Thursday, November 30, 2017

Apple Heart Study launches to identify irregular heart rhythms.

Apple today launched the Apple Heart Study app, a first-of-its-kind research study using Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib). To calculate heart rate and rhythm, Apple Watch’s sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. The sensor’s unique optical design gathers signals from four distinct points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise. The Apple Heart Study app uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm.

Convert PowerPoint into E-Learning Courses.

iSpring Suite is a rapid learning authoring toolkit produced by iSpring for developing professional e-Learning courses in PowerPoint with embedded (or standalone) quizzes, surveys, and interactions. Output is compatible with mainstream LMS standards and there is also an option to publish courses specially for BlackBoard LMS. The new xAPI (Tin Can) format for LRSes is supported as well. Output can be a solid SWF file(s), EXE file, HTML page or ZIP archive. Additionally, the cross-platform output format (Flash + HTML5) allows published content to be viewed on any type of modern device.

In version 8, a brand-new conversation simulator was added, allowing users to create simulated dialogues. Also, iSpring Suite 8 was enhanced with a screen recording tool, allowing users to capture the screen and insert the recording on a PowerPoint slide, an audio/video editor both for screen recordings and audio/video narrations, and a video lecture player to show PowerPoint slides and lecture video side by side. iSpring 8 has passed all compliance tests with the latest versions of Microsoft products, and supports Windows 10 and Office 2016.

Create screencasts & interactive eLearning contents with ease.

ActivePresenter is a screencasting and eLearning software for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X which can be used to create software demonstrations, software simulations, quizzes. It allows exporting to series of images, HTML slideshows, documents (PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel), Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos (AVI, MP4, WMV, WebM), Flash videos and interactive simulations (HTML5, Adobe Flash). For eLearning, ActivePresenter can pack exported materials into SCORM or xAPI. For software simulations, it can use mouse hovers, left or right mouse clicks, key presses with modifier keys. ActivePresenter can also be used to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to one of its output formats with lack of some animations and effects, convert between several video formats indirectly.

Articulate 360: get everything you need to create e‑learning.

Articulate 360 gives you the right app for the job, always. Articulate 360 includes both Storyline and Rise, plus a slew of other authoring apps. Use Storyline 360 to develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device - without any manual tweaking. It's powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. All the apps and resources you need, continuously updated with new features. It includes: Award‑Winning Authoring Apps (Storyline 360, Rise, and more), 2+ Million Course Assets (Templates, characters, photos, videos, icons, and more), Project Review App, Live Online Training.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Use Credly to issue and manage digital credentials and badges.

Credly is the only platform to offer a fully white-labeled environment for issuing and managing enterprise digital credentials, ensuring the look, feel and brand of your organization remains front-and-center. Thousands of leading organizations use Credly to recognize achievement, engage stakeholders, and empower learning. Digital credentials enable the data-rich recognition, communication, and tracking of achievement. Organizations use Credly to issue portable and secure credentials that empower earners, make outcomes and skills more transparent, and gain actionable data and insights about how and where those credentials are being used.

Notebowl: a simple, social way to extend the Classroom

Notebowl is a social learning platform that simplifies classroom management and collaboration. Like a classroom, Notebowl is inherently social. It’s designed to naturally extend class discussions online. Questions are easily answered in a place that everyone can see, while comments, likes, and sharing encourage participation. With a modern and intuitive feel, NoteBowl improves institutional efficiency and increases student success, both inside and outside the classroom. NoteBowl’s mission is to increase student engagement in and out of the classroom and to help students achieve their academic goals by delivering knowledge, information and resources online in one central location.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A video feedback and evaluation tool perfect for ASL and sign language interpreting programs.

GoReact is the #1 tool for teaching performance-based skills online—now available natively in Canvas. It’s an interactive cloud-based video software for feedback, grading and critique of student video assignments. Instructors create video assignments. Students upload/record video submissions. Instructors and/or peers leave automatically time-coded text, video or audio feedback. Assignments are given a score or graded using easily-customized rubrics. Reports allow you to track and measure student outcomes. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and the impact on student outcomes.

Easily create math equations and chemistry formulas using a visual editor.

