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Articles By Sally Finley
eBackpack is a management system that assigns, annotates, collects, and grades assignments and assessments. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.
Posted 01 May 2017 / May/June 2017 Issue
Prepmagic uses interactive simulations to provide science education for high school students. Teachers can customize the lessons and utilize live formative science assessments.
Posted 01 May 2017 / May/June 2017 Issue
Passport is a world language learning environment based on a research platform that allows teachers to assign classwork and track and report student progress.
Posted 01 Mar 2017 / Mar/Apr 2017 Issue
EnglishCentral provides an online English conversation program.
Posted 01 Mar 2017 / Mar/Apr 2017 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2017 / Jan/Feb 2017 Issue
Educurious provides an online experience that connects educators, students, and experts through project work using technology.
Posted 01 Jan 2017 / Jan/Feb 2017 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Nov 2016 / Nov/Dec 2016 Issue
Kids Discover Online is a library of science and social studies materials that can be used on any device.
Posted 01 Sep 2016 / Sep/Oct 2016 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2016 / May/Jun 2016 Issue
LearningList is an instructional materials review service for schools and districts.
Posted 01 May 2016 / May/Jun 2016 Issue
Britannica School is an online, interactive learning resource with up-to-date information sources.
Posted 01 Mar 2016 / Mar/Apr 2016 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2016 / Mar/Apr 2016 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2016 / Jan/Feb 2016 Issue
The Skyward Student Management Suite is a student information system focusing on tools for office and administration, family engagement, student services, and the classroom.
Posted 01 Nov 2015 / Nov/Dec 2015 Issue
MMS is a fully integrated student information system that lets the user manage daily operations of a school or district.
Posted 01 Nov 2015 / Nov/Dec 2015 Issue
iEARN is a nonprofit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects worldwide.
Posted 01 Sep 2015 / Sep/Oct 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2015 / Sep/Oct 2015 Issue
Edulastic is a formative assessment platform to support student mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
Posted 01 May 2015 / May/Jun 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2015 / May/Jun 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2015 / Mar/Apr 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2015 / Mar/Apr 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2015 / Mar/Apr 2015 Issue
Gradeable is an online program that allows educators to grade student work using a printer/scanner, computer, and internet access.
Posted 01 Jan 2015 / Jan/Feb 2015 Issue
CueThink is an iPad app that provides guided instruction in math problem-solving skills for middle and high school students.
Posted 01 Jan 2015 / Jan/Feb 2015 Issue
STEMcoach provides STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, and videos.
Posted 01 Nov 2014 / Nov/Dec 2014 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2014 / Sep/Oct 2014 Issue
Nova Elements presents a movie and interactive activity on the elements in the Periodic Table.
Posted 01 Sep 2014 / Sep/Oct 2014 Issue
MimioScience consists of interactive whiteboard units currently comprising 76 units and 224 lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards.
Posted 01 May 2014 / May/June 2014 Issue
digedu is a technology tool for teachers to design differentiated and interactive lessons using any digital device.
Posted 01 Mar 2014 / Mar/Apr 2014 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2014 / Mar/Apr 2014 Issue
Blendspace is a tool that allows the user to employ videos, images, plain text, and URLs in creating multimedia presentations.
Posted 27 Jan 2014 / Jan/Feb 2014 Issue
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.
Posted 06 Nov 2013 / Nov/Dec 2013 Issue
Storybird is a web-based site providing a tool for students to create art-inspired stories and poems.
Posted 06 Nov 2013 / Nov/Dec 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2013 / Sep/Oct 2013 Issue
Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math offers self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based games designed to teach math concepts.
Posted 01 Sep 2013 / Sep/Oct 2013 Issue
Kno
Kno offers interactive K-12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.
Posted 01 May 2013 / May/Jun 2013 Issue
myON Reader is a personalized library of more than 3,000 digital books at all reading levels. Books can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Posted 01 May 2013 / May/Jun 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2013 / Mar/Apr 2013 Issue
Mayan Mysteries is an online puzzle-based game. Players explore the world of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Posted 01 Mar 2013 / Mar/Apr 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2013 / Jan/Feb 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2013 / Jan/Feb 2013 Issue
Pocket Literacy Coach sends daily text messages suggesting creative learning activities to a parent's mobile phone.
Posted 01 Nov 2012 / Nov/Dec 2012 Issue
Discovery Education's iPad web app provides access to a database of video clips covering all core subjects in grades K-12.
Posted 01 Nov 2012 / Nov/Dec 2012 Issue
Alleyoop is an online college readiness network for teens providing math instruction in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II.
Posted 01 Sep 2012 / Sep/Oct 2012 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2012 / Sep/Oct 2012 Issue
Insight 360 is an integrated system of mobile, interactive hardware, and intuitive software that delivers formative ongoing assessments to track student progress.
Posted 01 May 2012 / May/Jun 2012 Issue
Common Core 360 is a professional development program designed to help classroom teachers align math and language arts curricula to the Common Core Standards.
Posted 01 May 2012 / May/Jun 2012 Issue
SonicWALL NSA 3500 is an integrated security appliance used to provide the user with online security on the internet.
