Intriguing Classroom Tech Tools to Consider – January 2019

Intriguing Classroom Tech Tools to Consider – January 2019

Greetings all,

I’ve recently come across some technology tools that have me excited about the possibilities they present for classroom use, so, I thought I would share them with you.

The tools featured in this post include:

You will find a brief rundown of each tool including what it does, why its good for learning, where it works and where you can learn more. I hope that you are as excited about these tools as I am.  Please feel free to reach out any time if you would like to work with me to incorporate these tools into your classroom.

Enjoy!

Cheers,
Ben

InsertLearning

What does it do?

Turns virtually any webpage into an interactive learning tool allowing students to highlight, write and answer questions directly on the webpage.

Why is it good for learning?

InsertLearning makes the process of accessing information on the internet more interactive for students.  This tool allows students to interact with text and share their learning without switching tabs or writing answers down on paper. 

Where does it work?  

Insert Learning is the combination of a Chrome App extension and a website.  As a result, it can be used on all of our school laptops.

How much does it cost? 

InsertLearning is free to try for 5 lessons and unlimited students.  $40.00/yr or $8.00/month provides you with unlimited lessons and unlimited students. (Freemium).

To learn more:

Visit InsertLearning’s Website
https://insertlearning.com/

Visit InserLearning’s YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq_3rFvR2OR1-A3KfKQKCag

JigSpace

What does it do?

This iOS and Andriod augmented reality app displays educational 3D models with explanations on flat surfaces.  Students can view 3D models of locks, microphones, jet engines, atomic bombs, the planet earth, and more.  Each model includes a step-by-step tour of the model and how it works.   Teachers and students can walk around the model to see different views of the model.

Why It’s Good for Learning…

Jigspace provides students with 3D models of real-world items that they can analyze, take apart and put back together easily without any purchase, storage or clean up required. These 3D models are perfect for our visual learners.

Where does it work?  

JigSpace works on iOS and Android devices.  In our learning environments, this would require the use of iPads or teacher or student smartphones.

How much does it cost? 

Nothing.  It’s a FREE app.

To learn more:

Visit JigSpaces’s Website
https://jig.space/

Visit Jigspace’s YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf2oFbbs1PlAAgcMRcDJupw 

GeoGebra Augmented Reality

What does it do?

This iOS augmented reality app allows users to experience math in three dimensions.  It has several built-in activities including the ability to create 3D models on a three-axis Cartesian Coordinate Plane.   

Why It’s Good for Learning…

As students explore higher and higher levels of mathematics it can sometimes be difficult for them to understand and visualize the real world application of advanced mathematics.  GeoGebra Augmented Reality creates models of higher level mathematics with which students can experiment and interact.  Even better, GeoGebra offers a free, online book including activities for teachers and students to take advantage of the app.  “Augmented Reality: Ideas for Student Explorations ” can be accessed here: https://www.geogebra.org/ar.

Where does it work?  

GeoGebra AR works on iOS devices.  In our learning environments, this would require the use of iPads or teacher or student smartphones.  

How much does it cost? 

Nothing. It’s a FREE app.

To learn more:

Visit GeoGebra AR’s App Store Page
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geogebra-augmented-reality/id1276964610

Explore Augmented Reality: Ideas for Student Explorations
https://www.geogebra.org/ar

EquityMaps

What does it do?

This iPad app maps and analyzes discussions including the number of times and how long each participant spoke during a discussion or class. 

Why It’s Good for Learning…

By mapping how long and the number of times each member of the class (including the teacher) spoke, Equity Maps provides great insight into “who is doing the work” in your classroom.  Whether used as a tool for planning, reflection or assessment, Equity Maps provides you with insight into who is speaking when and what that means for engagement in your classroom.

Where does it work?  

Currently, Equity Maps is an iOS iPad only app.  You will need an iPad to use it.

How much does it cost? 

 $2.99

To learn more:

Visit Equity Maps’ Website
http://www.equitymaps.com/

Visit Equity Maps’ YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjrE1Df6h3K2KA_DXGJnNPw