App Reviews https://appedreview.com/app Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:44:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Pixabay – Royalty Free Images https://appedreview.com/app/pixabay-royalty-free-images/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:48:19 +0000 https://appedreview.com/app/?p=9734

Free! Pixabay is a database of royalty free images users can download at no cost. To begin, users must load the website and then enter a search term. Pixabay will then search its database for images of the search term, and users can sort the findings with the filter options on the top of the ...

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Pixabay is a database of royalty free images users can download at no cost. To begin, users must load the website and then enter a search term. Pixabay will then search its database for images of the search term, and users can sort the findings with the filter options on the top of the screen. Once users find an image that fits their needs, they can click it to access an enlarged view of the image and then the “Free Download” button to save it to their computer. As part of the download process, users will need to first choose the size the image they wish to download and then “Captcha” safe download code. The image will then download to the user’s computer, and the user can insert the image into any document, presentation, website, or media of their choosing.

If users wish, they can register with the website for free. By registering, users will be able to upload their own images, leave comments about uploaded images, and view the website without ads. Additional options are also available by registering, such as marking images as favorites, sending and receiving messages, and personalizing their profile.

Instructional Ideas for Using Pixabay

  1. When creating websites using a platform such as Weebly, WordPress, or Jimdo (among others), teachers can have students use images only downloaded from Pixabay. This way, students will not be at risk for using materials protected by copyright.
  2. Teachers can have students compare the terms of service and functionalities of Pixabay against other online image services, such as iStock, and BigStockPhoto. Teachers can then have students complete a diagram that compares Pixabay to one or more of the other services. They can then have students take part of a class conversation about the different websites by asking: (1) Which photo database did you like best and why?, (2) What were some functionalities or features that you found useful when using these databases?, and (3) If you were going to recommend one of these databases to a small business owner, which would you suggest?
  3. Teachers can have students register with the website so they can access the images without being distracted by the advertisements. They can also upload images of appropriate content. (Teachers will need to ensure that the content uploaded is appropriate and no potential legal issues may arise.)
  4. When learning vocabulary terms, students can search this database for a term. Students can then view the images and then select the one that best represents the term. Students can then download the image and upload it to a class website or a Padlet. As part of that post, students can provide commentary that explains why they selected that image and how it represents the term.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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FreeCodeCamp – Learn to Code and Help Nonprofits https://appedreview.com/app/freecodecamp/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:45:46 +0000 https://appedreview.com/app/?p=9720

Free! FreeCodeCamp is a website that provides tutorials users can complete to learn coding following an established curriculum. After launching the website, users must click the “Start Coding (it’s free)” button. They will then be able to register with the website using their email. Once registered, users can sign into the website and click the ...

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FreeCodeCamp is a website that provides tutorials users can complete to learn coding following an established curriculum. After launching the website, users must click the “Start Coding (it’s free)” button. They will then be able to register with the website using their email. Once registered, users can sign into the website and click the “Maps” button on the top right. A sidebar will then open, and users can view the different tutorials, topics, and coding languages they will learn. It is suggested that users start with the “Join the Free Code Camp Community” tutorial to learn about the website. They can register with the additional resources they need before beginning the tutorials. Furthermore, it is suggested that users complete the tutorials in order because they build on each other.

For support, users can click the “Chat” option to ask and answer questions, engage other users in conversation. These options allow them to build an identity on the website. They can click the “Forum” button to read about a variety of topics related to coding and this website, including troubleshooting. They can click the “About” button to view statistics about user engagement on this website. To support this website, users can click the “Donate” button and learn how to do so. Finally, they can click the “Profile” button to adjust their settings.

Instructional Ideas for FreeCodeCamp

  1. For advanced students or students who are interested in coding, teachers can show them FreeCodeCamp and challenge them to complete a specific tutorial within a certain timeframe. To support students, teachers can also set a goal of completing the same tutorial within that timeframe.
  2. For students who are interested in coding and are looking for a community to join, teachers can share with them the “Commit to one of these nonprofits” page in the website and encourage students to join one. Or, if the students are so moved, they may be able to create a chapter of one of those groups at their school.
  3. If students come across a term they do not know while coding, they can use the “Dictionary” option on the Computer Hope website to define it.
  4. After students learn how to code using this website, teachers can have them create a website dedicated to their school, a topic or study, or a common interest. That way, when future students learn how to code, they can add to the already established website.
  5. As part of a computer class, teachers can allow students class time to advance through the tutorials on this website. As they do, teachers can make sweeps of the room and support students as needed.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Kayak – A Website for Travel Planning https://appedreview.com/app/kayak-website-travel-planning/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:56:35 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9696

Free! Kayak is a travel website that lets users book airplane flights, make hotel accommodations, and reserve car rentals. Kayak also provides a “Packages” option that lets users bundle flights, hotels, an/or car rentals together, and the website is dynamic in that it searches multiple websites for the best deal. To begin, users will need ...

