This week I have been playing around with a new technology site called ClassFlow. I haven't been this excited about a resource since I discovered Evernote!. In my humble opinion, ClassFlow is a great crossbreed between and interactive lesson resource and a collaborative whiteboard. It's great for teachers K-High School and any subject area. ClassFlow allows teachers to create not only polls an quizzes but student can view a webpage or video and annotate on them directly from an ipad or a computer. It also allows a teacher to connect to their Dropbox, Google Drive, and/or Onedrive accounts to pull in even more resources. Teachers can also use lessons that other teachers have created. This resource is in beta so some features may be available for a while and then disappear only to reappear in a much better format. There is also a ClassFlow Student app for the ipad and a ClassFlow Teacher app for the iphone. I highly recommend that you watch the one hour recorded webinar that goes into much more detail about the uses of ClassFlow. ClassFlow also has several tutorial videos on YouTube that you will want to check out.
I'm sure that many of you have used a "clicker" type app in your classroom to increase student engagment. One of my favorite student reponse apps to use is Socrative. However, I have recently found a new one called Kahoot! Kahoot! is more of a game like interface. It even provides background music while you answer the questions. l also love that it is web based so there is no app to have to download and it works on any device. There are 3 types of questions you can ask your audience-Quiz, Discussion, and Survey. Students don't have to have to login. They simply login in at kahoot.it and type in the game pin number provided by the teachers. Teachers can also create games and share with other teachers. Be sure to watch the short tutorial below. Now, give a hoot for Kahoot!
I know what some of you are thinking. What in the world is an LMS? An LMS is a Learning Management System. Many of you may have used Blackboard or Moodle. These are examples of an LMS. However, some LMS systems can be complicated to use and may even cost ridiculous amonts of money. I want to share information about a new LMS that I have recently run across called Schoology. If you are familiar with Edmodo, then Schoolgy is very similar. It has a Facebook like interace and the beauty of both Schoology and Edmodo is that they are both FREE!!! That's a wonderful word to hear in times of major budget cuts. While I found many of the features of Schoology very similar to Edmodo, I found some things that I really liked about Schoology. One thing that I really like is that it is easy to integrate a lot of apps and sites that I use on a daily basis such as Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Remind 101. There is also a really good ipad app for Schoology that is easy to use and is a little more user friendly than the Edmodo app. I also love that I can join different professional groups so that I can connect and learn from other educators around the world. The last that I really love about Schoology is the capability of having discussions separately from posts about assignments. This is something that is not possible in Edmodo. It also has the capability of creating tests and quizzes to an entire class or indivdually to students. It also allows assignments to be graded with a rubric. It's definitely worth checking out!
I'm a 7th grade Reading teacher and a technology lover. During the 2011-2012 school year we implemented a BYOD initiative. I hope that you will find some helpful information here.