iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Technology can be a powerful tool to facilitate Common Core writing and research and transform traditional writing assignments. (Are you looking for digital tools and strategies to support #CCSS writing & research with students at all levels?
"Instant Jeopardy Review Game is 100% free and customizable web based review game designed with teachers in mind. Anyone can create and play a Jeopardy game online for free in minutes." This also works on iPads and iPods.
Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).
The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world.
The Tennessee Board of Regents has created an excellent site for emerging technologies and mobilization. If you scroll down the page to the red box on the right, you'll see a form to search their extensive educational database of mobile apps!
"iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments."
Linda Foote's insight:
This chart indexes multiple apps that can improve our productivity and support the process of engaging in meaningful learning experiences with our students.
Ask, Don’t Tell: Powerful Questioning in the Classroom addresses how artful questioning may be the most powerful tool a teacher has in his/her instructional tool kit to manage the class, engage students with the subject matter, encourage dialogue, and deepen understanding.
"As I reflect on what it means to be a “connected educator” for Connected Educator Month, I recognize that “getting connected” is a fundamental first step towards sustainable technology integration. My own experience adopting technology, combined with several years working directly with other educators, has convinced me that most teachers advance through specific stages in their journey towards technology integration. Although the SAMR model identifies the impact technology is having on a particular lesson or activity, it does not speak to the transformation that many educators experience as they integrate technology into their methodology."
AudioExpert is a free and simple online audio editor, file converter and sound recorder. All the standard functionality of an audio editor provides you with an easy way to create a ringtone for your cell phone.
Doodlecast for Kids is an iPad app that allows kids to draw on a whiteboard and record their voice while drawing; a kid's version for creating animated videos. Doodlecast for Kids has also a gallery of more than 20 story prompts to help struggling students. Students can either pick out one from the prompts or start from scratch.