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Kayak is a travel website that lets users book airplane flights, make hotel accommodations, and reserve car rentals. Kayak also provides a “Packages” option that lets users bundle flights, hotels, an/or car rentals together, and the website is dynamic in that it searches multiple websites for the best deal.

To begin, users will need to select if they want to search for airplane tickets, hotel rooms, or car rentals from the homepage by clicking the corresponding option. Next, Kayak will prompt users to enter the information that includes the destination, dates, and number of people for the reservation. Users will also need to select the websites they wish to compare against Kayak’s prices. (Depending on the type of search, different options will appear.) Once the information is entered, users can click the “Red Arrow” button on the right of the screen to see the results, which includes prices, additional options, and maps. At this point, users can conduct a new search using the menu buttons at the top of the screen.

Instructional Ideas for Using Kayak

  1. Teachers can create a word problem about a person who wants to plan travel and let students find the best deal for the person using Kayak. For example, if Todd and his wife wish to travel to Germany to celebrate their 4th anniversary for two weeks in October on a budget of $3,000, students could find airplane ticket prices and hotel accommodations using this website. In addition, they could search Kayak for any packages that may provide additional savings. When finished, students could share their responses using Realtime Board, NotebookCast, or Padlet.
  2. Teachers can could give students a budget of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 and let them use Kayak to plan their dream vacation. To help them plan, students can use an app like All Search Engines in One to locate destinations, tourist spots, and other points of interest. When finished, students can orally present their trip using FlipGrid or making a class presentation.
  3. Teachers can present this website to students and provide them a budget of a certain amount of money (e.g., $500, $750, $1000). Teachers can then challenge students to see who can travel the furthest on that amount of money and return home without going over. The student who can travel the furthest can win a prize, such as extra credit or a homework pass.
  4. To familiarize students with travel, teachers can have students select a point of interest and then plan a trip to that area. Teachers can have students check the flight and hotels prices on different days to record any price variances, and students can record those variances. After a period of time, students can write a report where they explain the best time and day to make purchases.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Kayak Website

Kayak Website

 

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StarChart.me – A Tool for Management https://appedreview.com/app/starchart-tool-management/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:54:21 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9683

Free! StarChart.me is a customizable, digital chart that allows teachers to add specific students and rewards. To begin, teachers will need to navigate to the website, enter in the student’s names, and their email address. The website will then create a chart with the student’s name and goal. Teachers can click the stars in the ...

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StarChart.me is a customizable, digital chart that allows teachers to add specific students and rewards. To begin, teachers will need to navigate to the website, enter in the student’s names, and their email address. The website will then create a chart with the student’s name and goal. Teachers can click the stars in the chart as students work towards their goal. If teachers wish to add an additional goal for a student, they can click the “Enter a Reward” box under the current goal followed by the “+” to create it.

Classroom Applications for StarChart.me – A Tool for Management

  1. To incentivize positive classroom behavior, teachers can create a goal for a student and add stars to it in response to good behavior. Once a goal is reached, teachers can reward the student.
  2. Teachers can create a goal for students, such as completing 10 levels on Scratch, learning vocabulary terms with Quizlet, or drawing an image with Sketchpad. As students accomplish the goal, teachers can reward them.
  3. Teachers can provide parents the log-in information to the chart for their student. That way, parents will be able to monitor their student’s behavior.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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Homepage of StarChart.me

Homepage of StarChart.me

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NotebookCast https://appedreview.com/app/notebookcast/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:58:28 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9663

Free! NotebookCast is a free, online whiteboard that multiple users can engage in real time. To begin, users will first need to register with the website. At this point, users can click the “Create an online whiteboard” button and enter information for their board (e.g., Nick Name and the board’s size, title, and description). The ...

