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Google Hangouts makes it easy to connect with people from around the globe, right from the classroom. Students who participate in Google Hangouts should be prepared for the experience. It is important that they understand their role, know when to chime in or sit back and have a few tips in their back pocket for troubleshooting technology issues.
What is a Google Hangout?
A Google Hangout is a web-based video conferencing tool that lets users connect with multiple people using their Google account. It can be used on a computer connected to the Internet or on a smart phone or mobile tablet with the Google Hangout app. The built-in microphone and camera on your device lets you…
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I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents. It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day. Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before. Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.
Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback. With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.
Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!
This app is also available on Android devices.
You know how much I love high quality free iPad apps and there are a few new additions to the App Store that are worth downloading today! Microsoft Office has released three new apps – Excel, Word, and PowerPoint completely free to download. I’m a huge fan of Pages and Keynote but it’s great to have some new options available that will help bring all of your documents straight to your iPad. If you use Dropbox or another file storing app on your iPad you can now open Microsoft Office files using one of their three new apps – this goes for opening documents sent as an email attachment too. These apps are great for teachers working on the go or for students looking to access their work. In order to create and edit new documents you’ll have to sign up for a subscription. I don’t know if I’ll sign up for the full access since I’m such a fan of other iPad publishing options, but it’s nice to have a quick, free and easy way to open and review documents on the go – especially PowerPoint presentations.
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With this awesome app, teachers can scan and search books to access tons of information. Scholastic Book Wizard lets you scan the barcode or type in the title of a text to find out the Lexile level and guided reading level of a book. This app was designed for an iPhone but works on an iPad too.
Looking for lessons that help children access informational text? Check out these QR scanner scavenger hunts (they work with any mobile device).