The children’s movie-making website Zimmer Twins.com
has launched a new site aimed at teachers and students.
Zimmer Twins at School bundles the moviemaker with
new teacher-friendly class man-
agement tools and privacy set-
tings designed specifically for
use in the classroom. The site’s
movie-making tool is designed
around elements of sentence
structure and creative expres-
sion, which reinforce reading and writing skills. With a wide
assortment of characters, props, and settings, Zimmer Twins
animations enhance almost any subject, including media
literacy, online safety and citizenship, history, social studies,
and the environment. A free basic membership allows teach-
ers to set up five student accounts and create up to 12 mov-
ies. Zimmer Twins at School VIP memberships unlock the full
potential of the site for $9.95 per month or $89.95 per year.
MORE INFO: www.zimmertwinsatschool.com.
Promethean has launched its next-generation Learner Response System,
ActivExpression2. More than a clicker,
the ActivExpression2 is equipped with a
QWERTY keyboard and has full text capability, allowing students to easily answer
in full text or multiple choice as well as
other input modes. The new version has a larger screen to
accommodate both questions and answers, and it comes
with a mathematical equation editor.
MORE INFO: www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show=nav.22357
Griffin Technology has
launched the Stylus +
Pen + Laser Pointer, a tool for the projection screen and
touchscreen as well as for paper. This tool features a soft
rubber tip designed to mimic the press of a finger, giving
users more control as they write, sketch, tap, and drag on
iPads, iPhones, and other touchscreen surfaces; an integrated laser pointer for screen presentations; and a refillable
ballpoint pen for writing on paper.
MORE INFO: http://store.griffintechnology.com/stylus-pen-laser-pointer
ISTE has released two new titles this
month designed for school leaders—
MORE INFO: iste.org/store
As districts struggle to do more with less,
how can school leaders provide students
with the digital age skills they will need to
succeed? Officials from the Virtual High
School Global Consortium offer strategies
and free web-based resources that enable a
more teacher-efficient and student-centered
approach to classroom instruction.
Digital Design for Elementary Schools
How can schools teach STEM subjects along
with the more right-brain skill of creativity?
Sheena Vaidyanathan of Los Altos School
District in California, USA, writes about the
district’s digital design program. Rather than
learning about technology or learning with it,
students in this innovative program focus on
creativity and innovation through technology.
Multitasking: Boon or Bane?
Use Online Courses to Bolster Options
For many rural school districts with limited
staffs, online learning is a lifeline that bolsters
enrichment choices for advanced students and
helps struggling students retake courses they
need to graduate. Don Brown, from Lane Education Service District in Oregon, USA, writes
about four rural districts that have tailored
online learning to fit their unique situations.
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