Category Archives: cool tools

Cool Tool | ABC Mouse for Schools

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive digital learning resource for preschool through 2nd grade. ABCmouse offers an expert-designed curriculum with more than 8,500 learning activities that encompass reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Discovery Education Streaming

Featuring tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audio books, articles and more, Discovery Education Streaming has long been a “must have” cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators across the country. However, the … Continue reading

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A Quiet Revolution

Why learning analytics are exactly what’s needed to improve university graduation rates. GUEST COLUMN | by Viswanath Subramaniam and Sanjay Mohan One of the most important goals for universities in North America is to significantly drive up their graduation rates … Continue reading

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The Helping Kind

A dedicated educator brings a big heart, meaning, and joy to learning. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero MATTHEW OHLSON Title: Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership; Facilitator, C.A.M.P. Osprey – connecting students with athletes, mentors. Org: Taylor Leadership Institute, University of North … Continue reading

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2018 EdTech Awards Now Open

The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, … Continue reading

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Using What You’ve Got

7 tips to easily (and affordably) upgrade your school’s computers.  GUEST COLUMN | by Jonathan Weech In today’s modern classroom, computers are the new “paper and pencil.” With schools relying on technology more than ever, it’s increasingly important to ensure … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | sofatutor

Students truly thrive when they’re in charge of shaping their academic futures and developing their full potential – or so believe the makers of sofatutor, a platform empowering K-12 students by providing them with tools to take control of their … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | CSI Private Eye from CSI Literacy

Here’s an unforgettable, interactive digital literacy experience for grade 3–5 students. Cases are accessed through a cloud-based portal and can be completed on any internet-capable device. Each case takes 45–60 minutes, and includes a range of questions, writing exercises, and activities. … Continue reading

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Making Life Easier

A son takes a cue from his teacher father and helps classrooms in real ways. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Australian educator Paul Symons founded LocknCharge in 1999 when he noticed a need for securing laptops and devices in his … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Gooru

This is a non-profit organization building technology to help every student navigate learning. Recently, Gooru partnered with Promethean to make more than 1.5 million free educational resources available for teachers through ClassFlow, a free lesson delivery software for interactive panel displays. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Desmos 

Aiming to help every student love math, Desmos’ free tools allow students to easily connect, visualize, and grasp concepts more easily. Demos’ digital calculators can be used during math lessons and include basic, scientific, and graphing calculators. Recently, Desmos partnered with Promethean to … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | PhET Interactive Simulations

This is a project from the University of Colorado Boulder. By engaging students in exploration and discovery, the simulations provide an interactive experience that taps into students’ curiosity and helps all students understand key ideas. To-date, PhET Interactive Simulations has … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SketchFab

Here’s an online community that publishes and shares 3D content online and in virtual reality (VR). With a community of more than half of a million content contributors, SketchFab is among the world’s largest platforms for 3D content online, including subjects … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | EduCycle

Recently launched educational augmented reality game EduCycle teaches kids and adults about the impact of carbon dioxide emissions. Players design a city’s transportation, farms, and buildings while cutting emissions to the level specified in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Based on the … Continue reading

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A Natural Curiosity

Randy Wilhelm surveys the digital learning landscape. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Here’s a company that offers a suite of robust, student-focused and effective solutions that deliver results at the individual student level. Their entire team of professionals — from … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Drawp for School

Since we originally wrote about Drawp for School as a Cool Tool for collaboration in 2014, the product has transformed into a multi-use workflow, design and collaboration tool. Drawp for School is a powerful content creation and collaboration platform for … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | VitalSource Content Studio

Since its launch last year, VitalSource Content Studio™ has proven to be a growing interactive authoring resource for publishers, numerous higher education and K-12 institutions, as well as corporations and professionals looking to create training content for their employees. They output … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Schoolrunner

This is really a school achievement engine; it empowers schools to engage administrators, teachers, students, and parents with important information around student progress. Their focus is on real-time data and student accountability both academic and behavioral, all at a teacher’s fingertips. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SlideRoom

SlideRoom is a pioneer in alternative modes of assessment during college admissions. As a comprehensive platform for accepting applications, portfolios, references, and payments in one secure location, organizations around the world use SlideRoom to manage the decision making process for admissions, … Continue reading

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Trends | School of Thought podcast

  There are a lot of podcasts out there. StudySync, a comprehensive blended ELA (English Language Arts)/ELL (English Language Learning) program for grades 6-12 recently launched a new one. The first podcast series, titled “School of Thought,” explores students’ views on … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Square Panda

This phonics playset for the iPad combines early reading skills and multisensory play to truly unlock learning. The playset includes 45 smart letter toys that interact with learning games—Android coming soon! Square Panda is unique because it is the only comprehensive … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Capti Voice

Here is a platform for universal access to content and assessment. Capti enables students to add any textual content to their playlists from a variety of sources, read/listen to that content anywhere with the best text-to-speech voices, seamlessly transitioning between their … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Silverback Learning Solutions

Their suite of products includes Mileposts and Teacher Vitae. Mileposts is a cloud-based Longitudinal Learning Portfolio which helps K-12 educators and administrators create and connect personalized learning plans and interventions to all of the assessments and instructional resources already available … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Ardusat

This solution creates an inquiry driven STEM program for the classroom allowing students to tap into their inner scientist and understand the world around them through sensor data. Their program includes open curriculum resources making classroom implementation seamless for teachers, as well … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ABC-CLIO Solutions Database

ABC-CLIO Solutions is an online resource that offers authoritative, up-to-date coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects. Created specifically for students in middle and high school, higher education, … Continue reading

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