Saturday, September 24, 2016

Answer Pad

The Answer Pad is a great student response system and mobile learning tool I've covered before in the past.  This excellent site/app allows educators to turn their classroom paperless and do all their testing, assessing, etc. on a mobile device (i.e. iPad).  Also, Answer Pad is an excellent learning tool that teachers are using to integrate technology into their curriculum as well as differentiate instruction.  This last summer Answer Pad came out w/ a bunch of new updates to make it easier for teachers to use and grade and assess (in real-time) students.

New Features


  • Quick Connect - no student registration required or prep time for teachers (login via a code).
    • quick checks for understanding by just asking questions and sending a response type make it super simple.
    • draw tool can easily be sent out for students to work through a problem etc.
  • Feedback - color and text feedback w/ the unlock so that students can retry their answer.
  • Broadcast - teachers can send out one of the students responses to the entire class.  This is great way for classroom discussion w/ the names hidden.
    • Hide names, send out a multi-step problem.  Students complete the first step and classroom discusses the anonymous responses.  As a group decide which answer is best and broadcast response to entire class.
    • Yes or No, students discuss response and incorrect response can be sent to group to correct.
  • Send a Web Page - Teacher can send a web page, video, etc to students so they can view w/out having to leave the interactive session.
Answer Sheet
  • Essay question and multiple correct multiple choice question types now available.  These work in conduction w/ the built-in scratch pad that allows a teacher to see and give partial credit for work.
  • Live Monitor - watch live as students work through an assessment
More resources

I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here!!!!

Below is a demo video...

*The Answer Pad is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


WriteReader is an excellent learning tool for grades K-4 to help students w/ their Reading and Writing.  This is done through a educational portal where educators can create an account and then share a unique code for students.  Also, this portal allows for teachers to manage/monitor student accounts and track progress.  Best of all, there are lots of resources for educators such as: tutorials, lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards, and more.

WriteReader also allows students to create digital books in a safe environment (i.e. comment moderation, Google Safe image search, etc) and share them w/ others.

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

For WriteReader lesson plans click here.

Below is a brief demo...

Monday, September 19, 2016


MathMonsterZ is a super fun, new, free mobile (iOS/Android) app for basic Math skills (i.e. addition, subtraction, etc.).  Users familiar w/ the popular card games Pokemon and Magic the Gathering will feel right at home w/ MathMonsterZ, as it follows the same pattern/theme.  Students can play against their friends, teachers, or parents using the same device by taking turns trying to solve the equation.  Also, they can practice by Smashing Pumpkinz or Flying Batz and earn points to advance levels and order actual playing cards.  There is even a Lighting Round where students can play against each other and see what questions they got wrong.  Finally, users can actually order Monster cards to play collect and play at home they way they would other card games.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Visme Contest

Visme the wonderful site for creating beautiful looking presentations, infographics, and more is having a contest where people can win a variety of prizes.

More info from their press release...

Visme is giving away number of great prizes:
During the course of the contest, all participants will receive complementary full access to Visme premium and access all features including the ability to insert video, and record or upload audio to their designs.

The top 30 most-voted submissions via Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn will enter the final round in which a panel of five judges will choose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The most original visual story or resume will receive a cash prize of $2,000, one year of Visme Premium Complete ($192 value) along with a 1-year membership to Iconfinder’s Unlimited Plan ($290 value), and also get featured on Visme’s Visual Learning Center.

The second-place winner will be awarded a new GoPro Hero4, as well as a membership to Visme Premium and a 1-year membership to Iconfinder Starter Plan. The third-place winner and the most-voted project will also win the latter two membership prizes.

For more information on Visme's contest click here.

Below is a demo video...

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playground is the new free iPad app (requires iOS 10.0) for teaching kids how to code.  This is a fantastic app that works very similar to those familiar w/ apps such as Hopscotch or Scratch.  All a user has to do is tap on a "block" of code or drag-n-drop to create commands.  No typing is required.  Once Swift is a downloaded a student can select between two step by step tutorials: Learn to Code 1 (Fundamentals of Swift) or Learn to Code 2 (Beyond the Basics).  Each section is very easy to learn and there is a "hint" button to help those that are stuck.

Also, there are "challenges" (i.e. Drawing Sounds, BattleShip, Brick Breaker, etc.) that users can do to help polish up on their programming skills and begin to create their own games/activities.  Other features include a built-in glossary to help learning programming words/language.  Import your own files/images/sounds to create your own "playground".  Record your own video coding to create a tutorial or to help "Flip a lesson".

Finally, Swift Playground makes it easy to share across iOS devices and integrates w/ iTunes U to make it easy to integrate into the classroom.

I highly recommend checking out Swift Playgrounds by clicking here!!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Boom Blocks

Boom Blocks is the latest game from RoomRecess and first that works on any platform (i.e. iPad, phone, etc).  This is a wonderful game designed for grades K-6th to work on basic Math sills, such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.  The way this works is a student tries to solve the equation as fast as possible and eliminate blocks that are falling from the sky.  Also, exploding a block can "unlock" special power-ups such as: extra time, keys, locks, etc.  The goal is to eliminate all the blocks on the board as quick as possible and get as many points as possible.

I highly recommend checking out Boom Blocks by clicking here!!!

*RoomRecess is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Otus Worksheets

Otus Worksheets is the latest update from the innovative easy-to-use Learning Management System, Otus.  This feature allows educators to create a assessment/worksheet for students to take inside of Otus.  The questions can be T/F, multiple choice, EdPen, or short answer.  Best of all, Otus grades the assessment automatically except for short answer.

Below is a brief demo...

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

*Otus is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.