Using the ShowMe app on the iPad's with my class Welcome back to Term 4 here in New Zealand - only 8 weeks to go before the Christmas break - so much to fit in and such little time to do it. I am still fizzing from all of the wonderful things I learnt at ULearn in Rotorua. The ShowMe app on the iPad's is one I downloaded when it first came out but have not had the time to learn more about it or use it. Some of you might remember the work I did with my class with i-can-animate earlier this year making Numeracy videos to show how to use strategies - some of which are on ShowMe makes this video process easy and fun to do. The children picked it up in 10 minutes and made these video's on our first day back in small groups to "Tune in" to what we know about addition and subtraction.
Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development I have been recently posting about teacher's professional development using web technologies and each time I do I would get emails asking for the tools I use personally. I compiled a list of the top 8 platforms I use almost daily for expanding my knowledge and staying updated about the topics that interest me the most. Being a graduate researcher in the field of educational technology and from my own experience of several years blogging in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I highly recommend the tools below and I personally view them as the most important platforms for growing professionally.
bloomsapps Using Blooms Taxonomy in education is a highly effective way to scaffold learning for the students. With the recent popularity and pervasive nature of iOS devices in school districts it is essential for educators to understand how to implement Blooms in the classroom using the apps that are available. While this list is by no means fully comprehensive, it will assist educators in getting started when implementing iOS devices in the classroom. This site will change almost daily as it will be updated with new and exciting apps! If you find any that you have worked with in your classroom please email email@example.com or tweet @bloomsapps or @dmileham75 with your suggestions. Thanks for checking the site!
The Top 17 Free Digital Storytelling Apps for The iPad 1-StoryKit This is an awesome iOS app that allows users to easily create an electronic storybook via illustrations by drawing on the screen, using pictures and text, and recording audio to attach to stories. 2- Talking Tom & Ben News This is fun app to use. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A list of All The Best iPad Apps Teachers Need Coming to you from the Canadian Maritimes ( Halifax), Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is an educational blog dedicated to curating, reviewing and sharing EdTech tools and mobile apps. The purpose is to help teachers and educators effectively integrate digital technologies into their day-to-day teaching, learning and professional development. For any questions regarding our website or the content we publish, please contact EdTech admin, editor and blog owner, Med Kharbach at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Med Kharbach is a doctoral researcher and a former teacher with 10 years of classroom teaching experience.
How to get online for less on your iPad or Android tablet The tablet market is hotting up. With the Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus 7 for Android and Apple’s new iPad Mini (and new iPad for that matter) for iOS just released, consumer choice has never been better. But whichever platform you’re a follower of there are some key things to consider before you dip a toe in tablet town. One of the primary sales points of any tablet is its convenience – the ability to take with you a fully-fledged big screen and internet-enabled device that’s small enough for a large pocket or small handbag. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose between a WiFi only or WiFi and 3G/4G enabled model. WiFi only models are cheaper, but can limit your ability to get online and negate the point of you buying a tablet in the first place.
How my students started using Evernote - Education Series Buffy Hamilton is a teacher and librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Buffy is one of Tech and Learning’s 30 EdTech Leaders of the Future, Georgia School Library Media Specialist of the Year 2010, and one of the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” educators for 2010; her media program at Creekview High School was also named one of two exemplary high school programs for the state of Georgia in 2010. In the spring of 2010, I decided to introduce Evernote as a research tool to a group of 10th grade Literature/Composition students at my school. Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country.
Digital Storytelling Apps - The GWAEA iPad PD Site One of the best advantages of the ipad is the flexibility that gives your students when completing assignments and communicating ideas. Today we will learn some of the many ways students can communicate their learning by looking at some of the many choices for Digital Storytelling. Allows students to create and record simple puppet shows. Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U Courtesy: maconstate.edu With so many schools adopting the use of iPads I find it strange that we aren’t hearing more about the incredible opportunities available in iTunes U . Well I suppose it isn’t that strange given that schools in the early stages of transitioning to an iPad platform are extremely busy and learning one more thing can seem overwhelming. Trust me, I understand that, but I believe if you were to learn one more thing it should be about the power of iTunes U. The possibilities of this incredible tool are endless.
iOS 6 Tip: Lock children out of exiting an app on iPad / iPhone – SpeechBox™ Speech Therapy App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) Being a iPad/iPhone developer, I am often asked these questions: “How do you stop your kids from accidentally changing settings on your iPad” or “How can I use an iPad exclusively for AAC?” and even “My child left the game they were playing and somehow deleted some apps!”. Well, with iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, there’s a great solution to solve these issues called Guided Access. Once activating Guided Access, you can lock any app open (the home button doesn’t exit the app) so your child cannot change anything while using it independently. If you wish to exit the app, you tap the home button three times and enter a passcode. It’s really that simple!
Which Technology Tool Do I Choose? As my first post discussed, it is important when taking the leap of bringing digital tools into your classroom to think about your learning goals first. However, how can you know where to put a tech tool in if you don't know what's out there? There's no need for me to reinvent the wheel listing my favorite sites to use here, though I plan on sharing my experiences with specific tools as this series progresses. The resources below offer tools for every subject and grade level. Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways Tom's ever-growing list of Creative Commons licensed, crowd-sourced slideshows depict ways to use various digital tools in the classroom as well as many other ideas for your classroom. Jerry Blumengarten's (Cybraryman) Technology PageJerry's impressive collection of articles, blogs and resources for using technology in your classroom.
Product Reviews for Teachers App Review Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra