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Virulent Is An Infectiously Engaging Simulation | Audio Review # 126

Overview Virulent is an iTunes app simulation of virus behavior that incorporates gamification elements to engage students from grades 4-12 in exploring the microscopic world. The player becomes the “mind” of the viral invader, seeking to combat the defenses of the host in order to not only survive, but to thrive. The graphics are crisp, […]

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U.S. Presidents Commits A Misdemeanor | Audio Review # 125

Overview U.S. Presidents, an Android and Kindle app, is a flashcard-style quiz and learning tool. The information is rather shallow, dealing almost entirely with lower-order thinking skills such as identification and recall. If a teacher has as a learning objective that children memorize the presidents, then download and run with it. If, on the other […]

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Bit Strip Should Be Your Go To Comic Making Tool | Audio Review #120

Overview A teacher at Concordia attended a class on digital literacy and learned about a tool called Bit Strips.  Apparently this has been around for awhile, but I have never heard of it and really enjoyed creating the comic above.  Bit Strip really has everything you could want in a comic making tool.  You can […]

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OneShot Makes Tweeting Book and Article Quotes as Easy as Pie | Audio Review # 117

When I was a lot younger, I learned to read.  It has been a wonderful thing!  Thankfully I am still able to read and I even use my iPhone to do lots of reading on the Kindle app.  I also like to read articles from websites or using my Flipboard app. Once in a while […]

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Audio Review # 114 | P2PU, By Any Other Name, Still Smells As Sweet

Overview P2PU’s (Peer to Peer University) tagline says it all, “Playful, networked learning experiences that last. Instead of lonely, anonymous online courses, our communities sustain interest and engagement because folks build them together. We are open and welcoming in everything we do, and help folks generally feel comfy on the internet.” P2PU creates a platform […]

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Audio Review # 113 | Periscope Let’s You Live Stream Your Life to Twitter

Overview Twitter recently purchased and released the Periscope mobile app.  Like its competitor Meerkat, Periscope lets you stream long form video directly from your phone to the world. It is linked into your Twitter account;  your contacts will get a tweet from you when you turn on the video stream. People interact with it by […]

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Audio Review # 111 | ToDo Math Gives Kids Lots To Do In Math!

Overview Todo Math is a suite of multi-level math games.  It’s designed for early grades and is highly  engaging.  Students move through different levels of math practice in things like counting, writing numbers, tallies, and then even build into concepts of equations and number sentences. Concerns Great game at a wonderful price.  This is a […]

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Audio Review # 110 | Codine For Newbies, Candy For Pros

Overview CodeCademy is a free, online, code instruction site. Not for the graphically driven among us, CoedCademy is crunchy and serious. If you wish to learn HTML, Python, or most of the popular coding languages out there, consider CodeCademy as an excellent resource. The user sees two windows, one with the code and one with […]

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Audio Review # 109 | Who Has What Lets Me Know Who Has My Stuff

Teachers are givers.  That is just what we are all about.  We give, give, give.  Sometimes, however, we want the things we give to be returned to us.  This might include classroom books, equipment, pencils or even our car. The Who Has What app helps keep loaned items organized and more likely to be returned. […]

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Audio Review #108 | Confer & Snapfolio Help You Organize Your Anecdotal Notes.

Overview I’ve been teaching Reading and Writing Workshop for awhile now and one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is keeping anecdotal notes about my students.  I’ve tried a ton of different systems: checklists, stickers, sticky notes, clipboards, evernote, excel, even google forms… but I’ve always struggled to stick with it.  After I left the […]

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