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40 iPad Apps For Language Learners

40 iPad Apps For Language Learners | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

"iPad is no doubt a great device for almost all purpose in today’s lifestyle. This everyone knows, but what many don’t know about the iPad is that it is also an incredible tool for learning. Yes, you read it right. It helps in your learning, and language learning is one of those. Whether you are learning Japanese Kanji or the sweet Spanish, the iPad will help you a lot."


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How to use a single iPad to benefit your entire class

How to use a single iPad to benefit your entire class | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Having a single iPad in the classroom can actually still be a valuable tool for both the instructor and students alike. Mainly because the screen can now be shared with the class so easily.

 

You will need to have a projector that has HDMI and buy an adaptor from Apple for $30 that allows you to plug in directly from the iPad to the HDMI port of the projector and the screen will be shown on both devices. Apple calls this “mirroring”.

 

Read the rest of this article from Adam Bellow for the steps to mirror the image with one iPad.

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent and more divisive. 

 

Speak Up 2011 sent out a survey for their “Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey” report which reflects the views of more than 416,000 K-12 students, parents, and educators nationwide surveyed on how technology can enhance the learning environment. More than 56% of middle-schoolers wanted to bring their own device to school. Yet 65% of the principals said that would not happen in the next school year. 

 

I predict this trend changing so more schools and districts will see how cost-effective and appropriate to have students bring their own device. They will learn responsibility and be more engaged in their learning.

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COMMON CORE VIDEOS from SEDL

COMMON CORE VIDEOS from SEDL | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS. The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their needs for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples/illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.

 

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides high-quality technical assistance in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.

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Web based 3D / CAD for kids: Tinkercad & 3DTin (Bonus: Origo, a 3D printer for 10 year olds) - Welcome to NCS-Tech!

Web based 3D / CAD for kids: Tinkercad & 3DTin (Bonus: Origo, a 3D printer for 10 year olds) - Welcome to NCS-Tech! | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Now that Google Sketchup was sold, there is a 3D/CAD program that schools might want to check out.

 

Tinkercad is a powerful 3D modeling tool that is easy to use and work with 3D printers like 3DTin. Thank you Kevin Jarrett for sharing this!

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

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Want to Improve Your City? There's an App for That

Want to Improve Your City? There's an App for That | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Graffiti on your building? A broken traffic light? Wind-blown street lamp? Reach your government via smartphone with SeeClickFix to keep your city beautiful and safe.

 

This is a cool app that could be taken a step further. What if you had a SeeClickFix to fix your school, the curriculum, a lesson, your own learning?

 

Just think about it!!

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How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Tech allows students to learn in new and engaging ways, but many educators are struggling to incorporate digital into traditional classrooms.

 

The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch can augment or replace many classroom tools, and accomplish the following.

> Lead classes on a shared digital whiteboard with Penultimate, Splashtop Whiteboard or Doceri Remote.
> Pair the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with a bluetooth keyboard and Writing Kit, Elements or iA Writer for typing instruction and document editing.
> Remote-controlled class presentations with Idea Flight or Fuze Meeting.
> Teach music theory, composition and editing with Garage Band or a number of third-party apps.
> Digital sketchbooks with Brushes, SketchBook Pro or Procreate, and digital collage with Mixel.
> Encourage students to use apps like Reeder, Longform and News.me to discover and consume both breaking news and long-form writing, and to compile reading lists with Instapaper and Readability.

 

Article even provides some free tools to liven up the classroom and shares how to do an iPad Pilot. 

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- My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad

- My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

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Google Art Project

Google Art Project | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
You could lose track of time viewing the wonderful works of art at http://t.co/BvrmQJ1i I guess they have the resources to curate all these.

 

Beautiful site that is a wealth of art resources.

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7 Mobile Apps for Discovering and Creating Poetry

7 Mobile Apps for Discovering and Creating Poetry | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
April is National Poetry Month, so use these mobile apps to discover and create some poetry of your own.

 

Three of the apps you might want to add:

 

Need help finding the right words to express yourself? Check out Instant Poetry which generates random words that you can rearrange into a masterpiece. You can even create a photo-text using one of your own images.

 

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation can carry classic and contemporary poets with you on the go, and easily find poems that fit your mood with a swipe of your finger.

 

Poet's Pad includes idea generation tools as well as a dictionary and a thesaurus.

 

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Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer

Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer. John, a seven year old who has autism,  uses the Proloquo2go app, which turns pictures into sentences then voices them out loud so they can be repeated.

 

April 2nd marks World Autism Awareness Day, as research suggests one in 100 children are now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

 

 

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The KY Virtual Library for Kids Research Portal - Why UDL?

