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Khan Academy's Video-based Instruction (Recorded on August 27, 2014) Watch Video
Khan Academy iis a widely used instructional tool that provides free, self-paced academic videos for guided, adaptive instruction. With a strong focus on math, the site also offers videos on science, economics, the arts, and computing. Hear from two math teachers who have had Khan Academy transform math instruction in their classrooms.
Inspiring Students to Design Great Cities with SimCity (Recorded on July 29, 2014) Watch Video
SimCity is an always-online, fast-paced, intuitive, and forgiving city simulator that lets kids build (and destroy) single-player cities in multiplayer regions. Students can learn about how to build and manage a city, and they can play collaboratively. Hear from a professor and videogame journalist on how SimCity can be used to educate students about and what makes a great city.
Using the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Website for Early Childhood SEL (Recorded on June 26, 2014) Watch Video
Help young children's social and emotional learning with warm, loving messages delivered on the PBS KIDS' Mister Rogers' Neighborhood website, an interactive online extension of the classic and much-loved TV show. Hear from early childhood educators about how teachers and childcare providers can use the site with young children to promote social and emotional learning.
Challenge Math and Science Learners with Brilliant (Recorded on April 21, 2014) Watch Video
Brilliant is a free website that challenges high-achieving middle and high school students in math and physics. Hear from a high school teacher and Graphite Reviewer of Brilliant for ideas on using this compelling site.
How Subtext Supports Common Core Standards (Recorded on March 17, 2014) Watch Video
Subtext is a collaborative digital reader in which students can access, annotate, and engage with literature in the classroom. The app lets you access, purchase, or import any text, and annotate, highlight, comment, and add instruction to texts. Co-hosted by Educator Innovator, this Appy Hour features two superstar teachers demonstrating Subtext and showing how it supports Common Core Standards.
How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo (Recorded on Feb. 14, 2014) Watch Video
ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations. It’s a great way to track student behavior and set expectations and goals for students, and it offers ways for teachers to share this information with parents.
Responsive Teaching with Socrative (Recorded on Dec. 16, 2013) Watch Video
Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching. Create custom quizzes with instant responses to gauge student learning, or give students instant access to peer ideas. Hear how expert educators are using Socrative and get ideas for your classroom.
All Things Edmodo (Recorded on Nov. 12, 2013) Watch Video
Edmodo is a platform that allows teachers and students to post, collaborate on, and submit class work in a safe social network-like setting. As it's one of our top-viewed tools on Graphite, we wanted to devote an Appy Hour to this great resource.
Best Apps for Back-to-School (Recorded on Aug. 15, 2013) Watch Video
Gear up for back-to-school with great apps, websites, and games to get students going, help their study habits, and organize effective workflow. Tools featured include Word Flex Touch Dictionary for iPad, Poll Everywhere, BrainPop Jr., and Reflex: Math Fact Fluency.
Essential Apps for the 1-to-1 Classroom (Recorded on July 10, 2013) Watch Video
Cut through app clutter and deploy the very best apps for 1-to-1 learning from the start. Hear from expert educators and view the session live on our YouTube link. Tools featured include Animoto, Google Earth, Google Art, Shmoop.
What Makes an App Have Great Learning Potential? (Recorded on June 24, 2013) Watch Video
In this presentation from the ISTE conference, learn about Graphite's detailed rubric that scores each digital learning product on 15 dimensions and produces a rating, making it easy for teachers to identify the best tools for learning.