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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Organize Leveled Reading Lists With Book Wizard Mobile

Book Wizard is a Scholastic service that allows you to create and organize book lists according to reading levels and students’ interests. Book Wizard Mobile is a free iPad, iPhone, and Android app that you can use to scan a book’s barcode to quickly discover its lexile measurement, grade level equivalent, and guided reading level. Within the app you can create book lists and edit the existing book lists that you have created in your Scholastic.com teacher profile.

Applications for Education
The lists that you create on Book Wizard Mobile can be shared with others through a variety of channels including email, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you have a Pinterest page related to your school's library or your classroom, sharing lists there could be a good way to keep parents informed of books their children might want to read.

History in Motion - Create Multimedia History Stories

History in Motion is a promising service that allows teachers and students to build multimedia history stories. On History in Motion you can build animated timelines that can move in conjunction with movements on a map. At each stop along your timeline and map you can include descriptions of events, display images, and display videos.


History in Motion requires you to register in order to get started. Once registered you begin by inserting start and end points for your story then filling in the details in the middle. You can go back and edit or add story elements at any time. The first time I tried to build a story on History in Motion I skipped watching the tutorial, I don't recommend skipping it. History in Motion's tutorial video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
Creating simulations on History in Motion could be a fantastic way for students to organize information about historical events that they are studying. Building the simulations could be a good way for students to see how time and place are connected in an event. After building the simulation students could create a screencast video in which they narrate their simulations.

Thanks to Colleen Terrill for connecting me with History in Motion's developer.

How to Create Flipped Lessons on eduCanon

eduCanon is a free service for creating, assigning, and tracking your students' progress on flipped lessons. eduCanon allows you to build flipped lessons using videos from a variety of sources including YouTube, Vimeo, and TeacherTube. You can create questions to appear while your students are watching videos that you have assigned to them in your eduCanon online classroom. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create a lesson in eduCanon.


Edmodo users will be happy to see that eduCanon offers an Edmodo app.