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Flickr: Creative Commons

21 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 9.09.33 AMWhether you are teaching your students about digital citizenship or looking for images to use on your own, Flickr is a fantastic resource.  This website gives users the ability to search for images that can be used for a variety of purposes without infringing on copyright.  It’s a fantastic best practice for students conducting research and can come in handy for teachers looking for images to use in a iBook they are creating.  If you design your own iBook using iBooks Author you’ll want to use images under Creative Commons licensing in case you decide to share your creation with the world.

Search through Flickr and learn more about using Creative Commons.

Want students to design their own content for an eBook?  Check out this lesson plan!

Engage and Collaborate with Chalkup

17 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.38.57 AMChalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students.  This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students.  Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups.   Both teachers and students can track upcoming assignments and participate in discussions on course material.

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Chalkup is being used in classrooms across the country including Texas A&M University, UCLA, and in K-12 learning environments.  It’s a fantastic way to support students in the time they are outside of the classroom.  You’ll give them a space to work through assignments with their classmates and give you the opportunity to easily grade assignments submitted through the platform.

Check out their website and video to learn more!

Fotor App for Easy Photo Editing

16 Jul
Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.03.01 AMFotor Photo Editor gives users the power to edit photos easily.  Students can resize, crop, and rotate photos.  There is also the option to add effects, frames, texts and stickers to an image.  You could use this app to have students edit pictures that they took using their device during a school trip or after completing a science experiment.
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Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.02.49 AMInstead of just snapping a handful of pictures during a school event, ask children to pick their favorite two or three images to tell a story.  Using Fotor Photo Editor your students can enhance each picture before sharing it with their class or placing it in a digital portfolio.  This app is easy to use and gives students lots of options.
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Fotor Photo Editor is free to download and contains in-app purchases for extra effects.  It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but optimized for iPhone.  Check out their iOS or Android apps or visit their website to learn more!

Students Can Get Expert Advice from Academic Help

15 Jul

academichelp.net-logoEarlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides.  The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need.  On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter.  Kids can scan the different choices at the top of the screen or dive into one of the main categories Guides, Samples, or Expert Help.

One new feature that Academic Help has launched is free paper editing by their experts.  Anyone can submit a piece of writing –  business proposal, scholarship essay – and receive feedback from experts in the field.  If you or your students don’t have a finished piece of writing to share users can also ask questions.  They can post a question and receive an answer, then check out the responses to other students questions.  academichelp.net-chapters

Academic Help is a great web tool that can be accessed on any device with an Internet browser.  It provides individualized help to teachers and students in addition to great resources and guides for writers of any age.

Visit their website to learn more – and start asking your own questions!

Online Resource: LIFE Photo Archive

11 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.23 PMPrimary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students.  Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson.  I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.  You can search over a hundred years worth of photographs by typing in a keyword or choosing a specific event or time period.  This is a terrific resource for teachers who work with students of any age!

Looking to explore primary source documents with your students?  Check out this lesson plan!

 

ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

5 Jul

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.

Fill out this form to learn more about booking a school visit or guest speaker for your next event!

Did you attend my QR Codes and Differentiated Instruction session?  Email me directly at ClassTechTips@gmail.com for resources.

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Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

3 Jul

Papermals_TSBillboard_ApplePapermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.  post_03_tablet

 

If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out.  With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app.  Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish.  To learn more visit their website or the App Store!

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