Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sketch Nation

Sketch Nation is a wonderful free app (iOS/Android) and website for creating games.  Sketch Nation reminds me of Pixel Press Floors but w/out the paper.  All a student has to do is select their category of game (i.e. platform, jumping, etc) then draw their backgrounds/characters/items and let Sketch Nation do the rest.  The advanced level editor will help students create more complex games and work on their STEM skills.  Sketch Nation even has a nice section for education w/ a collection of games created by students.

More Features...

- Custom movement / coding - You can now learn the basics of coding by setting custom movement for enemies. You can specify exactly how enemies move by setting each step of movement, such as “Go left”, “Go right”, “Start over”, etc.. We will add more customization like this in upcoming releases.

- Comments - You can now comment on online games created by other users. See what other users think of your games and give feedback to other game creators. All the comments will be checked by an admin before they are viewable to others.

-  News feed - You can now see what users are doing in your games. You’ll see news feed items for new high scores, new comments, when your games have been favorited or featured. You’ll also be able to see when games and comments you have submitted have been approved or rejected. 

- Art gallery - You can now re-use art you have previously drawn when creating a new object. Local games will be limited to art stored locally, while online games will be able to access all the art you have created for your online games.

- Pushable blocks - You can now create obstacles that can be pushed by the player. This opens up a whole new way to design levels by requiring the user to push obstacles in order to solve puzzles.

- New ammo settings - You can now create non-moving ammo that appears directly in front of the player. This can be used to let the player wield a weapon such as a sword. 

- New dying animations - New dying animations for enemies like “Cut”, “Flatten” and “Fall over”.


I highly recommend checking out Sketch Nation by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



For my Pinterest board on Programing/Coding click here.



*Sketch Nation is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

NameCoach

NameCoach is a wonderful web service that educators are using to learn student's names and pronounce them correctly.  This is especially useful w/ commencement/graduation ceremonies on the horizon.  The way this works is simple as a teacher creates a name/web page and then has the student's speak their names.  The audio gets embedded into a page and a user can access them all on one page at anytime.  Also, NameCoach makes it very easy to share recordings and keep track of student's name/email.  It's easy, accurate, and 100% safe for schools to use.

I highly recommend checking out NameCoach by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



*NameCoach is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

BoomWriter

BoomWriter is a excellent site that educators everywhere are using to help teach Writing grades 3rd-8th.  The way this works is through an innovative collaborative writing/voting process that motivates students in a fun way.  Recently, BoomWriter released a new video to show their writing process in action...

Below is their NEW demo video...

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I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter by clicking here!!!

BoomWriter Pro is the version of BoomWriter educators are using to grade and assess students in real-time through standards based rubrics.  This lets teachers capture whole class or individual data to make it easy to differentiate instruction and more.

I highly recommend checking out BoomWriter Pro by clicking here!!!

Finally, BoomWriter has created a FREE "Back to School Welcome Back Pack" for items such as door tags, classroom quotes, posters, and more.  Download your pack here!!!

*BoomWriter is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Monday, August 29, 2016

iPracticeMath

iPracticeMath is a wonderful FREE (Common Core aligned) site for Math grades K-12.  I like to think of this as the "ultimate" Math resource, as students/educators can find whatever they are looking for, such as: worksheets/printables, interactive problems, detailed problem-walkthroughs, and more.

Also, iPracticeMath covers a wide variety of Math problems.  A user can find Math in all grades/subject areas, from basic Math topics such as addition/subtraction to fractions/decimals/algebra, etc etc.  In the "Math Practice" area students can practice their problems and use the built-in scratch pad as a "blank" sheet of paper (i.e. works on mobile devices too!!!).


iPracticeMath offers a wide variety of worksheets/printables that anybody can use.  It even lets users print out the answers or view them online.  Other nice printables is the quiz generator as well as the "Award" section that lets parents/teachers print out certificates.

Best of all, is the educational portal which allows educators/parents to manage/track student accounts and generate detailed reports.  Not only are these reports generated in real-time but they make it easy to assess students and differentiate instruction.



For another detailed review on iPracticeMath click here.

I highly recommend checking out iPracticeMath by clicking here!!!



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Digipuzzle

Digipuzzle is a great site for finding a wide range of free online games, activities, and puzzles.  This is a great way to introduce Game Based Learning into the classroom as well as for computer "centers".  Also, there is a section titled "USA" which is a nice section for finding educational games/activities for on USA history/states/capitals, etc.

I highly recommend checking out Digipuzzle by clicking here!!!

*Digipuzzle is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes is an innovative site that lets teachers create "classrooms" where their students can read and interact w/ texts.  Student's are able to select through a wide variety of literature and then annotate the text.  This is helpful as they can take notes and pickup right where they left off when reading.  Best of all, the teacher tools allows educators to create quizzes to assess how students are doing and they can even track/manage their student accounts.  Educators are using Owl Eyes in a number of different ways such as: differentiating instruction or flipping a classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Owl Eyes by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief demo...



*Owl Eyes is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Channelkit

Channelkit is a new site for curating resources that reminds me of a cross between Pinterest and EduClipper.  This is a nice site that turns any type of media (i.e. file, links, images) into digital cards that can then be turned into a channel.  These "channels" can then be made public/private and shared w/ others via unique URL.

I highly recommend checking out Channelkit by clicking here!!!