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Glogster for iPads – Fantastic Creation Tool!

30 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 4.53.04 PMscreen480x480Have you created a Glog?  Glogster is a terrific creation tool that is now available on iPads.  Originally a web tool, Glogster lets teachers and students place multimedia on a blank canvas.  Users can add images, audio, video and text to introduce a topic, explain an idea, or develop a presentation.  Their iPad app makes it easy to combine multiple forms of web media and create a final product straight from your tablet.

Learn more about their new iPad app or download and get started right away!

Thinglink for Interactive Images

29 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.17.19 AMI love tools that turn your tablet into a content creation tool.  Thinglink is a fantastic example of an app that lets users become creators.  With this app teachers and students can layer information on top of any image that they like.  They might find a primary source document and add questions for students to answer, or ask students to snap a picture of a text and add text, video, and links to bring a sentence to life.

Start off by choosing the picture you want to use.  Then add targets to any spot on the image.  Connect these targets to multimedia (text, links, video).  Share the link.  It’s that simple.  Thinglinks can be created on iOS and Android devices or on the web.  It’s a great app for BYOD (bring your own device) environments or for students to use outside of the classroom.

Add a comment with a link to a Thinglink you’ve created or tweet it to share it with your PLN!

Chronicle for Conference Notes

28 Oct

pic 1Chronicle is a powerful conferring app for Reading and Writing Workshop. With the ability to easily associate and share pictures, videos, and audio recording with any individual or group note, Chronicle is also effective for communication and data documentation in any subject.  Designed for the iPad, this app gives teachers space to stay organized and keep track of data.

pic 2Additionally, Chronicle also lets teachers to connect the Common Core Standards with any class, so they can be used as  a reference tool or instructional purposes in a teacher’s daily routine. Mastery of these standards can be visually tracked using Chronicle’s Traffic Light System. Based on proficiency levels, teachers can simply flag students red, yellow, or green. Similarly, IEP goals, report card descriptors, and other learning objectives can be effectively monitored. 

Learn more about Chronicle by visiting their website or checking out their app in the App Store!

Create Fantastic Videos with Wideo!

22 Oct

wideo.co logoWideo is fantastic video creation tool that lets educators and students make their own tutorials, in-class presentations, and so much more.  Users create animated videos that are perfect for students of all ages.  It’s a great way to breakdown complex topics, explain an idea, or demonstrate understanding.  Not only will you get the information across to your students but you’ll grab their attention thanks to the easy to use templates for teachers.

5-tips-to-flip-your-classIn addition to watching your animation come to life, users can add different audio and sound clips and access hundreds of graphics to add to their creation.  Wideo’s Freemium Pricing Model lets users pay for the extra features they want and upload their creations to YouTube for free.  Their Startup and Pro Plan gives users a handful of extra options and there is also a new Education Discount for users who sign up for a year subscription with an “.edu” email address.

Learn more about Wideo by visiting their website and watching an animated video!


Wonderful Wireless Document Camera for All Devices

18 Oct

iziggi_slide01This year I’ve had the opportunity to try out a wonderful document camera that has tons of great features. iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera for iPad, PC and Mac lets users wirelessly stream video of documents, objects, devices and more straight from your iPad and computer.  It’s a great tool for turning your iPad into an interactive whiteboard and gives teachers and students lots of flexibility.  A huge plus is that it’s super powerful and can be used without wireless connectivity when you plug it directly into your computer.

I’ve giving away one iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera this month – learn how to win yours!

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Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital

16 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.55.01 PMIt’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and a free app that makes it easy to connect digital content.  Using the iOS or Android companion app students and teachers can easily add photos, videos, audio and more to each page.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.54.51 PMThe ME Journal comes in a few different sizes and colors – they can even be customized for your school.  This is a neat way to get students to practice traditional writing and connect to digital content at the same time.  There are plenty of ways to use this as part of a daily writing routine in an English Language Arts class or a weekly record of experiments in a science class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Try bContext to Create and Share Lessons

14 Oct
bContextbContext is a lesson creation tool for iPads that gives teachers the power to customize their instruction for students.  Teachers can record and annotate over a background or presentation they have created.  bContext gives teachers access to tools like adding pictures or shapes and changing fonts or colors, all while they record their voice and annotations on the screen.
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Screenshots bContext 2.0.001bContext lets teachers share their work publicly for free – this includes uploading final products to YouTube.  If you are a School 4 One user you can also integrate your creations with this workflow platform.  Students will be able to access files you’ve shared straight from their iPads using their School 4 One accounts.  Lessons can also be shared via social media channels or embedded into a website.
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Visit their website to learn more or download their app from the App Store!
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