Posted 01 Mar 2012 / Mar/Apr 2012 Issue
Symantec Endpoint Protection combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention. It integrates security technologies in a single agent and management console.
Posted 01 Mar 2012 / Mar/Apr 2012 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2012 / Jan/Feb 2012 Issue
Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.
Posted 01 Nov 2011 / Nov/Dec 2011 Issue
World Book Dramatic Learning provides original scripts, skits, and monologues to build reading fluency and content comprehension.
Posted 01 Nov 2011 / Nov/Dec 2011 Issue
Sokikom is a single-player, skill-based math program that adjusts activities to individual students.
Posted 01 Sep 2011 / Sep/Oct 2011 Issue
ePals LearningSpace is a web-based communication and collaboration tool for district and school use.
Posted 01 May 2011 / May/Jun 2011 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jul 2010 / Jul/Aug 2010 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Pearson's Interactive Science Middle School Program, an online science program that uses grade-level textbook and online resources.
Posted 01 Mar 2010 / Mar/Apr 2010 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Achiever!, a student assessment program.
Posted 01 Jan 2010 / Jan/Feb 2010 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Grzimek's Animal Life, an online animal reference database from Gale Cengage Learning.
Posted 01 Nov 2009 / Nov/Dec 2009 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Classworks Web Edition, an online subscription service that provides individualized standards-based instruction in math, reading, language arts, and science.
Posted 01 Sep 2009 / Sep/Oct 2009 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jul 2009 / Jul/Aug 2009 Issue
Sally Finley reviews LabQuest Library, a LabQuest-focused toolkit that includes a lab creator, lab organizer, and links to LabQuest device upgrades.
Posted 01 May 2009 / May/Jun 2009 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Biology.com, an online student and teacher edition of Pearson's "Miller & Levine Biology" textbook.
Posted 01 Mar 2009 / Mar/Apr 2009 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Adaptive Curriculum, an online library of middle school math and science lessons aligned to national and state standards.
Posted 01 Jan 2009 / Jan/Feb 2009 Issue
Sally Finley takes a look at Discovery Education Science for Elementary, an online standards-based science curriculum.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / Nov/Dec 2008 Issue
Sally Finley reviews the NXT Sensor Adapter, a device that enables a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics system to use sensor-based controls.
Posted 01 Sep 2008 / Sep/Oct 2008 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2008 / May/Jun 2008 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Evolver Pre-Algebra for grades 6-12.
Posted 01 Mar 2008 / Mar/Apr 2008 Issue
Sally Finley reviews LabQuest, a handheld data collection tool that can be used as a stand-alone device or a computer interface.
Posted 01 Mar 2008 / Mar/Apr 2008 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Tool Factory Podcasting, a Windows-based program that provides the tools needed to create and publish podcasts.
Posted 01 Nov 2007 / Nov/Dec 2007 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Holt Virtual Investigations, a science simulation available in middle school and high school editions.
Posted 01 Sep 2007 / Sep/Oct 2007 Issue
Sally Finley reviews Science Online, a comprehensive subscripton database from Facts On File, Inc.
Posted 01 Jul 2007 / Jul/Aug 2007 Issue
Sally Finley reviews InspireData, database software focused on the concepts of visual learning and data literacy.
Posted 01 May 2007 / May/Jun 2007 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2007 / Mar/Apr 2007 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2007 / Jan/Feb 2007 Issue
Reviewer Sally Finley takes a look at Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth, the latest online exploration from Questmaster Dan Buettner.
Posted 01 Nov 2006 / Nov/Dec 2006 Issue
Reviewer Sally Finley writes about MathAmigo 4, a standards-based math software program.
Posted 01 Sep 2006 / Sep/Oct 2006 Issue
Sally Finley takes a look at Simulation Explorer, a collection of six science simulations presented at two levels of difficulty based on variables.
Posted 01 Jul 2006 / July/Aug 2006 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2006 / May/June 2006 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2006 / Jan/Feb 2006 Issue
Reviewer Sally Finley examines the Valiant Roamer Robot.
Posted 01 Nov 2005 / Nov/Dec 2005 Issue
Sally Finley reviews the EcoLog XL portable data logger.
Posted 01 Sep 2005 / Sep/Oct 2005 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2005 / Sep/Oct 2005 Issue
A review of Predictive Assessment Series, an assessment tool for K-12.
Posted 01 Jul 2005 / Jul/Aug 2005 Issue
Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs provides center activities for writing using practice exercises, graphic organizers, and a drawing program.
Posted 01 May 2005 / May/Jun 2005 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2005 / Mar/Apr 2005 Issue
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
Posted 01 Mar 2005 / Mar/Apr 2005 Issue
The Science CSI kit is a collection of digital science tools accompanied by a science curriculum.
Posted 01 Jan 2005 / Jan/Feb 2005 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2005 / Jan/Feb 2005 Issue
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science
Posted 01 Nov 2004 / Nov/Dec 2004 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2004 / Sep/Oct 2004 Issue
 
 
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