Friday, February 17, 2017

Sketch Nation Lesson Plans

Sketch Nation the simple to use mobile (iOS/Android) app/site for creating games recently updated their lesson plan ideas page.  This is a great place for educators to go to find ways on how to integrate Sketch Nation into their classroom.  These lesson ideas focus on a wide variety of subjects such as: Coding, History, Math, and more.  Sketch Nation makes it a seamless way to introduce STEM into their classroom in a fun and engaging way.

I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation Lesson Plans by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...

*Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Qzzr is a new free online tool for creating quizzes that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  This easy-to-use site lets users create fun quizzes that includes multimedia content.  Best of all these quizzes can be embedded into a site/blog and then lets users track their stats.  This might be a good way for educators to assess student learning and then differentiate instruction.

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


Digipuzzle is a great site for finding a wide range of free online games, activities, and puzzles.  This is a great way to introduce Game Based Learning into the classroom as well as for computer "centers".  Also, there is a section titled "USA" which is a nice section for finding educational games/activities for on USA history/states/capitals, etc.

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

*Digipuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

DragonBox Elements

DragonBox Elements is an amazing mobile (iOS/Android) app that helps teach students about Geometry through Game Based Learning.  The way this works is by having players travel through a magical world by solving logic based puzzles in over 100+ levels.  The Euclidian concepts covered are: shapes, triangles, angles, and more.  This is a very fun game designed for MS/HS aged students and has high replay value.

I highly recommend checking out DragonBox Elements by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo video...


*Be sure to check out their latest updates!!!
**Answerables iPad app available here!!!

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.

Math Run

Math Run is a new online platform game by Yogome.  Yogome is a fantastic company for making beautiful looking educational apps.  These apps cover a wide range of subjects such as: Math, Science, Programming, and more.  Recently, they just released a web version of their games that can now be played online or any mobile device (i.e. phone/tablet).

Math Run is a super fun easy-to-learn Math game, that has students jumping or ducking over numbers to select the correct answer.  This is a great game to practice basic Math skills such as adding or subtracting.

I highly recommend checking out Math Run and other online mini-games by Yogome by clicking here!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

EDpuzzle on Android

EDpuzzle the amazing educational tool (web/mobile app) is now available for free on any Android device.  This as well as their easy to use iOS app makes it easy for any teacher to flip their classroom/lesson and have students view it on any device.  Educators are using EDpuzzle to edit their videos (crop, add questions, etc) differentiate instruction, and more.

Below is a trailer video...

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

*EDpuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.


Socratic is an innovative new and free iOS app for homework help for students.  This simple-to-use app lets students take a picture of their homework problem and then get answer walkthroughs, videos, explanations, and more to help them w/ their problems.  It supports, Math, Science, History, etc and is a great time saver/tutor for kids

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

30hands Learning

30hands Storyteller for Chromebook, Mac or PC free 30 day trial here!

For more info on 30hands Storyteller Web click here!!!

30hands Learning is the excellent company for creating an innovative LMS (Learning Management System) as well as the popular mobile iOS apps that are ideal for digital storytelling (30hands Starter (free), 30hands Pro (paid)).  The 30hands community is a perfect cloud based solution that allows educators to: manage/track students, hand in/out assignments, sched
ule events, and more.  While the mobile apps are being used in education for project based learning, digital storytelling, and more.

30hands has lots of exciting news on the horizon...

After upgrading to Pro, users will have access to existing advanced features and new features in the works:
• Video clips as slides
• Google Drive + Dropbox Integration
• Importing of Google Slides and PDFs as 30hands slides
• Backgrounds and scenes
• Higher quality videos
• Advanced drag-and-drop drawing with editing 
• Slide sharing with parents and students 
• Slide Transitions 
• Unlimited presentations
• Unlimited saves to Camera Roll

Districts that purchase 30hands Pro will get free or discounted professional development (depending on licenses purchased). The PD can be onsite or virtual and selected from our areas of expertise: Digital Storytelling, PBL, Blended Learning, Teaching Coding, and Teaching Entrepreneurship. 

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bulb is a wonderful site for creating beautiful looking digital portfolios.  This easy-to-use (drag-n-drop interface) site lets users create dynamic looking pages that includes, images, videos, and more.  These pages can be organized into collections and then shared publicly or privately.  The user (educator or student) controls who can see what content.  This is a great way to show case work and create stunning presentations.

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

Below is a brief demo...

For a more detailed review check out Class Tech Tips.


GoClass is a wonderful site/app for flipping a classroom.  This is a fantastic solution for educators to be able to manage their classes/students and create dynamic lessons that can be shared on mobile devices.  Students can login to a session on their mobile device and then follow the lesson following the "show-explain-ask" method.  Teachers can then get instant real-time feedback on student engagement and learning as well as attendance.

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

*GoClass is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Flashcards by NKO

Flashcards by NKO is an excellent free iOS app that combines flashcards w/ Game Based Learning.  This is a innovative easy to use educational tool that teachers and students are using to create flashcards and then use them in a variety of ways, such as: games, word search, bingo, etc etc.  Best of all are the CMS (content management system) features that allows teachers to track students, download thousands of flashcard decks, create folders, share, and much more.

I highly recommend checking out Flashcards by NKO by clicking here!!!