As a History and Geography teacher I am always looking for resources to share with students, parents, as well as my peers. Melissa Taylor of http://imaginationsoup.net provides a nice variety of Geography and History options covering a range between grade school and high school.
A couple apps that jump out at me are: Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder and The Civil War Today. Both take the interested parties to resources and interactives that one will not find in a textbook. So, be sure to check these and the other 20 apps out.
Whether it be in the educational scenario or possibly for a business use, an iPad whiteboard application can be very useful for project collaboration. You do have some online collaboration tools available, I believe there is one within Google docs. When you have a situation when two or more people are working together, it can be very beneficial to have a single workspace."
Paul Hamilton has share an app that can level the playing field for almost every learner. Picle is a free app that helps learners put together digital stories or multimedia presentations easily by combining photos with audio narration and sound. Imagine the creativity that could be generated with learners having the ability to express and share what they know with this easy to use app. As for teachers, Paul points out that they could present information to learners in multiple ways.
Paul has shared a video he created with Picle in his blog. Check it out!
One of the major criticisms of this method though is that a dull unengaging content doesn't suddenly become engaging because it's on a video on the web, so how do we get students to engage with the content and make sure they watch it in a challenging and interactive way.
Vialogues is a useful tool for attempting to do this (though dull content will always be dull) because it enables you to create interaction around the video that actually gets students to think about and engage with the content.
Multiple apps can be used in conjunction toward a larger learning goal, and at an advanced level. This is a biology project, but has potential application in drama and digital story-telling, as well. The purpose of this exercise is for the students to show their understanding of the main concepts of meiosis and to gain fluency with the required vocabulary. Students use three creative apps together: Explain Everything, iMotion and iMovie.
Tris Hussey, article writer for Cult of Mac, provides details and screenshots of the Top 5 apps he would recommend for note taking. I completely agree with Tris' recommendation of Notability. I have been using it myself and like how I can handwrite notes, type, integrate photos, and organize by categories. The other apps look promising too! Those are Noteshelf, Remarks, Wacom Bamboo Paper, and FiftyThree's Paper app.
Those of you familiar with any of these apps please share your thoughts and advice with us. Happy note taking everyone!
In a world of social media and networking, I am always appreciative of John Evans and Kathleen McClaskey. These two folks have a great collection of resources focusin on the integration of iPads into the classroom via Scoop.it.
This post in particular caught my attention as I am always on the look out for app recommendations. This post focuses on students that struggle with text. I am familiar with PaperPort Notes, Cloudon (cloud based MS Office), and Dragon Dictation. I have seen posts about Book Creator via Wesley Fryer (@wfryer). However, the two I have recently downloaded and testing out are Idea Sketch (visual mind mapping) and Side by Side. Side by Side claims to be able to split your iPad screen into 4 different zones allowing for multitasking.
Oh, not to forget, those of you wanting to be able to share files from Pages to Dropbox should checkout the app GoodReader as it will allow those two apps to connect.
Enjoy these apps and let us know your thoughts on how they can be used in the classroom.
"Evansville (Indiana) science teacher Brian Bennett describes the Flipped Classroom as an ideology, not a methodology:
'Video itself will not help kids achieve more in your class. The flipped classroom is about making connections with learners and differentiating your instruction. If videos are a part of that multi-faceted plan, great. If they are not, still great.'
"Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”
Entering Phase Three
Moving a lecture online changes where that information is consumed, not necessarily the degree of student engagement or its effectiveness. Curricula provider Mathalicious critiqued Khan Academy as “one of the most dangerous phenomena in education today.” That argument is not directed at the site itself, but centers around the negative impact Khan may have on innovation. The Khan style of teaching is the same step-by-step process that students have seen for generations:
'Khan Academy is great for what it is — a supplemental resource; homework help — but we’ve turned it into something it’s not. Indeed, something it was never intended to be.'
"For Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360, the Flipped Classroom movement represents an important progression toward “Phase Three” of education reform: blended learning. Meaning, the digital form moves beyond simply augmenting face-to-face teaching into a peer role where online and offline interaction directly supports learning goals. State legislators are coming closer to endorsing blended learning as a required experience."
Edudemic has established a great resource at apps.edudemic.com. This site allows for app exploration through searches, sorting of results by category or price, and even provides the ability to compare. What really stands out is the ability to embed the directory into your own site or blog.
Are you a word cloud user of Wordle, Tagxedo or another web based site? If so, you will like this iPad app option. Word Collage allows for creation and sharing of designs completely from your iPad. Actually, Word Collage is a Universal app can be used on the iPhone as well.
VideoScribe.tv is a completely unique way to create engaging animated videos quickly and easily. Often called Whiteboard animation or sometimes Fast Drawing, VideoScribe replicates the stop-motion capture style of drawing ...
This presentation by Laura Campaña, Director of Infant & Early Childhood Program at Junior Blind of America, was given in March 2012.
"It introduces multiple applications on the iPad iOS platform that have been tested on children with visual impairment. It includes cumulative data collected on iPad use compared to APH Lightbox use with children with visual impairment during a study done by the Junior Blind. The purpose of the study was to investigate the use of the Apple iPad as a means to strengthen or initiate visual engagement, parental interaction, communication, visual attentiveness, reaching adn/or activation among children with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities."
Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y.
These are a few of the more prominent attributes of MOOCs that I’ve been involved with. As stated above, there is overlap between our model at that of Coursera/EDx. However, Coursera/EDx emulates the existing education system, choosing instead to transfer it online rather than transform it online. No doubt they will continue to evolve their model and we’ll continue to evolve ours.
Audrey Watters of www.hackeducation.com shares that e-book publisher Inkling has modified some of their offerings allowing them to function on the web and iPad. Inklinkg has converted several resources to HTML5.
Thus, the conversion has enabled the feature enhanced interactive e-book app to function multi-platforms.
OnlineUniversities.com released this blog post on May 30th. They have compiled their recommendations for the 50 Best iPad apps for STEM. I like how the blog post starts off with "General" STEM apps recommendations and then addresses S, T, E, M individually with apps that meet those individual fields.
So, take a look at their list. If you fill they have overlooked some great STEM apps share them as responses to this post and together we can collaboratively build our own list.
I find this post regarding the roll out of iPads to students and staff well organized. Mr. Lovegrove covers the "Why", "How", and adds links to additional resources they incorporated. We too have been considering the Griffin multidock stations for our cart alternatives.
Another point he addressed was the home screen of the iPads. He stated they went with each iPad's wallpaper having the school logo. I find this a great way of also identifying who the iPad belongs too. However, to place a twist on this idea, how about having each student design a screen image using school details as a way of encouraging student creativity, pride, and ownership? Then, have the student body vote on it.
What do you think of students creating a school iPad screen logo?
"I was using portfolios with limited success and spending a lot of time on them, until Evernote came into the picture.
"When I first started researching options, I was coming across a lot of companies that were really expensive, charging a lot for each student’s use. I also knew that we needed an app for mobile devices that would make it easy to capture and document paperwork and I wasn’t finding that in most of the tools I was evaluating. Evernote was free, had an app for virtually every device, and we could get started right away.
"After creating accounts for the students [learn more about how to get set up in the Portfolio Forum discussion] capturing and organizing information became insanely easy. Here is how we are using Evernote in the classroom:"
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