Tag: activities

Our Must Have List of Apps for iDevices

Since ipads and ipod/touches hit the district, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked what apps are great. I wrote about this previously (Apps) using the lens of “Relevance, Thinking Skills, Sharing and Usability” (adapted by Tony Vincent; Kathy Schrock). Another layer may be to connect the app against the SAMR model (a framework for how we integrate technologies).

While there are millions of apps in the Apple Store, the following are apps that everyone should consider having as part of their basic toolkit: 

app_explaineverything Explain Everything ($3.49) – screencasting and interactive whiteboard that allows you to  annotate,  teach, narrate, animate. Exports to/from anywhere which makes this incredibly flexible.

app_bookcreator Book Creator ($5.79) – Create stunning ebooks that can be saved, uploaded, or saved as pdf.  Incorporate images, video, audio, music, text. Turn the pages to see the magic happen. 

app_tellegamiedu Tellagami-Edu ($5.79) – Create a custom talking avatar to share story, lesson, teaching. Includes  backgrounds or draw your own. Products can be saved to the camera library. Great for oral language development and speeches (records up to 90 seconds). No in-app purchases needed.

app_chatterpix_kid ChatterPix Kid (free) – Take a photo of anything and make it talk. Teach a lesson, share a story,  sing a song, do a rap. You’re only limited by your imagination. Share it on our class blogs. 

app_voicerecordpro Voice Record Pro (free) – A professional voice recorder that saves in standard formats. Exports  to anywhere including camera library, YouTube (as a movie). (This is a phenomenal app to reflect on reading fluency.) 

app_photocard_billatkinson PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson (free) – Create postcards of information. Use the library of stunning  images or include your own. A great way to synthesize learning. Post a screenshot of your product on your blog.

app_imovie iMovie ($5.79 or free with new ipads) – Create movies and edit using the editor. Have fun with  filters and multiple special  effects. Make a real movie trailer by using the templates. Great for storytelling. 

app_greenscreen Green Screen by Do Ink ($3.49) – Create green screen videos and images. Tell a story, teach an  idea, share a research project, be a newscaster and include an interactive weather map behind you. 

app_drawingpad Drawing Pad ($2.29) – Create art using crayons, paints, markers and pencil crayons. Control the  tip sizes, use the blender tool to smudge and blend. Save to library or export the product.

app_paper Paper by FiftyThree (free) – Sketchnotes are all the rage. Use this canvas for visual note-taking.  Express your ideas and save them in albums. (This app is more for personal devices.)

app_wordpress Wordpress (if you use blogs) (free) – This is extremely handy to upload content directly from your  idevices. You can write directly onto a post and save as draft for editing. Or publish immediately.

app_googledrive Google Drive (free) – Another direct way to upload to your Drive accounts. Access your writing,  collaborate with teams any time, anywhere.  

 

Products from these apps can be used in our blogs to continue the thinking process. I would love to hear how you’re using any of these in your classes. Drop us a comment in the comment box below. 


Curiosity to Explore

In the midst of nippy wet weather, January ushers in celebratory possibilities.  Renewed energy, new beginnings and perhaps that spark of anticipation leads one to hopefulness and curiosity.  Here are a few ideas to explore (connected to literacies, collaboration and connectedness).  The image below hides interactive layers of communication. Hover your mouse over the image and click on the buttons.  

(*The image was created using picmonkey.com and Thinglink.com – a great way to add interactive layers to your images.) 

I can imagine sharing research, story, and experiences. Perhaps a scavenger hunt to teach a content area. There is no limit to possibilities. How are you engaging in new forms of communication? I would love to hear any of your stories.


PSA Day – BLOGATHON

network34As a professional, reflection takes up a large part of our lives. Active choices stem from reflective moments steering our professional learning.  Ultimately that learning reflects back into our classrooms with students. 

We were privileged to spend Friday with a group of K-12 teachers and student teachers at Burnaby Central. Titled “Blogathon“, it provided an opportunity to experience the world of social media through our sd41 blogs. Goals of the participants ranged from a basic understanding of communicating using social media, how it could be used to have students dialogue with each other (increasing authentic literacy skills), how it flattens the classroom by inviting experts and other schools (critical thinking), how to share information with parents and community (green friendly world), how to use blogs as a vehicle for formative assessment, how to integrate various web tools as teaching/learning workflow, how digital citizenship plays a key role today.

Beyond the basics, we looked at images and resizing (even the new copyright changes), using widgets to extend information [News Announcement, T-Countdown, Google Language Translator, MailPoet (as subscription), Gravity Forms (surveys)…]
*Written instructions can be found on our blog, under WEB RESOURCES > BLOGS > HOW TO

(continue reading…)


Engage in the Experience – Professional Learning

As we organize our teaching/learning environments, it is important to hold time to learn ourselves – to challenge ourselves to engage with new ideas, to seek out new opportunities in professional learning, and to reflect how they relate with personal beliefs.  This is about connecting to what is important.  Only then can we bring powerful experiences for our students.
Here are some possibilities that might lead you to engage on different levels (contact any of our Learning Technologies team for more information or check out the sections in our blog):

blogBlog or other online platform – Why? It’s all about communication and sharing your story, engaging the world (whether it is with parents or to a wider audience) in a dialogue of learning.  Consider how Literature Circles, writing, interactive posters, audio radio shows, portfolios can all tell a story beyond paper and pencil. Start a positive digital footprint for students here.

