Educators and parents of the world rejoice, because YouTube Kids is here! YouTube Kids simplifies the YouTube experience and only allows students and children to access videos that are part of YouTube for Edu. So no longer will a scantily clad Katy Perry appear in your list of suggested videos or the weird videos of some guy opening up Kinder Surprise eggs, which my children are obsessed with.
This app also features a built in timer that you can activate. This handy little feature can be great when used in conjunction with classroom stations. Of course, you could just use Guided Access, but it is always nice to have multiple options.
Also, for you Android users out there, there is also a YouTube Kids for you!
It is not to often I find a website that makes me say "Holy Smokes! This is AMAZING!" Yet, I found myself saying that very something when I came across Front Row. This great free resource, that's right, free, is a must for any math educator out there.
Front Row provides Common Core aligned math practice for grades K-8 on Chromebooks, Windows or Mac machines, and even iPads! It even cranks it up a 1,000 notches by also creating individualized worksheets for each student to take home and practice on. Did you read that, INDIVIDUALIZED WORKSHEETS! If you just didn't say, "Holy Smokes! That is AMAZING!" please visit a teacher near by and have them take your pulse because you may be dead.
Now, you may be thinking at this point, "yes, this is cool and all, but I teach sophomores (insert collegiate educator sarcastic cough)." Well, there is no reason upper level students couldn't take these tests. I took several and found my skills several tested at times. Older students could definately use this as a refresher or as a way to shore up their lacking skills.
This Tool of the Week is one you definitely need to try out. It is super easy to setup and get students working on right away. So stop reading this and go to www.frontrowed.com!
Every other week within this blog a 'Tool of the Week' will be highlighted. These are tools that can easily and quickly be added to any educators toolbox.