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Create Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

4 Sep
BannerZaption is a fantastic web app that gives teachers the power to create their own video lessons using a variety of multimedia.  Combining still images, YouTube clips, and more, teachers can design the perfect video to share with their students.  They can also add interactive elements like quizzes and drawings. With Zaption content comes alive for students giving them the opportunity to benefit from hand-picked multimedia to help them learn about a particular topic.
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Gallery ScreenshotBefore diving in to create your own, you can check out what’s available on Zaption’s website.  They have a Gallery full of ready-to-use content created by teachers from around the country, and content partners like Facing History and Ourselves.  Most of their current content is focused on U.S. History and Government, but they are working to expand to other subjects in the coming months.  Zaption is easy to use and lets you access analytics that show user views and engagement.
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Zaption is completely free for Basic users, $79/yr for Pro users, and offers volume pricing for Campus licenses.  Visit their website to watch a video and learn more!

Shmoop: Learning Guides, Test Prep, and more!

2 Sep
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.53.37 PMShmoop is an online resource for students and teachers offering a wide range of content.  Their mission is to make learning accessible, relatable and fun so that students are engaged as they interact with course material.  Shmoop provides users access to free learning guides and study tools written by teachers and experts in their fields.  They have content that is designed for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.  This includes courses on “Breaking Bad as Literature” and “Bruce Springsteen’s America.”Career Research and Decision Making
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Course content from Shmoop has been used in schools across the country.  You’ll find a whole section of their site dedicated to teachers where you can dive into Common Core and Digital Literacy resources.  Whether you share this content with your students or recommend it to parents looking to support their students at home, your kids will benefit from the variety of study tools available.
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Visit Shmoop’s website to learn more!

14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads

31 Aug

The iPad so much more than a content consumption device!  This year turn your students into creators using these fantastic iPad apps.  Most of the tools on this list are free and you can learn more about each one by clicking on the links below.

  1. Adobe Voice14 apps create and collaborate
  2. Book Writer
  3. Buncee
  4. ChatterPix
  5. Toontastic
  6. Drawp for School
  7. Fotor
  8. Comics Head
  9. ShadowPuppet EDU
  10. Frolyc
  11. Sphero
  12. Adobe Sketch
  13. PixiClip
  14. Sketchbook Express

Here are two more lists you might want to check out:

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Fall Announcements, Special Offers, and a Quick Favor!

26 Aug

Fall Announcements-2As you get ready to head back to school I want to share some news, special offers, and ask for a quick favor!

  • Over the next few months I’ll be visiting Nebraska, Utah, Tennessee, and New Jersey to share some of my favorite activities for using iPads with students!  If you’re interested in professional development or workshops learn more here
  • I’m offering my course “Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!” for 50% off – read more Stay tuned for my interactive iBook on QR Codes this fall!
  • If you’re looking for lesson plans for your iPad classroom, visit my TpT Store to see over 100 products! Sign up to follow my blog and receive a free lesson plan.

I need your help!

I have submitted a proposal to SXSWedu and need your votes to help remove to the next round!  The website asks you to create an account (I’ve never received spam/emails from them) and then give a thumbs up (and comment if you like) to my proposal.  The votes help my fellow ADE and I move to the next round so if you have 2 minutes to spare I would greatly appreciate it!

Feel free to reach out by email, on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to ask questions, share your favorite apps, or say hello!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful school year! Monica

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Legend: An Exciting Visual Storytelling Platform

19 Aug

Full logo (black color) A new online platform is helping teachers use stories to make content meaningful and engaging for their students.  Visual storytelling is a powerful way for teachers looking to reach students as they introduce new topics and concepts.  Legend is a terrific website that makes it easy for teachers to use video, images, and text to transform the way they get content in the hands of their students.

This very easy-to-use visual storytelling tool was designed to be as simple as writing a blog post.  By dragging and dropping information into place, teachers can combine multimedia to create a space that contains quality information and engaging content – almost like a Landing_Page (1)virtual encyclopedia customized for their class.  Legend will be launching in the next few months but right now they are recruiting educators that want to try out their platform.

Learn more about how Legend works by visiting their website and signing up for the beta program!

SMART Exchange for Interactive Lessons

10 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.11.41 PMIf you are a teacher who uses an interactive whiteboard you’ll definitely want to explore SMART Exchange.  This website is a fantastic resource for teachers using SMART Notebook lessons.  It includes thousands of user-generated lessons, games and activities for students at all levels.  You can search by subject area or keyword to find lessons designed for using with a SMART Board.  After downloading a file you can customize it to meet the needs of your students!

Not using an interactive whiteboard?  Check out my lesson plans for mobile devices!

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