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NotebookCast is a free, online whiteboard that multiple users can engage in real time. To begin, users will first need to register with the website. At this point, users can click the “Create an online whiteboard” button and enter information for their board (e.g., Nick Name and the board’s size, title, and description). The whiteboard will then load, and users can add and customize lines, text, shapes in a variety of colors and widths to it with the “Tools” and “Shapes” menu at the top of the screen. After adding a piece of content to the whiteboard, users will need to click the “Check” button before the content will appear on the whiteboard.

To upload an image onto the whiteboard, users must first click the “Image” button on the bottom of the screen, choose the “Upload new images” button, choose the file they wish to upload from their computer, and pause to let the website upload it. At this point, users can adjust where they want the image to appear and then click the “Check” button on the screen to add it to the whiteboard.

If users wish to share their whiteboard, they can click the “Invite” button on the top of the screen and send other users either the whiteboard access code or its URL address. The invited users will need to enter the information into their browser, and the board will launch. Before they can engage the board, the invited users will need to enter their name and then they will have access to the board. Once users have access, they will be able to view and add content to the whiteboard in real time.

When finished creating a whiteboard, users can save it by clicking the “Tools” menu and choosing the “Board Capture” option. The website will then take a screenshot of the board and download it directly to the user’s computer. Also, users can click the “Tools” menu to access a “laser pointer” they can use to highlight information on the board.

Instructional Ideas for NotebookCast

  1. Teachers can write a prompt and/or upload an image to a whiteboard created in this website and share it via a URL link with their students. Students can then respond by adding text in response to the prompt.
  2. Teachers can create or upload a diagram to a whiteboard about a topic and then share it with their students. Teachers can then explain that diagram to their students and use the laser pointer option under the “Tools” menu to highlight important components in the diagram.
  3. After creating a whiteboard, teachers can use the “Board Capture” tool to save it. Teachers can then post the whiteboard to another web tool, such as Dotstorming or Padlet, so it can be used at another time.
  4. If teachers wish to create an online lecture, they can launch a screencasting website, such as Screencast-O-Matic, and record themselves discussing the topic. That recording can then be posted to a class website.
  5. In small groups, one student can create a whiteboard and share it with the group. Next, students can create a product (e.g., advertisement, infographic, graphic organizer, etc.) and then save it via a “Board Capture” once they are finished. Students can then share their work by posting it to a class website or sending it to their teacher over email for grading.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Kids Rewards – An Easy-to-Use Online Behavior Chart https://appedreview.com/app/kids-rewards-easy-use-online-behavior-chart/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:36:19 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9654

Free! Kids Rewards is an online chart that teachers can customize for specific goals, rewards, and students. To begin, teachers will need to register with the website and then log in. Next, teachers can click the “Add Kid” button on the top right of the screen and then individually enter each of their students into ...

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Kids Rewards is an online chart that teachers can customize for specific goals, rewards, and students. To begin, teachers will need to register with the website and then log in. Next, teachers can click the “Add Kid” button on the top right of the screen and then individually enter each of their students into the chart. At this point, teachers can add class and individual goals for students.

To add class goals, teachers will need to click the “Add Common Goal” button on the top right of the screen and a new screen will appear. On it, teachers can enter the goal’s name, points needed to achieve the goal, start date, prize, and additional prize information. Once entered, teachers can click the “Submit” button, and the goal will appear on the website’s main screen. If teachers wish to add individual goals for students, they can click the “Add Goal” button by a student’s name and enter in the information. That goal will then appear by the student’s name.

After creating the goals, teachers can award points towards earning them. To do so, teachers will need to click a student’s name and a new screen will appear. Teachers can then use the “+” and “-“ buttons to add and subtract points. Teachers can also insert notes when awarding or deducting points, and a bar graph towards the bottom of the screen shows a record of the total points.

Classroom Applications for Kids Rewards

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers and students can develop class goals together and the criteria for earning points towards them. As the school year progresses, teachers can award and deduct points accordingly. Once the points are met towards a goal, teachers will need to reward students.
  2. Teachers can combine this website with a noise monitoring tool, such as Bouncy Balls or Decibel 10th, and reward or deduct points accordingly.
  3. To document student behavior, teachers can make sure they add notes when they award or deduct points. That way, they will have notes about student behavior they can bring to conferences, meetings, and open houses.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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View of Kids Rewards

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LearnBoost – A Free Online Gradebook, Attendance Record & Lesson Planning Tool https://appedreview.com/app/learnboost/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:02:03 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9639

Free! LearnBoost is a completely free grade book, attendance, and lesson planning tool designed for teachers and students. To begin, teachers will need to register with the website and then move through the introductory tour. Once completed, teachers will be able to create their first class by clicking the “Add a Class” button on their ...

