtual whiteboard/word processors for schools.  It's a free collaborative tools that is ideal for education that it requires no student email for access, only a class code where a teacher creates an account.  Best of all, Scrawlar can be used on any device and allows students to collaborate on projects/word documents.

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

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 click here.

Chromville

Chromville is a fantastic mobile app (Android/iOS) for using Augmented Reality to complete a fantasy adventure.  The way this works is by downloading the free app and then printing out the pages to color.  As a student colors one of the pages for the village they chose the characters come to life in 3D augmented reality via their mobile device.  This is a innovative way to integrate technology into the classroom and a lot of fun for the students.

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

For my Pinterest board on Augmented Reality click here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

FluencyFinder V. 2,5

FluencyFinder the leading iOS app for assessing Reading levels and comprehension has been updated to version 2.5.  The latest version has been redesigned for iOS 7 for a sleeker polished look.  Exporting results is easier w/ a email share button, and educators can now search through Reading passages.

FluencyFinder is an extremely easy app to use as all an educator has to do is print out a Reading passage (1st-8th Grade) and tap the timer to start assessing a student.  As a student corrects or makes a mistake, the teacher then taps the (+) or (-) button to score the student.  Once the passage is a read, the educator taps stop and instant real-time results are given unless they choose to go on to Comprehension questions.

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

Here is what others are saying about FluencyFinder...

  • FluencyFinder has saved me so much time! I love this app. All I need to do is grab my iPad, look up a particular student, and I am able to find their results in seconds.Michelle, 3rd grade teacher, Maryland
  • I heard about this app from another teacher at school and it has changed my life. I don’t know how we ever got by without it! Thank you, FluencyFinder! iTunes App Store Review 
    *FluencyFinder is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Swivl

Swivl is an innovative robotic device (accompanied w/ mobile app) that holds a mobile device (i.e tablet, iPad, iPhone etc.) and records while following along what the user holding the Swivl remote is doing.  For example, if a teacher is giving a lecture or wants to record themselves or students then would use the Swivl to record the event w/out the limits of having to stand in one spot in front of a camera.  The Swivl will will turn/rote or raise up/down to record what the teacher is doing.

Also, Swivl has a secure cloud environment for sharing video and a user can use the mobile app to edit their video as well as add other content to their video (i.e. images, slides, etc.)  This is great for educators who want to Flip their classroom, assess themselves or students, and even for giving professional development.

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Super Teacher Worksheets

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of my favorite one stop shop for finding educational resources in a wide variety of subjects.  This super handy sites has lots of resources for educators such as: worksheets, printables, puzzles, holidays, and more.  Most of the resources are aligned to Common Core Standards and they even have worksheet generators to make puzzles, crosswords, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Super Teacher Worksheets by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

*Super Teacher Worksheets is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Otus

"Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login."  

I must say after reading this tag line I was quite intrigued to give Otus a look and it IS a complete mobile learning environment for schools.  Otus comes in two free iPad apps one for the teacher and one for the student.  Keep in mind when downloading it will state that it is a 17+ app and the reason for that is the built in browser.  However, a educator can monitor browser activity inside of Otus as well as a school should have a filter in place via their district policy (Although, it is widely recommend to view your students/child's browsing habits to make sure that they are not viewing anything inappropriate).  Also, a user (teacher/student) will need a Google account to login.

As w/ most Learning Management Systems (LMS) Otus allows educators to create classes, manage attendance/assignments/grades, poll students, and more.  They can create digital bookshelves to host all kinds of digital media (i.e. books, videos, sites, etc) and assess students in real-time.  The split screen feature allows users to take notes using any feature of Otus as well as taking notes during browsing.

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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

GoClass

GoClass is a excellent mobile learning solution that is redefining classrooms worldwide.  This fantastic simple to use combo web tool/mobile app (Android/iOS) allows educators to create and manage student accounts, while sending them engaging lessons to complete on their mobile device.  This is ideal for Guided/Blending Learning and Flipping a Classroom.  Also, GoClass allows educators to assess student data in real-time and differentiate instruction.

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

*GoClass is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Friday, March 21, 2014

9Slides

9Slides is a great site/mobile app (iOS/Android) for Flipping a Classroom by adding narration to any type of presentation (PPT, Keynote, etc).  This is an excellent easy to use tool that can be used by educators or students to create engaging presentations.  Educators can use it for Guided Learning, Flipping a lesson, or more.  Also, a finished presentation can be embedded into a site or blog.

