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Online Timers


Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point AND you will always have one available online.  Here is a collection of online stopwatch or countdown timers always available when you need it.







There is even a “fun classroom collection” for interactive whiteboard use.

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Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning


Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

March 19, 2014 By: David Kapuler

Below I’ve curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game-Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).  The resources vary from drill and practice to all-out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help “gamify” a classroom.   I hope you enjoy exploring this list as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Entries are in alphabetical order.

** mobile app

  1. **4 Dice: Fractions – A super fun iOS game that can be played on up to 5 devices as students hone their Fraction skills (i.e. adding, dividing, etc.) while combining rolling dice and bowling.
  2. **5 Dice: Order of Operations – A great iOS game that has students playing solo/multiplayer as they roll dice and try to use numbers and operations to “hit” the target number.
  3. ABCya – A fantastic company with a wide variety of educational online games and iOS apps for a number of different subjects grades K-5th.
  4. **Adam Dream: Numbers Nightmare – Explore different worlds as you help Adam overcome enemies using basic Math skills, in this wonderful fantasy filled iOS game.
  5. **Amazing Alex – A nice iOS game from the creators of Angry Birds that focuses on the concept of Rube Goldberg Machines.
  6. **Angle Asteroids – A fun iOS app for learning about angles by shooting asteroids with your spaceship.
  7. Answerables – A innovative 3D virtual world that allows educators to Gamify their lessons in this cross between Game Based Learning and Learning Management System.
  8. Arcademic Skill Builders – Amazing site with educational games and portal to allow for student tracking and  progress reports in Math, Reading, and more.
  9. Arcoiris – A nice simple site for finding educational games in both English and Spanish.
  10. **Axiom – A nice iOS game that has students controlling a ship and picking up numbers/operations to solve different Math equations in over 80 levels of play.
  11. Back Pack Games – A wonderful site filled with lots of educational games aligned to Common Core Standards in the subjects of Math & Science.
  12. BrainNook – A game with educational portal for Math and Language Arts that allows educators to moderate all aspects of student behavior.
  13. Cackleberries – A fantastic virtual 3D world for ESL kids 3-7 yrs old learning English through interactive games.
  14. **Champs of Numeria – A fun multiplayer iOS game that uses Connect Four game logic to develop basic Math skills.
  15. **Chima – A nice simple iOS app that has students solving different Math equations in addition/subtractions to defeat mythological creatures.
  16. ClassXP – A excellent way for educators to integrate Game Based Learning through a RPG based student dashboard.
  17. Clever Island – A nice site for 3-8 yr olds for games in Math, Reading, and Phonics.
  18. Cookie – A great site for educational: Math, Reading, Science, and ESL games for El Ed kids.
  19. **Digital Passport – An essential iPad app for kids that has them playing games to learn about Cyber Safety (i.e. bullying, copy right, privacy, etc.).
  20. DimensionU – An amazing site for educational games 3D games for Math and Literacy aligned to Common Core Standards.
  21. **Door 24 – A fantastic iPad that has students working different Math/Algebra problems to help a robot fix his circuits and uncover the mystery behind Door 24.
  22. Fish Smarty – A terrific site with educational portal for younger kids to interact in a safe environment and play educational games/activities.
  23. Funbrain – A very popular site for kids looking for Math games and other online activities.
  24. **Futaba – An interesting gaming system for the iPad that allows educators to create the questions and then share them students iPads while they compete to solve the problems.
  25. Fuel the Brain – A fun site for educational games on Math and Reading.
  26. **Gadzookery – A nice Acronym/Spelling iOS game where users try to create sentences with words to score against other players.
  27. Game Classroom – A excellent site for Math and Language art games/worksheets for students K-6th.
  28. Gamequarium – One of my favorite sites for games for El Ed kids in Math, Reading, and Science.
  29. GameUp – From the creators of BrainPop, a nice site for animated educational games in Math, Science, Reading, etc.
  30. **GazziliMath – A fun iOS app for young learners as they strengthen their counting, adding, and subtracting skills.