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LearnBoost is a completely free grade book, attendance, and lesson planning tool designed for teachers and students. To begin, teachers will need to register with the website and then move through the introductory tour. Once completed, teachers will be able to create their first class by clicking the “Add a Class” button on their dashboard and entering in the information.

LearnBoost will then load a new screen, and teachers can click the buttons on the left side of the screen to add basic information. Specifically, the “Class Roster” button to add students to their class, the “Seating” button to create a seating chart and track attendance, the “Schedule” button to enter the times when the class meets, the “Access” button to allow students and parents to be part of the class, and the “Policy” button to add class rules. After entering each kind of information, teachers will need to click the “Save” button. In addition, once teachers give students and parents/gaurdians access to their class, they will receive an email to enter the class, and teachers can also provide the access code manually from the “Class Roster” screen.

After completing their class profile, teachers can open their class by selecting it from the dashboard and use the buttons on the top of the screen to add grades, record attendance, and run reports. The “Gradebook” feature lets teachers enter assignments and grades along with viewing student progress. The “Attendance” button lets teachers quickly mark which students were present, absent, and tardy. Finally, the “Reports” button lets teachers capture snapshots of student progress.

After adding their classes, teachers can write, save, and share lesson plans directly through this website. To do so, teachers will need to click the “Portfolio” button on the top right of the screen from their dashboard view, and a new screen will open. Teachers can then click the “Create” button to write lesson plans in a customizable template. Once they complete a lesson plan, teachers can use the button on the top right of the screen to save, share, and print it. In addition, they will be able to access it from their dashboard.

Classroom Applications for LearnBoost

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers can create a class in this website for each course they are teaching. That way, as the year progresses, teachers will be able to record student attendance and grades in the same place along with their lesson plans.
  2. Teachers can write a lesson plan for their class and then share it with colleagues using the options available in this website.
  3. As part of a professional learning community, teachers can compare this learning management system with other ones, such as Edmodo and Schoology. Teachers can then make an informed decision about which learning management system they would like to use.
  4. During an open house, teachers can show parents/guardians this website and how they can monitor their student’s progress. Next, teachers can add the parents/guardians to their class, so they can monitor their student’s progress independently.
  5. In preparation for a conference, meeting, or open house, teachers can run reports of student progress to share with other stakeholders.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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Screenshot of LearnBoost

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My Attendance Tracker – A Tool for Recording Student Attendance & More! https://appedreview.com/app/my-attendance-tracker/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:29:01 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9626

Freemium! My Attendance Tracker is designed for teachers to record their students’ attendance and grades. To begin, teachers must register with the website and then complete a simple questionnaire to create their first class. After adding students during the setup process, teachers can click the “Home” button on the top left of the screen, and ...

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My Attendance Tracker is designed for teachers to record their students’ attendance and grades. To begin, teachers must register with the website and then complete a simple questionnaire to create their first class. After adding students during the setup process, teachers can click the “Home” button on the top left of the screen, and the website will show them their dashboard. To record attendance, teachers will need to click the “Take Attendance” button and that will open a new view. In it, teachers will need to select the class and date, and then enter if students were present, absent, or tardy. As they do, teachers will be able to view the corresponding data immediately.

Returning to the dashboard view, teachers can click the “Add/Edit Students” button to enroll more students in a class they created. Once a student is enrolled, teachers can add more information by clicking a student’s name and then entering contact information for the student’s parents/guardians, a password for the student, and uploading an avatar for the student. Once contact information for parents/guardians is entered, teachers can click the “Mail” icon under their profile picture and then click the “Compose Message” option to send them an email or text message. Finally, if teachers wish to view their students’ attendance over time, they can click the “Main Reports” button and choose the “General” option. They can then configure and run the type of report they wish and view it online.

Please Note: The basic version of My Attendance Tracker is free and users can upgrade to a premium account to unlock advanced features. Also, grading features are included in this website, but using those features falls outside the scope of this review.

