Monday, March 19, 2018

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

google for education logo

Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center. Included are courses on Chromebooks, becoming a Trainer, and Fundamentals and Advanced training for using G Suite in the classroom.

They recently added two new courses that are very relevant to educators. Like the other courses, they are easy to use and excellent materials.

The Digital Citizenship and Safety Course helps teachers learn how to help their students stay safe online and become responsible digital citizens.

The Tools for Diverse Learners Training helps teachers learn how to use the accessibility features in Chromebooks and G Suite to help their students succeed.

Take a look at these two new courses, as well as the rest of the training center, and see how they can help you help your students.


Google for Education Resources 

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Big Guide to STEM - free guide with resources from educators

"The Big Guide to STEM" is a free e-book containing resources and STEM ideas from educators on integrating STEM/STEAM into the classroom.

It also contains a collection of top 10 STEM lists:

* Top 10 STEM apps
* Top 10 STEM tech products
* Top 10 STEM blogs and online communities
* Top 10 STEM websites
* Top 10 STEM events
* Top 10 STEM Software Solutions
* Top 10 Resources for STEM Funding
* Top 10 STEM Resources for Girls

This is a great resource for any teacher at all, but especially those working with STEM courses or projects.

Although it's published by Boxlight, the only company info is in the
logos. Sunshine Nance, Boxlight’s VP of Marketing, has made it her
mission to facilitate STEM education, including helping to organize the
Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative and working with the STEM Atlanta Women
group. So, this guide is part of a heartfelt mission for her.


STEM Resources 


Vernier Software & Technology Launches Go Direct Sensor Cart

Vernier Software & Technology Launches Go Direct Sensor Cart

Vernier Software & Technology recently launched the new Go Direct® Sensor Cart for middle school, high school, and college physics students. The wireless dynamics cart allows students to easily explore force, position, velocity, and acceleration using Bluetooth® wireless technology.

This is a great way for students to explore and gain an understanding of kinematics and dynamics.

Product image for Go Direct® Sensor Cart



Monday, November 13, 2017

Virtual Reality Apps for Education

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the newer technologies moving into the classroom. Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions are the two most popular, but here are some more great VR apps for education:

(these are links to the Google Play store, but they all have iOS versions also)

Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer.

Try out a set of included demos as well

• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
• Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
• My Videos: Watch your videos on a massive screen.
• Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
• Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you've captured.
• Arctic Journey: Fly alongside Arctic terns, create your own flower garden, relax under the northern lights and more.


Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.

Apollo 15 Moon Landing VR

Use your phone and Google Cardboard to simulate the 1971 Apollo 15 Moon Landing.

Feel the rumble as the spacecraft descends to the Lunar surface.
Walk on the moon like Scott and Irvin did, and unpack and drive the Lunar Rover.

Discovery VR for Cardboard

The Discovery VR app has always been about driving curiosity – exploring new places, characters and ideas. With VR videos, Discovery embraces a new opportunity to tell these amazing stories immersing you in experiences like never before. We’re excited about what virtual reality will show us, and we’ll be adding new content regularly.

Exclusive content from your favorite shows – like Shark Week, Deadliest Catch and MythBusters.
Heart-pounding adventures with incredible thrills – like mountain biking, surfing and, of course, rollercoasters.
Rescue rhinos, swim with elephants and bask in the beauty of majestic tigers.
From Samurai sword fights in Japan to dancing in the pubs of Dublin, come with us to explore the globe

Google Street View
Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants, and small businesses with Google Street View.

Google Arts & Culture VR

View artworks curated by museums from around the world with the Google Arts & Culture VR app. Step inside a virtual gallery to see works by artists like Van Gogh or Rembrandt. You can zoom in to see every brushstroke, and hear audio guides from expert museum curators.

The Google Arts & Culture VR app requires a Daydream-ready headset such as Daydream View and a Daydream-ready phone such as Pixel. Learn more at

YouTube VR
Experience every YouTube channel, video and creator in virtual reality.

The YouTube VR app turns every video on the platform into your own virtual reality experience and reimagines YouTube as a 3D world you can explore from the inside. Available first on Daydream View.

Experience YouTube like never before
• Step inside YouTube and explore the site in 3D VR setting
• Watch and browse every video on YouTube, from 3D 360 videos to standard rectangular videos
• Get a full, signed-in experience that lets you view subscriptions, playlists, watch history, and more.


Google Expeditions Support site: 
Expeditions Site:


At both the primary and secondary level, augmented reality has the power to provide students with more interactive experiences.

Immersive Technology in Schools Is on the Rise
Virtual and augmented reality tools bring new experiences to students.

