A Revolutionary Education App Worth Talking About I work in a department that makes accommodations for students. That doesn’t mean hotel reservations or making their bed. It means helping students succeed in the classroom despite any mental or physical problem they may have. It is truly remarkable the amount of hard work that goes into making sure these students are treated equally and given the same chances as everyone else. That’s why I got in touch with members of my department the second I happened upon Proloquo2Go . While the name may sound funny, the purpose of the app is not. Proloquo2Go lets students (or anyone) with difficulty speaking carry on a conversation. There’s more to this app than just the real-time conversation functionality. The Good First, the app actually sounds just like a pretty realistic person speaking and it’s extremely easy to understand what he or she (you can change what voice you want) is saying to you. Second, it’s very easy to use. It is a great way to help just about anyone. The Bad Is It Worth It?
iPad Apps for Autistic Students Apps on portable devices such as the Apple iPad can help non-verbal children to communicate basic needs. Intuitive apps that employ colorful images and sounds can also hold a child's attention long enough to learn and offer effective tools to build vocabulary and reinforce word knowledge. The following iPad apps are designed to augment self-expression among children with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive impairments. Becoming more comfortable with language may also encourage more safe social interaction among family members and classmates. 1. Apple iTunes Store Autism Xpress is a free app that encourages people with autism to recognize and express emotions. 2. Grace is a picture exchange system designed to encourage independent social interaction among people with autism. 3. iConverse iConverse is designed for children with autistic and other communicative disabilities who have not yet mastered basic speech. 4. 5.
Find Free Images Quickly With Compfight Creative Commons licensed photos are a sort of internet miracle: By providing an easily-understood syntax for attribution and permissions, they make it possible to add visual interest to blog posts, web sites, syllabuses, presentations–anything you like, really. They also facilitate remixes and other forms of creative adaptation (or deformation), which can be useful in a wide variety of teaching and research contexts. We’ve written about Flickr & Creative Commons before: I explained how to do creative-commons limited searches, and Julie suggested integrating creative commons-licensed material in your classroom. I also reviewed Wylio, a website that searches Flickr. Today, I want to introduce Compfight, a service that lets you quickly search Flickr for Creative Commons-licensed photos that you can use in your blogs, syllabuses, presentations, and more. Compfight offers a very simple search interface: Click for full size. Return to Top
Trading Card Creator The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject. The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. back to top
10 Photo Apps That Enhance Instagram Amanda MacArthur is an author, professional blogger, and speaker specializing in business marketing, technology, small business management and restaurant development. She is a founding partner at BuzzFarmers, an audience development company in Providence, RI. You can find her on Twitter at @amaaanda and read her blog on Amander.com. Ten years ago, you probably wouldn't have dreamed your cellphone would replace your camera. Now, millions of people carry mobiles that easily out-snap their point-and-shoot competitors. The camera industry may have taken a hit with the rise of photo filter applications, but photography as an art form continues to grow, especially for the average Joe. Ever-popular Instagram defeated competitors due to its style, simplicity, connectivity and community. SEE ALSO: Meet the Top 15 Photographers on Instagram [PICS] But many supplemental apps serve to make Instagram even better by picking up on some basic functionality shortfalls. Image courtesy of Stan Schroeder.
The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users Though I haven’t gotten an iPad yet (NOTE: Now I have!), we did get one for my mother-in-law. So, with an eye towards helping her now, and me in the future, I put out a call to readers to their suggested resources as well as hunting for them on my own. You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me. Here are my choices, and choices suggested by readers (their recommendations are better than mine!) iPad Getting Started is from TC Geeks. The 10 best iOS apps of 2011 comes from The Telegraph. The best iOS apps for children, 2011 is also from The Telegraph. The top 50 iPad apps is from The Guardian. Choosing the Right Keyboard For Your iPad is from Read Write Web. The Best iPad Apps: 10 Essential Apps For The New iPad You Got For The Holidays is from The Huffington Post. Educreations lets you easily create video lessons. Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Courses & More is from Open Culture. iPads In The Art Room Melissa A.
GCompris Bonjour, Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la sortie de GCompris 0.90. Cette nouvelle version contient 8 nouvelles activités: L'activité Calendrier pour apprendre à l'utiliser (par Amit Sagtani) Une autre activité basée sur Calendrier pour apprendre à effectuer des opérations sur une date (par Amit Sagtani)) Une activité pour apprendre le nom des différents membres d'une famille (commencée par Rajdeep Kaur lors d'un GSoC précédent, et complétée par Rudra Nil Basu lors du dernier GSoC) Une autre activité similaire avec des questions sur les membres d'une famille Une extension de l'activité Memory avec les lettres minuscules et majuscules (par Aman Gupta) La même activité en mode deux joueurs (by Aman Gupta) Le portage de l'activité Sous-marin de l'ancienne version Gtk+, pour apprendre les bases du fonctionnement d'un sous-marin (par Rudra Nil Basu) L'activité Electronique numérique pour créer un schéma électronique à l'aide des différents composants. Merci à tous, Timothée et Johnny
iPad is Right for PE! – Guest Post « Teaching with iPad So many clipboards so few uses anymore I used to have to use a clipboard for almost every PE-related task. Now I have a pile of unused clipboards. Attendance, marking and assessment, all of my teaching manuals, all students records (run times, scores, behavior, effort etc.) are all in one place accessible anywhere I have my iPad. Retire that stopwatch I used to have to wear a stopwatch around my neck. I used to write on a whiteboard. My whiteboard is now blank. No scoreboard? I don't have a electronic physical scoreboard in my gym. …changed the way I record, track and communicate attendance. Gone is my attendance duotang…. …changed the way I communicate with students and parents. Using the attendance app I can communicate with all the students who were missing from a class via email with the tap of a finger. …changed the way I observe, take notes and document student behaviour. …changed the way I assess and mark in PE. Increased efficiency in assessment …changed the way I use timers. Like this:
50 Must-Have Educational Apps It’s time for holiday road trips and you know what that means: driving, flying, cranky kids, and… teaching opportunities! What’s that, you say? Well, there is so much downtime during the holidays where kids and adults spend hours just passing the time… why not try out some new apps on your phone? Many of these apps were found by The Teaching Palette, be sure to check out their fantastic site for more helpful resources! From learning the ABCs to doodling, there’s plenty of terrific apps out there that will pass the time but also educate. *Most of the links below are to the iTunes store which will open another window and/or iTunes. Great Apps For Kids (And Adults) Alphabet Animals Perfect for your talented toddler, this game is packed with colorful animations, animal sounds, and tons of tips for learning their letters. WordSearch Kids Kids search and highlight vocabulary words by tapping the first and last letters. Mad Libs Just as goofy and fun as your remember. SmackTalk Annoying?
40 Amazingly Educational iPad Apps for Kids Adults are obsessed with the new iPad, but have you ever thought about sharing your new toy with your kids? Just like online education games provide kids with fun outlets for learning, iPad apps help your kids review basic skills, improve critical thinking and decision-making skills, and even learn to read. Hand over your iPad this summer, and take a look at these 40 amazingly educational and fun iPad apps for kids. Language and Vocabulary Here you’ll find apps for learning the alphabet, using the dictionary, reviewing grammar rules, and more. History These American and world history apps involve your kids in making decisions that determine the success or decline of whole civilizations. Math and Science These apps use flash cards, games and interactive displays to teach your kids about math, astronomy and more. Reading Help your children learn to read and get excited about reading the classics with these apps. Art and Music General Education and Life Skills
Twitter as a tool for learningScoop Social media often gets a bad rap for being a driving force behind people falling out of touch, neglecting in-person relationships, and reducing productivity for people around the world. Naysayers blame it for shorter attention spans and proliferation of bad grammar, and the most vehement of those naysayers believe that social media has led to privacy being a thing of the past. To be fair, there have been many times where I’ve been trolling my Twitter feed only to be thoroughly horrified by TMI moments and tHingz Speld lIKE THIZ. But if you look past the rough surface Twitter can sometimes present, you find an amazing tool for learning. Last time I looked, there were 141.8 million twitter accounts in the USA alone, and there are 175 million tweets being published every day. Twitter is a global community, which means global perspective and opinions about the topics you care about, and outside perspective is good. To leverage Twitter as a tool for learning, I’d recommend these actions: 1.
Great Video Tutorials on Creating Textbooks Using iBook Author iBook Author is an awesome free app that allows users to easily create stunning multi-touch textbooks for iPad. It provides all the tools one might need to start creating and publishing ebooks including galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and many more. iBook Author provides you with a set of pre-defined templates to help you design the background of your textbook. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, like classic textbook, or photo book in both landscape and portrait orientations. You can also choose from a variety of page layouts in each template, or even create one of your own. Check out these posts to learn more about iBook Author : Today we are providing you with another great resource that can help you learn more about iBook Author.