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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

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"Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!"


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Could be awesome for task-based learning... "Voy a tomar un viaje a... vamos a.... etc..."

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Bronte Rowe's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:34 PM

“The most powerful and positive learning outcomes occur in those contexts where students’ knowledge and interest are well matched to the nature of the learning task” (McInerney & McInerney, 2010, pp. 104-5). Resources for younger children need to be meaningful but something which they can access easily. My idea for this resource is to use the Sphere 360° Photography App to virtually explore where the students’ families are from. Firstly, the teacher would need to ask the students where they were born, because it is highly relevant and students tend to be more engaged when learning is about them.  Then open up the discussion to include where parents and grandparents were born; which town/city and especially which country they were born in. It doesn’t matter if they children are incorrect or are unsure of where their parents/grandparents are born because the focus of this exercise is to discuss different places in the world families have come from. It could be a good idea to write down the names of students, which family member and where they were born (i.e. Gregory- Grandmother, Switzerland). This gives the students some vocabulary relating to place and family which they can refer back to. This discussion is necessary to get the students thinking and engaged.  Use the app to “visit” these countries, inform the students that they are going on an overseas trip to where their mother/father/grandfather/grandmother/etc. were born!

 

McInerney, D.M. & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational psychology: Constructing learning. (5th ed.). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia.

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ICT continues to be a growing medium in the pedagogical toolbox of teachers. Johnson and Gilbert (in Gilbert & Hoepper. 2014) agree in stating that 'ICT provide unprecedented opportunities for engaging students in learning in new ways' (p158). They further this notion by stating that ICT resources enable teachers 'to do things that are not otherwise possible and leading to better teaching' (p158).

 

This resource (with particular attention to Sphere) could be incorporated with an IWB that supports AirPlay (or any software the supports mirroring of iPads) for the teacher to display photographs of different countries, cities and even homes both around the world, including right here in Australia. The teacher can connect with the homes and origins of the children and their families which will make learning personal and engaging for the students. This will make the task authentic and learning meaningful for them. Motivation and engagement with tasks has been shown to increase when it is interesting or enjoyable for the individual (Ryan & Deci. 2000). Whilst viewing an image, students are provided with an opportunity 'to discuss their own family, including family members, household tasks and what adult members do for children' (Board of Studies, NSW. 1999. p31). The students can also be given opportunity to talk about their heritage, and whether they have history of migration to Australia in their family or even just simply talk about the changes in their neighbourhood or if they have ever moved house.

 

Use of the ICT technology can create some excitement and engagement around a simple activity such as talking about their home and their heritage.

 

 

 

Board of Studies, NSW (1999). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 units of work.

Sydney: B.O.S. Retrieved from http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/1419e875-2290-415f-8add-7440c5ff3188/k6hsie_unitsofwork.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

 

Johnson, N.F. & Gilbert. (2014). Using information and communication technologies. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper. B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum. Fifth Edition. Melbourne: Cengage. (Chapter 8).

 

Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2000) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Classic definitions and new directions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25, 54-67.

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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than...

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Nick Hester's curator insight, December 3, 2013 9:56 AM

Games have always played a ket role in educaiton, in the classroom , sports, or at home, social media has key rolel to play going forward..

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:08 PM

I'm currently looking for new apps for our school iPads. This article has been very helpful!

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LinguaPix – Full

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LinguaPix – Full, by Expressive Solutions, is a simple to use yet comprehensive language app that brings a variety of activities to the user for practicing expressive and receptive language skills.
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Teaching With ChronoZoom - A Timeline of Almost Everything

Teaching With ChronoZoom - A Timeline of Almost Everything | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago Microsoft launched an open source timeline tool called ChronoZoom. At that time ChronoZoom was an impressive interactive timeline of the history of the world. But that's all it was.
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5 Ways Teachers are using Mobile Technology in the Classroom - MediaCAST Blog

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Using a cell phone during class was once as taboo as note passing, but in some classrooms, cell phone use is as common (and encouraged) as note taking.


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Apps for Multiple Intelligences

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Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

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Andrew Aker's curator insight, September 5, 2013 5:55 AM

This site is great for multiplying your multiple intelligences! 

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44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning

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44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 30, 2013 4:22 PM

good resources....

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:12 AM

Some great ideas and resources here.

Soledad de Noriega's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:44 PM

Keep an eye on www.teachthought.com!

 

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50+ Favorite Elementary School Apps – by TeachersWithApps

50+ Favorite Elementary School Apps – by TeachersWithApps | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
Rounding up the best and favorite elementary school apps is not an easy task, the market is saturated and there are so many standouts that cover the gamut of grade levels.
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111 Low-Cost or Free Online Tools for Nonprofits - Nonprofit Tech ...

