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Lets Talk Tech: 4 Back to School Tools

DreamBox Learning helps children learn math at their own pace using video game principles.

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This week as parents and students alike begin their annual back-to-school resource hunting, consider adding a few of these devices and web resources to the to-do list.

SendHub

Sign up for this site that helps bridge the virtual gap between schools, parents, and students by providing the ability to send mass text messages. I bet you thought emails were for that. Well, fewer and fewer people check emails on a regular basis; however, texting is more popular than ever. With the SendHub app, professors can send notifications about class assignments, coaches can send reminders about practice delays, or parents can communicate with car pool buddies about whose turn it is to drive the kids to school. A phone line and unlimited calls and text to other SendHub phone numbers are free with a basic plan. Premium plans begin at $25 per month. 

SkyScout

Have your little aspiring Gallileo literally shoot for the stars with SkyScout, a handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology to point, click and identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. To find a specific constellation, star or planet, select the object’s name from the menu and follow the directional arrows through the viewfinder. $199.95. 

Dreambox Learning

This rigorous online program that helps your child think like a mathematician. How, you ask? By using adaptive learning that can tailor every math lesson to meet a student’s unique needs, and using gaming fundamentals like a rewards or points system. DreamBox can adapt the level of difficulty, the number of hints, and the pacing—all in real-time—allowing students of all levels to progress at a pace that suits them. Start a free trial today. Afterward, pay $12.95 for one child; and $19.95 for up to 4 children. 

The Digits

The first narrative offering on Skype in the Classroom, is an app and a web series, which utilizes music to bring math to life for 7-10 year olds by seamlessly blending education and entertainment through live interaction and song. The Digits is releasing its first album at the beginning of September. Ask your children’s teachers to log on to The Digits’ Homework Hotline Tour available on Skype. The Digits’ characters will digitally “visit” classrooms to provide a live action educational video session for students across the globe. Sign up for a 15-20 minute slot of real time interaction between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. PST. on Sept. 6, 2013.