  31. **Grading Game – A great iOS game that turns the student into the “editor” as they look for spelling and grammar errors.
  32. **Grid Lines – A innovative Battleship style Math iOS game that has students plotting points on a plane to defeat their opponent.
  33. **Healthy Heroes 1 & 2 – A fun game iOS game with over 30 levels of play that has students feeding different monsters fruits/vegetables to stop them from destroying Yogopolis.
  34. Historia – An excellent History game designed for MS students aligned to Common Core Standards.
  35. **If… – A great iPad game for kids learning about Social and Emotional learning in safe 3D virtual environment.
  36. iPracticeMath – One of the best sites around with educational portal (i.e. assessing/student tracking) for finding lots of Math resources, worksheets, and games.
  37. **Jack and the Beanstalk a Mathematical Adventure – A fantastic narrated iPad adventure that has students solving different Math problems (i.e. time, money, etc.) in the world of Jack and the Beanstalk.
  38. **Kids Fun – A fun iPad app for kids as they play over 70 activities/games while discovering nature and it’s animals.
  39. Kidz Page – A nice site for educational games, activities, and puzzles for grades K-8th.
  40. Learning Games For Kids – A fun site for lots of educational games such as Typing, Health, and Geography.
  41. **Little Digits – A great iPad app for young kids learning about numbers, adding, and subtracting as well as associating them with fingers.
  42. Lure of the Labyrinth – Gamification at it’s best in this mysterious adventure Middle School based Pre-Algebra game.
  43. Magnahigh – A wonderful way for educators to teach Math using a Game Based Learning environment where students can compete in a safe environment.
  44. **Marble Math (Jr/Lite) – A collection of different apps that focuses on basic Math skills while trying to guide a marble through a series of challenging puzzles.
  45. **Math Champ Challenge – A great iOS app for lots of Math questions aligned to Common Core Standards using Game Based Learning.
  46. Math Chimp – A nice site for lots of resources, worksheets, and educational games in the different areas of Math.
  47. **Math Evolve – A widely popular iOS game for learning basic Math skills while either playing through Story (Sci Fi shooter type game) or Practice (flash card style practice) mode.
  48. **Math Heroes 1 & 2 – Super fun iOS apps that has students using basic Math skills and the ever popular Yogotars to solve equations and defeat their opponents.
  49. **Math Minute Madness – A fun iOS game that has students try solve 50 basic Math problems in one minute.  As students progress through the game they earn stars that they can redeem for animals that they can put in their virtual zoo.
  50. **Math vs. Undead – A crazy iOS game that has students solving basic Math problems while trying to defeat the cartoony zombie horde in over 30 levels of fun!!
  51. **MathFileFolderGames – A great company that creates fun, multiplayer mobile Math apps in a wide range of topics (i.e. Fractions,  Plotting points on a graph, Tangrams, etc.)
  52. MathGameTime – A great site for educational Math games for K-7th in a wide variety of subjects (i.e. Algebra, Physics, Time, etc.)
  53. **Maths Tree Vs – A fun multiplayer iPad app that has students practicing basic Math skills while trying to drop different objects on top of their opponents.
  54. **Mathtastical – An interesting iOS app that uses Game Based Learning to reinforce Math skills while collecting different power ups to move on up the leader board.
  55. MinecraftEDU – Is the educational version of the mega popular PC hit being used in classrooms throughout the world.
  56. **Moody Monster Manor – A nice iOS game for kids 3-8 yrs old learning about emotions as well as critical thinking skills.
  57. **Mystery Math Town/Museum – Two amazing iPad apps that has students finding numbers and solving equations while exploring a mysterious town/museum filled with enigmatic characters.
  58. **Numbers League – A fantastic iPad app that uses a comic book style to have kids of all ages working on their different Math skills.
  59. **Operation Math – A wonderful iPad app that has students using basic Math skills to defeat Dr. Odd in this spy filled game of over a 100 missions.
  60. **Ordered Fractions – A nice multiplayer Math game that has comparing and putting fractions in order.  Also, this game is aligned to Common Core Standard and can send progress reports to pareants/teachers via email.
  61. PhyFun – A nice site for Physics based games.
  62. PlayBrighter – A innovative site that uses an animated virtual environment to teach kids through educational games and lessons the teachers setup.
  63. Play Kids Games – A fun site with educational portal that allows educators to create a classroom and track their educational games.
  64. PowerMyLearning – Great site for educators to search for games by Common Core Standard, build playlists, and track student progress.
  65. **Presidents vs. Aliens – A very fun iOS game that reminds me of Space Invaders as you fling US Presidents at the incoming aliens.  A great app for History teachers and learning about different facts of the 44 US Presidents.
  66. QR Wild – A cool site for creating and playing QR code based games.
  67. Quandary – One of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning that has students making ethical/social decisions in a science fiction based world.
  68. **Questimate – A fun iPad app that has students create the questions to be answered in this multiplayer game.
  69. **Quiz Dungeon – A innovative iOS app that uses RPG elements to reinforce basic Math skills.
  70. **Recycle Hero – One of my favorite iOS apps for learning about the environment/recycling by playing through a variety of games.
  71. RoomRecess – A wonderful site with lots of educational games for students K-5.
  72. **Save the Sushi – A great iOS app for students learning their Multiplication tables while earning badges and playing with their friends.
  73. **Science Heroes – A excellent iOS app that has students challenging 5 different bosses in 15 different missions to explore the different regions of the Digestion system (i.e. mouth, stomach, intestine, etc.).
  74. Science Monster – A fun site for finding lots of lessons, apps, and games for the different areas of Science.
  75. **Shake-a-Phrase – A super fun iOS app that helps students with Vocabulary, parts of a sentence, and even create Writing prompts.
  76. Sheppard Software – A nice site for lots of educational games and activities in a wide range of subjects.
  77. **Sight Words Hangman – A great iOS app game that focuses on over 300 sight words and 30 word lists to help teach students.
  78. SimCityEDU – The award winning PC game now has educational portal to allow for Game Based Learning aligned to Common Core Standards.
  79. **Skip Math – A fun iOS jumping game that uses computational fluency (i.e. counting by 2’s, 4’s, etc.) to help land on the correct number.
  80. Skoolbo – A virtual world filled with educational games to help kids 4-10 yrs old in Literacy and Math.
  81. **Slice Fractions – A nice iOS game for learning the basics of Fractions with high replay value.
  82. **Spelling Hero – A excellent iOS app that uses a flash card style game to help users learn how to spell different words and their definition.
  83. SpellingCity – A fantastic site/app for students to find educational games for Spelling and Vocabulary.  Also, there is an educational portal for teachers where they create their own custom word lists to incorporate into the games.
  84. Spree Games – A great site for finding lots of games for K-12, as well as creating lists of your favorite games.
  85. **Sugar Shake – A interesting iPad game for Chemistry that has students shaking/tilting sugar molecules to set off chemical reactions.
  86. Sumdog – A excellent site/app with educational portal that allows educators to track students progress in educational competitive games.  Also, the games tailor to differentiated instruction to meet student needs.
  87. **Sushi Monster – A fun iOS game that has students practicing Multiplication/Addition to help feed a sushi monster by building equations.
  88. **Tangram Chess – A innovative Math iOS game that has students moving shapes across a chess board to complete their tangram using: translations, rotations, and reflections.
  89. Teach with Portals – Gamify your classroom with the award winning PC game Portal 2.
  90. Time Tribe – One of the most innovative sites/apps around for learning about history and different cultures by playing this mystery based time travel adventure.
  91. **TinyTap – A wonderful iOS app that allows users to create educational games or play those of others.
  92. Tutpup – A cool site for Math and Spelling games where you compete against other players.
  93. What2Learn – A neat site where students can create and play the games of others.
  94. Wonderville – A terrific site with lots of resources of educators including: games, puzzles, lessons, and more.
  95. **World’s Worst Pet – A wonderful iPad app for helping students with their Vocabulary skills through four different games.
  96. **YodelOh Math Mountain – A fun iOS game aligned to Common Core Standards that has students solving basic Math equations while climbing up a mountain.
  97. **Yogome – A fantastic company with lots of educational mobile apps in areas such as: Math, Science, and even Recycling.
  98. **Zeus vs. Monsters – A super fun Android app for practicing basic Math skills (i.e. addition, multiplication, etc.) while defending Olympus from mythologic villains.
  99. Zondle – A innovative site that allows educators to create educational games and share with others.
  100. ZooWhiz – A fun site for kids 5-15 yrs old to develop their Math and Reading skills by creating their own virtual zoo.

