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Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind 

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind 
The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”. Although, I usually don’t resort to borderline cuss words, I really liked the expression of “crapware”, Sarah Perez over at TechCrunch used when she was reviewing a new app for the Pre-School/Kindergarten crowd. That being said, TinyTap is still a lot better than much of the kids’ apps crapware out there in the iTunes App Store. I have teachers ask me frequently about app recommendations for different subject areas. “What app could I use to teach subtraction?” I usually sigh to myself, when I receive questions like that. I want teachers to be able to, not only ask for and use an app, because someone else recommended it, but I want teachers equipped with the curiosity and the knowledge of: Further Resources:

SocialEdCon Ed Tech Unconference Attendees Share Conversation, Web 2.0 Tools Hundreds of educators attended SocialEdCon, the fifth annual unconference held before the ISTE annual conference and exposition at the San Diego Convention Center earlier today. SocialEdCon is organized onsite based on the interests and expertise of participants. Topics at this year’s event covered a wide range of issues, including social media and student bullying, building online courses, professional development strategies, effective blended learning, and organizing virtual conferences. “It’s just a really engaging day. It’s about conversations and not presentations. Formerly known as EduBloggerCon, organizers changed the name of the event this year to indicate greater inclusiveness of all social media tools used in education. Jena Sherry, a middle school teacher from Viola, Wis. and first-time ISTE attendee, had the following to say about her SocEdCon experience: “There are lots of things to think about so far. WhatIsYourEduWin?

VoiceThread Docents on the iPads  Our second grade teacher, Ms.S., was ready to “upgrade” a traditionally taught unit on reptiles. We met to discuss how she could incorporate the 5 C’s of 21st century skills as well as support new emerging literacies. The basic idea was to upgrade a typical report, using books from the library to research and fill out a “research” template on a piece of paper. “Upgrading” meant to find ways to go beyond the traditional text based resources and local classroom community and AMPLIFY… the skills being introduced or supported…the reach students’ voices (in a myriad of media) have…teaching as a skill of learning…the audience they are writing, talking or presenting to… With that in mind, we came up with VoiceThread, as a tool to allow for this amplification to happen. A docent is defined as 1. 2. The classroom teacher set up a visit from our local Reptile Store, who came to school with live animals. Here are the logistics of how I set up the VoiceThread to be used with the iPads. Like this:

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Earth Science Through Photography Apps in Education Writing Prompts seems to have been a recurring conversation on twitter recently so I wanted to investigate what was available for teachers. I was surprised to see just how many apps designed for writing prompts there were. What is nice, is how many of these can be used for all grades. I really like the interface of some of these and I think your kids will too. Find a couple that will suit your students and your teaching style. Write about this: $4.49 and FREE The world is full of scenes with stories yet to be written...what will you Write About? The Brainstormer: $1.99 AU The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. Writing Prompts: $1.99 AU The writing prompt generators use current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colours, genres and writing types, unleashing endless random bits of fantasy to fuel your muse. Writing Prompts for Kids: $1.99 AU

iPod Touch & iPad Resources - LiveBinder | Alive and Learning I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review Top 10 Most Educational iPad Books In honor of Digital-Storytime’s recent makeover, this top ten list is a based on the books that scored high in a new category - Educational. These are all top picks for iPad books that make learning especially fun. These apps are for a wide range of ages and topics, showing off the iPad’s flexibility. It can go from enrichment for babies to entertainment to reassurance for anxious adolescents. At the end I’ve also selected my top 5 “Alphabet” book apps. My top picks for educational book apps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. And a Special Bonus: There are a lot of ABC learning apps out there that cross-over into a genre I often call “digital board books”. Our Top 5 Alphabet Books: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Category: All About Apps, Top 10 Lists

Apptivities Going Paperless With These 3 iPad & iPhone Handwriting Apps Last year I wrote about a few useful handwriting iPad apps for note taking and drawing. Since then other similar apps have been developed that are just as stylish, but contain a few unique features or approaches you might might want to consider if you’re looking for such a writing tool. Let’s face it, if you have an iPad there’s probably less and less need for using pen and paper these days. I would rather grab my iPad and jot down a few notes than do so on scraps of paper that clutter up my desk or get misplaced. Inkflow Inkflow is one of the newest writing apps to hit the iTunes App Store. There are two versions of the app (free, and an in-app upgrade for $4.99.) What makes Inkflow standout is the ability to select text and drawings and enlarge and them on the page. Pages can also be exported via email, to the iPad photo library or Camera Roll, as well as an attachment to Twitter. MyScript Memo The ink flow of MyScript Memo is the least fluid of the apps under review for this article.

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