Make it For Teachers is a powerful tool for creating activites, books, and games for students. As an authoring tool for the iPad it gives students and teachers the opportunity to become content creators. Final products are compatible with PC and MAC computers and can be shared through email or a variety of social networks.
If you are looking for a new storytelling tool Make It For Teachers is a dynamic app designed for educators. You can use this app to create content for whole class lessons or individual learning activities. It could be used for enrichment or intervention for students in elementary and middle school. There are drawing and memory activiites in addition to quizzes to include in your creations. With a wide range of options to customize content you’re sure to find ways to use it in your classroom!
NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students. It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings. You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen. It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures and highlighting text. Students can customize their notes by choosing from a selection of templates and stickers to help them stay organized.
In NoteLedge, users can export their notes as a PDF file that keeps their multimedia files embedded. The app makes it simple to share notes through email or AirDrop. A built-in backup using Kdan Creative Cloud even syncs notes created in the app. Another neat feature is the ability to access a browser within the app for moments when students want to locate content on the web as they take notes.
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Otus is a terrific management tool for teachers in one-to-one classrooms who want an easy way to keep track of student work, provide opportunities for collaboration, and so much more. I’ve had the opportunity to share Otus with my readers and webinar attendees and want to highlight one of the fantastic aspects of this powerful app – Otus is completely FREE for students and teachers.
With Otus teachers can keep track of participation, send notes to students, and take attendance. They can also recognize student behavior by awarding points and group students. The bookshelf feature lets teachers organize folders of resources to share with students – this can be done for whole class, individual, or create groups of students. Otus gives teachers the power to create, assign, and grade assessments. It is also simple to share these assessments with colleagues who may wish to use the same one or modify it for their students.
In my work curating resources for teachers I’ve come across plenty of great products that have some features for free and others that ask users to sign up for a subscription. Otus is a social enterprise. Its mission is to level the playing field by making technology easy-to-use and more affordable for all school districts. This business model means that Otus will always be free with no advertising or sales. It’s hard to believe it but they have the funding to provide this resource to teachers completely FREE!
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If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively. Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students. Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom. Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!
It has been a privilege to share my favorite resources and ideas for using instructional technology in the classroom on Edutopia. ClassTechTips.com contains concise posts that give teachers a quick take on a new piece of technology so they can decide if they want to explore it further. Edutopia has given me a platform to share thought pieces of a greater length on a wide range of topics. Here are my Edutopia blog posts from the past year or so – click here for a compete list!
- “7 Great eBooks for Summer Reading on iPads”
- “7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures”
- “Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12″
- “6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing”
- “Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8″
- “Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5″
- “Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2″
- “Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices”
- “Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning”
- “10 Apps for Math Fluency”
- “5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices”
- “Common Core in Action: Screencasting in the Fourth Grade Math Classroom”
- “5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author”
- “Android Apps: Math, ELA and Video Streaming”
- “Setting Technology Goals for the New Year”
- “Apps for Winter Reading”
- “11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom”
- “International iPad Collaboration: Sharing Best Practices Across Language Barriers”
- “Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction”
- “6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents”
- “Common Core in Action: Math in the Middle School Classroom”
- “The Simple Power of a Screenshot”
- “Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips”
- “Six Free iPad Apps for Making Healthy Choices”
- “Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom”
- “Stream Videos with Free iPad Apps”
- “Free iPad Apps to Teach Current Events”
- “Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs”
- “Guest Post: QR Scavenger Hunts”
- “Introducing Mobile Technology Into Your Classroom: Structures and Routines”
- “5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad”
- “Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps”
- “Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom“
- “Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms“
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