Tag Archives: classroom tools

Up On the Edshelf

From beyond and back, the platform that continues to fill a need. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero The co-founder of edshelf.com, a socially-curated discovery engine of tools for teaching and learning, Mike Lee is also a father, husband, and self-described idealistic … Continue reading

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Cracking the Code

Motivating bored-but-gifted students using some fiery competition – and technology.  GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Godshall There’s a lot of both media and academic attention paid to students with learning difficulties acting as barriers to acquiring knowledge, and rightly so. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Awe Media

With this cool tool, create your own Mixed Reality experiences with a simple drag and drop interface, with no code – using your computer, smartphone or tablet. This company also helps schools and organizations customize complex “awe” apps and even … Continue reading

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For Edtech to Matter, Students Need to Care

How can technological advances play a role in a student’s academic journey? GUEST COLUMN | by Michal Borkowski Education technology is becoming ubiquitous in the classroom as teachers and administrators implement the newest gadgets and software into everyday lessons. Whether … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | DeskBoard from Boxlight

Here’s a portable, height- and tilt-adjustable desk surface made interactive via an attached ultra-short throw interactive projector. It’s called the DeskBoard, ideal for schools that need mobile, customized interactivity as it can be used as an interactive screen or desk teachers … Continue reading

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New Frontiers

Exploring the world of classroom VR without disrupting anything. GUEST COLUMN | by Alice Bonasio You’re on your way to Mars – says my Virtual Reality lesson prompt. This particular VR journey starts with a look around a spacecraft hangar … Continue reading

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Making Good Humans

In depth with the leaders of an extraordinarily creative learning company. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero “My brother Evan and I have always been fascinated by the opportunity to use technology to tell new kinds of stories,” says Gregg Spiridellis, … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SharpSchool Mobile Suite

Here’s one of the only K-12 mobile solutions that combines mobile websites, classroom tools, a cloud platform — and a grade book. Designed to improve teacher-student and teacher-parent communication, SharpSchool’s Mobile Suite user-based mobile interface acts as a personalized dashboard where … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Touchtronic Letters

Touchtronic Letters are a new innovation from Junior Learning. Possibly the world’s first tangible alphabet to work on an iPad, Touchtronic Letters combine the physical and digital worlds of learning. This cool tool includes 26 letters color-coded with consonants in … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | BrightLink 595Wi from Epson

Here’s one of the world’s first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projectors. The ultra-short throw BrightLink 595Wi delivers advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, and interactivity over the network. It’s equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard … Continue reading

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Instructional Coaching

How the right relationships help teachers grow. GUEST COLUMN | by Michael Moody and Maura Dudley Between new standards, increased accountability measures, and seemingly constant change, it’s no secret that teachers today face a lot of stress. The most recent … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | The Week in Rap Junior

Used by over 35,000 schools to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum, Flocabulary creates educational hip-hop videos, interactive activities and online assessments for students in grades K-12. For back to school, Flocabulary launched The Week in Rap Junior, … Continue reading

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The Difference Makers

A 40-year veteran of educational publishing talks about what matters most. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As do so many companies, Learning A-Z started as an idea. Bob Holl (pictured) and Francis Morgan, two entrepreneurs and veterans of the education … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Listen Current


This tool makes it easy to bring current events, authentic voices and engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom. They curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time. Non-fiction storytelling works … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Net Texts and Gooru

Net Texts, the free, web-based classroom teaching aid that connects educators to a vast library of innovative, high-quality open educational resources (OER), has partnered with Gooru, a free personalized learning platform that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of K-12 … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Naiku

A unique and comprehensive cloud-based software that helps transform teaching and learning through more effective assessment, Naiku is used across all subjects and grades to provide deeper and faster insight into student knowledge for informed instruction that better engages students and … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Flocabulary

An online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12, Flocabulary is a learning resource used by over 20,000 schools. Engaging and inspiring students, this company creates instructional resources to support lessons across the curriculum, from science and social studies, to … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | 901 Wireless Headphone

A new wireless headphone from Califone connects multiple users with a single transmitter to help meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The rechargeable device connects students to listening activities on computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Spiral

A social learning platform created to help engage students through the use of mobile devices, Spiral provides interactive lessons and real-time data collection building a positive and engaging experience ensuring a more efficient lesson delivery. The app creates a unique … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | ParticiPoll

With this free audience polling system, educators can drop polls into their existing PowerPoint presentations without needing to input the questions and answers into a separate system. Students respond via the presenter’s own unique simple voting web page (http://username.participoll.com) which … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SupplyChaser

A new website that allows teachers to create and share supply lists, SupplyChaser is free and allows teachers to reuse and refine their lists from year to year. Teachers are given a unique link for each list so they can … Continue reading

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Time on Journey

A solution that means less time preparing plans and more time teaching students. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Formed in 2010 by veteran entrepreneurs and software industry experts in consultation with experts in special education and autism therapy, ABPathfinder is … Continue reading

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GuruBook Answers

A new, next-generation classroom ‘teaching machine’ makes its debut. INTERVIEW| by Victor Rivero Since its debut in 2010, over 100,000 HoverCams are used in North America classrooms. The device does more for teachers than a traditional document camera, as it … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | SMART Table

Just a letter off from ‘tablet’ makes a big difference – but will the new SMART Table 442i from SMART Technologies excite young learners and help them grow together both socially and academically? Pull up a chair and have a … Continue reading

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