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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

App Update: Brand New iTunes U

6 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 8.30.06 AMiTunes U is a terrific tool for creating your own course and easily distributing materials to students.  It lets teachers set up a course that can be accessed on an iPad.  Students can watch, read and listen to a variety of multimedia organized by their teacher.  It’s a great choice for flipping your classroom and keeping students on task throughout the semester.

This week Apple is rolling out new features for iTunes U that will be game changers in many learning environments.  Teachers will now be able to access the course manager directly from their iPad instead of logging into a website on a computer.  This will let them make changes and upload content including pictures and video straight from their iPad.  In private courses students will be able to participate in discussions for a collaborative learning experience.  Learn more from Apple’s official announcement or visit their iTunes U page.

Tocomail Launches Bullying Filter

14 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 8.24.12 AMLast month I featured a new tech tool that allows children to email safely.  TocoMail provides a closed network for student email that teachers can monitor.  This includes controlling contact lists so students can write emails only to their classmates.  With TocoMail students can learn about digital citizenship and English Language Arts skills.  Kids can practice writing emails as they collaborate with their peers on projects or simply share feedback or ideas.

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TocoMail has recently added a bullying recognition filter that is worth checking out!  The filter checks each student’s email for keywords and contextual phrasing that may signal bullying.  If TocoMail identifies a pattern of bullying, the email is redirected to the Quarantine box so teachers have to approve it before it is sent out.  TocoMail is addressing the concerns of teachers and parents who are noticing an increase in how bullying takes place through digital communication. Learn more about TocoMail by visiting their website!

Sphero Launches SPRK Program for Classrooms

9 Apr

 

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Have you heard of a Sphero? This interactive robot brings game play to life with a smart toy that rolls, spins and races based on moves programmed by the user.  Sphero is both iOS and Android friendly thanks to the dozens of apps that help users send instructions to this smart toy.  If you haven’t seen it in action, check out this video.  Teachers are finding ways to use this engaging robot in their classrooms with the help of Orbotix, the team behind Sphero.

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Orbotix created the SPRK program because they understand that connected toys like the Sphero can grab the attention of students and help them explore the world around them.  SPRK lessons teach kids the basic concepts of programming, robotics, and math.  There are five plug and play lessons available for teachers and parents to use with children.  They’ll help kids understand foundational STEM concepts while playing games.  Learn more about this smart toy and see how a Sphero can be used in your classroom!

 

Book Writer for Easy Publishing

27 Jan

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Students and teachers creating eBooks should check out Book Writer.  The ease and simplicity of the intuitive interface makes this app a truly powerful tool.  Children can use Book Writer to publish stories that can be shared with their families and added to an ePortfolio.  Teachers can create books that document school trips or publish a collection of their students’ work.

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Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets you create a book right within the app by adding pictures, text, audio recording and even music.  You can export the book to iBooks for easy reading on your iPad or share it via email.  Simple and fun to use, students will love being content creators on their iPads no matter what event they are documenting or story they are telling.  Teachers will also find that this app lends itself to creating customized books to share with their students.  Book Writer is a very impressive app!

Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

15 Jan

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 11.03.59 PMShadow Puppet is an amazing app that is perfect for students of all ages.  Children can take still images and bring them to life with narration using this story telling tool.  Shadow Puppet lets users zoom into pictures as they narrate a slideshow.

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There are lots of ways to use this app in the classroom and Shadow Puppet features some great ideas on their Pinterest page and blog.  Students can describe what they learned during a field trip using pictures they’ve taken with their mobile device, or document the steps they took during a science experiment with a combination of images and narration.

This app is a must have for teachers looking for a creative way to have their students tell a story or recount events from an important school event.  Try including your Shadow Puppet creations in your students’ digital portfolio!

18 Fantastic Free iPad Apps for Social Studies

25 Dec

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 7.21.21 PMWhether you have one iPad, a few, or a class set, there are plenty of great apps that will come in handy in the Social Studies classroom.  These apps provide access to primary source documents, reinforce geography concepts, and help children explore the world around them!

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