Classroom Applications for My Attendance Tracker

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers can create their classes and enter their students in My Attendance Tracker. That way, they will be able to record students’ attendance and grades during the school year.
  2. Teachers can request that students provide contact information for their parents/guardians. Once received, teachers can enter that information into this website and use it to contact parents/guardians as needed.
  3. When preparing for a conference, meeting, or annual review, teachers can run reports to gather the data from this website and bring it with them.
  4. Teachers can create a reward system by using this website with another classroom management website, such as Bouncy Balls. To explain, teachers can monitor the classroom noise level with Bouncy Balls and reward their students by removing a tardy or giving extra credit points in this website based on their behavior.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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Logo for My Attendance Tracker

Logo for My Attendance Tracker

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LiveSchool – Helping to Document Classroom Behaviors https://appedreview.com/app/liveschool/ Tue, 30 May 2017 14:08:57 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9614

Free! LiveSchool is a classroom management website that allows teachers to input and track student behavior in real time. To begin, teachers need to register with the website and a dashboard view will then appear. To add students, teachers will need to click the “Setup” button followed by the “Students” option and then add students ...

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LiveSchool is a classroom management website that allows teachers to input and track student behavior in real time. To begin, teachers need to register with the website and a dashboard view will then appear. To add students, teachers will need to click the “Setup” button followed by the “Students” option and then add students by clicking the “+New” button on the top right of the screen. They can then manually enter in students’ names, grade, and gender. (Please note, teachers can upload multiple students at once by clicking the “Upload Spreadsheet” option and following the directions.)

When finished, teachers can click the “Lined” button on the top left of the screen to return to their dashboard view and then click the “Points” option to award or deduct points based on student behavior. To do so, teachers will need to click a student’s name, click the “Continue” button on the bottom right of the screen, award or deduct points based on student behavior, and then click the “Submit” button on the bottom right of the screen. (If teachers wish to add a note, they can do so by clicking the “Dialogue” button on the bottom of the screen and typing in their note.) In response, LiveSchool will indicate a point has been awarded or deducted by making a sound and teachers are then returned to the list of students to repeat the process.

If teachers wish to access additional options, they can click the “Menu” button on the top left of the screen and choose an option. The “Rewards” option lets teachers create prizes that students can earn by exchanging the points they earned. The “Reports” option shows teachers documentation regarding the points their students earned or were charged over a period of time. The “Insights” option reports on teacher usage of LiveSchool via different styles of reports, scoreboards, and tracking features.

Please Note: LiveSchool allows for additional customization using the options located in the “Setup” menu.

Classroom Applications for LiveSchool

  1. Teachers can enter all their students into LiveSchool at the beginning of the year and then award/deduct points throughout the year based on behavior.
  2. Teachers can use the reporting features in LiveSchool to share student behavior with parents/guardians. If used over a period of time, LiveSchool can show documentation for making data-based decisions.
  3. Teachers can personalize LiveSchool by adding in their own incentives using the “Rewards” feature, and that may result in students feeling more connected to the classroom community.
A1. Productivity
A2. Frequency
A3. Guidance
A4. Relevance
A5. Credibility
A6. Differentiation
B1. Multipurpose
B2. Collaboration & Communication
B3. Ability to Save Progress
B4. Modifications
B5. Platform Integration
B6. Security
C1. Navigation
C2. Ease of Use
C3. Customization
C4. Aesthetics
C5. Screen Design
C6. Information Presentation
C7. Media Integration
C8. Free of Distractors

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Web 2.0 Calc – A Free Online Calculator https://appedreview.com/app/web-2-0-calc/ Fri, 26 May 2017 18:44:11 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9603

Free! Web 2.0 Calc provides users with an array of math tools. First, users can access a scientific calculator when loading the website or by clicking the “Home” button. Users can then input data into the calculator, and it will compute the answer. If users have a particular math question they need help to answer, ...

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Web 2.0 Calc provides users with an array of math tools. First, users can access a scientific calculator when loading the website or by clicking the “Home” button. Users can then input data into the calculator, and it will compute the answer. If users have a particular math question they need help to answer, they can click the “Forum” option from the menu at the top of the screen and then click the “Post New Question” option. Users can then type their question, and other users can answer it. Or, if they would like to answer a question, users can click a question, click the “Post New Answer” button, type their answer, click the “Show Preview” button, and then click the “Publish Answer” button. The new answer will then appear in that question’s forum. The “Formulary” button lets users input data into a formula, and the website will calculate the answer based on the given variables. The “Help” button offers examples for different mathematical topics, and the “About” button provides information about the website’s developer.

Please Note: To access all the content on Web 2.0 Calc, users will need to register with the website.

