EFL Through iPads I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review Good Use of QR Codes Just about a year ago I predicted that 2011 would be the year of the QR Code. That we would see these little squares popping up everywhere especially in America as smartphone sells continue to climb. Looking back over the past year I’ve given quiet a few talks on QR Codes their power and scenarios for best us. When used propertly QR Codes can add value. When not used propertly they’re just wasting space. QR Codes should be used to connect something in the physical world to something in the virtual world. This is the phrase and idea I focus on when talking about QR Codes and where I believe their true power in connecting information lies. A great example and my most common use of QR Codes in society is when I am shopping. QR Codes on a webpage is a no-no You don’t see this as much as you did even 6 months ago. QR Codes on posters/billboards QR Codes on posters and billboards isn’t a bad idea as long as you understand that you can’t read a QR Code when you’re moving in a vehicle. 1. 2.
M that learning! Reflections of a Passionate Educator | Reflections on eLearning and teaching Drama, English/ESL and the Humanities! mlearning Video Recording of the Presentation Presentation brought to you by American TESOL! Check out their other video presentations! Visit my blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, for more tips on effective technology integration! Presentation brought to you by American TESOL! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Talking Tom - Kids talk to Tom and he repeats everything said with a funny voice, pet him to make him purr, pour a glass of milk for him, and poke his head, belly or feet, grab his tail. Story Robe - Create digital stories using images and video from your camera or photo library. PuppetPals - Create video stories with props and scenes! ARSoccer - Play soccer with a friend in real time where you are at! Ecobugs - Lesson plans for teachers! StoryKit MouthOff - Create funny mouths! Fotobabble - Quickly create and easily share talking photos in 3 steps (Snap or select or a photo, speak into the microphone to record audio, share with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter). StoryCorps Read Me Stories- Children’s books Animoto Wiffiti
100 Awesome Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques With so many good teachers out there, it’s fortunate they can share their knowledge via video on the Internet. From the funny to the poignant, these glimpses into the lives of teachers and their students will keep you entertained while learning a little something as well. Whether you are a new teacher storing up tips and tricks or an experienced teacher who could just use a fresh perspective, you are sure to find something helpful among these videos. The Basics Reading, storytelling, math, and science all get coverage with these videos that show how some Teaching Storytelling in the Classroom. Myst ‘Exile’ in the Classroom. The Arts From visual arts to music to drama, these videos will offer suggestions and stimulate creativity when teaching art to your students. Footprint dancing at the Nest. Getting Physical Movement doesn’t have to be reserved just for PE class. Student Body: Classroom Exercises Make Learning Lively. Education and Technology Turning on Technology: Ferryway School.
Mobile Learning • ESL Techies Today we had the opportunity to present at the Discovery Education Day of Discovery Conference. We explored techniques for building a mobile learning environment and ways to use digital media in creating content on the iPad. It was exciting to demonstrate how digital media and web 2.0 tools remove boundaries and promote academic achievement for ELLs. We enjoyed engaging with those educators working hard with ELLs and all struggling learners. Roadshow – Collect web videos and play them back anytimeLanguage Builder – A rich environment for improving language developmentScreenChomp – Sharing tools used to create a sharable, replay-able videoShowMe – Record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them onlineVideolicious – Create a video combining videos, photos, music, and storiesAudioboo – Create audio and post to your own account on the webSlideShark – View and share PowerPoint presentations on the iPad
18 Enlightening iPad Experiments in Education You know from experience that when you enjoy a subject, learning about that subject is easier, more fun, and you retain the information longer. Getting kids to enjoy learning is more productive to education efforts than spending more money, lengthening school days, you name it. This is the reason many educators are excited about the possibilities inherent to the iPad. More than 600 school districts in America have brought iPads into the classroom. Had they waited a bit longer, they could have taken advantage of studies like these to know whether the iPad movement is the wave of the future of education, or a waste of valuable resources. Motion Math in Class: An assistant professor of education at USC’s Rossier School oversaw this study looking at whether having students play a learning game to teach them fractions increased their knowledge. Oklahoma State University iPad Pilot Program: OSU experimented with iPads in five classes in the fall of 2010.
Learning Landscape: Kids Monitor Terrain with Tech We found a dead mouse. Did anybody get a picture? Narrator: Four times a year, the Glacial Ridge Wildlife Refuge becomes a living classroom for students from J.A. Boy: Yeah, it's a burnt frog. Woman: Let me see. Narrator: Originally prairie wetlands, this 35,000-acre parcel once hosted hundreds of unique plant and animal species. Man: It looks way different, doesn't it? All: Yeah. Narrator: But decades of crop production and cattle grazing have eliminated much of the biodiversity here. Man: And what do you think it's going to look like in the spring when we come out? Huge grasses, very tall. Narrator: In 2004, The Nature Conservancy bought some of the land, turning it into the largest prairie and wetland restoration project in U.S. history. When you get to the water! Narrator: And they invited the school to help them study the area. 17 meters. Mike: We're basically studying how a prairie emerges, so we're taking temperatures, water, air, pH readings, just a whole lot of data. South, that way. Yep.
Mobile ESL Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop. In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine. (Read Harry Walker's paper Evaluating the Effectiveness of Apps for Mobile Devices.) I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Here's what I chose to spotlight in my rubric: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student Customization Feedback Student is provided specific feedback Thinking Skills Engagement Sharing