“Skill Champ is a free app designed specifically for early learners and children on the autism spectrum. Its combination of ten themes and ten lesson types makes for 100 unique exercises with which to challenge younger kids and kids with ASD and other executive function disorders.”
Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation: Common Sense Media — Top Picks
“These video and animation apps and sites offer user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids’ productions created, edited, and polished. There are also a few tools that feature video-based formative assessment, so kids can record and share their video reflections.”
Research and Citation Tools for Students: Common Sense Media — Top Picks
“Students are always needing to effectively gather, study, and cite sources for their essays and projects. As teachers know, the internet has made this process both more fruitful and more complicated… To this end, on this list you’ll find top-rated tools for not just collecting sources but annotating and citing them.”
The Best Free Apps and Websites for Learning: Common Sense Media
“Whether you just got new tablets, Chromebooks, or computers — or you’re just looking to fill some curricular gaps — it can be pricey to connect students with quality content. That’s why we’ve hand-curated these awesome free apps and websites that get high marks from our editors for engagement and pedagogy. “
EquatIO for your Classroom: A Play and Pause Resource in partnership with TextHelp
“Make math digital with this FREE EquatIO Play & Pause resource where you will learn to use EquatIO and create four ready-to-use activities for your next math class!
These activities are geared for a Grade 7 or 8 mathematics classroom, and can be easily adapted to both lower and higher grades.”
Library Learning Commons
” A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. The library learning commons is the physical and virtual collaborative learning hub of the school. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school. Inquiry, project/problem-based learning experiences are designed as catalysts for intellectual engagement with information, ideas, thinking, and dialogue. Reading thrives, learning literacies and technology competencies evolve, and critical thinking, creativity, innovation and playing to learn are nourished. Everyone is a learner; everyone is a teacher working collaboratively toward excellence.”
What activities can you use in an online class to build community?
“Peggy Drolet talks about ‘getting to know you’ activities and discusses how a virtual class forum can be similar to the school cafeteria or student lounge, as a place for students to socialize (1m 01s).”
“TurtleArt lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle-like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc.”