I highly recommend checking out 9Slides by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on a Flipped Classroom click here.

Below is a demo of the iPad app in use...



*9Slides is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Brainfeed

Brainfeed is an excellent free iPad app for finding safe educational videos for students.  These videos are targeted for kids ages 7 and up and are curated by educators from around the world in a wide range of subjects.  All these videos are previously viewed by educators and links are removed making them safe.  Also, this is a great way to "flip" instruction by having students learn outside of the classroom.

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational Digital Videos click here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Letter Battle

Letter Battle is a super fun iOS app that I just downloaded for my kids to work on their Spelling skills.  This is a great RPG type game (grades 1st-4th) where a user can select their skill level and type of word (i.e. Science, School, Vacation, etc) to embark on an epic adventure.  Basically, it works like any turn based strategy game but uses spelling as the means of attack.  If a player spells the word wrong they will miss.  The goal is to defeat enemies, collect power ups, and advance levels as they complete their quest.  Best of all a educator/parent can create custom word lists to integrate into the game.

I highly recommend checking out Letter Battle by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board for Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection for Educational iOS Apps click here.

I also recommend checking out SpellingCity for all Spelling/Vocabulary needs.

Playfic

Playfic is a site I've covered in the past that is ideal for Creative Writing.  This is an innovative site that lets users create text adventure/choose your own adventure games (i.e. Zork).  It uses a programming language called Inform 7, that is rather user-friendly and a user can have created a game in minutes.  This is a great way to spark creativity and help students practice their Writing skills.

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

Biteslide

Biteslide is one of my favorite Web 2.0 sites for creating beautiful looking presentations/sliding books w/ an educational portal.  This is fantastic site that allows educators to create student accounts, can be used by any subject/curriculum, and easy to use w/ a drag-n-drop interface.  Biteslide allows students to create presentations, digital portfolios, scrapbooks, and can even embed them into a site/blog  Finally, this is a great site that can be used for Project Based/Blended Learning

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

*Biteslide is a advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wizenworld

Wizenworld is an excellent site for using Game Based Learning in a RPG/Action adventure to reinforce MS Math skills.  This is a fun game that reminds me a bit of Zelda but instead of fighting enemies w/ a sword a players uses Math skills to defeat them.  Best of all, Wizenworld allows for student tracking which makes it easy for educators to assess students and monitor how well they are doing.

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

Below is a brief demo...



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Game Based Learning click here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle is one of my favorite site for Flipping a Classroom.  This is done by taking any digital video and "making" it your own by cropping and adding questions into the video itself.  This is great for assessing learning and for students to take their learning home.  Finally, Edpuzzle recently updated their innovative site by allowing users to embed an image into a video as well to further create dynamic lessons.  Also, a user can now use scientific notation in their text.












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

For my Pinterest board on a Flipped Classroom click here.

*EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Been for Education

Been the innovative site for visually bookmarking a site and collaborating has just launched a educational portal that makes it perfect for educators to use w/ their class.  This free web tool is not only ideal for social bookmarking in schools but real-time collaborative web browsing as well.  Been's new web portal now allows for educators to create student accounts, and communicate w/ them in real-time while bookmarking/browsing the web.

This is ideal for Guided Learning, Flipping a Classroom, Project Based Learning, and can be used by any subject or curriculum.  Educators can use it to create internet scavenger hunts, to research/introduce a topic, or any other number of possibilities.

The educator account is perfect for moderating student's Beens (bookmarks/collections), comments, resetting passwords, etc.  Being "housed" inside of an educational portal allows for educators to see public Beens but only allows for students to see those of their teacher.  Teachers can also collaborate w/ their peers to allow for collective Beens that can be use for group projects.

Finally, the ability to collaboratively surf the web when being on the same page allows for students/educators to share comments and surf together to guide instruction.  Also, educators can assess students who have questions when surfing the web or researching a topic.

I highly recommend checking out Been for Education by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 click here.

Below is a demo video on collaboratively surfing on Been....

