Easily create portfolios and engage parents with FreshGrade

FreshGrade is free apps for collaboration between teachers, students and parents with digital portfolios, learning objectives, grade book and communications Source: FreshGrade: Digital Portfolios, Grade Books + Engagement After watching the product walkthrough video, I am left impressed. FreshGrade is a way to collect student work, either by your or by the …

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Collabrify Suite is a great set of free apps from the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center

The Collabrify Suite from the Intergalactice Mobile Learning Center is a collection of free apps for use in the primary and middle school classroom. The suite consists of the follow 5 apps: Collabrify Chart looks a little like a spreadsheet, but with slightly easier options to make charting easier. Collabrify KWL allows …

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6 tools for classroom management

6 Powerful Chrome Apps for Classroom Management

For those of you using Chrome in their instruction, below is a collection of some of our favourite extensions to use for classroom management. Some of the things you can do with these add-ons include: monitoring students in-class behaviour,  create and organize assignments, track students grades and progress, organize both formative and summative assessments, generate report charts and many more.

Although the title talks about Chrome apps, none of these tools require the use of Chrome.

How teachers can use Google Hangouts

7 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts

Using Google Hangouts is a great way to connect and collaborate with other classrooms. It’s also a powerful tool for making connections, working collaboratively, and introducing the wider world to your students. Many educators have embraced Hangouts to enrich both their students’ learning experiences and their own professional development. You can connect students with their peers from around the country, or even from abroad, if time zone differences permit.

Education is communication, and Google Hangouts is a great way to enhance communications. 

Using tech tools to change learning with dyslexia

Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia

Fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford remembers with emotion the day she unwittingly put an iPad in the hands of one of her 10-year-old dyslexic students, a day she called “a complete game changer.”

I loved this paragraph from the article:

But in order for teachers to really embrace how tech can help their students with learning differences, Youman said schools must let go of expectations that each student is going to get to the same place in the same way. She said resistance often comes from a misunderstanding that it’s somehow “cheating” when dyslexics use technology as an aid.

This idea could easily be extended to technology use in general. How many teachers are afraid of using technology because they feel it is “cheating”. The great calculator debates of the 70s come to my mind (which still, in part, rages on today).

Also, if you have students with dyslexia, there is also the OpenDyslexic open source font. Freely available, it was designed to increase readability for people with dyslexia.