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MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch

4 Jul

MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple WatchRecently I shared some of my favorite apps for the writing process and here’s another to add to the list.  MindNote is a mind mapping app for iPads that lets users organize their ideas.  It can be used for a variety of tasks including character mapping, story brainstorming, and study support.  You might have students color code their outline to match a specific task or give students the freedom to organize their thinking as they conduct research or respond to a prompt.

MindNote is also available for the Apple Watch letting users view their iPad creations on their wrist.

Visit their website to learn more or download MindNote from the App Store!

25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process

1 Jul

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session 25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process! View the presentation here:

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7 Apps for Student Creators

30 Jun

7 Apps for Student CreatorsHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.

Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.

There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.

Book Creator

What better way to have students show their understanding of a topic than to write a book about it? Using Book Creator, students from kindergarten through high school can…

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Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!

29 Jun

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session “Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!”  View the presentation here:

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Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from Touchpress

28 Jun

Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from Touchpress Julliard Open Studios: Musical App from TouchpressYou might be familiar with some of Touchpress’ amazing apps like The Elements or Barefoot World Atlas.  A new app that is free to download is Julliard Open Studios.  It includes access to content that brings The Julliard School to the screen of your iPad.  With one episode to explore (and more available with a subscription) students and teachers can hear the story behind performances and take a deep dive into musical content.

Learn more by checking out Julliard Open Studies on the Apple App Store!

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features

27 Jun

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features I’m excited to share with you a sneak peak of the learning management system (LMS) from Otus Plus.  The redesigned Otus web-based platform is now live and brings the power of the iPad app to web browsers.  This LMS is adaptable to different teaching styles and perfect for one-to-one classrooms.  This new web-based platform, and updated iPad app is completely free for teachers and students.

Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New FeaturesWith Otus Plus teachers can now access real-time analytics.  This comprehensive analytics dashboard integrates a wide range of performance indicators into one place, including content from select third-party apps from Otus’ toolbox. Teachers can link data to Common Core standards or add their own standards to report on. Otus tracks a variety of data like attendance, participation, student blogs, assessments and grades.  The new Toolbox feature offers integrations with quality apps like OpenEd, Khan Academy, Actively Learn, Soft Chalk, Theme Spark, Zaption, Write About, Andover Fulcrum, Grammarly and dozens more being added this summer.

Learn more about the new updates from Otus Plus by visiting their website!

Big Update! Powerful New Features in iTunes U

26 Jun

Big Update! Powerful New Features in iTunes UiTunes U has been a transformative tool for educators working with students on iPads.  Teachers can design courses that include a variety of media, assignments and materials all in one organized place.

Big Update! Powerful New Features in iTunes UThe new iTunes U update adds lots of exciting features to this powerful app.  In addition to the in-course group discussions users can now participate in one-to-one private discussions within an iTunes U course. Teachers can now collect and grade work submitted by students in iTunes U and keep track of grades with a built in grade book. iTunes U has partnered up with a variety of apps to make it easy for students to turn in work they have created on their iPad!

Available now, this update is a game changer for current iTunes U teachers as well as those planning courses for the upcoming school year.  Visit Apple’s iTunes U page to learn more!

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