HMH Player tackles the major pain points faced by educators as they integrate technology into the classroom. The app enables offline access to quality content, allows teachers and students to collaborate in real time, and offers the opportunity to enhance HMH content through extensive customization tools. Designed for iPad and Google Chrome, HMH Player provides an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that gives teachers the ability to customize lessons and content. Teachers can easily integrate open source resources such as YouTube videos, online news articles and other consumable media into daily lessons, then share with colleagues and students. The app also provides teachers with real-time data collection that enables analysis by student, by grade, by class, or by standard—in an elegantly designed gradebook. Teachers can send directions, notes, and immediate feedback to the whole class or individual students, while students can chat directly with teachers during online classroom sessions and parents can opt-in to receive updates or text message notifications on student progress. Teachers can also set up virtual study groups and activities that foster synergy amongst students and classes. Offline access and automatic syncing provide students with the ability to extend learning beyond the traditional school day, while game mechanics – such as dynamic scoring, including badges and points for achievement – engage and motivate learners and reinforce key concepts. Worth a look.
By: Victor Rivero