Instructional Ideas for Web 2.0 Calc

  1. When solving a problem, students can use the calculator as a tool. If multiple steps are required to solve the problem, students can take screenshots of each piece of data they entered into the calculator. They can then add those screenshots to create a presentation that shows how they solved the problem. Some recommended web tools that can be used to create a presentation for this include StoryboardThat, Biteable, and Stupeflix.
  2. If students are stuck on a problem and cannot find someone to help them, teachers can encourage them to post their question to the “Forum” section of this website. Students can then monitor their responses.
  3. When students come to a problem that requires them to use a specific equation, they can choose the equation from the “Formulary” menu and input their data. The website will then solve the equation.
  4. For advanced students, teachers can have them browse the “Forum” section for questions and answer them. For each question they answer, students can take a screenshot of their work, and show it to their teacher. In turn, teachers can give them extra credit for their work.

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Writer: The Internet Typewriter https://appedreview.com/app/writer-internet-typewriter/ Thu, 25 May 2017 14:58:52 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9593

Freemium! Writer: The Internet Typewriter is a web-based app that provides users with access to a traditional typewriter. To begin, users will need to load and register with the website. At this point, a blank document will load, and users will be able to type directly into it. As they type, users will see their ...

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Writer: The Internet Typewriter is a web-based app that provides users with access to a traditional typewriter. To begin, users will need to load and register with the website. At this point, a blank document will load, and users will be able to type directly into it. As they type, users will see their word and character count on the bottom of the screen. In addition, users can add goals by clicking the “Circle” icon on the top of the screen, and users can choose to create a “Document” or “Session” goal. (“Document” goals are geared towards total word or character count and “Session” goals are geared towards total amount of time spent typing.)

When finished working on the document, users can click the “Disk” icon to save their work, or click the “Arrow” icon to export their work as a PDF or text file. While working in a document, users can click the “Lined” tab button on the bottom left of the screen to access the main menu. When they do, users will be able to see all the documents they have created with Writer, and they can click them to access the documents.

Please Note: To access additional options such as linking document to external websites, users will need to upgrade.

Instructional Ideas for Writer: The Internet Typewriter

  1. For students who get distracted when using a full word processing program, Writer provides them with a word processing environment that is free from distraction.
  2. After students have become familiar with Writer, they can compare it to other websites designed for word processing, such as InkleWriter, Zoho, and Grammarly. When making comparisons, students can write what they like about each writing website and challenges. When finished, students can choose the website they wish to use for writing.
  3. As a class opening activity, teachers can have students journal about the topic for an upcoming class. Students can use Writer to compose, store, and access their journals.
  4. When taking notes, brainstorming ideas, or completing other written work, students can use Writer for these tasks.
  5. To practice spelling or vocabulary words, teachers can pronounce a word or definition and have students type it into a document.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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NASA Image and Video Library https://appedreview.com/app/nasas-image-video-library/ Wed, 24 May 2017 17:47:09 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9578

Free! NASA Image and Video Library is a database users can explore by search term. After loading the website, users can enter in a space-related term and choose if they would like to view videos, images, and audio recordings related to the term or adjust the timeframe. The database will then return the types of ...

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NASA Image and Video Library is a database users can explore by search term. After loading the website, users can enter in a space-related term and choose if they would like to view videos, images, and audio recordings related to the term or adjust the timeframe. The database will then return the types of content they selected in response to the search term.

At this point, users can hover their mouse of a piece of content, and the content will enlarge and provide users with a description about it. Users can then click the content to view a large representation of it. They also have the option to download the content, access additional details about it, and share it over social media. To begin a new search, users can enter a term in the search box at the top of the screen and repeat the process.

Instructional Ideas for NASA Image and Video Library

  1. Teachers can have students read a current event article about space, space exploration, NASA, SpaceX, or another related topic. To deepen their understanding, students can then search for content on this website related to the topic they read. Next, students can pick the one piece of content that best relates to the article and write a short commentary that explains the connection between the content and article.
  2. Teachers can give students a topic and then have them search for that content by years using the timeline feature on the left of the screen. For example, students can search for “Apollo” during the 1960s first and then include the 1960s-1970s and then through the 1980s, 1990s, and into the 2000s. The idea is to see what new, related content was added over time.
  3. When researching a space related topic, students can find for images, videos, and audio related to the topic using this website. They can then download a piece of content they deem most represents the topic being studied and post it to a class website. In addition, students can add a short rationale for why they selected that piece of content.
  4. Teachers can give the class a space-related topic to search for in this website. Students can then locate multiple pieces of content that connects to that topic and then rank the top 3, 5, or 10 most interesting pieces of content. For each piece of content, users write a short rationale that justifies their ranking.
  5. Teachers can assign students a space-related topic and create a presentation about that topic that uses different pieces of content found on this website. Students can present their work in small groups or to the whole class. After giving the presentation, students can direct their peers to additional pieces of content located on this website that relates to the topic.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Creately https://appedreview.com/app/creately/ Tue, 23 May 2017 15:11:10 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9570

Freemium! Creately allows users to design, complete, and share graphic organizers. To begin, users must register with Creately and choose their account type (for this review, it will use the free account option). Next, users must log into the website by clicking the “Go To Creately App” option, and users will have to enable Flash. ...