Real Uses of Virtual Reality in Education: How Schools are Using VR.

VR kits for schools available from edtech resellers like CDWG. 


Monday, September 18, 2017

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.
The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson, uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources. Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators. Sign up takes 30 seconds.
It is free and IBM promises it will always be free.

It makes it easier to find lessons, standards, activities and much more and includes a lesson planning tool. For now, it is only for K-5 math instruction, with credible content vetted by educators.

There is also instructional context support available to help teachers implement the content in the classroom. 
Take a look and sign up for free. 

Press Release:
Elementary School Teachers Help Students Tackle Math 
With Help From the IBM Foundation & Education Leaders Offers 1,000 Top K-5 Math Lessons, Strategies, and Videos

ARMONK, NY –13 Sep 2017: As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers across the United States are now able to access a new, free online tool designed to provide elementary school teachers with targeted math resources for their kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms.

Today, the IBM (NYSE: IBM) Foundation announced the availability of Teacher Advisor With Watson 1.0, software that uses Watson artificial intelligence technology and has been trained by some of the nation’s leading math experts, with feedback from more than 1,000 teachers across dozens of US states.

Faced with the pressures of limited time, higher academic standards, diverse student needs, and the responsibility to teach many subjects and multiple grade levels, elementary school teachers have expressed a critical need for easy-to-use, well-designed math resources and ongoing support. Even with the best resources, many teachers lack dedicated coaching and struggle to target effective teaching strategies that help students improve their proficiency in math, a linchpin academic subject.

Teacher Advisor With Watson was designed to help address these challenges by providing elementary school educators with access to more than 1,000 high quality math lessons, top teaching strategies, and videos, all powered by Watson’s ability to deliver targeted recommendations. This resource will allow teachers to make more informed decisions on the best approach for their students. Teachers seeking to master new skills or prepare instruction for their students at multiple skill and grade levels can easily:
  • Access quality math resources designed to meet diverse classroom needs
  • Understand the academic prerequisites and standards mapped to each lesson
  • Apply teaching techniques to help bring lessons to life
  • Type in a math concept and get targeted recommendations
IBM’s technologists worked closely with the American Federation of Teachers, national education leaders, and math teachers to develop this free online resource. Hosted on IBM Cloud, the tool offers high-quality, vetted teaching material from a range of education experts and non-profits, including UnboundEdStudent Achievement PartnersIllustrative MathematicsCPALMSEngageNYAchieve, and AFT’s Share My Lesson.

The tool uses Watson Discovery Service, which can quickly analyze content for relevant concepts and deliver the most relevant material based on a teacher’s query. With more training and teacher use, Watson’s expertise and ability to provide targeted recommendations will continually increase.

“This innovative tool, built together with teachers, was a true team effort,” said Stanley S. Litow, President Emeritus of the IBM Foundation and a former deputy chancellor of the New York City Public Schools. “We collaborated with the American Federation of Teachers and education leaders to create a free unique resource to help teachers hone their skills and get coaching assistance–all with the goal of helping to educate America’s young learners more effectively. Through Teacher Advisor, IBM continues its commitment to innovation and STEM education.”

“Many educators must meet the demands of teaching with little support,” said Jennifer Ryan Crozier, President of the IBM Foundation and VP of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. “Teacher Advisor will save teachers time, continually deepen their expertise, and help them meet their diverse student needs. We’re excited to collaborate with education leaders and teachers to help them do what they do best–unlock a child’s passion for STEM learning.”

“Teachers shoulder endless challenges and responsibilities—mastering content, standards and curriculum, and meeting the diverse needs and abilities of each of their students,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Too often, teachers are expected to do all this single-handedly, but Teacher Advisor could help change that. The AFT worked hand-in-glove with the IBM Foundation to hone this tool and see how it empowers teachers and benefits students. This effective public-private partnership is a testament to what can be achieved when educators are entrusted with innovative technology to support powerful learning.”

"Teacher Advisor empowers teachers by providing expert advice to help them deliver high-quality instruction that meets their students’ needs," said Michael Cohen, President of Achieve, Inc. "Watson's ability to learn and to learn how to learn is important in its own right, but it means that this exciting innovation will develop and become smarter over time."

“Time is of the essence for teachers,” said Sheena Lee, an elementary school teacher at Umana Academy in Boston, MA. “With a classroom full of third through fifth graders who have had inconsistent education in their lives, I need to help my students learn math in different ways, at different levels. Teacher Advisor With Watson offers a one-stop shop for the most trusted resources, enabling me to decide how best to meet my students where they are.”

Foundation funding partners include the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York.



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