Not everyone is obsessed with reading education blogs or following Twitter as I am – especially over the summer. I’ve noticed this blog’s stats have started growing since the beginning of August, which probably means educators are starting to return to work and might be looking for resources. For today’s post I thought I would do a short round-up of some of the changes and updates that my readers may have missed over the summer. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. It’s just something I brainstormed in the doctor’s waiting room the other day 😉
Tellagami – The free app is virtually useless now, as there is no longer customization of characters or Text-To-Speech. For those, you need to purchase the Edu version for $4.99. You can read more about my disappointment in this change here.
Scratch Jr. – For those of you with classroom iPads who might want to teach programming to young students, this free app, released this summer, is a definite must-download.
Made with Code – Speaking of coding resources, Google launched Made with Code over the summer – a site specifically directed at getting females interested in this field.
Padlet – Formerly known as Wallwisher (that’s so last year!), this great online tool has now added a new grid option to better organize all of those notes. Here’s the lowdown from Richard Byrne. And it has a Chrome extension (I don’t know if that’s new, but I just found out about it).
PixelPress – I originally posted about PixelPress Floors, an app that allows you to draw your own video game, in June. They now have lesson plans for educators based on the Design Thinking Process.
Lego Research Institute – I was so excited about this, I tweeted it out last week! This Lego set, featuring 3 female scientists, is now available for purchase ($19.99). Unfortunately, they are currently sold-out online- and I can’t find any indication on the website if they intend to restock.
Voxer – This may just be the next new Twitter for educators. I haven’t tried it yet, but there has been a lot of buzz about it over the summer. This post includes information about this “live messaging app.” According to Pernille Ripp, these are the reasons you should be voxing. Here are some uses for Voxer in the educational setting.