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at and read his blog at

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Teacher Guides Galore



These guides are completely free for you to use and all  we ask from you is to to pay credit to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning if you want to reuse them somewhere else.

1 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Blogs in Teaching

2 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Facebook in Education

3 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

4 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Skype in Education

5 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of iPad in Education

6 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Personal Learning Networks in Education

7 – Educators Guide on The Use of Pinterest in Education

8 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Graphic Organizers in The Classroom

9 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Evernote in Education

10 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of QR Codes in The Classroom

11 – Teacher’s Comprehensive Guide on The Use of Social Networking in Education

12 – A Simple Guide to All That Teachers Need to Know about Digital Citizenship

13 – Teachers’ Easy Guide to Social Learning

14 – Teacher’s Guide to Creativity

15 – A Quick Guide to Teaching with iPad

16 – Teachers Guide to Create eBooks on iPad Using iBook Author

17 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Google Docs in The iPad

18 – Teachers Easy Guide to Google Best Services

19  –Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classroom

20 – A Free Comprehensive Guide to iPad Apps Evaluation

21 – Teacher’s Definitive Guide to Google Search Skills

22 – Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Games in Education

23 – Teacher’s Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education

24 – Teacher’s Simple Guide on The Use of Google Forms in The Classroom

25 – Teacher’s Guide to All Google Tips in Education

26 – Teacher’s Guide to Blended Learning

27 – Teacher’s Guide on how To Evaluate Web Content for Classroom Inclusion

28 – The Ultimate Guide to The 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Teachers and Students

29 – A Quick Guide on Bloom’s Taxonomy iPad Apps

30 – Teacher’s Guide to The Importance of Learning from Mistakes and Errors

31 – The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers

32 – The Entire Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students

33 – Great Guide to Summer Learning Activities

34 – Teacher’s Guide to Chat Acronyms and Text Message Short hands

35 – Teacher’s Guide on Creating Personal Learning Net2works

36- Teacher’s Guide on The Use of Google Sheets

37- Teacher’s Roadmap to The Use of Twitter in Education

38- Teacher’s Simple Guide to Teaching with Videos

39- Teacher’s Easy Guide to Social Learning

40- Teacher’s Guide to Connected Learning

41- Teachers’ Guide on The Use of Podcasting in Education

42- Life-long Learning : Best Tools and Strategies for Teachers

43-Teachers Guide to The Use of Digital Portfolios

44- Teachers Guide on The Use of Google Docs, Presentation, and Spreadsheet

45- Teachers Guide on The Use of Google Site in The Classroom

46- A Great Guide on Teaching Students about Digital Footprint

Digital Citizenship
























































Our students spend much of their time interacting on social media. It becomes part and parcel of who they are. But are they aware of the hazards looming in those spaces? Are they familiar with online code of ethics?  Are they doing it safe ? What if their online identities are jeopardized ? How about those intimate photos they share? Do they know future job seekers would more than likely have a look at what they share on their social media ? The answer to these and several other questions lies within “digital citizenship”.




Turn Text Into a Spiraling Circle with


This is a free text generator perfect for digital scrapbooking, turning text into a spiraling heart, spiraling circle or even rows of waves.  From the homepage, simply click on the “heart” link under Instant Creativity.  You will need to decide what you want to do with your text.  After choosing the type of generator, simploy enter text into the generator on the left side of the page.  The text generator has a super duper simply user intervace and your results are produced as soon as you click the Layout Text Button.


This site will generator Banners, Logos, Money, Mazes, Rebus, along with text generators, so check it out for a fun and easy to use graphic tool.




A free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.  You can:

  • Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go
  • Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer
  • View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen
  • Print out the stories and poems to make your own book
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Gooru–Learning Collections


Gooru is a service that aims to provide teachers and students with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.

As a Gooru member you have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more. Within each subject area you can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans. When you find resources that you want to use, drag them to the resources folder within your account. Gooru also offers you the option to add resources to your folders even if you did not find them within Gooru.