The KY Virtual Library for Kids Research Portal - Why UDL? | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Kentucky Virtual Library has creared a visual tool to help students do research.  This is an excellent model of how to present a step by step approach in a visual way that includes a set of tasks that students can follow in conducting research. The basic steps are:

 

1.  Plan

2.  Search for Information

3.  Take notes

4.  Use the Information

5.  Report

6.  Evaluate

 

Why UDL?

Multiple Means of Representation and Engagement

 

Very interesting! Thanks Kathleen!


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Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans

Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Google has launched a new site called Search Education aimed at educators who want to teach online search strategies.

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iLibrarian » 20 iPad Apps Librarians Should Download – Part 1

iLibrarian » 20 iPad Apps Librarians Should Download – Part 1 | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Librarians and anyone wanting to do research can use these iPad Apps.

 

Flipboard

NPR

New York Times

USA Today

EasyBib

Wikipanion

The Elements: A Visual Exploration

Wolfram Alpha

Star Walk

TED

IMDB

 

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Interactives you might want to check out

Interactives you might want to check out | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
These interactives provide educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.
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Big History: An Introduction to Everything

The Big History Project is dedicated to fostering a greater love and capacity for learning among high school students. Started by Bill Gates and David Christian our goal is to get Big History taught to as many students around the world as possible.
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Timeline WW2 offers museum-quality app interaction

Timeline WW2 offers museum-quality app interaction | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Timeline World War 2 ($8.99 promotional launch price) offers an amazing experience that allows you to explore history along an interactive timeline. For the World History teachers out there, how about checking this one out? Just imagine bringing all of the events, battles, newsreels, maps, and more data alive so it makes sense.

 

I might purchase just to check it out, but I need more room on my iPad. I keep adding more and more apps and almost ran out of room. :o) This might happen more and more when apps like this that contain amazing visuals take up almost .75 GB.

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Cinemagram - a fun and beautiful way to animate your photos.

Cinemagram - a fun and beautiful way to animate your photos. | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
A cinemagram is a stunning hybrid between photo and video. (cinemegram perfect innovation!
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Create a Makeshift iPad Speaker with a Solo Cup

Create a Makeshift iPad Speaker with a Solo Cup | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
If you want to watch videos on your iPad or other tablet from afar, without headphones, its speaker is pretty worthless. This trick can boost the sound significantly with almost no work at all.

 

Why not have your students set this up for the iPad classroom? Pretty innovative!

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Two Reflective Teachers: Book Creator and Resistant Writers

Two Reflective Teachers: Book Creator and Resistant Writers | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

A special education teacher reflects on Book Creator and how it motivates students who are resistant writers.  Here is her story:

 

"As a Special Education teacher of upper elementary grades, I have several students who are resistant writers. This app has amazing potential to motivate them to write more since the finished product is beautiful, accessible, intuitive, and reflective of their efforts.

 

I have been using this app with one of my students with intellectual disabilities and what an incredible tool! We took pictures of this student making various emotional faces and then helped her draft a repetition book. She loved being able to record herself reading the pages and willingly practiced and practiced her Frye words and her fluency, without even realizing that she was doing it. She is also happily practicing pronunciation and sentence structure, skills that she would sometimes prefer to ignore!"

 

Why UDL?  Multiple Means of Expression

 

Thank you Melanie for telling your story.

 


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Mobile Learning from App Creation Rocks!

Mobile Learning from App Creation Rocks! | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
2012 Mobile Learning Conference is undergoing in Phoenix, Arizona, Creative educators are always finding ways to leverage current technologies to facilitate authentic learning for students, and for teacher professional ...

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Level Up! Using games culture to enhance learning

Level Up! Using games culture to enhance learning | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
The project has two parts. Part 1 (Games Design) uses the games design process for students to create a game for mobile devices for year 6 students from local primary schools . Part 2 (Gamification in the classroom) of the project implements gaming and gamification in everyday classroom practice to increase student engagement by increasing personalised learning and feedback.

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Educational Technology Guy: PhET - excellent, free, virtual labs and simulations for science - new materials available

Educational Technology Guy: PhET - excellent, free, virtual labs and simulations for science - new materials available | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

PhET is an awesome resource from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The site has interactive simulations for physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and math that teachers and students can use.


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iPhoneography

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"iPhoneography is a powerful new artform for digital storytelling and creative expression. Learn how to use it to engage students, build community, and enhance teaching."

 

Nicole Dalesio and Lisa Highfill have used great creativity in synthesizing a unique approach to digital storytelling through the use of iPhone photography and numerous iPhone apps -- they call it iPhoneography. The site offers a compelling examples of a digital story, links to recommended apps, a handy how-to section, a list of iPhoneographers to follow, a place for social networking (called untitled), a collection of interesting articles and blog posts, and how to get in touch with the principals. I think iPhonegraphy is really going to go places. -JL


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