WIRIS EDITOR is a visual editor (WYSIWYG) that allows inserting mathematical and chemical formulas in web pages. Also including handwriting math as an input method. It runs on any browser, including the ones in tablet PCs, as is based on HTML4 and JavaScript technology. Plus it is of course 100% compliant with HTML5. Components for integration in your own Mobile or Tablet APP are also availabe. You can use your finger or a large collection of icons nicely organized in thematic tabs in order to create formulas for your web page, virtual learning environment, blog or forum. WIRIS EDITOR comes with two user input interfaces. A classic palette and icons based one and the latest handwriting input method. If you visit a page using WIRIS EDITOR with your Tablet or mobile phone the handwriting interface will appear default. However, if you visit the same page with a laptop or desktop computer the classic input will show. User is always free to change between the different interfaces.

A complete toolbox for recognizing lifelong learning.

Badgr is a free and open source achievement recognition and tracking system used to issue, organize, and share Open Badges. Badgr integrates with Canvas courses and accounts to award portable digital badges to students as they complete course modules. Open Badges may be awarded for any achievement. Badges can recognize diverse achievements, going beyond the simple metrics found in degrees and transcripts to provide a rich picture of a student’s learning journey.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Does school choice really exist?

Educreations: an exciting app that transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.

Educreations is an exciting app that transforms your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. It records your voice, handwriting and also allows you to insert pictures to produce your own personal video lessons that you and your students can share online. Your lessons are stored online and can be accessed by students on any computer or iPad. It is easy to use, so it makes a great tool for assessing student knowledge. Putting this app in the hands of your second language learners will give assessment a whole new meaning. Students can create projects that apply to every level of Bloom's Taxonomy verbally and through illustrations.

Epic! Unlimited books for kids.

Elementary school teachers are always on the lookout for new books for their students, but worry about spending too much of their own money for their classrooms. With the aptly-named Epic Unlimited Books for Kids app, teachers in America and Canada get free access to over 25,000 kid-friendly books ranging from National Geographic Kids to the Goosebumps series. The Educator’s version also includes lesson ideas and videos to make life easier for teachers.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The most effective app for assignments and feedback on your classroom devices.

Used by over 2 million teachers and students worldwide, Showbie is the fastest, easiest, and most effective app for assignments and feedback in your iPad classroom. Find out how easy it is to assign, collect and review student work from thousands of compatible iPad apps, or have your students complete assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. Provide rich feedback using digital ink, text and voice annotations right on images and PDFs, and then add your students’ best work to personalized digital portfolios that can be securely shared with parents.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Additio: a revolutionary, easy-to-use gradebook for teachers.

Additio is a revolutionary, easy-to-use gradebook for teachers that allows you to conveniently manage the day-to-day of your classes, with all the benefits of a tablet and without the need of an Internet connection. Being a multiplatform application, it allows to synchronize your data between devices. Teachers and educators can create multiple grade books, easily calculate average marks, manage student attendance and plan each class on a daily or weekly basis.

Printable worksheets, activities and exercises for teaching your next English class.

iSLCollective is an interactive video quiz creator that allows students to interact with videos while they watch them. Once you create an account you can upload a video from either YouTube or Vimeo. Once your video has uploaded you can begin adding any number of question types such as including fill in the gap, matching, multiple choice, and open ended. You can add as many questions as you wish. Once you are finished and you have published your video lesson you can select several different play modes to share with students. If you would rather use a video lesson that has already been created then you might be able to find what you are looking for in the video library.

Inside Microsoft's new mixed reality capture studio

Microsoft has opened a hi-tech studio dedicated to creating mixed reality content to be viewed via the Hololens augmented reality headset. Microsoft has been using its own studio at its Redmond headquarters to capture Buzz Aldrin, Reggie Watts, Max Frost, and Cirque Du Soleil performances and bring them into virtual reality and augmented reality holograms. The new studios in San Francisco, London, and Redmond will allow third parties to create holograms that can be used on regular 2D screens, a HoloLens device, or even Microsoft’s new Windows Mixed Reality (VR) headsets. Microsoft will be licensing these studios, and it’s likely to be an expensive process to capture items as holograms.

Face ID iPhone X 'hack' demoed live with mask by Bkav.

A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown how a mask can be used to unlock Apple's new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset's security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the "hack" amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring the public to documents it had already published about its security system.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There is a Light in every living being.

Develop your skills and earn recognition for your professional growth.

