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cooltoolsforschools - home iPads 4 Learning @ Manor Lakes College Edutech for Teachers Frankie Lemmon School Overview The school’s intense focus on development of communication skills is clearly evident in the portfolio of innovative techniques and technologies used which include: Custom Programmed Voice-Output Devices: Big Mack single switch device for short phrases; Compartmentalized Communicator for combination object/picture/voice relationships; TechTalk , TechSpeak, and Seven-Level Communicator devices using… Continue » Tech & Young Children In its position statement titled, “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8,” The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) states, “For children with special needs, technology has proven to have many potential benefits. Continue » Life Improvement Grant In 2012, Frankie Lemmon School became the recipient of Ikea’s The Life Improvement Project grant for the project Special Technology for Special Kids. Continue » Matching Technology Continue » Apps for School

Inquiry Live in the Classroom | A place for literacy and curiosity to dwell Home Wire the World If you’re ever unsure about the working status of a well known website such as Twitter or Facebook, check out Down Right Now to see if it’s up or having technical issues. It’s a great resource to keep you in the know instead of sitting there refreshing or wondering if your network is having issues. What to do if Down Right Now itself goes down? Sixth grade Spanish has turned a new leaf in learning with today’s in-class lesson! This week’s iPad in the classroom lesson had students taking iPad2’s around the library take first take pictures of activities they both like and don’t like to do. This lesson is so incredible in a myriad of ways that engages the student right from the beginning with the use of the iPad2 to take pictures rather than get started with the educational apps for the lesson. On October 6, 2011 I had the joy of joining Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker on their Appy Hour radio blog to talk about some of the ways iPad music apps can make their way into classrooms.

Free Technology for Teachers Apps for Professional Development Twitter App (free) Twitter is one of the most active and beneficial social networks on the web. All educators would be wise to join the conversation. If you haven’t used Twitter yet, I would recommend that you read these excellent blog posts: Google Voice (free) Text and call for free! Skype (free) A beautiful app that allows you to make and receive VOIP calls on your iOS device. HeyTell (free) A fun “walkie-talkie” app for quick voice communication. Consumption Apps FlipBoard (free) A beautiful app that turns your RSS reader (such as Google Reader) into a magazine. Zite (free) Similar to FlipBoard, however instead of just providing a beautiful interface to view content you select, Zite tries to introduce you to new content sources based off of sources you currently read. QR Code Readers Quick-Response codes are the strange black and white boxes that have begun appearing everywhere. Diigo (free) Research Apps: Genius Scan (free)

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