Tech Thursday: 3 Websites to Try Next Year - The Learning Effect

Tech Thursday: 3 Websites to Try Next Year

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I am linking up with Teaching Trio for Tech Thursday. Today I am sharing 3 websites that I plan to use next year.

1. Biblionasium - This past year I had my students complete the 40 Book Challenge. They loved it. I loved it. But the one thing we both struggled with was the reading log. I recently came across Biblionasium on Pinterest and decided to try to use it for the 40BC next year. It's completely free and allows students to track what they read, receive recommendations from other students and the teacher, write reviews, and more. It seems like a tool that both the students - and I - will love! If you've used it, I'd love to hear what you think of it.


2. MobyMax - I started using MobyMax in January last year and my students really loved it. They thought it was fun to earn time to play games through the learning modules. MobyMax covers math, ELA, and writing CCSS curriculum and is based on a placement test. The data that I receive as a teacher is so helpful in getting those who are struggling the extra practice they need - all through the website. We used MobyMax in-class and at-home. It does cost $99 per year for a one-classroom license, but I think it's so worth it.

3. VolunteerSpot - I know there are several volunteer sign up / conference scheduling websites out there, but I have been so happy using VolunteerSpot for the last 3 years. I'm able to easily set up my in-class volunteers month-to-month and share the calendar with parents so they can sign up at their convenience. I do the same with parent-teacher conferences, which takes out all of the work of getting parents the time they prefer. I also use the site for coordinating supply donations for the classroom and parties so I don't end up with 5 boxes of cookies and 0 napkins. VolunteerSpot has really evolved over the last 3 years and is so much more user-friendly now than it was in the past -- so if you've turned away from using it in the past, I suggest you give it another shot!


  1. Thanks for introducing me to 3 new sites!

  2. Awesome list of sites! Thanks for sharing :)
    The Techie Teacher

  3. I LOVE the volunteer spot app idea! I think I will try it out, especially for parent conferences. Thanks for the ideas :)

  4. Hello from Spain: very interesting sites. Fabulous proposals. Keep in touch

  5. I have heard great things about Moby Max! It sounds like it would be a great intervention tool. I think I need to add it to my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

    Spellbound in Second

  6. I have heard of BiblioNasium, but haven't tried it with students yet. I think that it's a fabulous idea to use it for the 40 book challenge. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

    @ Wiley Teaching


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