The vast majority of teachers are using technology daily with their students, and most say their use of technology will increase even more next year, according to a new study involving 2,500 K–12 teachers.
Did you know that Pikachu, Squirtle, Eevee and Mewtwo can help teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to elementary school kids? The popular Pokémon Go characters are part of a project at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD. Juniors in a technology in education class used the smartphone-based augmented reality game late last month to teach local fourth graders concepts such as photosynthesis, gravity and the transformation of electricity.
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1. Duolingo — As a world language teacher, I may be a bit biased, but I believe that there are huge benefits in learning a second language. Duolingo works a lot like Rosetta Stone, guiding students methodically through language lessons. But it’s free! They can earn “lingots”, an in-game currency to unlock new fun lessons.
2. The Blood Typing Game — This site makes the idea of blood typing (and how different blood types interact with each other) crystal clear. The game, housed at NobelPrize.org, places you in an emergency room. There’s been a car crash, and patients need a blood transfusion. It walks you through drawing blood, deciding what type it is, and completing the transfusion, making science connections all the way.
3. GeoGuessr — GeoGuessr uses Google Maps Street View to place you on the ground somewhere in the world in full panorama. The problem? You have NO idea where you are! You must use context clues to guess your location and pin it on a map. Choose to be dropped in certain continents, countries, cities, etc. … or make your own GeoGuessr game with GeoSettr!
4. Smarty Pins — Smarty Pins is kind of like GeoGuessr’s cousin. It asks questions from categories like arts and culture, science and geography, and history and current events. The answers are locations, and you must pin them on a map to answer. It makes geography a game, and the closer you guess, the better your score is.
5. iCivics — This site puts a flashy twist on civics-related topics, puts a ton of resources in teachers’ hands, and lets students play REALLY fun games. My favorite is “Win the White House,” where you take the place of a candidate for U.S. president. Fundraising, platform issues, the electoral college and more are part of the game. I’ve played it and really enjoyed it myself!
6. Quiver — If coloring sheets are part of your life — with your students or with your own children or grandchildren — you MUST know about Quiver. Print coloring sheets from the Quiver website and color them. The Quiver app uses your camera to scan the coloring sheet and bring its characters to vivid, 3D life!
7. European Exploration: The Age of Discovery — (Update 8/18/2016: Sadly, this app has been removed from the App Store.) This iOS app turns the idea of discovering the “New World” into a game by giving students control and decision power. In the game, you choose real, historic personalities like Cartier, Columbus and de Leon. Each has ratings for categories like cartography, shipkeeping, etc. Students use their explorer to slowly uncover and discover all parts of the new world. History meets fun gameplay!
8. Build with Chrome — Legos are getting a huge push these days with the makerspace movement in education. Build with Chrome lets you unlock some of the “conceive it and create it” potential of Legos without having the actual bricks in your classroom. Students can build structures in a virtual environment with an unlimited supply of Legos. They can share their creations in the Build with Chrome online community.
9. Code.org — Coding is a skill that gives students a huge advantage for the future. For so many of us teachers, the problem is that we know little to nothing about coding or computer science. Thanks to Code.org, students can find self-guided coding activities and tutorials. They’re leveled for all ages, from elementary school up.
10. Street View Treks — Google Maps Street View lets its users see what life is like from the road, in full panorama. Street View Treks take that same technology to some of the most spectacular locations in the world, from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal in India. Swim underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or climb the El Capitan rock face at Yosemite National Park.
To be honest, I’m not so great at censoring myself when it comes to using vulgar language. I picked up the habit from my dad, who famously inspired my brother to drop an F-bomb before he could string full sentences together. Unsurprisingly, I’m always worse when hanging out with my big bro — something tha
If educators can capture kids’ passion for Pokemon Go, imagine the learning and engagement they can create. Here are 14 ways you can use the augmented reality game to promote and build excitement about your school and drive learning for students.
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