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!

Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool

15 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.57.08 AMThe Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives.  I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips.  Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms.  With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.

screen480x480Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations.  They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size.  This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas.  The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.

This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!

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!

9 Workflow Solutions for Tech-Friendly Classrooms

13 Oct

Managing a classroom of one-to-one iPads, multiple devices in a BYOD program, or reaching students through online learning at home can be a logistical challenge for teachers.  These nine tech tools are perfect for classrooms looking to stay organized while making sure students are engaged.  Some work best on iPads others on web browsers or Android tablets.

Workflow Solutions for Tech-FriendlyTake a look through the list to see which one fits best for your teaching style and the needs of your students:

  1. Drawp for School
  2. Otus
  3. Handouts
  4. ChallengeU
  5. School 4 One
  6. Frolyc
  7. Chalkup
  8. Buncee
  9. Skaffl

Popplet: Graphic Organizer for iPads and Web Browsers

12 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 6.58.32 PMscreen480x480Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report.  Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more.  Popplet is a terrific app for iOS devices that is also available on web browsers.  Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text and multimedia.  They even have the option to customize colors and layout.

Try out Popplet Lite for free on iPads or visit their website to learn more about what you and your students can do using Popplet in the classroom!

 

Online Resource: The Library of Congress

11 Oct

I’ve shared some of my favorite resources for primary source documents and here is another fantastic site to check out.  The Library of Congress has dynamic, multi-touch books that are completely free for teachers.  The Student Discovery Sets cover topics including the Dust Bowl, The Constitution, and The Harlem Renaissance.

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 3.16.47 PMVisit their website to learn more and download these terrific resources today!

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)
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