Shadow Puppet EDU for Digital Storytelling

14 Jul
blog-puppet-eduShadow Puppet is one of my favorite apps for digital storytelling and now they have a new version designed specifically for classroom use.  All of the original great features that allow students to bring still images to life by recording their voice over a slideshow have been enhanced for students.
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With Shadow Puppet EDU videos creations can now be up to 30 minutes long and include 100 slides of pictures.  Users have the ability to add images from NASA, Flickr Creative Commons, and the Library of Congress’ archive without leaving the app.  This high-quality app was  chosen by The American Association of School Librarian as a 2014 Best App for Teaching and Learning.
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Completely free for classroom use, Shadow Puppet EDU is a great choice for teachers looking to integrate multimedia into a variety of activities!  Learn more about Shadow Puppet EDU by visiting their website.

QR Code Reader for All Devices!

12 Jul

The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free.  My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma.  One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices.  If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.  Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 9.04.25 AM

This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program.  It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment.

Looking to learn more about QR codes?  Check out my take at your own pace online course! (50% off)

Online Resource: LIFE Photo Archive

11 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.45.23 PMPrimary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students.  Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson.  I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.  You can search over a hundred years worth of photographs by typing in a keyword or choosing a specific event or time period.  This is a terrific resource for teachers who work with students of any age!

Looking to explore primary source documents with your students?  Check out this lesson plan!

 

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!

Fantastic Free Interactive Textbooks for the iPad

9 Jul

iBooks Author is a powerful tool for creating interactive textbooks for your students. Whether you work together as a class to gather content or simply curate resources to share with a class, the possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking to check out high quality content that is designed for the iPad, you’ll want to download E.O. Wilson’s set of interactive biology textbooks. You’ll see just how powerful an interactive textbook can be! These iBooks might supplement your science curriculum or just inspire you to dive into iBooks Author to create your own.

These books are designed to be read on an iPad.

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App Update: Add Video To Your TinyTap

8 Jul

TinyTap - HiResTinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love.  Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design!  You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer.  Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.

Video - how to (4)A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities.  Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip.  Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip.  This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.

Learn more about TinyTap by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!

Online Resource: Edutopia

7 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 6.42.16 PMThe past year and a half I’ve had the opportunity to share some of my favorite resources and activities for teachers on Edutopia.  This website is a terrific resource for teachers looking for information and inspiration on a variety of topics.

It’s a great spot for learning about classroom management, technology integration, community partnerships and more.  In addition to tons of fantastic articles, their brand new community is perfect for sharing ideas in discussions with teachers from across the globe.

Check out the list of my articles on Edutopia and dive into the community today!

 

 

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