Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Reading Rewards.com

Reading Rewards.com is a child-friendly website that is all about getting kids reading!

Children log on to the site, and add information about their reading (what, when and how long for). An interface with Amazon.com’s databases makes this easy. Email notifications get sent to their parents, who must validate the entries via a simple click. This allows the children to earn points (“RR Miles”), which they can redeem for fun and sometimes-silly things on the site. Children also connect to their friends, thus being able to share valuable information about their reading. When they read, they can also play mini-games together in a Fun and Games section. All of this actually makes reading ‘cool’, and has been a great reading incentive in pilot groups so far. Access to the site had been restricted, but it is now open to the public.

Students just needed that little extra motivation to get the ball rolling, and turning their TV time into a reward was the key. Once they made reading a regular part of their routine, and found books they liked, the incentives, really, were no longer necessary.  Teachers can also join and set up groups, targets and rewards for their classes. When kids join the group, they all share centralized book lists, book reviews and reading logs. A great reading incentive in the classroom.

The result? A fun, safe, and free social network for kids built around reading and encouraging reading that also features tools for teachers and media specialist.

Quick Tour:

Zondle - Games to Support Learning


Practice | Review | Revise | Memorize
Create & play games for FREE
Zondle is FREE ,and always will be!’ 

Reasons why you'll love using Zondle in the Classroom:

1. You can create your own content which is what they call topics and match it to anyone of their games! They have tons of games to choose from. You can make the questions multiple choice, true or false, question and answer. You can use the quick insert, this is where you have flexibility to add as many questions to the topic as you want verse doing one at a time. With that being said, you can make as many questions as you want as well! Make 5, 10, 50…it is up to you! When you think the students are tired of the game, then you can just switch the game but not the topic’s content! Creating your own topic/content is a great way to differentiate in your classroom as well. You make the content based on their needs.

2. Many content topics are already created. You can easily search the topic and review the content. If you like the questions then you can use that topics. If you want to edit it, you can, and make the content fit your needs. Just like when you created a topic match it up to a game and you are done. You can become ‘friends’ with other teachers in your school or around the world and see what topics they have created and use their already created topics and games.

3. You can embed into your website or wiki. Once you have created or chosen a game. Click on embed into my website and it will give you the widget code for you to embed. Yes, it is that easy!

4. You can progress monitor your students two ways. One way is if you have embedded the game into your website then you can have the students record their progress on a progress monitoring sheet. After each game you complete, a percentage comes up such as 85%. Have the students record their data. You can also contact Zondle (Dougie) and he will help you set up your school and classroom so you can progress monitor through their site as well.

5. Once you have created a class the students can go into Zondle using their username and password and play the games you have created at school or at home. You can assign the games for homework and see who completed it or not based on the progress monitoring system and leader boards.

6. It is easy to use and if you get stuck there are video tutorials that walk you though how to do something. Usually at the top of the page but all tutorials can be found at the bottom of their site as well. They also have a help section and they respond in a very timely matter (one time it was within minutes) to all of your questions and comments. Zondle is always improving their site by listening to what teachers and students wants are.

7. Zondle has now created an App! With Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) possibly coming to classrooms, this is a great feature to have as the app works for most devices from iPads, Androids to laptops.

8. The students love it! Who wouldn’t rather play a game of 10 questions verse a worksheet!

9. You can adapt Zondle to fit any language. One thing to keep in mind is Zondle originates from the UK so some words to Americans might be spelled different or terms used differently such as favourite (favorite). This is a great way to teach students about global awareness.

10. You can create your own games.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Groovy Grader


Do you need some peace, love and happiness in your classroom? If so you need Groovy Grader. Groovy Grader is an App designed to replace your “old school” paper grading calculator. Groovy Grader provides more flexibility, convenience and ease then other popular slide graders. It can be configured to work with up to 150 questions (iPhone,iPod) or 300 questions (iPad) and has the option to display the grade with 1 or 2 decimals or as a rounded whole number.


Groovy Grader was designed with usability as a top priority. Unlike other competing Apps, Groovy Grader can view 40 or more grades on the screen at once. It also allows you to turn off the auto-dimming screen. There's no touching to scroll for the most common grades, or to turn the screen back on.