Many educators are playing the student engagement game. They wonder, “How can I get my students excited to learn? How can I ensure they will not get distracted easily?” Since tablets, Chromebooks, and smartphones have become commonplace in classrooms, the easy answer is to find a new shiny tech tool.
Let’s be honest—flashy, colorful, unique apps will hook your students, but not usually for long. Is this emphasis (or overemphasis) on apps the right way for students to experience learning? Will their attention hold in the long-term?
We don’t think so.
Whether you are a classroom teacher, instructional coach, or administrator, ask yourself these ten questions before tapping GET, INSTALL, or BUY.
If you’re using an Apple iPhone or an iPad, you’re probably thinking that you need some extra storage space for all your data, especially considering that Apple devices do not come with any expandable memory capabilities. If you don’t already have a cloud service that allows you to store and sync your data, you can sign up for any of the online cloud storage services that are available. The best cloud storage seamlessly integrate with apps and services, in order to provide you with a more fluid experience in your work.
The 5 math apps that I have narrowed down as my "must haves" are ones that are for the most part open ended and can be used to differentiate across a variety of learning levels. They are also all FREE and do not require students to login. Launch and GO!
3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Your Classroom was one of the most popular posts of the week on FreeTech4Teachers.com. Those tips are all well and good if you can access YouTube in your classroom. If you cannot access YouTube in your classroom then you will want to consult my list of more than 40 alternatives to YouTube. Over the years I've updated the list as new sites emerged and old ones shut down. The list includes a search engine for videos that are not on YouTube.
AIRTAME goes back to high school to show how educators can use our wireless HDMI solution in the classroom.
This is really an intriguing device! Like Chromecast or Amazon Fire for the classroom but where you send your laptop or device to the LCD projector or TV! REQUIRES OS 10.8 or above - my school runs 10.7 but I'm still really curious about this!
Will let you know if I get one and how it works! What do you think?
Would this be good for your classroom or school library?
“How do you change the picture on the background?” is one of the more common questions heard from newcomers to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This is all the more true when you took a great picture with the devices camera and you want to set that picture as the wallpaper on the iOS device, or when someone sends you a nice photo that saved to the device from Mail or found with Safari, and now want to set as the background image of your iPhone or iPad.
We’ll show you how to quickly set the background wallpaper on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can choose any picture on your device to use as the wallpaper picture this way.
"Take a look around a network printer in most learning providers and you'll find a pile of discarded paper. That discarded paper is often the result of someone printing way more than they needed to. Learning providers need to teach their staff and learners about conserving paper when they print. The easiest way to save paper is to simply make sure that users are only printing what they need.
PrintWhatYouLike lets them print the parts of any web page they want, while skipping ads and other junk.
Add the PrintWhatYouLike Bookmarklet to a browser - it's also available as a Chrome extension.
Use PrintWhatYouLike and Save Ink & Paper When You Print"
If you have ever wanted to convert a movie into an animated GIF, you likely have found a variety of lower quality apps or web based solutions. You can skip those though, because Mac users have an excellent option for creating animated GIFs from a video called GifBrewery. Gif Brewery is a full featured GIF creation suite, able to create animated GIFs from just about anything, whether it’s converting an existing video file like we’ll show you here, using a series of images, or even capturing video or an iOS device screen. This really is a great app for gif production, so let’s walk through how to use Gif Brewery to create an animated GIF using a video file as a source.
The Tunity app allows users to listen to muted TVs through their iPhones with or without headphones. Users will find a number of uses for the app but I can en...
Super cool! Imagine you're in an airport lounge, doctor's office, or sports bar and the TV you want to watch is muted - turn your phone on the side and sync it to the TV - automatically the sound of the TV comes out of your phone! Add headphones and listen to your heart's content!
OR...turn on your Jambox or Bluetooth speaker and Voila!
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