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Creately allows users to design, complete, and share graphic organizers. To begin, users must register with Creately and choose their account type (for this review, it will use the free account option). Next, users must log into the website by clicking the “Go To Creately App” option, and users will have to enable Flash. At this point, users can create a graphic organizer by clicking the green “New Document” button on the top right of the screen. Next, they are to describe the type of graphic organizer they wish to make by typing its description into the provided box. As they do, Creately will load potential text for that type of organizer. Users can select the text and template for their organizer and describe it, or they can skip this process and choose to create their own organizer from scratch. Both options will then take users to the workspace, which lets them insert shapes, text, and symbols to their graphic organizer. To add those elements, users will need to click the shape or symbol from the left side of the screen and drag it into the workspace. They can then resize it by clicking it once and dragging a corner outwards, and they can rotate it by clicking it once and moving their finger in a circle on the mouse pad. (An arrow will appear when resizing it and a circled arrow will appear when rotating it.) To add text to an object, users need to double click the image and then start typing. To stylize the text, a menu will appear below the shape when users are typing that provides option for the font, size, format, and color of the text. If users wish to further stylize their graphic organizer with colors, lines, and text or edit their organizer by copying, cutting, and pasting, they can tap the design element from the menu at the top. When finished, users can click the blue “Export” button on the top right of the screen to download their work as a PDF or image file or they can click the green “Share” button to access a link to their organizer that they can post so other users can view their work. Finally, when users are finished, they can click the “Open” file icon on the top left of the screen to view all the organizers they have already created, which they can click to access.

Instructional Ideas

  1. After reading a text or studying a topic, teachers can have students load a template from this website and give directions for students to complete it based on the text or topic. When finished, students can send their work to their teacher via email or by posting a link to it on a class website.
  2. In preparation for an extended assignment, teachers can create a graphic organizer using this website and then save it as a PDF or image file, which they can print and have students complete.
  3. Teachers can assign students a text to read and require them to select a graphic organizer of their choice that is included in this website and complete it as a response to the text. When finished, students will email their work to their teacher.
  4. After reading a text or completing an activity, students can create a graphic organizer or image that represents what they understood as the meaning from the text or activity. Students can then share their organizer by posting a link to it on a class website.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Computer Hope https://appedreview.com/app/computer-hope/ Fri, 19 May 2017 17:02:48 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9559

Free! Computer Hope offers a comprehensive glossary of terms related to computers, programming, and coding. To access it, users must launch the website and then click the “Dictionary” button on the top right of the screen. At this point, users can choose a term with the alphabetized list at the topic of the screen, or ...

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Computer Hope offers a comprehensive glossary of terms related to computers, programming, and coding. To access it, users must launch the website and then click the “Dictionary” button on the top right of the screen. At this point, users can choose a term with the alphabetized list at the topic of the screen, or they can scroll down and choose a topic by category, popularity, or latest additions. Users can then peruse the available terms. When they come across a term of interest, users can select to read its definition. Embedded within the definition are more terms users can click to access. In addition to the dictionary, users can click the “History” option to view a timeline that outlines the development of computers, the “Forums” option to read discussions related to computer-based topics, and the “Tips” option to read suggestions and advice about an array of computer-related topics.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can assign students a term and have them look up the term in Computer Hope’s dictionary. Next, teachers can have students take a screenshot of something related to computer programming, coding, or design that demonstrates that term in use.
  2. When reading directions for computer coding, programming, or design, teachers can have students refer to this glossary if they come across a term they do not know.
  3. Teachers can have students view the timeline included in this website and rank the top 3, 5, or 10 most important events based on their impact and advancement of computers. For each item, students can write a short rationale that justifies their ranking.
  4. Teachers can have students become “computer experts” about a topic. To develop their expertise, teachers can assign students a topic, and students can use the “Forums” section of this website to learn about their topic. That way, when classmates have questions about something related to a computer topic, there will be a class expert who can help them.
  5. Teachers can have students practice buying a computer. To do so, teachers can give students a budget (e.g., $500, $750, $1,000) and have them decide which computer is the best to purchase that is within their budget. As part of the exercise, students can read the “Tips” section of this website to learn about different trends, ideas, and concerns when considering purchasing a computer. When ready, students can state the computer they would purchase with their budget and provide a rationale for their decision.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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Kizoa – A Tool for Creating Movies and Collages https://appedreview.com/app/kizoa/ Thu, 18 May 2017 16:07:11 +0000 http://appedreview.com/app/?p=9549

