The Must-Have App Review Rubric Added by Jeff Dunn on 2011-11-22 So you just downloaded a few educational apps that you think might be useful in your classroom. How do you accurately compare and contrast them? Thanks to a new app review rubric from by eMobilize , it’s easier than ever to understand just how useful an app may be in the classroom. Documentation! We're thinking about replacing the word “assessment” with the word “documentation.” As one of my fellow teachers (thank you Monica!) often says... there can be good assessment and there can be bad assessment. Assessment (as in testing) is generally one-sided: teachers give assessments to students to test understanding of specific material in order to provide data for our school grading environments. Let's call this type of classroom culture the Assessment Culture.
Apps for Winter Reading For families traveling this winter or teachers simply looking for an alternative to tablet games, there are lots of great apps for winter reading. Android devices, iPhones and iPads can be turned into ebook readers with a quick tap or swipe. Portable and kid-friendly, these interactive storybooks will support and engage young readers. Snowman Joe (iOS) Follow along with this musical storybook as readers travel through a winter wonderland. Auto Play reads the book aloud as it zooms into parts of the illustrations and highlights keywords. What Our Participants Have to Say Draw on the experience of teachers, administrators, educational technology staff, library-media specialists and others who have attended our workshops over the years: 2011 Summer Workshops Video Hear from our summer 2011 participants and come join us for 2012. More From Our 2011 Participants "In a very exciting, clear and inspiring manner, the 3 days truly exposed me to education technology tools I didn't even know existed, and helped me to see the potential for lessons and learning in those I was only slightly aware of.
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. Jumping the Good Ship Android A brief summary of our 1:1 project so far. In August 2012 we rolled out 140 Toshiba AT-100 Android devices to our entire S1 cohort as part of a pilot 1:1 tablet program for Edinburgh Council. The project has been very successful and we have seen some fantastic ways in which learning has changed for this year group. For more detail on the initial stages of the project, see the blog posts summarising each of the 4 phases: Planning, Preparation, Implementation and Review. There have also been very positive media articles via STV online and Edinburgh Evening News. Hull University have been evaluating the project on behalf of the authority and their interim report has also been exceptionally positive.
10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class Put simply, “digital storytelling” is just using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more interesting.
10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote – Education Series Posted by Michael Cruz on 13 Jan 2011 Comment Michael Cruz is a great example of someone that has fully embraced the benefits of putting technology to use in a classroom setting. For five years, he taught courses at San Jose State University’s College of Business ranging from web marketing to entrepreneurship. He now focuses on technology and productivity. Evernote is a great application for educators.
The Playground Advocate: 6 Places For Discovering New Mobile Apps Teachers often ask me where they can find great educational apps. I learn about apps from a lot of sources, and not just from sites that curate lists of apps. However, having a short list of go-to sites that will keep you aware of the latest and greatest apps is definitely helpful. Going global with Book Creator - Book Creator for iPad Wouldn’t it be good if schools from across the world could collaborate on a project…? Meg Wilson is a special education teacher and assistive technology specialist, as well as being an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2011. She blogs at iPodsibilities.com, IEAR.org, and EdReach.us about special education and mobile learning devices, app reviews, and other resources for educators. Meg hosts the MacReach podcast on EdReach.us, where she talks all things Apple each Thursday night. Redefining teaching and learning As a technology integrator for Avenues: The World School, I am constantly searching for technology tools that will allow students and teachers to redefine teaching and learning in a way that is personalised and accessible to a range of abilities.
Sharing Files Across Platforms Is a Breeze With Instashare Transferring files across devices can be a pain, especially when they run on separate platforms. One of the most common ways to share from a device to another without having to unpack wires, is to either email the file to yourself so you can open it on the second device, or to upload it to your Dropbox and re-download the file on the other device. Not only is this time-consuming, it requires an internet connection and has serious limitations when it comes to file sizes and types. Thanks to Instashare, you can send files to almost any device instantly without having to worry about wires, file size or compatibility. Like the article? You should subscribe and follow us on twitter.
32 Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Augmented Reality (AR) is a growing field of technology where real life is modified and enhanced by computer-generated sights and sounds. The most common use of AR can be seen through mobile apps. Point your device’s camera at something that the app recognizes, and it will generated a 3D animation or video superimposed over whatever is on your camera’s screen. The effect makes the computer-generated item appear like it’s really there. check out the TeacherCast review of the app: iPadio Follow App Review by: Michelle Naymick @littleacorn72 Click to vote Rating: 7.0/10 (3 votes cast)