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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation. Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work.

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find the perfect tool to meet their needs. Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC) and edWeb webinars. These educators are paying attention to their own working habits, as well as those of students, to figure out which technology products and trends are here to stay. Michelle Luhtala, a school librarian in New Canaan, Connecticut, has noticed that much of her own work has transitioned from the computer to her smartphone.

She sees the same trend in students, but also recognizes many schools have policies against phones because they can be distractions. Check out previous years favorites here and here. 40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students. 40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Elementary Students Looks like this mobile learning thing might actually take off, eh?

40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students

Just as we recently looked specifically at some of the best educational apps for iPad, now we give some love specifically to elementary students (and teachers) who have devices and want to separate the digital wheat from the digital chaff. The following listly collection is an excellent starting point for elementary teachers looking for elementary apps for elementary students in the most elementary way possible: a collection of 38 possibilities. This is a diverse collection of apps, from games to digital media software to math and literacy apps. Mac Specs, Prices, Answers and Comparison @ EveryMac.com, Est. 1996.

Explain Everything - Making Tech Simple. One of the most important features of creation applications such as Explain Everything is the ability to export projects.

Explain Everything - Making Tech Simple

EE does a great job of offering a wide variety of options including Image, PDF, Movies, and Project export. Movies are After creating a project, you can choose an export option from the following: Mac Specs, Prices, Answers and Comparison @ EveryMac.com, Est. 1996. Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps. Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning.

While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them. “The conversations I had were radically different than they were a year ago,” said Michelle Luhtala, the librarian for New Canaan High School and host of an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb. She tapped her professional learning network of educators, teaching all grades and located all over the country, to share their favorite tech tools.

“A year ago people felt like it was this new thing that was so overwhelming,” Luhtala said, “and now it really seems much more comfortable.” Educators have become proficient with their favorite classroom apps and are getting more creative with using them to achieve teaching goals. Epic! 10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen.

In my visits to various schools, I'd say that Apple TV, AirServer, Reflector, and X-Mirage work about 50% of the time.

10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

That's because AirPlay requires the device and the computer or Apple TV to be on the same network (unless you're using the newest Apple TV and iOS 8). Often schools have different networks for mobile devices and for PCs so AirPlay won't work. Also, AirPlay requires specific ports to be open on the network for Bonjour (and frequently they are not configured to be open). Mirroring360 has a feature called Mirroring Assist. It can work without the need to open ports for Bonjour. Even if your network allows for AirPlay connections, it also needs to be reliable. If your Wi-Fi network won't cooperate with AirPlay, you should check out iTools. After upgrading to to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac users can mirror their iPad's screen using a Lightning cable. iPad will show up as a camera source in QuickTime.

25 Best Apps for Kids of All Ages. Helicopter Taxi If your children are into transportation and making things go, Helicopter Taxi is a must-have app.

25 Best Apps for Kids of All Ages

Using augmented reality, this app uses the device’s camera to create an effect of a helicopter flying across the room with your children who, of course, are always on-the-go. By moving the device around, your little pilots steer the helicopter to wherever they want it to fly, and then land on different surfaces to pick up more passengers. The graphics are crisp and strikingly real – your kids will delight in being the navigators of their very own helicopter adventures. Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101 from NASA. Teaching with Aurasma. An Introduction to the Aurasma App. Popplet. Some thoughts on using iPads in a Primary School. Dragon Dictation. iPad Apps for Special Education_test.pdf. Doceri Reviews.