Futaba (INKids)

Futaba is a classroom iPad app designed to supports all types of learning activities. It comes with a variety of learning sets, including Dolch Sight Vocabulary Words, Subtraction, Multiplication, Telling the Time, Currency, Countries, and Flags. Users can create their own learning sets and can include audio with their questions. “This is a fantastic iPad app for engaging students in learning. The games are modifiable by the teacher to suit the needs of the students. Very well-thought-out product—and fun!” says Anna Adam, campus technologist at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Texas.


Gizmos (ExploreLearning)

Gizmos are interactive, online simulations for math and science education in grades 3-12. They help students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration. Correlated with the Common Core standards and more than 300 textbooks, Gizmos are ideal for small group work, individual exploration, and whole-class instruction using an LCD projector or interactive whiteboard. “Gizmos allow my students to have virtual ‘hands-on’ interaction with difficult science concepts. Each student can manipulate the variables, record the results, and arrive at their own conclusions,” says Leslie Leduc, retired instructional technology specialist from Manatee County, Fla.


GoClaim (Go Solutions Group)

GoClaim helps schools streamline the Medicaid reimbursement process, deliver better special-education services, and make faster, more informed decisions. “[Our school] uses the GoClaim system to bill Medicaid/special-education students who receive health care services while at school. It is an easy-to-use system that allows the school to be reimbursed for the services provided,” says Carla Armstrong, a registered nurse for Jesup Elementary School in Georgia.


Google Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks look like laptops, but they run on Google’s Chrome operating system and don’t have hard drives. Booting up in just seconds, they’re designed to connect quickly to Google’s internet search engine and online services; Google describes the devices as a simple, scalable, and affordable way to put technology into the hands of more students. “We are implementing Google Chromebooks in our one-to-one programs throughout the district. Chromebooks offer easy and quick deployment, reducing our initial costs to a couple of hours. Teachers and students adapt to them almost instantly and are productive out of the box,” says Phil Biggs, technology teacher on special assignment for the Lake Stevens School District in Washington.


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