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ComicMaster for Graphic Novels

3 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 3.44.04 PMGraphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics.

By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of all ages can use text and animation to tell engaging stories.  You might want to give this option to students publishing personal narratives or ask them to tell a story from history instead of writing a traditional research report.

Visit their website to get started!

Book&Table: Redefining the Tutor

1 Aug

Book&TableThe Tutor. Redefined. is a new web application that allows parents and students to book a professional tutor for in-person lessons. They use a set of lessons customized to fit student learning needs consisting of in-person meeting times with a tutor, as well as assignments to keep children on track towards their learning goals. They have tutors in New York City and Boston who are working with students from the elementary level through high school.

If you’re in the tri-statearea and interested in learning more check out their  Meetup group The New York Parent Circle (NYPC).   Their goal is to foster a love for education and learning by facilitating communication, providing access to resources and creating community. Through NYPC members meet every few Book&Table Tutorsweeks to participate in an array of events that are of interest to them. So if you’re a local like me, you’ll want to stop by and learn more.

Check out Book&Table on their website or Twitter!

Udemy Apps for On-the-Go Learning

26 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 11.55.27 AMBetween iTunes U, SimpleK12, Twitter, Pinterest and countless blogs, there are lots of places where you can explore a topic you’re interested in learning more about.  Udemy is a platform that I’ve used to create and share two courses.  In addition to an easy to navigate website, they have apps for iOS and Android devices that make it easy to take courses on the go.

Udemy has a wide range of courses full of videos you can play right off of your tablet, computer, or smartphone.  So if you’re interested in anything from photography, app development, or instructional technology, you’ll want to check it out!

Here are 50% off coupons for my two Udemy courses:

Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

Teach with Your iPad: Instruct, Assess & Manage Your Class with a Single iPad

App Update: ClassDojo’s Shared Classes

24 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.38 PMClassDojo is an app that I recommend to teachers all the time!  It’s a fantastic classroom management tool that can be used at all grade levels to keep track of student behavior data and make it easier to keep families informed. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.33 PM

This week they’ve released a new feature you’ll want to check out.  ClassDojo will now have Shared Classes so teachers can collaborate when gathering information.   For team teachers who share students or middle school teachers who see different classes throughout the day, this new update will definitely come in handy.

Learn more by visiting their website!

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!
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