Freemium! Kizoa is designed for users to create movies and collages with their own images. To begin, users must launch the website and then register. Next, their dashboard view loads, and users can click the “My Images” tab to upload their own images to the website. Next, users must decide if they wish to create ...

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Kizoa is designed for users to create movies and collages with their own images. To begin, users must launch the website and then register. Next, their dashboard view loads, and users can click the “My Images” tab to upload their own images to the website. Next, users must decide if they wish to create a movie or collage by selecting the corresponding tab at the top of their dashboard view, and then choosing if they want to use a template or create their product from scratch.

If users chose to make a movie, they will need to drag their images into the slots at the bottom of the screen. After they dragged the first one, Kizoa will present them with cropping options for that image and additional ones they will add. Users are to select the cropping setting of their choice and then continue to drag images into the slots.

Once the images have been added, users can select additional options that include transitions, effects, text, animations, music, and settings. The “Transitions” option allows users to insert special effects between images in the movie. The “Effects” option lets users add graphics to the actual images in the movie. The “Text” option allows users to overlay their images with words. The “Animation” option lets users insert a cartoon over their images, and the “Music” option allows users to select background music that will be played during their movie.

When adding any of these options, users will need to drag the option they wish to add to their movie from the dashboard into the movie timeline on the bottom of the screen. Depending on the option, Kizoa may load an additional menu that lets users further manipulate the image. (Users can also access this menu by clicking the image from their timeline at the bottom of the screen.) This menu allows users to adjust the length of time the image will be shown in their movie along with adding text, animations, effects, and music. To exit this menu, users will need to click the “X” on the top right of the screen. To preview their movie, users can click the “Play” button on the right of the screen.

When finished, users can click the “Save” button, and Kizoa will convert their movie into a MP4 file that will be emailed to them and stored in the program’s cloud. (With a free subscription, users’ movies can only be 30 seconds in length.) If users wish to make a collage, they will need to select the “Collage Maker” option from the top of the screen and then choose the images they wish to include by dragging them from the “My Photos” section of the website into their workspace. Users can then arrange the photos in their collage by dragging them, click the “Add Text” option to insert words into their collage, and further format the collage by clicking an image and choosing the additional options. When finished, users can click the “Download” button on the right of the screen to save their work.

Please Note: Kizoa offers additional options and features that users can access with a paid subscription.

Instructional Ideas for Kizoa

  1. After reading a text, teachers can have students create a movie using this website that summarizes the text, highlights its main points, and/or offers a counter argument. When finished, students can save their movie and then upload it to a class website, so their classmates can view and comment on their movie.
  2. Teachers can assign students a significant individual from history and have them create a movie or collage about the person. Students can be required to represent that person’s background, education, work, life, and legacy in the movie or collage. When finished, students can save their work and then present it to the class in small groups or via a whole-class presentation. When finished, students can upload their work to a class website, and teachers can require their classmates to respond to the post by stating what they learned and what they would still like to know about the person.
  3. For a creative assignment, teachers can let students pick a product or book and create a 30-second commercial for it using this website. The purpose of the commercial can be to build interest in the product or book that will result in students either wanting to purchase the product or read the book. When finished creating their commercial, students can share it with their classmates by posting it to a class website and then their classmates can respond to it by stating if they are or are not interested in the product or book based on the commercial.
  4. After reading a book, teachers can have students create a collage that represents the book with the goal of having their classmates want to read it. When finished creating the collage, students can download it and then send it as an email attachment to their teacher, who can then print it out and hang it on the classroom wall.
  5. When studying a topic that has multiple individuals, events, or topics, teachers can have students create a collage that serves as a graphic organizer that explains the different elements included in the collage. Students can add text to further explain the relationship between the elements. Students can then upload their collage to a class website so their classmates can view their work.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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