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.
Sandra Carswell's insight:
Which of these apps are most useful for library research?
UPDATE: there have been many requests to buy the print – thank you! We’ll be looking into it this week – so hopefully by the end of the week (that being Friday March 25), we should have something available. Thanks again for all your support and positive attitude, it’s so wonderful to see so many of you enthusiastic about giving credit where credit is due. x
Lots of steps to go through before using that copyrighted material. Maybe if the students had to look at this each time, they would just take your word for it and use Creative Commons licensed images to begin with!
Earlier this year I designed a template to introduce teachers to the usefulness of using Google Presentation as a tool for research. The purpose of the template is for use as a starting point to help teachers plan and implement technology driven learning experiences that are fueled by Essential Questions and aligned to Common Core Standards.
"Almost every device now is equipped with at least one camera. They make virtual meetings with family and friends a little more personal. Rather than staring at a static profile image and hearing a distant voice, you can visually interact with the other person, read facial expressions, and thus better understand how the human on the other end feels. This subtle information adds a lot of depth to conversations.
"But webcams can do a lot more than enhance virtual conversations. Few of us use their full potential for fun, convenience, and safety"
A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
Description by Christine Garland of Remind 101
"Remind101 is a free, safe messaging service for teachers to communicate with students and parents via text or email. Teachers sign up for an account, create classes or groups, gather subscribers, and start messaging. This is all done without ever sharing their personal cell phone number, or collecting phone numbers from their students or parents.
"Teachers are now using the service for all sorts of reminders from, “Don’t forget to bring $20 and your signed field trip form tomorrow,” to “Biology test Fri. Study chapter 9 extra hard!” to “I’m so proud of how hard you’ve all been working! Keep it up,” the uses are endless, and the more they use it, the more they seeresults.
"Parents love it too. Between classroom websites, calendars, emails and newsletters…they’ve got a lot to keep up with. And all this is between their day-to-jobs, familial obligations, chores, dinner, etc. With Remind101 parents get a quick snapshot of what their kids are learning and how they can help keep them on track…straight to the one tool they always have on them, their cell phone.
"Remind101 was built to make it ridiculously simple for teachers to navigate the ever increasing technology adoption (and sometimes distraction), and communicate with students and parents. Remind101 makes staying connected as simple as sending a text!"
"Andrew Miller at Edutopia summarizes the wonderful tools and resources he found at the annual ISTE convention in Texas. These resources (which are all free) help educators craft meaningful game-based learning experiences for the classroom. I am really looking forward to exploring the Educade for potential learning activities and games for future instruction.”
Now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.
I like some of these ideas. I'm thinking we could have students make podcast booktalks and have QR codes linking to them in the books or on a display or around the school. Hmm...kids can't use their phones at school, yet. Well, I can always put links to them in our catalog and on the website.
A book evangelist, that is. I hand out books to students and colleagues, booktalking them in class, at lunch, and even in my email signature. I want my students to read widely and
Sandra Carswell's insight:
I just love this project! Get students to think about their reading lives, think of themselves as readers, etc. The examples shared are wonderful. Just wondering if this would work better at the end of the year or at the beginning.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.