What I’m Seeing: 10 Terrific Tools

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Writing: Write to Learn from Pearson, Writing Roadmap from CTB, and My Access! from Vantage all provide great standards-based feedback on student writing.
  4. 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).
  5. Language: Verbling is a great way to practice a foreign language.  Rosetta Stone will be releasing a new K-12 product this month.
  6. Online PD: Bloomboard has free observation and evaluation tools and a big library of online professional development.
  7. Behavior: ClassDojo looks like the big hit from ImagineK12’s first cohort, it’s a simple and powerful classroom management toolset.
  8. Music: Chromatik is everything you need to practice, perform, and teach music.
  9. Presentation: You can be the next Sal Khan with the Showme presentation toolkit.  Desmos has a cool graphic calculator.
  10. 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.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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  1. Hi Tom – Kalen from ClassDojo here. Thank you so much for mentioning us in your post – we really appreciate the support!

    If anyone who comes across this post has any questions about ClassDojo or needs help getting set up, please do not hesitate to reach out – hello@classdojo.com

    Cheers!

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