Curating and managing a classroom library of books is no easy task. Also keeping it up to date with new material and/or material relevant to you curriculum is expensive! If your classroom has access to some devices or your school is 1:1, EPIC! can help. EPIC! has a tiered price structure, but educators can create a classroom that students can use their platform for free Monday through Friday, from 7am-4pm. They also have a variety of non-fiction books to supplement your curriculum and audiobooks for struggling readers.
Watch the video below to see a little demo of how EPIC! works and how you can easily implement it in your classroom.
ClassroomScreen is a great classroom management resource for all grade levels and subjects. It can allow a teacher to help facilitate class discussions, redirect students who are off task, display information, and do easy exit polls of a class. It works on any device you would use, Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, iPads/iPhones, and Android devices. If you have an interactive projector you could even control it from there! Watch the video below to see how ClassroomScreen can be used in your class.
Sometimes an educator needs a resource that is easy to use, interactive, needs no instructions, and is actually fun!
Well, Smarty Pins by Google can fit all those needs. Smarty Pins challenges students in a variety of subject areas to find important geographic locations around the world. It provides clues which students can use to find a certain location and if they choose incorrectly, it will show them the correct answer. Students are encouraged to quickly guess to earn bonus points, but allowed unlimited time to find the correct answer.
In fact, sometimes trying to find the correct answer will cause a learner to get side-tracked reading. For example, I was challenged to find the location of Ned Kelly's last stand. Thirty minutes later I finally remembered to enter the answer into Smarty Pins.
This website also works on all devices. It can be used on Chromebooks, MacBooks, Windows, and even mobile devices like iPads and Android phones!
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