Level it Books is a fantastic iOS app that allows users to scan a book's ISBN and get a reading level for the book. This is ideal for educators, parents, or librarians wanting to know which books are appropriate reading level for their kids or students. Also, Level it Books will not only tell the reading level and Lexile, a teacher can use it to create a digital library of books and manage their students' (create class rosters) reading level data.
Google classifies content on websites by Reading level. What is the reading level of your site content? Did you know Google uses a sophisticated algorithm to classify content into 3 categories called - Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
"Creative Commons is a non-profit that helps sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge via free legal and technological tools . These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them.
To help you better teach your students about Creative Commons and how it works, here is a handy graphic that visually captures the main important things students need to know about Creative commons. Enjoy"
Evernote is a tool for classrooms that we’ve highlighted in previous blog posts and featured in an eBook. With the recent update to its iPad app, specifically for iOS7, there are four things that makes this an even better tool for mobile learning.
Mobile reading in on the rise and data out today suggests that more consumers will be reading on tablet-sized devices. 24% of Americans surveyed have an e-reader and 35% have a tablet device, according to the latest report from The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.
Create a Gooru collection to engage your students and tier instruction either with different levels or learning styles. Collection narration allows you to provide teacher instruction so that students are well supported while away from the teacher.
French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can export your work in PDF or PPT as well.
Repeated problems in April with an online system for administering state proficiency tests had minimal impact on students scores, an analysis commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Education found.
With forty-five states plus Washington DC and four territories adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I’m a little surprised educators are still questioning the benefits of becoming a connected educator.
"Now that it's the middle of summer, rubrics are probably the furthest thing from your minds. However, unfortunately it won't be long from now that we will be knee-deep in marking. ForAllRubrics https://www.forallrubrics.com/ is one of my best finds online in a long time. This is a free “service” for teachers that works on iPad and iPhone. Now, teachers will be able to create rubrics and easily use their iOS devices to assess all of their students."
"As the CCSS has been crafted with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support inclusive access for all students with identified learning needs and/or disabilities, English Learners, linguistic minority students, as well as students from fragile families, many educators respond with concern that without technological resources, they feel challenged to design instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students. While technology can provide expanded access, there are many “no-tech and low-tech” options that many teachers utilize that are also UDL-considerate." - Jennifer Finney-Ellison