4. Surf Together in Class! from Been on Vimeo.

Word Clouds by ABCYa

Word Clouds by ABCYa is an excellent free iPad app that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a great app similar to Wordle or Tag Cloud for creating those ever popular word clouds.  Word clouds are often used to visual represent a word frequency and can be used by any subject or curriculum.  This app is very easy to use and allows a user to edit their clouds by font color, size, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Word Clouds by ABCYa by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Word/Tag Clouds click here.

Hemingwayapp

Hemingwayapp is a nifty little web tool that I just found out about from the amazing educator, Ozge Karaoglu.  This is a nice site for students who want to improve their Writing skills.  All a user has to do is copy/paste in some text and click edit and they will get a Readability score.  The score will tell you how many paragraphs/words you have, how many hard to read sentences, suggestions on how to shorten or switch verbs around, etc etc.

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

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).  I've done posts on educational iOS Apps and Educational Online Games but I have never combined the two and curated a list that specifically deals w/ GBL.  The resources below will vary from drill and practice to all out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help Gamify a classroom.  One theme I have noticed is that the subject of Math uses the concept of Game Based Learning quite often.  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I have in creating it.

*This list is in alphabet order.
** mobile app


Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

  1. **4 Dice: Fractions - A super fun iOS game that can be played on up to 5 devices as students hone their Fraction skills (i.e. adding, dividing, etc.) while combining rolling dice and bowling.
  2. **5 Dice: Order of Operations - A great iOS game that has students playing solo/multiplayer as they roll dice and try to use numbers and operations to "hit" the target number.
  3. ABCya - A fantastic company w/ a wide variety of educational online games and iOS apps for a number of different subjects grades K-5th.
  4. **Adam Dream: Numbers Nightmare - Explore different worlds as you help Adam overcome enemies using basic Math skills, in this wonderful fantasy filled iOS game.
  5. **Amazing Alex - A nice iOS game from the creators of Angry Birds that focuses on the concept of Rube Goldberg Machines.
  6. **Angle Asteroids - A fun iOS app for learning about angles by shooting asteroids w/ your spaceship.
  7. Answerables - A innovative 3D virtual world that allows educators to Gamify their lessons in this cross between Game Based Learning and Learning Management System.
  8. Arcademic Skill Builders - Amazing site w/ educational games and portal to allow for student tracking and  progress reports in Math, Reading, and more.
  9. Arcoiris - A nice simple site for finding educational games in both English and Spanish.
  10. **Axiom - A nice iOS game that has students controlling a ship and picking up numbers/operations to solve different Math equations in over 80 levels of play.
  11. Back Pack Games - A wonderful site filled w/ lots of educational games aligned to Common Core Standards in the subjects of Math & Science.
  12. BrainNook - A game w/ educational portal for Math and Language Arts that allows educators to moderate all aspects of student behavior.
  13. Cackleberries - A fantastic virtual 3D world for ESL kids 3-7 yrs old learning English through interactive games.
  14. **Champs of Numeria - A fun multiplayer iOS game that uses Connect Four game logic to develop basic Math skills.
  15. **Chima - A nice simple iOS app that has students solving different Math equations in addition/subtractions to defeat mythological creatures.
  16. ClassXP - A excellent way for educators to integrate Game Based Learning through a RPG based student dashboard.
  17. Clever Island - A nice site for 3-8 yr olds for games in Math, Reading, and Phonics.
  18. Cookie - A great site for educational: Math, Reading, Science, and ESL games for El Ed kids.
  19. **Digital Passport - An essential iPad app for kids that has them playing games to learn about Cyber Safety (i.e. bullying, copy right, privacy, etc.).
  20. DimensionU - An amazing site for educational games 3D games for Math and Literacy aligned to Common Core Standards.
  21. **Door 24 - A fantastic iPad that has students working different Math/Algebra problems to help a robot fix his circuits and uncover the mystery behind Door 24.
  22. Fish Smarty - A terrific site w/ educational portal for younger kids to interact in a safe environment and play educational games/activities.
  23. Funbrain - A very popular site for kids looking for Math games and other online activities.
  24. **Futaba - An interesting gaming system for the iPad that allows educators to create the questions and then share them students iPads while they compete to solve the problems.
  25. Fuel the Brain - A fun site for educational games on Math and Reading.
