Between the fall and spring sessions of Creator's Studio, I highlight other events on campus that may be related to making, design, engineering, or any other creative activity. This month we had two larger events take place, our annual 8th grade Physics project in science, and new this year, the K-8 Buddies Maker Day.
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Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don't love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.
For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they've imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
The power of video conferencing tools lies in their ability to engage audience through the use of visuals, interactive features and synchronous communication. The most popular free tools in this regard are Google Hangout and Skype. Both of these applications are easy to use and offer a variety of decent features for hosting online meetings and organizing seminars. However, if you are looking for some advanced alternatives, you should definitely consider the tools below. These are premium softwares that schools , universities, and individuals can use to conduct formal online conferences, webinars, and seminars. From document upload to sharing slides and web co-browsing these tools offer a plethora of powerful functionalities ideal for e-conferencing.
After testing 10 different apps in the classroom for several weeks, I can confidently endorse Operation Math, Free Graphing Calculator, and DragonBox Algebra 5+ as the best math fluency apps for iOS and Android. These apps were more useful, more engaging, and more educational than their competitors. Read on to learn how each of the three apps uniquely facilitates or improves students’ math abilities.
As the year comes to an end I thought I would share some of my favourite iPad activities from this year. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to five but here goes:
1.Towards the end of last year my school celebrated it's 150 year anniversary and we carried many activities with the pupils that term looking at the history of the school. One of the activities was to compare then and now photos. We use an app called InstaShake HD App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instashake-hd/id595411264?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 to blend two photos together in different ways. We also carried out this activity during the recent World War 1 week at the school.
2. Last term I worked with a PE department to use the iPads to support GCSE students portfolios. One of the activities was to record video of sporting skills from different angles using the iPad's camera and then add the videos into iMovie app to use some of it's features such as split screen, freeze frame and the speed tool. More detail on this can be found here http://sco.lt/8hTUhd ;
3. Early this term I began an activity with Year 6 pupils to gamify stories using Book Creator App We used the hyperlink tool within Book Creator to link text and images to different pages and give the reader options of where the story went by choosing options within a scenario. More detail can be found here http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/12/using-non-linear-stories-gamify-books/
4. In summer term I worked with a Year 3 class to use the time lapse feature in I Can Animate App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-can-animate/id399760501?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 ; to capture shadows moving across the playground. We set the iPad up to take a photograph every minute from 9am-3pm. Recently Apple have added the time lapse tool into the iOS 8 camera, although you cannot adjust the time between photos like you can in I Can Animate.
5. A few months ago Comic Life 3 App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 was released and within the many new templates is a newspaper front cover. We used this at school to firstly produce a weekly newspaper for the school news with Year 6 but also during World War 1 week to reproduce historical newspaper front pages of significant events during war.
A big thank you to all the great feedback to Teacher Guide to iPad App. Hearing how much it has helped teachers worldwide has made all the hard work worthwhile. The latest update brings a new icon, new categories of subjects and apps, a new design and 12 new ideas. Details can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!
As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology.
Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.
Augmented reality is a relatively new technology with some promising potential for education. The basic premise behind augmented reality is the extension of the physical world to include components of the virtual world.There are actually several iPad apps that teachers can use to improve students learning through the concept of augmented reality, check out this post to see some examples. For Android users, we have compiled the list below featuring some very good augmented reality apps to try out.
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"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.
"Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."
Many of you are already aware that I maintain a few other blogs in addition to FreeTech4Teachers.com. One of those is iPadApps4School.com to which I have applied some lessons that I learned from making mistakes with this blog. One of those mistakes was not making it easier to sort resources according to grade level.
On iPadApps4School.com you can sort app reviews according to grade level category. Simply click on the grade level category in the sidebar to find apps appropriate for the age of your students. You can find elementary school apps here, middle school apps here, and high school apps here. I also have a category for pre-K students. If you want to be notified when a new app is reviewed, you can subscribe to email updates for iPadApps4School.com.
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