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Plickers (App)

Plickers is a fantastic assessment app that I have used many times to poll my students, for exit cards or simple surveys, or even as a MUCH more fun (and quick) way to deliver (and mark) quizzes!   Take a look at this brief video and keep scrolling for a more in-depth look at how I use it in my own classes.

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INKspire Kickstarter (Youth Forum)

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We’ve got yet another great Canadian Kickstarter project for you!  INKspire is aiming to set up an online community / forum for youth to address the MANY issues we all face in today’s modern society.

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Math Fight (App)

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We are going to start our App Reviews with a very simple app.  Math Fight lets you go head to head against another person/student to test, and improve, your math skills.
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Wall Ball (Phys. Ed)

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Here is another game that I was shown by Mr. P.  I am going to call it Wall Ball for obvious reasons.  Students will be divided into teams just like dodgeball, but instead of trying to hit other students the goal of the game is to hit the wall before the ball bounces or is stopped by another student.  This game is A LOT of fun, and gets VERY competitive!

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WipeChart is here!

Back in December we posted about Wipebook 3, a Canadian Kickstarter project.  I had been following these guys since day one and couldn’t resist jumping in on the Wipebook 3… it was my first Kickstarter Project!   After a bit of a delay, but amazing support and communication, I got my Wipebook 3 and have LOVED using it.  (We will be posting a review very soon!)

Here is a sneak peak at the Wipebook…

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Back to School!

WELCOME BACK!  The first week of school is over, and we’ve settled in… so it is time to get back to work on blog posts.  I have a few posts coming this week, with some great DPA games and a few cool tools for any teacher.

Make sure to follow us on twitter and facebook as I do A LOT of retweeting from some pretty awesome sources.

If you’re new to the blog here are some MUST HAVES to tide you over until things get going again this year.

If you have any ideas for future topics just let me know!

Enjoy!
Mr.S

Using PollEverywhere!

This is only a quick look at this innovative service, feel free to take your time with it on your own!

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Poll Everywhere is a great tool that I have used in the past to get students (and fellow teachers) engaged in the lesson or presentation at hand.  You can easily set up a multiple choice poll and get results as I did above.

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Wipebook 3 Kickstarter!

The newest version of Wipebook is in the last few days of a Kickstarter campaign. I’ve been looking at this since the first version, but i’ve actually jumped in for this model.

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Boogie Board Sync 9.7 ‘Teacher Review’

I will be posting a typed up version, with screenshots of the apps over the weekend, I just wanted to show everyone that the Boogie Board is fantastic for taking notes, including the student rhyming journal entry.  I had some difficulty adding individual images to the wordpress post so I had to stitch them all together and make one really long .jpeg file.  If you would like to look at the individual images/screens you can find them here.  I will be adding a word count once everything is typed up. Through this whole experiment the only problem I had was with adding the images to wordpress (they skipped about 10 lines after each of the 20 images, it didnt look pretty) and of course my ugly writing!

I will also be linking to some great articles about how writing helps students remember a lot more than typing, but I will save that for the typed up version. Enjoy the Boogie Board ONLY Review below for now!

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Audiobook Humble Bundle!

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I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with Humble Bundle, a website that has various video game, e-book and comic book bundles at greatly discounted prices, but they have a CRAZY deal going right now.  For about $7 (the average price at the time of writing) you can get everything you see below, minus Mockingjay… but with each of the Hunger Games Audiobooks going for at least $20 this is a steal.  If you are planning on using an audio version of these books in your class and don’t want to worry about using an illegally uploaded version from youtube THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

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