The following tools are used by students and teachers in many classrooms in Scituate. Click on the website icon to learn more about that Web 2.0 tool.
Please Note: The following list is in no way exhaustive. If your child’s teacher is using a tech tool that you’d like to learn more about, please contact the teacher.
Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools. It provides a safe way for teachers and students to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions, manage due dates, and receive class information. Students must register for a free Edmodo account first. Teachers using Edmodo then provide students with an access code to join their groups (classes). If your student’s teacher is using Edmodo, you can contact him/her and request a parent code so you can join and learn what the class is doing.
Google Apps is a suite of web-based applications from Google. Teachers use apps such as Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Blogger in Scituate. These apps have provided the ability for teachers and students to collaborate and communicate efficiently and save and share projects.
Smore is a cloud-based tool for quickly creating great-looking webpages, flyers and posters. Smore’s flyers are dynamic and changeable and can include many types of media including videos. Smore is simple to use and a great tool for students to utilize in presenting information.
Socrative is a web-based student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Teachers can create quizzes, surveys and exit tickets which students answer by accessing the website on their tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Using Socrative teachers can access real-time assessment data and differentiate instruction as needed.
With 650 million active users, most know something about Twitter. It is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets” (text messages limited to 140 characters). Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app.
Scituate teachers, coaches and advisors leverage Twitter’s ability to provide information and instantaneous communication to improve students’ experiences. If your child’s teacher or coach is using Twitter, please contact the teacher/coach to learn more or just “follow” the account to learn how Twitter it is being used.
VoiceThread is an easy and safe way for students to collaborate, create and share at school or at home. It’s so flexible that it can be used for all subjects K-12. Teachers can use VT to upload their own lesson then students respond/comment directly to the presentation via audio, video, or text. Conversely, students can upload a presentation then classmates and teachers can comment and provide feedback.
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education. It is incredibly easy to create a classroom workspace where teachers and students can communicate and work on writing projects alone or in teams. Rich assessment tools give teachers the power to measure student contribution and engagement in real-time. Wikispaces Classroom works great on all browsers, tablets, and phones.
Wikispaces Classroom is free for teachers and students. They have over 10 million registered teachers and students on the platform.