JibJab Bros. Studios has launched StoryBots Classroom, a free resource for educators that includes hundreds of videos, books, and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets, and laptops in the classroom. The product also includes the newly released StoryBots Math Skills, an extensive collection of kindergarten-level, standards-aligned math games and lessons. Teachers can gain free access to the platform by applying to the StoryBots Educator Network. StoryBots leverages JibJab's Starring You personalization technology to allow children to see themselves dancing and singing onscreen along with their favorite StoryBots characters. In addition to the classroom-ready activities, StoryBots offers Teacher Tools—including Class Roster, Lesson Planner, and Group Builder—to help educators manage their classroom and create customized plans that best suit their students’ unique needs.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
The Transformational Leadership Institute is an offering of virtual, accredited* trainings on antiracism, unconscious bias, learning loss, and ways that COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the issues. The institute, sponsored by Kendall Hunt, will take place on July 1, July8, and July 13, 2021. Tailored for K–12 leaders and educators, the virtual sessions will equip participants to design individualized equity plans.
The ASL App, by Ink & Salt, presents videos made by people who are deaf to help users learn a new visual, spatial language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well paced. Users can drag their finger on the videos to control the speed, and when they need to know a sign right away, they can use the search index.