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.
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.
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If 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!
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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TinyTap 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.
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.
The 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.