  26. **Gadzookery - A nice Acronym/Spelling iOS game where users try to create sentences w/ words to score against other players.
  27. Game Classroom - A excellent site for Math and Language art games/worksheets for students K-6th.
  28. Gamequarium - One of my favorite sites for games for El Ed kids in Math, Reading, and Science.
  29. GameUp - From the creators of BrainPop, a nice site for animated educational games in Math, Science, Reading, etc.
  30. **GazziliMath - A fun iOS app for young learners as they strengthen their counting, adding, and subtracting skills.
  31. **Grading Game - A great iOS game that turns the student into the "editor" as they look for spelling and grammar errors.
  32. **Grid Lines - A innovative Battleship style Math iOS game that has students plotting points on a plane to defeat their opponent.
  33. **Healthy Heroes 1 & 2 - A fun game iOS game w/ over 30 levels of play that has students feeding different monsters fruits/vegetables to stop them from destroying Yogopolis.
  34. Historia - An excellent History game designed for MS students aligned to Common Core Standards.
  35. **If... - A great iPad game for kids learning about Social and Emotional learning in safe 3D virtual environment.
  36. iPracticeMath - One of the best sites around w/ educational portal (i.e. assessing/student tracking) for finding lots of Math resources, worksheets, and games.
  37. **Jack and the Beanstalk a Mathematical Adventure - A fantastic narrated iPad adventure that has students solving different Math problems (i.e. time, money, etc.) in the world of Jack and the Beanstalk.
  38. **Kids Fun - A fun iPad app for kids as they play over 70 activities/games while discovering nature and it's animals.
  39. Kidz Page - A nice site for educational games, activities, and puzzles for grades K-8th.
  40. Learning Games For Kids - A fun site for lots of educational games such as Typing, Health, and Geography.
  41. **Little Digits - A great iPad app for young kids learning about numbers, adding, and subtracting as well as associating them w/ fingers.
  42. Lure of the Labyrinth - Gamification at it's best in this mysterious adventure Middle School based Pre-Algebra game.
  43. Magnahigh - A wonderful way for educators to teach Math using a Game Based Learning environment where students can compete in a safe environment.
  44. **Marble Math (Jr/Lite) - A collection of different apps that focuses on basic Math skills while trying to guide a marble through a series of challenging puzzles.
  45. **Math Champ Challenge - A great iOS app for lots of Math questions aligned to Common Core Standards using Game Based Learning.
  46. Math Chimp - A nice site for lots of resources, worksheets, and educational games in the different areas of Math.
  47. **Math Evolve - A widely popular iOS game for learning basic Math skills while either playing through Story (Sci Fi shooter type game) or Practice (flash card style practice) mode.
  48. **Math Heroes 1 & 2 - Super fun iOS apps that has students using basic Math skills and the ever popular Yogotars to solve equations and defeat their opponents.
  49. **Math Minute Madness - A fun iOS game that has students try solve 50 basic Math problems in one minute.  As students progress through the game they earn stars that they can redeem for animals that they can put in their virtual zoo.
  50. **Math vs. Undead - A crazy iOS game that has students solving basic Math problems while trying to defeat the cartoony zombie horde in over 30 levels of fun!!
  51. **MathFileFolderGames - A great company that creates fun, multiplayer mobile Math apps in a wide range of topics (i.e. Fractions,  Plotting points on a graph, Tangrams, etc.)
  52. MathGameTime - A great site for educational Math games for K-7th in a wide variety of subjects (i.e. Algebra, Physics, Time, etc.)
  53. **Maths Tree Vs - A fun multiplayer iPad app that has students practicing basic Math skills while trying to drop different objects on top of their opponents.
  54. **Mathtastical - An interesting iOS app that uses Game Based Learning to reinforce Math skills while collecting different power ups to move on up the leader board.
  55. MinecraftEDU - Is the educational version of the mega popular PC hit being used in classrooms throughout the world.
  56. **Moody Monster Manor - A nice iOS game for kids 3-8 yrs old learning about emotions as well as critical thinking skills.
  57. **Mystery Math Town/Museum - Two amazing iPad apps that has students finding numbers and solving equations while exploring a mysterious town/museum filled w/ enigmatic characters.
  58. **Numbers League - A fantastic iPad app that uses a comic book style to have kids of all ages working on their different Math skills.
  59. **Operation Math - A wonderful iPad app that has students using basic Math skills to defeat Dr. Odd in this spy filled game of over a 100 missions.
  60. **Ordered Fractions - A nice multiplayer Math game that has comparing and putting fractions in order.  Also, this game is aligned to Common Core Standard and can send progress reports to pareants/teachers via email.
  61. PhyFun - A nice site for Physics based games.
  62. PlayBrighter - A innovative site that uses an animated virtual environment to teach kids through educational games and lessons the teachers setup.
