Panther Apps

These apps were designed to provide meaningful and fun access to Reading, Writing and Mathematics for those with motor challenges.  The apps combine Universal Design for Learning as well as independent access for individuals using an iPad.  We have been challenged for years for students to show their work in math and perhaps Panther Math Paper might meet this challenge? These apps are still being perfected and will be available for purchase on iTunes.  Keep checking the App Store and let us know what you think! 

The Old and the New have combined to =Student Success

Unique Learning System + Classroom Suite=Student Success
IntelliTools® has combined efforts with N2Y, Inc. to deliver fully accessible computer-based Classroom Suite activities aligned to many of the core skills development lessons contained within the scope and sequence of the standards-based Unique Learning System curriculum. It’s great to have two wonderful learning tools combined into one unit.


Activity Cube

We love doing fun things with cubes.  We use the styrofoam floral cubes you can get from the dollar store.  Or you can build your own cube as they did hear with this Activity Cube idea.  If you have kids that have a hard time sitting still for long periods and just need a break and a chance to move, consider integrating this idea into their school day.  It can help the student develop self-regulation and self-monitoring as they learn how monitor their need for movement. Share with the families of your students too!  Directions for making it can be found here:



Bridging the gap between the virtual world and real activities

Many of us have long been concerned about the amount of time our toddlers and young children spend on computers and iPads, decreasing  the amount of time for manipulating materials and exploring their environments.   Several apps have been introduced over the last year or so that attempt to bridge the digital world and real manipulative activities.  Here is another app that attempts to do just that by introducing the use of puzzle pieces with iPads.

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Online Google Timer

Did you know when you Google Search30 Second Timer” it will automatically bring up a timer set for that amount of time.  You can change the time (minutes and seconds) and it will set the Google Timer for that amount of time.  Instead of searching for a time timer or other physical timer to use with your students, try the online Google Timer.   Note:  This Google search will also bring up other online timers.  Check them out!

Fun eraser for wipe-off boards

Found a great site with fun cool ideas for the classroom.  Many teachers use whiteboards to engage students in learning and also to check for knowledge.  Here is a fun way students can easily write and wipe their boards by using hot glue to attach a pom-pom to the end of a dry erase marker.

Check it out!  You won’t be able to resist it!

Reducing barriers for people with hearing loss

A recent article highlighting the need for increased accessiblity in airports reminds us that certain features are critical everywhere for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Here are the suggestions in the article that we can generalize to school and work settings:

  • Position way finding signs at the right height
  • Equip check-in desks with hearing loop, Flight Information Display Systems with video in International Sign Language and captioned information
  • Departure Halls and gates must be fitted with Flight Information Display Systems featuring video display of verbal announcements (speech recognition technology).


Positive story about a flipped classroom

We have been hearing about the flipped classroom and many are puzzled about how it will look and be received by the students.  EmergingEdTech interviewed a biology professor from the College of the Redwoods who has been teaching anatomy to her pre-nursing students for the past two semesters. I like the way the article is written because it gives the reader ideas and options for providing a flipped classroom environment. What I also found interesting was that the professor found that her brightest students didn’t like moving away from the lecture/take notes format because that is how they had been successful.  Think about your students who are struggling within the typical classroom now—could the flipped approach be what they need to be successful?  Worth trying out?  See what you think.