MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand

21 Dec

ape_stand_141113_0082Earlier this year I shared MONKEYmount 280 a very cool stand that works with any tablet, including iPads.  With this stand you can turn your iPad into a document camera without having to invest in a new piece of technology.  It can be used with an HDMI projector or flat screen to mirror what is happening on your iPad screen.  This can even be done wirelessly so that students can easily follow along with each tap and swipe on your iPad screen.

MNKYmnt portrait modeIf you’re looking for a last minute gift for your favorite teacher or looking for a new addition to your classroom in 2015 you’ll definitely want to check this out.  Teachers can easily pivot and rotate their device to get the perfect view.  It makes it simple to show off a page from a book using your iPad camera or accessing an app at eye level while managing the students in your class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Quick Flashcard Creation and Export​ on iPads

20 Dec

IMG_0420Synopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document. Students can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives students the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.

IMG_0421Users can now export their flashcards to their Quizlet account.  All of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read through study material on your iPad.  Once each flashcard is saved, Synopsis has introduced a new feature to export all your flashcards to your Quizlet account. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created to make it easy for anyone to access and study.

Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom

19 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.32.21 AMDrawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include drawing a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – it can be used with any subject.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.32.07 AMIn the science and STEM classrooms students can complete a variety of tasks that demonstrate their understanding.  This could include snapping a picture of a plant in a school garden and labeling each part or creating a model of s cell and naming each part.  Students can represent data with graphs and charts and show how well they have grasped a concept.  Drawp for School lets teachers create engaging and innovative tasks for their students that are tailored to specific tasks in any subject.

Visit Drawp for School’s website to learn more!

Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

18 Dec
PromoScreenLast week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original hardback copy.  The 3 Sort options make it easy for kids to find their favorites and for adults to differentiate content.  Use Series to sort books by reading level, Date to order books by year published, or A-Z to see everything alphabetically.
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Icon512_TransparentCornersEach book comes with text scaffolding features that support vocabulary development and improvement in fluency.  This includes 3 reading modes that employ the gradual release of responsibility: Auto Play, Read to Me, and Read it Myself.  Each book contains words that highlight with custom narration, tappable words and pictures, and the ability to record & share multiple tracks of your own narration.  If used in classrooms where each child has their own device, the new Reading Stats feature inside the Parents section makes it easy to track usage and engagement by keeping track of the number of books and hours read, individual words tapped, and pages turned.
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Learn more about the new Dr. Seuss Treasury app by visiting their website!

Curious Words for Visual Storytelling

17 Dec

CuriousWords_0Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile.  A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words.  The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.

CuriousWords_IconThe interface of Curious Words is clean and simple, allowing the child to focus on the visual exploration creative task.  Kids can even control the sequence of words by double tapping on a word to pick one from a list. Parents, teachers, and peers can collaborate with children in their visual exploration and creation.

Watch this video to learn more, check out some Curious Words creations, and visit their website to learn more! 

Splashtop Education in Action in California

16 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 8.20.07 PMEarlier this month I shared Splashtop a tool that can increase teacher mobility and student engagement in one-to-one classrooms.  Teachers can move around the classroom untethered (free from cables) and access all of their computer files in any software or format.  There is also support for schools using the Common Core State Standards.

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 8.20.18 PMStudents in a Splashtop classroom can engage with course content and their peers, as they collaborate with classmates and share what they’ve learned.  It helps kids develop 21st century skills as content creators and presenters as they participate in small group and project-based learning.  In Val Verde Unified School District 800+ teachers and 20,000 students are using Splashtop Classroom and Mirroring360.

Learn more about Splashtop Education by visiting their website!

Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling

15 Dec

20141031132644-gepeto-darkblueGepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements.

GepetoWith Gepeto, kids can use characters they draw, ones they take photos of, or ones great illustrators from around the world have made for them. Gepeto empowers kids to not just be passive consumers of media but instead be active participants in making, and sharing content they invent. Their goal is to give kids, parents, and teachers easy to use, yet powerful creative tools and then see where their imaginations will take them.

Gepeto is currently crowdfunding and is looking for support from lovers of storytelling. Visit their campaign page to learn more!

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