Nearpod-Empowering Teachers, Inspiring Students

Nearpod’s award-winning platform is used by thousands of schools across the country, transforming classroom engagement. School and district licenses come with additional features and benefits.

Engage Your One-to-One Classroom

Synchronize your lessons across all student devices in the classroom.Get real-time feedback and post-session reports on student comprehension.

Ready-to-Teach, Interactive Lessons for All K-12 Grades and Subjects

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Great Source for Classroom Teachers and School Leaders. EngageNY is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI). is dedicated to providing educators across New York State with real-time, professional learning tools and resources to support educators in reaching the State’s vision for a college and career ready education for all students.

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Play on the iPad with Real People and Real Objects


This is the first product I’ve seen that actually brings kids together around the iPad! Tanya A. Apple Distinguished Educator

It’s a rare and positive sight to see groups of children engaged and learning together for such a long time.Susi S. Stanford University

Top educators from over 150 elementary schools nationwide, including the Bay Area’s best preparatory institutions, are raving about Osmo’s natural ability to foster creative, social, and emotional learning – and how much their students love it.

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Common Curriculum

Webb Tool for lesson and unit plan creation, collaboration and sharing created by teachers 


 Common Curriculum is a unit and lesson planning tool created by Robbie Earle, a former Baltimore City Schools teacher. The web-based service aims to make lesson planning more efficient by allowing educators to make templates of common lesson and unit artifacts. Simple drag and drop features allow educators to include well-defined goals and objectives into these templates and then search for Common Core standards that may be aligned.

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The templating system provides a way for teachers to easily re-create effective or well-received lessons, taking the guess work out of planning for the week, semester, or entire year.

Common Curriculum also allows educators to create their own class webpage where homework artifacts can be shared, as well as a private repository of lesson artifacts that can be reviewed, reused, and recycled by other teachers who receive access.

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What is a Kahoot?

A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

ASK THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS which motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting.

STUDENTS, TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN LEARNING ; Through research and creation you inquire with meaningful questions, turning you in to a leader.

 EASY-TO-USE, INCLUSIVE & HIGHLY ENGAGING; Backed by academic research in blended learning. Using technology in your classroom will never be the same again.


Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (which we call Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more — see full list.

Through a simple ‘drag & drop’ creator tool (using any device), build quizzes with embedded imagery and video, based on educational content. Or, find public content to play.

It’s fast, intuitive and fun!


Engage the room and focus attention by projecting the quiz onto the screen at the front. Without needing an account, everyone in the room quickly joins through their personal device, seeing their name appear at the front.

Join using any device with a web browser!


Answering questions in real time through an easy-to-use interface, they play against each other aiming to top the on-screen leaderboard, whilst you facilitate and discuss the content.

Formatively assess individual knowledge and adapt learning to suit!



Not just a clicker, Kahoot! allows learners to both respond AND create with any device that has a web browser and works over wifi or 3G/4G, creating a variety of trusted learning spaces.


Gaming mechanics provide additional engagement, motivation and rewards through learners’ participation, with a game-based pedagogy which is proven by academic research.


The blended learning approach means that as well as the social experience created through asking/answering questions in a physical setting, Kahoot! is a platform for sharing, browsing, favouriting or playing content created by educators and learners globally.


Formative assessment and adaptive teaching happens though our data providing educators with a ‘snapshot’ of each learners current understanding AND longer term tracking of progress.

Free language education for the world “Duolingo”

Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages. With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Duolingo currently offers courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and English, and we are working to bring you many other languages. Stay tuned.

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What is ClassDojo?

ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. Better learning behaviors, smoother lessons and hassle-free data – and its free!


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Revolutionizing Education through Technology

The Project RED Roadmap for Transformation
By Thomas W. Greaves, Jeanne Hayes, Leslie Wilson, Michael Gielniak, and Eric L. Peterson
 “Project RED is nothing less than a blueprint for remaking American education.” — Angus King, former governor of Maine

“Project RED’s research is rich, deep, practical, and meaningful, with the kind of specifics educators require to carry forward 1:1 programs for fundamental improvement.” — Pamela Livingston, author of 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

 Effective technology implementation in schools leads to significantly higher student achievement and positive financial impact. That is a bold statement, but one with the backing of Project RED, a team that conducted a survey of a thousand schools to find out what makes technology integration work. Project RED has concluded that properly implemented educational technology, especially 1-to-1 programs where technology is continuously accessible, substantially improves student achievement and can be revenue positive at the local, state, and federal levels. The key is successful integration that brings about transformational change.

Transformational change—doubling student performance while reducing costs—is possible, and Revolutionizing Education through Technology is your blueprint for how it is done. Get the facts on what works, what makes a successful leader, what proper ed tech implementation looks like, and what cost savings to expect, as well as a vision of schools of the future, where student learning is self-directed and self-paced. See how you can be a part of the education revolution!

Features: A vision for revolutionizing schools through technology integration; an overview of what makes ed tech successful, how you can properly implement technology, and what results you can expect; nine technology and implementation factors; a Project RED checklist that, if followed, help schools achieve meaningful change; a chapter full of potential cost savings due to technology—up to $435 per student

Publication of this book was made possible in part by the generous support of Intel.

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20 Best Movies About Education

When it comes to education, it seems as though there are always interesting issues to discuss. Issues of inequality, teacher pay, and other hot button subjects are always being tackled. This happens in real life, of course, but it also happens in the movies. In some cases, a movie can make what goes on in real life more poignant. This is especially true if you are dealing with a documentary.

