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Examples for use in K-12 Classrooms

Khan Academy

What is it? This was initially a website but was made into an app for smartphones that provides educational videos and tutorials. It covers different levels of math, and science topics, and the videos explain, and show examples for each topic making it understandable for the targeted age group. Best of all, everything is free!
How Can I Use It? This can be an outside resource for the students, in case they need an alternate explanation of a lesson. I can attach the related video to our classroom website calendar for extra help in case they do not understand what they learned that day, or just need a review.

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Poll Everywhere

What is it? Free, online website where you can create polls and have people respond to them by texting, Twitter, or on the website itself. It is fast, you don't have to sign up to create a poll, and it automatically deletes the poll in two weeks.
How Can I Use It? I can use this with my students when I would like comparable input from the class. Some examples are, if they would like a due date for a worksheet to be moved, or which topic they enjoyed the most throughout the semester. This allows them to use their cellphones in class, and not feel like teachers are being unreasonable when they ban cellphone use in the class. It allows for an appropriate time that they can use their cellphone, and have an educational advantage.

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Quick Graph: Your Scientific Calculator

What is it? This is a free app for Apple products that works as a calculator, but allows for better visuals with the graphs that can be produced. There are 2D and 3D options, and you can graph up to 6 equations at the same time where each graph is color coded for better distinction. It also includes a number of coordinate systems and has a library for commonly used equations.
How Can I Use It? This would be great for my math classes so that the students can explore and see the different graphs that equations create. They can move the graphs around right in front of them, which makes the process feel more personal. This would also serve a great purpose for myself, since I can display it on a SMART Board, and use the library of commonly used equations to make the graphing process more easy.

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K12 Periodic Table of Elements

What is it? A free app for any smart device that shows the Periodic Table of Elements. It is color coded according to their classifications, and it has all the descriptions of each element including the boiling/melting points, temperatures in three different scales, and more.
How Can I Use It? This would be great to use values from elements for math questions, and have the students look up the atomic mass or other information. It brings a different perspective into a math lesson, and can help students understand abstract math by relating them to real life components.

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Google Translate

What is it? This is a free app available to any smart device that translates words and sentences into 80 different languages. It can translate when you type, write, or speak into the device, and also when you take a picture of words! It can speak out the translated words, and you can star your favourite translations for quick access. It works online and offline and is easy to use.
How Can I Use It? This would be great for ESL students that may not understand some math terms. They can have this app open on their phones or devices during class, a test, or even at home while doing homework. This allows for learning to occur outside of the classroom, and can be great for students that are shy.

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