Apps in Education Exploring Non-Fiction Text Structures Using iPads | Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Happy February! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2014! Since the holidays, my days have been filled with winter benchmark assessments, report cards, parent conferences, building data days, schedule changes, oh… and teaching! :) Needless to say, I’m beyond ready for our school break coming up next week. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post this, and I finally found a few minutes to share! Getting Started Once you download the apps, they’re very easy to use! All apps require students to create a username so that they can save their projects. Venn Diagrams The Venn Diagram app is very user-friendly. You can print the Venn Diagrams, or you can save them as pictures on your iPad’s Camera Roll. I’ve only used the app for comparing topics within a text, but I’m looking forward to using it for other purposes as well. Timelines The Timeline app is perfect for exploring Sequence & Order in informational texts. In the mean time, I would love to hear how you use these apps! Happy Teaching!
Explain Everything - Making Tech Simple One of the most important features of creation applications such as Explain Everything is the ability to export projects. 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: Export Image - to: Photo Roll, E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, and WebDAV Export PDF - to: E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Other Apps (including Notability), WebDAV Export Movie - to: Photo Roll, YouTube, E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV (option to include all slides or individual ones) Export Project - to: E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV Activity #4: Exporting a Project Try exporting your project and sharing the link, image, or PDF with another user to ensure that it has been successfully created.
39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom Pages Friday, October 7, 2011 39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom How Much Did Steve Jobs Change the World? You might be reading this on your iPhone, iPad or computer, but whether or not you have a Macintosh or a PC, Steve Jobs is responsible for so much of the technology we are using today. 5 Great iPad Apps For Early Childhood Teachers10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have- from PC Magazine10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom40 iPad Apps Librarians Love40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students50+ iPad Apps By a Geography Teacher62 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom100 Incredibly Useful and Free iPad AppsBest Academic Reference Apps for the iPad- some $$, some freeA Day in the Life of the iPad ClassroomThe Debate Over iPads in EducationDigital Storytelling with the iPad ShareThisFacebookTweetLinkedInPinterestEmail Posted by Julie Greller at 7:24 AM Labels: ipads, ipads in the classroom, using ipads in the classroom t
Could Doceri be the IWB killer? Just before Xmas I reviewed a potential IWB killer app called Idea Flight. This was the first of a batch of iPad apps that I have found which attempt to replace the need for an IWB. Idea Flight attempted this by enabling the networking of groups of iPads and one of the primary criticisms that readers pointed out with this system is that it was limited to contexts in which students all had iPads. Doceri takes a very different approach though. Doceri requires that you have a data projector with either a laptop or desktop attached, but using a small app on the iPad and a small piece of software on the computer, it enables you to take control of the main computer with all it’s installed software, and Flash functionality, directly from your iPad. Here are just a few of the features of the Doceri app shown as iPad screen grabs. You see the computer desktop on your iPad and can access all the computer's software through the interface. You can call up an onscreen keyboard for text input. Best
New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused Much has been said about how connected devices, whether in college lecture halls or elementary school classrooms, can distract students. GoSoapBox aims to show how such devices can also help keep class on track. The startup, which is launching Tuesday, makes a web-based app that serves as a constant back-channel to classroom discussion. Students can use it to post questions about the lecture, vote up questions their classmates have already submitted, set their statuses to "confused," and contribute to polls and questions posted by the teacher. "With the app, students are less likely to get distracted because they’re staying engaged with the material," says GoSoapBox co-founder and CEO John Pytel, who says he got the idea while attending large lectures at Michigan State University. To use the service, teachers pay $15 per month or $90 per year, and 1,300 of them have already enrolled in the free beta program. Is GoSoapBox viable for all classrooms?
Why App Smash? Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash. What is an App Smash? Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Reasons to App Smash: It demands creative thinkingIt demands more from the technology (value for money)It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positiveIt removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.It often results in more engaging learning productsIt’s a fun challenge for ‘digital natives’ Key rules for successful App Smashing: Use the Camera Roll as your main conduit between appsLeave the app choice to the studentsHave a list of apps capable of smashing content together (See below) Key Apps when App Smashing: Examples I’ve used: Final thought Other links: Like this:
Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs Here are a few trailers made by teachers and students. Next to each one is the iMovie trailer template it uses. My Dream Destination - Italy uses the Expedition template.Verbs uses the Superhero template.Properties of Ionic Compounds uses the Adrenaline template.The Giver Book Trailer uses the Adrenaline template.Project-Based Learning uses the Swashbuckler template.Stylus Status uses the Retro template. Because trailers are so short, the information you convey has to be concise. iMovie’s templates do not leave much room for text. iMovie provides an outline and storyboard for each template. To help plan trailers with more original text and shots, I’ve created a fillable PDF for each template. Each PDF is fillable, so you can open in an app like Adobe Reader or Preview and easily add your own text.
Ipadschools - home It's an Interactive Whiteboard! It's a Doc Cam! It's... Apple TV! Over the holidays I asked Santa for an AppleTV and boy did that jolly old elf deliver. I had some networking issues to work out (see the end of this post for the issues and solution), but once that was taken care of, the magic began. This $99 device has become the all-in-one accessory for my iPad classroom. AppleTV starring as... a TV! On the simplest level, the AppleTV can stream media. AppleTV starring as... a Doc Cam! Using the AppleTV's AirPlay Mirroring function, I can have any iPad in my classroom instantaneously mirrored - sound and all - to the screen. AppleTV starring as... an Interactive Whiteboard! When I first got my Promethean board, I was quite concerned about being anchored to it constantly. AppleTV and our Network In our district, many schools have two wireless systems: an enterprise system and a secondary system. Unfortunately neither will run the AppleTV. I bought a $179 AirPort Extreme wireless base station and plugged it into the ethernet in my wall.