If you are interested in movies about education, you can learn a lot from the messages you find in movies. Here are 25 of the best movies about education ever made, including movies made for entertainment, and documentaries:

Hollywood Films – Entertainment

These Hollywood films about education can entertain, as well as uplift and educate. In some cases, the films are based on true stories, while in others the stories are wholly fictional. In any case, you will find that there are plenty of things to think about in terms of education — or at least remember about your own school experience.

  1. Dead Poets Society: This classic film about a teacher who encourages his students at a boarding school to break out of the status quo has inspired English students (and others) for years.
  2. Stand and Deliver: Another in the annals of classic education films, Stand and Deliver is based on the story of Jaime Escalante, the math teacher helping kids in East Los Angeles.
  3. To Sir With Love: In 1967, this movie was groundbreaking, sharing the story of a black man with training as an engineer who teaches white students in London.
  4. The Breakfast Club: These kids in Saturday detention are all defined by stereotypes. However, by getting to know each other, they are able to move beyond their own cliques and get to know each other. It’s an interesting look at the interplay between students in the education system.
  5. The Paper Chase: Fast-forward to college in this film from 1973. A first year law student tries to impress his professor so that he can date the professor’s daughter. Provides insights into the difficulties associated with teaching.
  6. Goodbye Mr. Chips: Here’s an oldie, but goodie. This educator in the 1969 musical falls for a showgirl. The two get married, and they struggle to overcome obstacles as Mr. Chips job as a staid teacher in a boys school doesn’t seem like the ideal fit for a showgirl.
  7. Precious: This movie, based on a book, is about an obese and illiterate girl living in Harlem. Her family is dysfunctional, and Precious has been abused physically, mentally and sexually. However, she is inspired by a teacher in an alternative high school, and fights to improve her life — and the lives of her children.
  8. Music of the Heart: Meryl Streep stars in this movie about the inspirational violin teacher, Roberta Guaspari, who encouraged children in New York City’s public school system. This uplifting story lets us see kids from East Harlem playing at Carnegie Hall.
  9. Dangerous Minds: Based on the story of LouAnne Johnson, a former U.S. Marine, Dangerous Minds tells the story of a teacher trying to encourage teens from East Palo Alto, California, to take school seriously. This movie features unorthodox teaching methods, and changes to the curriculum designed to help the teacher connect with students.
  10. Freedom Writers: A group of at-risk high school students is inspired to live their dreams beyond high school — while learning the value of heard work and tolerance along the way.
  11. Educating Rita: This working class girl inspires her jaded professor to re-connect with his passion for teaching, while exploring issues of class in society.
  12. School of Rock: A supremely entertaining movie about a washed up wanna-be rocker (Jack Black) who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school. When finds that they are talented, he helps them learn about rock — and following their dreams.


The state of education in America is a subject of much debate. Documentaries made about education can be a great source of information. Watch these movies about education to learn more about different sides of the debate — and make up your mind.

13. Waiting for Superman: A look at the journey of promising students through a school system that limits their academic growth potential. A review of public education.

  1. Teached: This education documentary by a Teach for America alum who looks at inequality in education for urban, minority youths.
  2. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed: Ben Stein’s look at Intelligent Design, and the lack of academic freedom to teach the concept in the classroom.
  3. We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For: A look at education on global scale, and during a time of shifting paradigms. This British documentary challenges you to come up with solutions for public education today.
  4.  Mad Hot Ballroom: Is competition in schools too intense when it comes to extracurriculars? Follow these middle school students in New York City as they compete in a ballroom dance competition.
  5. Spellbound: Enter the world of spelling bees, competition, and pushing children to excel. But is the cost too high?
  6. Race to Nowhere: This documentary looks at the impact of too much homework and emphasis on standardized tests. Can education really be one size fits all?
  7. Us and Our Education: This documentary explores learning disabilities and how they affect school and work.

March 6, 2011 By: Sarah Bass

Knowmia lesson planning and recording tool for teachers

Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on so students, other teachers and the public can find them. Knowmia Teach makes it easy to bring in visual aids from multiple sources, organize them in steps (like slides in a presentation) and use your own voice and fingers to bring your lesson to life. You can design each step in the lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger. We also give you the ability to describe your lesson in a way that makes it simple for anyone who is interested in the subject to find your video.

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Main features include:

• Build your lesson out of smaller steps (like slides) so it’s easy to manage and organize your lesson

• Create each step of your lesson on a separate whiteboard so you can seamlessly introduce new concepts

• Record everything that you do on the whiteboard as well as your voice and video to create the lesson step-by-step

• Use the shape tool to quickly draw common shapes

• Type text with any font/size directly on the whiteboard

• Import images, graphics or video clips from the iPad’s media library and built-in camera – or paste in any image of your own

• Draw freely with multiple pen widths and a highlighter mode

• Use the pointer tool to attract attention to anything on the whiteboard while recording it

• Publish the complete lesson to with a touch of a button

• Secure lesson creation and publishing for students

See screenshots below for full list of features and capabilities.

Note that Knowing Teach is a free tool for teachers who choose to participate in the Knowmia community. Students can also create lessons (video projects) though their videos are not public and they expire after 30 days. You cannot export video lessons to other platforms or websites.

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