  63. Play Kids Games - A fun site w/ educational portal that allows educators to create a classroom and track their educational games.
  64. PowerMyLearning - Great site for educators to search for games by Common Core Standard, build playlists, and track student progress.
  65. **Presidents vs. Aliens - A very fun iOS game that reminds me of Space Invaders as you fling US Presidents at the incoming aliens.  A great app for History teachers and learning about different facts of the 44 US Presidents.
  66. QR Wild - A cool site for creating and playing QR code based games.
  67. Quandary - One of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning that has students making ethical/social decisions in a science fiction based world.
  68. **Questimate - A fun iPad app that has students create the questions to be answered in this multiplayer game.
  69. **Quiz Dungeon - A innovative iOS app that uses RPG elements to reinforce basic Math skills.
  70. **Recycle Hero - One of my favorite iOS apps for learning about the environment/recycling by playing through a variety of games.
  71. RoomRecess - A wonderful site w/ lots of educational games for students K-5.
  72. **Save the Sushi - A great iOS app for students learning their Multiplication tables while earning badges and playing w/ their friends.
  73. **Science Heroes - A excellent iOS app that has students challenging 5 different bosses in 15 different missions to explore the different regions of the Digestion system (i.e. mouth, stomach, intestine, etc.).
  74. Science Monster - A fun site for finding lots of lessons, apps, and games for the different areas of Science.
  75. **Shake-a-Phrase - A super fun iOS app that helps students w/ Vocabulary, parts of a sentence, and even create Writing prompts.
  76. Sheppard Software - A nice site for lots of educational games and activities in a wide range of subjects.
  77. **Sight Words Hangman - A great iOS app game that focuses on over 300 sight words and 30 word lists to help teach students.
  78. SimCityEDU - The award winning PC game now has educational portal to allow for Game Based Learning aligned to Common Core Standards.
  79. **Skip Math - A fun iOS jumping game that uses computational fluency (i.e. counting by 2's, 4's, etc.) to help land on the correct number.
  80. Skoolbo - A virtual world filled w/ educational games to help kids 4-10 yrs old in Literacy and Math.
  81. **Slice Fractions - A nice iOS game for learning the basics of Fractions w/ high replay value.
  82. **Spelling Hero - A excellent iOS app that uses a flash card style game to help users learn how to spell different words and their definition.
  83. SpellingCity - A fantastic site/app for students to find educational games for Spelling and Vocabulary.  Also, there is an educational portal for teachers where they create their own custom word lists to incorporate into the games.
  84. Spree Games - A great site for finding lots of games for K-12, as well as creating lists of your favorite games.
  85. **Sugar Shake - A interesting iPad game for Chemistry that has students shaking/tilting sugar molecules to set off chemical reactions.
  86. Sumdog - A excellent site/app w/ educational portal that allows educators to track students progress in educational competitive games.  Also, the games tailor to differentiated instruction to meet student needs.
  87. **Sushi Monster - A fun iOS game that has students practicing Multiplication/Addition to help feed a sushi monster by building equations.
  88. **Tangram Chess - A innovative Math iOS game that has students moving shapes across a chess board to complete their tangram using: translations, rotations, and reflections.
  89. Teach w/ Portals - Gamify your classroom w/ the award winning PC game Portal 2.
  90. Time Tribe - One of the most innovative sites/apps around for learning about history and different cultures by playing this mystery based time travel adventure.
  91. **TinyTap - A wonderful iOS app that allows users to create educational games or play those of others.
  92. Tutpup - A cool site for Math and Spelling games where you compete against other players.
  93. What2Learn - A neat site where students can create and play the games of others.
  94. Wonderville - A terrific site w/ lots of resources of educators including: games, puzzles, lessons, and more.
  95. **World's Worst Pet - A wonderful iPad app for helping students w/ their Vocabulary skills through four different games.
  96. **YodelOh Math Mountain - A fun iOS game aligned to Common Core Standards that has students solving basic Math equations while climbing up a mountain.
  97. **Yogome - A fantastic company w/ lots of educational mobile apps in areas such as: Math, Science, and even Recycling.
  98. **Zeus vs. Monsters - A super fun Android app for practicing basic Math skills (i.e. addition, multiplication, etc.) while defending Olympus from mythologic villains.
  99. Zondle - A innovative site that allows educators to create educational games and share w/ others.
  100. ZooWhiz - A fun site for kids 5-15 yrs old to develop their Math and Reading skills by creating their own virtual zoo.

