Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. It's a great learning platform that helps educators involve students in lessons by creating fun game play while asking questions, discussion and surveys.
Lucidpress is a free web based publisher that includes a variety of artistic, user friendly templates that when completed can be saved to Google Drive. These digital documents can also be viewed on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also receive feedback from coworkers and students. It's easy for students to craft beautiful documents with the drag-and-drop functionality as they publish their writings.
Signing up for teachers and students is easy. Simply go to Lucidpress and enter your name and email address. If you district is a Google Apps for Education district, students can click the "Sign up with Google" button. Once you have logged in, click "Create" and choose "Document." After that you can choose from over thirty digital templates to find the best fit to support your writings.
Some templates you might want to check out to use with student writings are the newspaper and book templates. Students can type directly on the template or type their work elsewhere and copy and paste to the template.
Once the Lucidpress template is complete is can be saved as a PDF. To turn the PDF in to a flippable eBook, students can go to a free website called FlipSnack. At FlipSnack the students can upload their PDF and it will be transformed into a flipping eBooks. These eBooks can then be embedded in the students' online portfolios, webpages, or shared via a link.
This a great way for students' to publish their work and document their accomplishments.
Check out ARBasketball. It is an AR (Augmented Reality) basketball game. Download the app to your iPad and print out the marker (pdf file) located here: http://augmentedpixels.com/arb_marker.pdf. Hold your iPad over the piece of paper and a virtual basketball hoop will pop off the page so you can shoot baskets from your iPad. What a great way to teach probability or addition and WOW your students.
Many schools don't allow students to use web tools that require logins or students may not be the appropriate age for some blogging sites. You can use Blogger to create a class web site that will allow students to email posts and or pictures to the class blog by using their email account or a parents email account. No login required.
If you are new to blogging you might want to consider creating a "sandbox" blog. A "sandbox" blog is a blog that you keep private so that you can practice and experiment with blogging until you are ready to go live and share with an audience.
Learning how to program with Scratch introduces computing and Computer Science to a younger audience using the Scratch programming environment. Students who are interested in learning how to program on their computer will love Scratch. Students will be able to make connections between computing, Computer Science, and Mathematics, while having fun learning how to create computer games. Scratch helps make learning to program fun and intuitive. Scratch is free and it's used by millions of people around the world. It's a visual drag-drop language that eliminates many of the tedious details that get in the way so there is less typing and more experimentation. Scratch also supports sharing and collaboration so you can share and work with other people. The Scratch website contains millions of programs created by kids. Check out Scratch to share with your students.