This is the fifth in a series of (at least) ten blogs on the exciting startup activity I’m seeing in the EdTech space. Following are some powerful teaching tools in in ten categories:
- Reading for little kids: Ruckus Media has a cool family of iPad reading apps, one was recently the winner of the About.com Reader’s Choice; here’s a YouTube video. We also reviewd Fingerprint Learning which seems to have stitched a bunch of early reading apps together into an iPad platform with nice parent-child communication.
- Reading for big kids: Studysync offers hundreds of videos featuring young people modeling the sort of discourse demanded by the Common Core. Widely used Read180 has been updated for tablets.
- Writing: Write to Learn from Pearson, Writing Roadmap from CTB, and My Access! from Vantage all provide great standards-based feedback on student writing.
- Assessment: MasteryConnect is the place to share Common Core assessments. Check out their iPad app. Curriculum Associates released i-Ready, a powerful K-8 adaptive assessment (linked to engaging K-6 instructional units).
- Language: Verbling is a great way to practice a foreign language. Rosetta Stone will be releasing a new K-12 product this month.
- Online PD: Bloomboard has free observation and evaluation tools and a big library of online professional development.
- Behavior: ClassDojo looks like the big hit from ImagineK12’s first cohort, it’s a simple and powerful classroom management toolset.
- Music: Chromatik is everything you need to practice, perform, and teach music.
- Presentation: You can be the next Sal Khan with the Showme presentation toolkit. Desmos has a cool graphic calculator.
- Production: SchoolTube is the leader in student created video
I left a lot out, let me know what you’d add. We’ll cover platforms and math apps in the next few days.
Disclosures: Chromatik, ClassDojo, Desmos, MasteryConnect, SchoolTube, Studysync, and Verbling are Learn Capital portfolio companies, where Tom is a partner.