ABCYa! is the leader in educational games for kids! 10 years at the top of its class,
ABCYa! is a trusted learning tool enjoyed by thousands of teachers and millions of school kids in over 150 countries.
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This video is just one example of how to use the ClassDojo app.
ClassDojo makes it easy to keep students alert and on-task, improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.
Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff. Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click:
NO extra data entry required.
A recent post from EdShelf.com stated the following:
"Class Dojo has been phenomenal for the At-Risk students and their parents. I utilized this as a reward system for good behavior, related to work ethic, responsibility, respect, attendance and self-reflection. The main strengths are the ease of use and cost (FREE!) I do not know of any weaknesses as of yet. I have customized it, by creating certain behaviors I am wanting the students in y room to exhibit and/or not exhibit. I will reward positive or negative points to them based upon their behaviors daily. I also communicate with teachers and parents this way utilizing the class story and messaging features.
I would highly recommend this and there are multiple teachers in our school that use this! It is very helpful in terms of keeping the at-risk middle school students on the right track."
EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer. When you have sources you need to cite properly for your research paper, EasyBib will help you format your sources quickly and accurately. Millions of students a month use EasyBib to cite sources for their papers.
EasyBib is a service of ImagineEasy Solutions, a tiny company that makes big products.
However, one user wrote the following warning about using EasyBib. "If you use the "Website" option and enter a URL, EasyBib will never give a correct entry for an article in an online newspaper or magazine, and it will only give a correct entry for another webpage if whoever published the website coded it correctly, using the work's actual title as the HTML title (and that doesn't even get into other details, like the publication date). In short, though I know it's tempting to do the easy thing and just plug in the web address, it's just not gonna work, and you're better off just doing it by hand."
Great app, but be careful when recommending its' use to your students.
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For more information, read a full review at http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/18/shadow-puppet-app/
Thank you to Doug M. for your suggestion. Please keep them coming!
Doctopus Script for Google Apps
The script, Doctopus, for Google Apps is a huge time saver for teachers. Before Doctopus, teachers were stuck creating a template and sharing the file with the class. The students would then have to create a copy and share the file back. These steps were not only tedious, but often created mixups along the way.
Doctopus allows teachers to create a temple and share it using the script inside of a spreadsheet containing their roster. The script will then create new fields in the spreadsheet that allow for grading, comments, and even a direct link to the shared file (the huge time saver). The script is a bit difficult to explain, so just watch the tutorial below:
How to use Flubaroo
Flubaroo is a neat Google Drive script that allows teachers to create a basic quiz using Google Forms and then have it graded for them. It even allows the teacher to email the grades as well as add comments to the student.
This is a great tool for creating very simple assessments. I’ve used it on occasion, but this is not even in my bag of tricks for online testing (blog post to follow). The simplicity of the script is nice but if you are looking for serious online assessment options, watch for my future blog post.
Here is the tutorial on how to setup the quiz and install the script:
by Kurt Allen
I have been involved in Educational Technology for 11.5 years as a Computer Teacher and Computer Networks Instructor. I have also worked in the field of technology for 21 years.