Here are the "Top 8 Apps" for digital storytelling apps picked by Inov8. They point out that these apps encourage creativity, provide support and remediation for students with special needs, and can be used in many different classroom settings. "They are motivating, engaging and will encourage learners to demonstrate their strengths."
"For students with special needs, the creativity of digital storytelling apps has allowed us, as educators, the opportunity to observe and understand the strengths of our students. New apps are primarily hands-on and highly visual, and provide an opportunity for those learners who struggle with traditional instructional methods to take advantage of their abilities and strengths. Professionals in special education want to use apps in many different contexts, integrated into global curricula, across disciplines, as well as be able to insert their own content. Ultimately we want to customize, individualize and personalize the use of these digital storytelling apps for our students."
"The mATch up Tool provides information on low, mid, and high tech devices for meeting the unique needs of students. The tool was designed with a variety of users in mind – teachers, parents, administrators, and in some cases, students themselves. The idea is to provide a handy, ready-access way of gathering information on tools that might help open access to academic and non-academic settings."
Discover the tools that support students in reading, writing, communication, organization, etc.
Searching for things on Twitter has been made easier thanks to some tweaks by the company itself. TweetingEarth lets you perform a simple Twitter search and then “spin the globe” with mouse gestures. It’s really interesting.
Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey – K-12 Students and Parents Connects the Dots with Digital Learning is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2011.
This report focuses on how today’s students are personalizing their own learning, and how their parents are supporting this effort. The ways that students are personalizing their learning centers around three student desires including how students seek out resources that are digitally-rich, untethered and socially-based. The key questions being addressed in this report include:
> How are students personalizing their learning?
> How are parents helping students to personalize their learning journey?
> What are the digitally-rich, untethered and socially based learning strategies that facilitate this process?
> How can education stakeholders support students as they seek to personalize their learning?
> What are the gaps between administrators’ views of personalized learning compared to parents’ and students’ views?"
As we move to personalizing learning, consider creating a conversation around these questions.
Halfway into 2012, there are now more than 1.2 million mobile applications available to download to iOS and Android devices. Out of hundreds of apps, Techcrunch chooses 20 apps as the best apps of 2012. A few of them are...
Camera Awesome (awesomize your pictures and share with your social networks)
Pocket (formerly Read it later) simple interface to view videos and images
Khan Academy (easily watch tutorials)
TouchTV (runs video clips from broadcast and cable networks on the iPad)
Any.Do (record tasks with your voice)
Highlight (lets you know if friends are physically near you)
Viggie (earn loyalty points and coupons for watching TV)
Clear (a To Do list - will be checking this one out)
Ben Johnson asks: If I had thirty iPads in my class, what would I do with them? How would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better? Perhaps a better question is what would I do with them that I could not do with other tools that are available and cheaper? Certainly iPads are cheaper than computers, desktop or laptop, and they are more mobile.
Ben writes about strategies on the use of iPads in the classroom for all types of learners. I learned about a few I didn't know before: Clineometer for measuring the level of a wall or surface and also the precise angles of incline or decline.
Thanks Ben! I'm going to check the apps out that you share.
MagicPlan CSI for iPad lets your students create a crime scene sketching. You just take pictures on the room and position evidences around the room. You can then annotate the floor plan.
An electronic report is then automatically generated and sent to you by email. This is a cool way to get middle school kids excited about science. I did this with several schools and used some of the materials from the FBI site (teaching fingerprinting, DNA analysis, etc.).
Just imagine recreating a simulated crime scene to hook students so they are motivated to learn?
I use iMovie and know how easy it is to use. Just import images or connect your camera to import videos. I use iMovie for documentation and for coaching to provide feedback. It can be used for self-feedback or have students use it for peer feedback. What I love is when students tell stories using their pictures, videos, and voice.
This is a great start for teachers. Thanks EdApps.ca!
How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM] that helps them access information, engage content, and express what they know. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core.
Check out the chart that compares Personalization, Differentiation, and Indivdiualization. You can download the chart and a report that explains the details of the chart. The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments can help you determine where you are in personalizing learning. These are free for you to download.
Teacher Sarah Wessling in a 2 min. video talking about and demonstrating giving audio feedback to writing students using a podcast (dictating into an iPod and then sending to students). Well done video and excellent demonstrtion by Wessling. -JL
Kathleen McClaskey interviewed Greg Wilborn, Personalized Learning Coordinator at Colorado Springs who shared their journey to move to personalizing learning for all learners.
Here is small excerpt from a thought-provoking interview.
Q. Why personalize learning?
"Because we finally CAN!
For the first time in our history, we have the tools and access to resources to allow individual learners the flexibility and freedom to pursue an education centered around their own interests and aptitudes. Educators and philosophers for centuries have yearned for education that is learner centered and molded by the learner as opposed to the factory system. While the desire has been there, the methods have been shackled by the restrictions of human interaction and delivery methods. There is only so much that can be personalized with one facilitator, 20 to 40 learners, and print media and production methods.
Personalized learning allows learners to have a wide choice of what they learn, how they learn, when, where, and how they demonstrate their learning."
Do not miss the archived event of the CEM Forum Kickoff from August 2nd that featured Mimo Ito, Barbara Bray, Steve Norrmark and Sylvia Martinez on the topic of Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers. The questions that were covered in this forum included:
> What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?
> How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?
One of the first things about the iPad that caught people’s attention was the touch screen, and it goes without saying that some of the first apps to start taking advantage of that touch screen were handwriting/note taking apps. Apps that let you write, draw, sketch—-and sometimes type–notes on your iPad.
The good news is, many of the elements of a progressive learning environment—personalization, connectedness, and gamification—are designed to work together. And better yet, collectively they can reduce the burden on ...
Camera features on cell phones, tablet computers and even MP3 players have made it easy for everyone to capture their lives in a series of images. You can take a more professional approach to photography with some high-quality apps such as:
Easy Release - a release form you can give your subjects ($9.99)
Pocket Light Meter - yes, a light meter for free.
Adobe Photoshop Express - the mobile equivalent to the desktop version of Photoshop. (Free)
Impression - watermarks your photos right on your device before you upload them to social media ($1.99)
Photoaf Panorama - Android app that lets you stitch together scenes as a panorama (Free)
Robin Good: I am speechless. This is one of the best visual communication tools I have seen this year. Videoscribe.tv allows anyone to create effective doodle animations with the minimum of complexity and with really excellent results.
Videoscribe.tv has been available as an iOS app already for some time, but now a desktop version is also available.
I have purchased both the iOS and the desktop version of Videoscribe.tv and I have been blown out of my socks after I have seen with my eyes what this little app can do. Amazing.
There is a great library of vector art included, plus the software can scour the Internet searching for other vector images to use in your doodle animations. Not only. VideoScribe takes care automatically of crediting the original image authors/source.
A music soundtrack can be easily added by utilizing the licensed tracks available and you can also record your own voice-over.
Videoscribe.tv can export finalized doodles at different resolution levels from low quality to HD, and as JPG/PNG sequences or standard .MOV files. The final video can be saved locally, uploaded directly to YouTube or your Dropbox account or shared on Facebook.
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