February 8, 2013
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
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.
How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift
Mind/Shift – create & curate content w/out iBooks Author
1:1 in Practice at Sinarmas World Academy: Create – Publish – iBookstore
Complete process of creating and publishing an eBook from BookCreator to iTunes
Much like Fotobabble, PicView lets you upload pictures from the camera roll, or take pictures, add annotations and then record audio.
Made for iPod/iPhone, record video, add comments, and then upload directly to YouTube.
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.
Another note taking app that includes the ability to add video notes as well as photo notes.
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.
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.
Digicubes for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Similar to ABCYas manipulatives app.
TRUE Learning – Teaching and Learning Reflectively using Electronic Portfolios
Blog that outlines elementary portfolios using Evernote
iPads in Teacher Observations – Classroom 2.0
Classroom 2.0 Discussion forum about using iPads for teacher evaluations
Technology Integration for Math Engagement » Creating Equation iBooks with Book Creator
Great post about creating math books to introduce problem solving.
Apps for Secondary Teachers
This is a great list of apps, organized by content area as well as learning objective.
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.