MathPickle

MathPickle is an excellent resource for K-12 Math teachers.  This is a great site that has a wide collection of Math videos that users are able to search via grade level or subject.  Also, this is a nice place for open discussion via a forum, a place to find important people in Math, as well as different perspective on the use of games in the classroom.

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

For a more detailed review check out Edshelf.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Verso

Verso is an excellent new site/app that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This free site allows educators to "flip" their classroom by creating lessons that students can then view at home and then response to.  The way this works is educators create a class and lesson(s) (i.e. sites, videos, etc) and then shares a unique code w/ their students.  The students download the free mobile app to then view the lessons, complete them, and then respond to them.  This is a great way to engage and assess students learning as well as differentiate instruction.

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

For my Pinterest board on a Flipped Classroom click here.

Below is a brief demo...

The Amazing Digestive Journey

The Amazing Digestive Journey is a nice iOS app for Health/Science teachers wanting to introduce the concept of digestion to students.  This interactive app lets students complete activities that start in the mouth while they try to help cure a patient of their ailments.  This app focuses on the different aspects of digestion through organs such as: esophagus, stomach, liver etc as well as different enzymes.

I highly recommend checking out The Amazing Digestive Journey by clicking here!!!

GoNoodle

GoNoodle is a fantastic to be used on a whiteboard/projector to give students "brain" breaks throughout the school day.  This is done by interacting w/ three different videos/activities: Airtime, Run w/ Us, and Maximo.  Integrating GoNoodle into the classroom has a positive effect on students and helps reenergize them to maximize their potential throughout the day.

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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sumdog

Sumdog is an excellent iPad for educational games in Math, Reading, and Writing.  Based on the popular website, Sumdog has student's playing against other student's worldwide to build their skills. The only requirement is signing up on their free website to be able to play the games on an iPad.

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

For my Pintertest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

slackmath

slackmath is a cool little site I just found out about from Richard Byrne's excellent blog.  This is an innovative site where students download Algebra problems (PDF format) that has a QR code next to it.  The students then try to solve the problem and then scan the QR code to watch a video explanation of the solution.

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

Below is a demo video...



For my Pinterest board on QR Codes click here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

iColorType

iColorType is a new iPad app ideal for students learning how to touch type or keyboarding.  iColor uses a fun color coded keyboard to teach people how to type through muscle memory and hand eye coordination to reinforce the look-and-learn method.  Also, this app will track a user's speed and accuracy through a series of timed speed tests and learning modules.

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

For my Pinterest board on Typing/Keyboarding click here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

IdeaStorm

IdeaStorm is a nice simple free iPad app for brainstorming/mind mapping.  A user can use an abundance of drawing tools to sketch, draw, and paint their ideas on a canvas.  They can also save their sketches into stacks for future use.

I recommend checking out IdeaStorm by clicking here.

For a more detailed review check out Edshelf.

For my Pinterest board on Brainstorming/Mind mapping click here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gadzookery

Gadzookery is a wonderful free iOS app that helps students build their Writing and Vocabulary skills.  This can be done by either playing one player or against random opponents where a person tries to create a sentence from a given word.  What makes this nice for educators is that the game comes w/ a built in dictionary/thesaurus to help kids create their sentences.  Scoring is done by each letter and a person can challenge another person (to eliminate their opponent's score) for misspelled/made up words.

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

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Answerables

Answerables is a wonderful new innovative site/game that is perfect for Game Based Learning (or more accurate Game Based Learning meets Learning Management System).  It reminds me of Second Life but geared more toward kids w/ their fantasy/SciFi environment.  The game takes place in the 3D virtual world of Answerables on a planet called Proxima, where the native Ansibles (students) encounter an alien race.

What makes this so great for education that is the safe/COPPA compliant environment that Answerables provides.  This is an ideal place for students to collaborate w/ others and develop their social learning skills.  Answerables provides windows (i.e. Second Life) to view the web, go on quests, etc.  The student dashboard allows students to track their quests, notifications, events, PODS (Personal Online Development Spaces), and more.

Educators can create a lesson/POD (manage permissions), create webquests, internet scave
nger hunts, host live events, and best of all "Gamify" their lesson.  This is great for introducing a new concept, guided/differentiated instruction, and even "Flipping" a classroom.  Also, teachers (parents too) can track/monitor student progress, share and view resources by collaborating w/ other educators, and even setup tutoring courses where they set their own rate.

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

Below is a brief demo that has to be seen to be believed...



For my Pinterest board on Game Based Learning click here.

*Answerables is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Angle Asteroids

Angle Asteroids is a wonderful free iOS app that helps students learn how to measure angles.  This is a fun app that any Math/Geometry teacher can use that has students try to blast incoming asteroids by aligning it to the correct angle from their spaceship.  Also, being a part of Sylvan's education series allows for parents/educators to track student progress.

I highly recommend checking out Angle Asteroids by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lesson Corner

Lesson Corner is an excellent free site for finding an abundance of educational resources.  This is a great place to find a wide variety of worksheets, free K-12 lesson plans, and even puzzle generators.  Best of all these resources are rated on a 5 star scale and even provide and answer key for worksheets/lessons.






I highly recommend checking out Lesson Corner by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

For more details on Lesson Corner see Edshelf.

AR Flashcards Space

AR Flashcards Space is the new free iOS app from the kings of augmented reality, Mitchlehan Media.  All a user has to do is print out the AR cards to start viewing the solar system in augmented reality.  This is a fun and great way to introduce this topic to students as well as being to interact w/ 3D objects by tapping on them to hear info about each planet.

I highly recommend checking out AR Flashcards Space by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Augmented Reality click here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tynker

Tynker is a new iPad app for learning how to program or code that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  It's similar to many other programming sites/apps where users have to assemble blocks to have objects or characters move.  Tynker uses a storyboard format where a student would arrange blocks in a certain order to complete the "program".

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

For my Pinterest board on Programming/Coding click here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ThingLink

ThingLink is a wonderful site/app (iOS) for turning an ordinary image "interactive".  The way this works is by adding/tagging a image, w/ audio, video, or links that get embedded into an image and then activated when the cursor moves over or clicks on it.  Also, the educational portal allows for students to use ThingLink in lots of educational ways such as: create collages, annotate, and even used for digital storytelling.  Best of all, a ThingLink image can be embedded into a site or blog.

Below is an example of a ThingLink image...



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

Monday, March 3, 2014

geddit

geddit is fantastic free learning tool that is ideal for a 1:1 environment where educators can assess student's learning/understanding in real-time.  This is all done through a very easy to use visual interface where students use mobile devices to inform teachers of their understanding in private and real-time.  Through a tap of a button a student can respond to a question or lesson that details their level of understanding on a color coded bar graph.  This makes it easy for educators to quickly glance who is understanding the material being taught and who might need help, making differentiated instruction easy.

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

*iOS app coming soon!!!

Below is a brief demo video...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

GoClass

GoClass is an excellent all-in-one mobile learning solution for classroom.  This is a fantastic free site/app for educators to create digital lessons, assign them to students, then to assess them in real-time.  All this is done in combination w/ a web portal for creating student accounts and lessons and then having them using mobile devices to join and complete the lesson.

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







*GoClass is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

SpellingCity

SpellingCity is one of the most popular and my favorite site around for all things Vocabulary and Spelling.  This is an excellent place for educators to browse or create word lists and even incorporate them into educational games.  Also, there is a free mobile app (iOS/Android) that integrates w/ the site for practicing Spelling/Vocab.

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

*SpellingCity is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Recycle Hero

Recycle Hero is one of the most played educational iOS apps that gets played in my house.  This is a super fun app filled w/ games that helps teach kids about recycling.  What make Recycle Hero so fun to play (and have high replay value) is all the cool features that one can unlock, such as worlds, characters, and more.  RH allows for a user to select from 10 Yogotars (the famous characters of Yogome), play through 36 levels, and unlock 6 different worlds, while sorting through trash, solving puzzles, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Recycle Hero by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

*Yogome is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.