Tag Archives: student work

Shutterfly Photo Story for Classrooms

24 Apr

Icon 1024px_book_cmyk-2Shutterfly Photo Story is an awesome free app for iPads that is great for creating authentic learning experiences for students.  It lets students in all grade levels create customized self-published photo books that apply what they have learned in the classroom through a hands-on, project-based learning experience. 
Shutterfly Photo Story allows students to tell stories through text, photos, audio and Doodle, a feature that enables writing and drawing on any page/photo in the book.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.43.14 PMWith this app teachers can promote student engagement and achievement by giving kids easy-to-use multimedia tools that facilitate learning and creativity, and document student knowledge in a tangible artifact.  It enhances student learning in every subject, including English Language Arts, social studies, math and science, and demonstrates student knowledge in these core subject areas by motivating them on a deeper level.  This app facilitates collaboration between students, including brainstorming, peer editing and problem solving.  Shutterfly provides professional development that guides educators through the creation and implementation of lesson plans that meet ISTE technology standards.

Visit Shutterfly Photo Story’s website to learn more!

 

Capture Student Work with Seesaw – The Learning Journal

24 Jan

 seesaw-icon-class-appI’m very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work.  Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school.  It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning.

seesaw-app-empower-studentsSeesaw gives parents a personalized, up-to-date window of what their child is doing and learning at school.  It has a visual format that parents can easily follow and crosses language barriers too.  Seesaw makes it easy to collect digital & physical work in one place that’s organized by student and accessible from everywhere.  The kid-friendly Seesaw camera makes it simple to snap a picture of physical work like a poster, drawing, or 3D model.  Seesaw integrates with over 20 other popular content creation apps for the classroom so all student multimedia gets seamlessly collected and stored.
There are over 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas on our Teacher Resource Center so its easy to put Seesaw into practice in your class today.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Track Conferences with Stream Reading

19 Feb

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 11.21.56 AMIf you’re looking for a way to track conferences with your mobile device, check out Stream Reading.  Designed for both iPhone and iPad users this app  lets teachers easily manage reading reports and organize student data.  You can record audio of a student reading using your device’s microphone and  document what happened when you met with the student for a conference.

photo 2 (40)Stream Reading helps users keep track of when they met with students, record data on their comprehension of a text, and check off what strategies children were using as they read.  There is also a spot for teachers to type in comments and goals.  You’ll love the quick reference guide that includes prompting questions to monitor student comprehension.

With Stream Reading teachers can easily share and export data via email, Dropbox or printing straight from the device.  It also gives you the option to send goals directly to students and parents and set reminders for future conferences.  Learn more about Stream Reading by visiting their website!

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads

13 Feb

The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:

  1. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.27.50 PM
  2. Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
  3. Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
  4. Class Charts (gather behavior data)
  5. Screenshots (capture student work)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
  7. Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
  8. Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
  9. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
  10. Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
  11. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)

 

13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

+1 Record Your Work Using Doceri

App Combo: iMovie and Doceri

16 Oct

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Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students.  They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice.  Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll.  This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie.  it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!

Here’s my guide: Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric!

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