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Creating Augmented Reality Triggers with Canva

24 Mar
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Tap on this image to enlarge it on your screen. Then scan it with the Blippar app.

Canva is a favorite app and web tool for creating classroom posters.  It is an easy to use graphic design tool that turns users into creators of amazing content.  At LitWorld this past year we’ve used Canva to make posters for interactive library spaces.  The posters alone are visually pleasing but not exactly interactive.

To make our library posters interactive we’ve turned them into augmented reality triggers.  First, I uploaded them to Blippar – a fantastic augmented reality creation tool.  Then, I layered virtual content on top of the poster like video links to songs and book recommendations.  Once the free Blippar app was loaded on every device in the library, families could scan to see augmented reality content bounce off of the page.

Combining the power of Blippar and Canva is one way to energize your library spaces!

 

News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

8 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.51.15 PM This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices.
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Students can now use their school login at home during out of school hours, including holidays and vacations.  screen480x480-1Teachers can give personalized assignments or homework straight from the app.  If you’re interested in learning more about News-O-Matic you can receive a licenses quote right by clicking this link.  If you use the code classtechtips this month you’ll receive 20% off.
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Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!
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Pixie Combines Text and Artwork for Understanding

3 Mar

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project Pixie is a fantastic creation tool for students that lets them combine artwork with text and voice recording to demonstrate understanding.  It can be used across the curriculum for students in any subject area.  Pixie is creativity software students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding.  By combining text, original artwork, voice narration, and images students can show what they have learned about any topic that they are studying in school.

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project02There is an online version of Pixie called Wixie that is perfect for students working in the cloud.  Whether your school uses Windows and Macintosh computers, netbooks, iPads or Android tablets, students can use Pixie as an engaging learning tool. 

Pixie’s website includes a tutorial and lots of ideas for how to use this tool in the classroom.  Visit their site to learn more about how you can get started using Pixie with your students!

 

Create Learning Maps with Edynco

23 Feb

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Edynco is an online tool for creating learning maps.  A learning map is a version of a mind map specially designed for teachers and students.  Learning maps can include several elements (called nodes) including: title, instruction/summary and an attached resource, which can be a website, quiz, video, audio, PDF, image or document. Nodes are placed on an endless canvas and are connected to each other with branches that help visualize a learning path to follow.

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Teachers use can learning maps for lesson planning or for creating interactive lessons.  These lessons can be shared with students as a pre-class activity in a blended learning setting.  Teachers can also use a learning map as an assignment where students can create their own learning map about a specific topic individually or collaboratively as a group. Learning maps employ a variety of cognitive skills: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, creating and evaluating.

Learn more about how students and teachers can use Edynco as a creation tool by visiting their website or watching this video! 

 

iBook and App: Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

22 Feb

screen480x480The National Archives has lots of great resources for students including DocsTeach and Today’s Document.  They have a new iBook and iPad app called Congress Creates the Bill of Rights that is now available.  Both of these free resources include content that helps students understand the legislative process.  They include primary source documents and interactive features for students.

Kids can tap on the screen as they flip pages and explore how the United States Congress created the Bill of Rights.

The iBook can be viewed on iPads or Mac computers and the mobile app is designed for iPads.

 

 

LoiLoNote School an Active Learning Creativity App

19 Feb

Image 1 (small)LoiLoNote School is an active learning, teamwork and creativity tool for students.  As a tool for both teachers and students, LoiLoNote School can also be used as a classroom and behavior management tool.  It’s perfect to use across the content areas in both a one-to-one and shared tablet environment.

Image 2 (small)-2Instead of switching between multiple apps, this free, cloud-based app lets teachers create, import and share materials.  Teachers can share their screen, push assignments, compare answers, share private feedback, monitor students’ activity, or lock their screens and communication. Students can create personalized multimedia ePortfolios, collaborate with peers in real time, accomplish a task or share their screen as they present to the class.

Visit their website to check out the user-friendly interface and get started with LoiLoNote School!

LoiLoNote School is now offering free trials of the school license with full support and PD workshops. Contact their team by February 28 to get a spot.

 

Online Resource: National Geographic Kids

18 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.03.49 AMNational Geographic has a handful of apps for students including Weird But True, National Parks, Underground Railroad, and Marine Missions.  In addition to these great choices for tablets, their website National Geographic Kids is a terrific resource for students and teachers.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.04.14 AMNational Geographic Kids has games, articles, pictures and more for kids of all ages to explore.  It can be used to incorporate informational text or multimedia into a whole class lesson.  Students can also dive into the resources on the site to answer their own questions or conduct research projects.

Check out their website to see everything that is available for your students!

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