Lately, in addition to researching iPads, we have been exploring other tools such Google Apps, Chrome Books, and Android Tablets, as well as broader pedagogical topics like collaboration, reflection, and the impact of technology on the Common Core.

This summer, we will be offering a host of workshops on these topics, and more, in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. We will also continue to run webinars throughout the remainder of the winter and spring. Upcoming topics include:

  • February 12th at 4:00 pm EST: Capturing, Sharing, and Resolving Perplexitywith guest Dan Meyer
  • February 28th at 5:00pm EST: Explain Everything: iPad Screencasting and More with guest Reshan Richards, creator of the Explain Everything app
  • March 7th (time TBD): Digital Storytelling from Text to Video with Guests Fitz & Becca Cahall from the Dirt Bag Diaries podcast series sponsored by Patagonia as well as The Season and a host of other films.
  • March 21 (time TBD): Computational Thinking (CT) as a new age competency for middle/high schoolers with Shuchi Grover, Stanford doctoral candidate and one of the creators of SmartBean

Weekly Resources

Flashcard Exchange
Flashcard Exchange works much like Quizlet but with a slightly cleaner interface. Students can create flashcards with images or their own text and then test themselves. Flashcards can be published and shared as well. It does work with some apps for review on mobile devices.

Tags: flashcards, education, study, learning

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift
Mind/Shift – create & curate content w/out iBooks Author

Tags: curate, curation, eBook, eBooks

1:1 in Practice at Sinarmas World Academy: Create – Publish – iBookstore
Complete process of creating and publishing an eBook from BookCreator to iTunes

Tags: bookcreator, itunes, ibook, eBook, publish

PicView
Much like Fotobabble, PicView lets you upload pictures from the camera roll, or take pictures, add annotations and then record audio.

Tags: digital storytelling, fluency, voice, elementary, app

YouTube Capture
Made for iPod/iPhone, record video, add comments, and then upload directly to YouTube.

Tags: youtube, video, app

Little Story Maker
Now that ScribblePress isn’t free, this is a great alternative for elementary digital storytelling. Little Story Maker lets students incorporate images from the photo roll as well as record their own audio with their stories – all for FREE.

Tags: app, story, ipad, elementary

inClass
Another note taking app that includes the ability to add video notes as well as photo notes.

Tags: organization, differentiation, notetaking

Ebook Glue | Turn your blog into a downloadable ebook.
Convert a blog feed into a ePub file. This could be a great culminating activity after a year of active student blogging.

Tags: ebook, ePub, ebooks, blogging

Learning Notes From An iPad Workshop At Sidwell’s Lower School | Fichter For Understanding
Great blog post of reflections and lessons learned from an elementary workshop at Sidwell Friends School.

Tags: learning, ipad, workshop, elementary, blog

Digicubes for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Similar to ABCYas manipulatives app.

Tags: math, manipulatives, elementary

TRUE Learning – Teaching and Learning Reflectively using Electronic Portfolios
Blog that outlines elementary portfolios using Evernote

Tags: portfolios, Evernote

iPads in Teacher Observations – Classroom 2.0
Classroom 2.0 Discussion forum about using iPads for teacher evaluations

Tags: evaluation, eval, walkthrough, walkthroughs

Technology Integration for Math Engagement » Creating Equation iBooks with Book Creator
Great post about creating math books to introduce problem solving.

Tags: technology integration, math, ebook, project, blog

Apps for Secondary Teachers
This is a great list of apps, organized by content area as well as learning objective.

Tags: ipad, apps, education, middle school, high school

TapTyping – typing trainer
This is a free typing program for iPad. There are some in-app purchases for more advanced lessons. An interesting feature is the heat map to indicate finger placement.

Tags: typing

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