Articles By Sally Finley
Passport is a world language learning environment based on a research platform that allows teachers to assign classwork and track and report student progress.
EnglishCentral provides an online English conversation program.
Expeditions provides virtual field trips to places that include museums and underwater locations, and even ventures into outer space. It is a collection of linked virtual reality content and supporting materials to use with existing curriculum. Using 360-degree panoramas and 3D images, the content annotates images with details, points of interest, and questions.
Educurious provides an online experience that connects educators, students, and experts through project work using technology.
SolidProfessor is an online video training program offering tutorials for CAD users. Guided, hands-on exercises are provided for the user through self-paced learning.
Kids Discover Online is a library of science and social studies materials that can be used on any device.
i-Ready is an adaptive K-12 diagnostic tool combined with individualized K-8 student online and teacher-led instruction in language arts, reading, and math.
LearningList is an instructional materials review service for schools and districts.
Britannica School is an online, interactive learning resource with up-to-date information sources.
Symbaloo is a bookmarking service for favorite websites. Using a grouping of bookmarks saved in a customized tile called a webmix, the user has easy access to specific URLs on the internet.
MindTap is a mobile app used in conjunction with a high school AP course or college-level course. It acts as a personalized teaching experience, with relevant assignments to guide students to analyze information as well as apply and improve thinking as it relates to a specific course.
The Skyward Student Management Suite is a student information system focusing on tools for office and administration, family engagement, student services, and the classroom.
MMS is a fully integrated student information system that lets the user manage daily operations of a school or district.
iEARN is a nonprofit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects worldwide.
Brainly is a social learning network connecting middle and high school students who ask questions and teach each other how to answer homework and schoolwork questions.
Edulastic is a formative assessment platform to support student mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
MasteryConnect is a software tool for identifying levels of student understanding to improve learning and instruction by assessing and tracking mastery of state and Common Core standards.
Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center is a collection of student applications to create maps, sketches, and progress charts through collaboration with peers. It includes a management system "in the cloud." Khan Academy, a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos featuring learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep, provides resources through the WeKhan tool.
Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. It connects directly to the internet, and all documents are filed in the cloud.
Teacher Dashboard is an online organizational and management tool for teachers using Google Apps in their classrooms. Teachers electronically keep track of, distribute, and edit student work through this product.
Gradeable is an online program that allows educators to grade student work using a printer/scanner, computer, and internet access.
CueThink is an iPad app that provides guided instruction in math problem-solving skills for middle and high school students.
STEMcoach provides STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, and videos.
iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own students.
Nova Elements presents a movie and interactive activity on the elements in the Periodic Table.
MimioScience consists of interactive whiteboard units currently comprising 76 units and 224 lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards.
digedu is a technology tool for teachers to design differentiated and interactive lessons using any digital device.
Using the app or website, eBackpack enables the educator to create assignments and then view and grade completed assignments online. Notes and annotations can be made on top of the document and then returned to students. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.
Blendspace is a tool that allows the user to employ videos, images, plain text, and URLs in creating multimedia presentations.
VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.
Storybird is a web-based site providing a tool for students to create art-inspired stories and poems.
StudyBlue is an online study tool for students offering flash cards, personalized quizzes, study reminders, study stats to measure mastery, and study filters to provide focus.
Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math offers self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based games designed to teach math concepts.
Kno offers interactive K-12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.
myON Reader is a personalized library of more than 3,000 digital books at all reading levels. Books can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
LearningStation Insight provides educators with a tool that can create assessments aligned to state standards, can identify achievement gaps, and can access aligned resources for immediate remediation. Student progress is monitored through daily and weekly reports.
Mayan Mysteries is an online puzzle-based game. Players explore the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep.
Screencast.com is a media-hosting tool that enables users to upload videos or images to share information and knowledge on the web in multimedia formats.
Pocket Literacy Coach sends daily text messages suggesting creative learning activities to a parent's mobile phone.
Discovery Education's iPad web app provides access to a database of video clips covering all core subjects in grades K-12.
Alleyoop is an online college readiness network for teens providing math instruction in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II.
StudySync is a web-based program of more than 350 classic and contemporary text excerpts from novels. The program is designed to build reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Texts are tied to common core standards.
Insight 360 is an integrated system of mobile, interactive hardware, and intuitive software that delivers formative ongoing assessments to track student progress.
Common Core 360 is a professional development program designed to help classroom teachers align math and language arts curricula to the Common Core Standards.
SonicWALL NSA 3500 is an integrated security appliance used to provide the user with online security on the internet.
Symantec Endpoint Protection combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention. It integrates security technologies in a single agent and management console.
HotChalk is a learning management system that includes a lesson plan library. Teachers can manage curricula, develop student rosters, distribute assignments and quizzes, create lesson plans, post messages, share resources and best practices, and maintain an electronic gradebook.
Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.
World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.
Sokikom is a single-player, skill-based math program that adjusts activities to individual students.
ePals LearningSpace is a web-based communication and collaboration tool for district and school use.
Susan Finley reviews the Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program, which provides online training and resources teachers can use to communicate with students about bullying and violence-related issues.
Sally Finley reviews Pearson's Interactive Science Middle School Program, an online science program that uses grade-level textbook and online resources.
Sally Finley reviews Achiever!, a student assessment program.
Sally Finley reviews Grzimek's Animal Life, an online animal reference database from Gale Cengage Learning.
Sally Finley reviews Classworks Web Edition, an online subscription service that provides individualized standards-based instruction in math, reading, language arts, and science.
Sally Finley reviews Aha!Science, a supplemental program of instruction, lessons, games, simulations, journaling, activities, and quizzes for grades 3–5 focusing on life science, Earth and space science, and physical science.
Sally Finley reviews LabQuest Library, a LabQuest-focused toolkit that includes a lab creator, lab organizer, and links to LabQuest device upgrades.
Sally Finley reviews Biology.com, an online student and teacher edition of Pearson's "Miller & Levine Biology" textbook.
Sally Finley reviews Adaptive Curriculum, an online library of middle school math and science lessons aligned to national and state standards.
Sally Finley takes a look at Discovery Education Science for Elementary, an online standards-based science curriculum.
Sally Finley reviews the NXT Sensor Adapter, a device that enables a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics system to use sensor-based controls.
Sally Finley reviews MIND Research Institute Algebra Readiness, a program that provides a visual learning approach for a comprehensive algebra readiness curriculum for grades 6-12.
Sally Finley reviews Evolver Pre-Algebra for grades 6-12.
Sally Finley reviews LabQuest, a handheld data collection tool that can be used as a stand-alone device or a computer interface.
Sally Finley reviews Tool Factory Podcasting, a Windows-based program that provides the tools needed to create and publish podcasts.
Sally Finley reviews Holt Virtual Investigations, a science simulation available in middle school and high school editions.
Sally Finley reviews Science Online, a comprehensive subscripton database from Facts On File, Inc.
Sally Finley reviews InspireData, database software focused on the concepts of visual learning and data literacy.
Sally Finley reviews First in MATH, a Web site that provides access to the 24 Game series, mathematics fact practice, test preparation, and critical thinking skills activities.
Sally Finley takes a look at the Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD, a combination of the award-winning documentary and interactive learning features for students in grades 6-12.
Reviewer Sally Finley takes a look at Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth, the latest online exploration from Questmaster Dan Buettner.
Reviewer Sally Finley writes about MathAmigo 4, a standards-based math software program.
Sally Finley takes a look at Simulation Explorer, a collection of six science simulations presented at two levels of difficulty based on variables.
Science Diagrams is a drawing program that provides access to more than 200 pre-constructed and edit-ready science-related diagrams, as well as the tools to create new diagrams.
Sally Finley takes a lookat Go! Motion, a motion detector that connects directly to a computer's USB port to collect position, velocity and acceleration data for moving objects.
Reviewer Sally Finley examines the Valiant Roamer Robot.
Sally Finley reviews the EcoLog XL portable data logger.
The very nature of science as an ever-changing discipline requires timely and updated tools to deliver instruction within the science classroom. Technology programs provide the perfect solution to engage today’s students in scientific inquiry. This article covers science software in the categories of standards-driven teaching, simulations, inquiry, and science tools.
A review of Predictive Assessment Series, an assessment tool for K-12.
Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs provides center activities for writing using practice exercises, graphic organizers, and a drawing program.
EasyTech, available in English and Spanish, provides a series of instructional lessons that integrate technology into the core curriculum. Working at their own pace, students complete activities while learning how to use a variety of technology tools for their curriculum-related products.
This Web site features information and activities related to the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each March--this year starting March 5
The Science CSI kit is a collection of digital science tools accompanied by a science curriculum.
BrainPOP is a subscription-based Web site that provides standards-based animated educational videos on a variety of topics in Math, English, Science, Health, Technology, and Social Studies.
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science
Go! Temp is a science tool that provides students with the opportunity to collect, examine, and calculate data using a sensor probe. The program allows data to be saved, displayed, graphed, analyzed, and recalled.