razkids Raz-Kids – Why? Reading fluency is foundational to solid reading practice. Students need to listen to good text  and practice reading to gain proficiency. The ability to record personal readings multiple times, listen to hear  themselves gives opportunities to self assess their own achievement.

googledocs_logoGAFE (Google Apps for Education) – Why? What’s the one thing that creates great writing – articulated revision comments in writing pieces (and lots of them over time). Google docs provides a seamless environment that connect comments to support the student writer as they grow in their ability to communicate in written forms. The collaborative nature of the application lends itself to focused writing and research projects.

digifootprint_ed Digital Citizenship – Why? Our students are growing up in a world where ‘digital’ is the norm. To some it is as ubiquitous as air. How do we harness this environment for learning? What added things do we need to consider in this world? While the ideals of citizenship and social responsibility are similar in both face-to-face and online environments, the online nature creates new challenges in understanding communication.

Fast Forword-brain-puzzleFast ForWord – Why? Too often we try so hard to support our students who find reading incredibly challenging due to a host of reasons and we see minimal gains. Based on neuroscience and brain plasticity, Fast ForWord and Reading Asistant has offered significant learning success for these students. More information on this process can be found on our Fast ForWord blog.


October is “Connected Educator Month”
.  How is this information connecting to your understandings? Please join us in the ongoing conversation and share with your staffs (send this link to them).

Share Button

Voice and Choice – Teachers & Students Ring Out

From time to time we continue our focus on sharing  practices in SD41 that create community and build connected stories using our blogs.

blog_comeauj

On the Cariboo side of the city, resides Armstrong teacher, Jude Comeau. Her blog called Division 11’s Class Blog-Learning One Byte At A Time,  is a hive of connected learning.  Her purposes are multi-fold; informing the parent community of targeted lessons and activities, student blogging as authentic writing on a digital platform, student e-portfolio of writing process over time, student voice and choice.  From a glance at the student work, I can see the negotiation of language as they get better and better at articulating their story.

Here’s a student piece on “important from heart”:

THE SECRET PROJECT
We are very busy with our project. I hope it turns out amazing for everyone! I have seen some of your illustrations! They look amazing! I have seen Alyssa’s illustrations and they look like an artist drew it because she is an artist! Good for you! I hope your Moms will like it because you worked very very very very hard on it! We have to thank Mrs. Comeau for buying the tea, the cookies, the juice and more ! You are the best teacher in the world!!! For Mothers day this is my Mom’s third time going to it! First my brother was in her class three years ago! Second my sister had a mothers day tea in preschool with the same mugs. They borrowed it from Mrs.Comeau. So this is her third time going! Hopefully my sister is in her class! Then she will have four!  I hope this turns out great for everyone! Thank you Mrs. Comeau!

From …

Can you feel this grade 3 student’s energy and spark as she writes – I do. blog_comeau2

Oral language is showcased through the use of a talking avatar, Tellagami  (iPad app) where they share their best books. These were so convincing as salespeople that I wanted to hop over and read the books myself.  And they discovered the power of polls. The latest one provided another opportunity to gather information as well as discuss the results. Since the topic was Mothers’ Day, I’m wondering just how the conversation went.

blog_hintzl

 

Over on the North side, is Aubrey French teacher, Laura Hintz. Her blog named Division 7 – notre coin de communication, is another example of story sharing.  She uses her camera to capture work done on the whiteboard and posts them as snapshots of learning. This is powerful for both students as a review and for parents to glean a window into school.  Using the blog in this manner offers more class time for collaborative dialogue rather than having students spend the time in copying down notes.

Her students have been granted ids to share their voice online.  An ecclectic set of posts (written in French) connected to each student writer is showcased providing an e-portfolio of sorts into their learning.  Comments from peers are a part of the journey of writing to support and grow the community of writers. Students experienced multiple times the power of crafting comments that “lift the writer”.

None of the posts are perfect and this should not be the goal. A blog is always a work in progress offering space and time for sharing, reflection and reworking of ideas. Writing takes practice, a lot of practice is required to craft focused powerful communication.  Great writing requires a lot of reading and synthesizing to inform thinking.  The journey of both classes of student bloggers and teacher storytellers also shows courage.  Courage to put ideas out there and courage to receive feedback.  In doing so, they not only share their story but give courage to the rest of us to share ours.

Our Learning Technologies team is always available if you would like move along this direction – providing opportunities for students to live and experience digital citizenship.
How are you sharing your story?

Share Button

  • Subscribe by Email

  • Announcements

  • Calendar Events

    March 2015
    M T W T F S S
    23 24

    Category: TeamsImagineerTech (3:30-5:30)

    25 26

    Category: Fast ForWordReading Assistant (Fast ForWord) (3:30-5:30)

    27 28 1
    2 3

    Category: Teacher-LibrariansTeacher-Librarians Blog Support

    4 5 6 7 8
    9

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    10

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    11

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    12

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    13

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    14

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    15

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    16

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    17

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    18

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    19

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    20

    Category: HolidaysSpring Break

    21 22
    23 24 25 26 27 28 29
    30 31 1 2 3

    Category: HolidaysGood Friday

    4 5
  • Twitter Feed

  • Archives

    Copyright © 1996-2010 Learning Technologies. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress