Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cool Tools For School -SpEd, Penpalschools, YummyMath, MindsetKit


There are great apps and ways to integrate Special Education tools into the classroom.  One great website that will help narrow your choices of special Education apps for both Android and IOS devices is SpedApps.  This app was created with the mindset to:
Develop a deeper understanding of the role of mobile applications in Special Education.


Teachers sign up a class or learners can sign up on their own. Penpalschools matches everyone with their own PenPal for a 6-Week exchange. Students login to the website or mobile app each week to complete standards-aligned assignments focused on language, culture, and current events. Students share what they’ve written with their PenPals, who respond with their own ideas and perspectives. 


YummyMath is an easy way to bring real-life into the math classrooms. When math is explored in contexts that are familiar and of interest to students, students will be more engaged to do math, reason, think critically, question and communicate.  YummyMath's  activities are written to correspond with the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice.


The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help you teach and foster adaptive learning mindsets.  This website contains information about Growth Mindset, Teaching Growth Mindset, Assessments, as well as PD for teachers and staff around the idea of Growth Mindset.  Overall, it is a very useful place to start when looking for information on the topic of Growth Mindset.

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