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Windows Live Writer is primarily known as tool to help you better format and publish blog posts to the Web, but it's also a very useful, simple, and free tool that can be used to easily generate HTML code.
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The 10 Most Important Emerging Instructional and Education ...

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The 2013 Update to our Annual Look at the Technologies, Tools, and Techniques That Today's Educators Should be Aware of. Each year I refresh this list, sharing.
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14 Web Tools For Teaching Without Student Logins - Edudemic ...

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The teacher creates the Padlet wall, provides students with the URL, and they can begin editing. Aww. Aww, (A Web Whiteboard), is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use a computer, tablet or smartphone to ...
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How to use QR codes in Teaching? | Get Apps, Get Inspired ...

How to use QR codes in Teaching? | Get Apps, Get Inspired ... | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
With the penetration of smart phones and availability of free QR code Apps, QR codes are becoming a popular way to connect offline environment with online content through a mobile device. use_qr_code_teaching ...
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More testing: Green Screen DOINK app - Dryden Art

More testing: Green Screen DOINK app - Dryden Art | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
I'm very privileged to be on the BETA testing team for the Green Screen app from DOINK. Today I tried forcing an interaction between my pre-recorded green screen footage and the drawn animation...

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Bradley Dutchcot's curator insight, March 20, 2:54 PM

This app now allows you to scale and move your video in so that you have more control over it! Great improvement!

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5 Great New Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great New Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it

"This is the second post in a series of weekly posts intended to provide my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning with a round-up of the latest and most recent releases in the world of educational iPad apps. These are apps other educational bloggers have already reviewed and they cover a wide range of topics from early literacy to science apps. Check out the titles I handpicked for you below and share with us if you know about other new releases."


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Emma Murphy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:49 PM

This is a great thing to check out! I reccomend taking a look at this expecially teachers! Who reviews these apps? Are these top rated apps? What special features make these the 5 Great New Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students? What are the main topics of these apps? 

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Introduction to Muzy Thoughts a poster making web tool - Richard D ...

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Muzy Thoughts is a web tool for making posters. Where is Muzy Thoughts located on the internet? http://muzy.com/app/thoughts?source=apps_page. Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use Muzy Thoughts?
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Teachers Rubric for Selecting Mobile Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Rubric for Selecting Mobile Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Below is a wonderful rubric to help you select mobile apps to use with your students. I am adding this resource to the section I have created here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning under the label " Teacher App Rubrics ". I come across this rubric from Cybraryman app page but the rubric was created by elearning skills."


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Three Easy Steps to Recording Better Videos on Your Phone or Tablet

Three Easy Steps to Recording Better Videos on Your Phone or Tablet | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
Over the weekend I shared the tip of holding your phone or tablet in landscape mode in order to shoot better videos and reduce your editing time.
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Some Good Web Tools Fostering 21st Century Language learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning


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The Best iPad Presentation Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best iPad Presentation Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Below is a selection of some of the best iPad presentation apps available in the app store. Check them out below and as always share them with your colleagues and let us know what you think of them in the comment form below :"


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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Fantastic Apps for Digital Storytelling on iPads

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"Digital storytelling is a powerful tool in the classroom. It is engaging for students and teachers of all grade levels and can be used across the curriculum. Most of all, digital storytelling gives students a voice and a way of communicating information in an authentic manner. One of the great things about digital stories is that there are no “cookie cutter” answers. Each student creates a unique piece that demonstrates their understanding. Digital storytelling on iPad can empower, motivate and engage students, helping them to make deep connections to learning."


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:16 PM

Haast niet meer bij te houden, al die verschillende apps. Maar digital storytelling is wel de toekomst volgens mij.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:31 AM

Digital storytelling is becoming prevalent in classes with 1:1 technology. Here are some apps that can start kids using their iPads in their own way to tell and re-tell stories. Type 'digital stoytelling' into Youtube to see some awesome examples. 

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21 Favorite Middle School Apps -TeachersWithApps

21 Favorite Middle School Apps -TeachersWithApps | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
I teach fifth, sixth, seventh, and 8th grade Resource Room in a small public school.
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SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations - TechCrunch

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5 Useful Free Web Tools for Project Based Learning assignments

5 Useful Free Web Tools for Project Based Learning assignments | Technology in the classroom | Scoop.it
Thanks to today's wealth of internet and cloud-computing technology, there are many powerful free digital tools available to teachers and students for use in a Project Based Learning environment. In this article we introduce 5 such tools, with ...
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A Primer for EdTech: Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed. Teachers | Tools ...

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I have found that building a hunger in my students for a specific digital skill increases their attention span, retention, and use of the internet for educational purposes (i.e. “Do you want to keep that great website you just heard ...
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Two Handy Tools to Create Sign-up Sheets for your Cass ...

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ... Below are two excellent web tools to help teachers create easy and free sign-up sheets . Enjoy 1- SignUp Genius.
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