A Great Source of Math, Science, and Social Studies Materials–are tied in with Common Core State Standards as well.

Introduction to Gooru Video


Smartboard Helps


If you have the opportunity to have a smart board in your classroom, you need to be sure to utilize its functions. The SMARTBoard can go far beyond a projector and a whiteboard, and it is crucial to involve your students as much as possible since you have this unique and engaging tool! As I mentioned above, I have found some good resources for all of you to expand your uses for interactive whiteboards. First, I think it is crucial to familiarize yourself as much as possible with the whiteboard, so I found a slideshow on the 56 ways to use your SMARTBoard. Find out more below!

1. 56 Ways:

2. Training and How-Tos:

Also, just to make it easier on yourself, I found some really great resources that provide free lessons, games for your interactive SMARTBoard. Be sure to check these out below!

1. 65 Free Interactive Resources:
2. Whiteboard Games:
3. Scholastic Lessons:
4. BrainPoP – Great with student use!

iPad Apps to Meet IEP Goals


Excerpt from Technology Leader, TL Advisor Blog, May 25, 2011:

Students who are classified as Special Education must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Goals of the IEP include study skills, reading, math, writing, daily living, and career and transition goals.  Throughout the school year teachers are mandated to follow the student’s IEP and come up with different strategies to help the child meet his or her planned goals.


The iPad has apps useful for children with autism, developmental disability, learning disability, emotional disability or other health impairments. The apps listed below will help teachers work with their students to attain their goals.  The IEP checklist is great app specifically for teachers.  It allows the teacher to have his or her students’ IEP information at hand.  If you do put this app on your iPad I would recommend you password lock your iPad as an IEP is confidential.

The following apps would meet IEP goals for students classified autistic and developmentally disabled.

One of the main goals for students on the Autism Spectrum is the ability to answer WH questions. Super Why is an interactive app that has four different apps built into one. The app has a listening component as well as guidance for following directions.  It helps students stay on task and answer WH questions.  A new app that really meets the WH goal is Conversation Builder. Pictures are provided and students record their conversations. 

Proloquo2go  helps students who have difficulty communicating to do so  effectively. The app provides pre-set pictures which students select to convey their messages. The display is set up as a communication board or book making it easy for students to respond to a peer or an adult. This app was also mentioned in my March blog

Writing goals:

Writing goals range from being able to write a simple sentence to a detailed paragraph, through the use of a keyboard and/or an assistive technology device. The iPad has numerous writing apps, sometimes referred to as “note-taking” apps. I still have not found the perfect note-taking app. For students who have dysgraphia, the handwriting apps are still difficult. Presently, I like PaperDesk for IEP students. It allows handwriting for older students, a microphone to record a lesson, and text with different colors.  It also lets the student import pictures to their work, so it is visual as well.

Math Goals:

Telling time is an ongoing battle for students. Goals range from being able to read a digital clock to telling time to the minute. Telling Time HD   gives students three different levels, using both an analog clock and a digital clock, and can be used for many of the telling time goals.

Money is the next most difficult goal to achieve because it is so abstract.  Dittos get boring and do not give a true representation of coins or bills.  Goals range from making change from a dollar to identifying the four coins. Jungle Coins  is a versatile app because it allows the teacher to set levels for the student, activities include making change, comparing change, counting change and identifying coins.

Reading Goals:

Identifying sight words is one of the most common goals.  The App store has quite a few to choose from Word Wall Hd has four activities in a game format.  It also allows you the opportunity to make your own word wall.  Another app that uses Dr. Fry’s Instant Words Kids Learn Sight Words allows students to record the word, write the word, and use it in a sentence.  This app would meet many of the students’ IEP goals.

A common reading comprehension goal is for students to be able to answer five comprehension questions and questions of inference.  Reading for Detail and Reading for Inferences allow students to read a short paragraph and answer questions.  The answers are recorded on a bingo card, making the app more engaging. These apps each contain three levels to meet the individual needs of the students.

The iPad once again gives students and teachers another tool to help make the education process fun and lets students feel good about who they are.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.

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