FurtherEd is participating in the NYC Schools Gap App Challenge, an initiative to find new software and applications that can help middle school teachers manage their classroom and/or deliver math content. The challenge makes their submissions public, so we’ve gotten a peak at some awesome new and emerging edtech tools. Here’s a look at our top 5 favorite apps from the challenge.
5. WiFli Response System
This was created by a middle school math teacher to use in his own classroom, and he has now opened it up to be used by anybody. According to his application:
"WiFli Response is a student response system that works within a teacher's Google Apps account. The student response link is permanent and allows rich feedback to help in directing instruction for individuals or groups in class. Data is presented in a visual dashboard and can be manipulated to identify students by name, correct answer, confidence or specific answer given. It can also be configured to identify what class is responding and what student has not submitted a response as well.
Answer types can include scored short responses such as numerical answers. Responses can be given by students on any web enabled device. Teachers can start and view question results from mobile or desktop applications."
eduschedu is what you’d get if Google Calendars was on steroids. This calendar tool lets students, teachers, and administrators plan lessons, keep track of homework assignments, and stay organized. It automatically populates itself with class schedules and school calendars, so nobody has to toggle between multiple calendars. Pretty handy!
Algebra Touch is an iPad app that allows students to play around with algebra expressions in order to learn and understand the principles of algebra. The app covers topics such as combining like terms, distribution, the order of operations, and many more. Here’s their summary of how it works:
Say you have x+3=5, you can drag 3 to the other side of the equation. Visually play around with the terms without the tedium of paper and pencil.
You can draw lines to cross out identical terms in a quotient, pick up terms to rearrange, and tap to factorize. You can also do something to both sides of the equation at once by tapping on the equals sign.
Comes with 21 interactive lessons, as well as random problem generators for each lesson. You can also create your own sets of problems.
Current material covers: Simplification, Like Terms, Commutativity, Order of Operations, Factorization, Prime Numbers, Elimination, Isolation, Variables, Basic Equations, Distribution, Factoring Out, and Substitution.
It’s a really fun, interactive way for students to learn important math principles.
Mastery Connect provides tools that help teachers develop common assessments, grade tests, and keep track of student progress. It allows you to use a web browser, tablet, or even a traditional bubble sheet to deliver assessments and get instant scoring. Teachers can also connect with other teachers in their school, their district, or anywhere in the country to collaborate on common assessments.
teachem allows anyone to turn YouTube videos into flipped classrooms, complete with time-stamped flashcards and notes. Teachers can develop tailored lesson plans for students of different abilities, and spend valuable classroom time engaging with students in discussions rather than lecturing. teachem enables teachers and students alike to collaborate to create content, share notes, and enhance classroom learning. Best of all, it’s free!
Meredith is the Director of Customer Experience at Lawline but has taken on a number of diverse roles within the company over the years, and has handled just about everything from managing customer databases to doing post-production work on courses. Since joining the Lawline team in 2012, she has gotten her MBA online, done some world traveling, and hand-fed an ostrich. She loves singing off-key in the car, shouting out the questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ and eating dessert first.