BloomBoard was founded in 2010 as a teacher coaching platform that would serve as a way to provide teachers with differentiated instruction. BloomBoards are curated by content area experts and cover a variety of topics from using Twitter for Professional Development to ways to teach math through music and everything in between. Each board has a manageable number of quality resources including blog posts, video, podcast, and websites. Each resource includes an explanation from the curator about why they included it on the board.

Create engaging infographics and reports in minutes.

Infogram is a visual content creation tool that makes it easy to design maps and charts. The updated version allows users to create even more items such as reports, infographics, dashboards, and social posts. The goal of Infogram is to increase data literacy. The templates are optimized to be the perfect size for a variety of platforms. The drag and drop feature makes it easy move charts, maps, photos, videos, text, and icons.

Do what you "really" want to do.

Monday, November 13, 2017

myHomework: a digital student planner app where students can manage their school life online

myHomework is a digital student planner that lets you easily track your classes, homework, tests and projects so you never forget an assignment again. myHomework is available on multiple platforms, so you can always know what's due wherever you are. You can find the myHomework app on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8, Kindle Fire and the Web. myHomework also integrates with Teachers.io, a free website where teachers can share their class due dates, files, links and announcements. If your teacher uses Teachers.io, with just a few clicks in myHomework you can join their class and automatically get their assignments and updates in your planner.

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place.

Slack is a digital workspace that helps improve how teams communicate and collaborate. It gives teams a unified location to share messages and files which can cut down on email clutter. Slack works on all devices so you have access no matter where you are. The purpose of Slack is to help teams create a workflow to help increase productivity. While Slack has been popular in the business world for some time now, it is just starting to gain traction in education. Slack is free for small teams, with upgraded plans available. Education accounts are eligible for an 85% discount. With a free account you can participate in different conversations, send and receive direct messages, share files, create to do lists, and install up to ten different apps to further customize how you use Slack.

Google Maps tests your geography knowledge with 'Smarty Pins' game.

Google's engineers want to help you brush up on your geography knowledge. The company has taken its vast Google Maps database and used it to create a new game called Smarty Pins. The concept is extremely simple: Google asks you a random trivia question about a specific city or country, and you're tasked with dropping a pin on the right spot. Players can pick between six categories that influence the line of questions they're given. These range from arts and culture to entertainment fodder, and it didn't take very long before we ran into a stumper.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Save time on your lesson planning

Planboard is a lesson planning app that is free for individual teachers. Planboard makes it simple to get organized and reduce your classroom prep time. Accessible from anywhere, you can plan lessons, align to curriculum sets, and manage your schedule with ease. Best of all, it's free for individual teachers. Easily you can create lessons in the intuitive online editor, add in attachments, photos, and videos to bring your lessons to life. Then build lesson templates to cut prep time even further so you can get right into your instruction. You can find or add your local curriculum sets, then add individual standards to lessons. The Standards Progression tool shows curriculum progress for each class, and which standards have been covered. Keep your classroom on track with ease.

The easiest way to tell a story

Sutori is a free digital learning tool for the classroom. It enables teachers and students to create interactive stories through a simple and intuitive interface. This storytelling and presentation tool can be used in every content area and for every grade level. Here is an overview of the basics of story creation, as well as some tips on how to make the most of the different options the tool provides. Learn more about Sutori in this video.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

XP Math: Free Math Games, Common Core Math.

How do you integrate Common Core State Standards in the math classroom? How do you engage your students and increase interest in math? XP Math features fun and educational math games for Grades 2-9. Mental mathematics is a component of the Common Core Mathematical Practices and XP Math Games makes it easy to support it. XP Math allows teachers to differentiate instruction by process and content by providing tools to collect and analyze student data at every stage of their learning.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Develop and track ACT & SAT Prep Activities in PrepFactory

PrepFactory offers students a great selection of free SAT and ACT preparation activities. PrepFactory focuses on helping students develop good test-taking strategies while also not boring them with dozens of continuous rote exercises. This past spring PrepFactory introduced helpful features for teachers. When you register as a teacher and create your classroom you can also create specific assignments for your students on an individual or class-wide basis. Then once your students have started on their assignments you can track their progress, see where they need to improve, and suggest more appropriate review activities.

Learn more about PrepFactory in this video.