I've got news for you. You don't need a billion apps in a one iPad classroom. You need just four and this is how (and why) you should try them out.
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An interesting read, I'm not convinced with the You Tube component though - I'd rather have students upload their video to a wiki or blog and share via that - depends on the age of learners too. The class Evernote account is one option but there's also Edmondo or individual blogs to hold content (we host on our own server so super quick to upload content). It all depends on your Purpose and Audience I guess.
"We have seen plenty of word collage creators online in the past. Word collages help you get a better understanding about the words that show up more often in a piece of text. Word Collage for iPad is a pretty cool application that helps you create your own word collages fast. Just enter some text or a URL, and the app does the rest for you."
It doesn't seem that long ago that "Word Clouds" hit our computer screens in the shape of sites such as Worlde and Tagul etc but this app looks like it does the same for iPad. Again it comes down to "Purpose" - what are you using it for and how are you linking your Word Cloud with other apps etc? Otherwise this app is merely 'Substitution' on the SAMR model isn't it - a fancy list of words.
I am frequently asked about 'quality' apps, usually after I challenge schools to become discerning (especially as they purchase 16gb devices, jam pack them with a gazillion 'letter formation' apps and then wonder why they can't save their photo's or video! - a generalisation of course, many don't).
Are you asking the challenging questions "How does this app lift student achievement?" "Is this app redefining the way you learn, communicate or collaborate?"
I'm an advocate for teachers and students co-constructing a rubric to critique apps. I'm also an advocate for teachers providing 'discovery time' and the opportunity for students to feedback their thoughts to the class eg "What did you find challenging about this app?", "What would you change if you could?" etc
It's the start of a new school year, which means you've probably got a stack of new books on your desk, a drawer full of new pencils and an iPad that
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An interesting read which provided me with a nice surprise. Glen and Monique Storey (2 of the most talented teachers....who just happen to also be app developers..... that I have the pleasure of working with at Te Akau ki Papamoa School) have written a 'spotlight' piece with their personal app 'must haves'.
Nice easy to follow 'How to' on all things relating to using AirPlay Mirrioring through your iPad. I use both Reflector and an Apple TV - different tools for different purposes. I think that the down side of an Apple TV is that you can only mirror one iPad at a time. The upside of course is that you don't need to 'go through a laptop' then a data projector. eg when I what to present using Reflector I need both the iPad and my laptop. Whereas at the school I am based in 0.5 of the time (Te Akau ki Papamoa) they have an Apple TV in everyclassroom so I only need to use my iPad (no need for the laptop) When using Reflector you can put multiple devices (I had 8 up on the screen yesterday!), this for me is a HUGE bonus, for teaching collaboratively and having groups share this is perfect. Of cousre in an ideal would you would have both in every classroom ($159 NZ for an Apple TV and $10 US for one Reflector license - they are bought in groups of 5 for schools, MAC or PC).
This blog post from the infamous Allanah King's is more than informative. I love the fact I come away with digital resources and actual examples of the learning 'what worked well and what didn't'. I'm going to download the Google Doc version of the Bingo card right now! Just perfect for a PD session I am running next week. Thanks Allanah, you are an inspiration yet again.
It's like being back in the classroom. This afternoon I have discovered this interesting article........after taking a workshop on 'iPads to support Writing' this morning. Typical. There are a couple here I haven't used or explored. I find that articles like this often trigger my thinking back to "I use to use that" or "That's right I downloaded that but didn't have a purpose at the time......".
An interesting infograph showing the trends in workplace learning which challenges us as educators to consider the implications for classroom learning. Are we keeping it real? What percentage of time is being allocated for ubiquitious learning (with the support of devices) versus time those devices sit locked away in cupboards (for when teachers 'do' ICT)?
I'm loving discovering and using ignitor apps to inspire oral and written language at the moment - just the look of awe on the children's faces (let alone the teachers!). Check out this blog post on using the app coLAR with New Entrants at Te Akau ki Papamoa School. There's even a little downloadable 'workflow' support sheet to get you going......check it out.
I recently attended a fabulous workshop facilitated by Brett Cribb from Te Toi Tupu on iPad Apps for Maori Medium. The fact that you can personalise all Grasshopper Apps to have your own text and narration makes them a truly powerful tool in this environment.
Book Creator is a versatile and intuitively set-up app that allows students to easily create digital content in a variety of ways. In Richmond, teachers have used their iPads and Book Creator to publish ebooks on a variety of topics and in a variety of genres. Below are some ideas for using Book Creator in your classroom.
"In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new "Apps for Teachers" http://bit.ly/16HvwHx category in the App Store. You'll find them listed among a wide and extensive list of categories under the "Education Collection" banner."
This looks like a good initiative (about time some would say!). I just hope what appears is the category is not 'sales' or advert driven like some of the other categories (just cause it appears doesn't means it's quality! I strongly believe it's NOT about the App - it's about "PURPOSE, OUTCOME AND AUDIENCE".
Having supersonic apps that can be threaded together in a seamless workflow is always a bonus too of course!
"Put your wands away!" Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter stories would tell the students at the beginning of each class. After a few classes when Professor Umbridge would make the announcement
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I'm not surprised by some of the initial comments from teachers - for me they highlight the focus on 'device' rather than pedagogy, its NOT about the tool! So many schools purchase the tool, buy the apps and then think student achievement will automatically be on the improve. Using a model (ELPF or SAMR) would scaffold thinking and leadteachers to delve deeper and create richer learning experiences in the first place, regardless of the tool. I think I got as much out of reading the 'comments' section of this article as the actually article itself. Interesting points of view.
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In my opinion Collaboration is one of the main keys to unlocking the 'Empowerment' level of the NZ E-learning framework. Each of these 5 simple examples would empower students at every turn, it's not just about the learning.........it's about how and who we are learning with and through.
This is a thought provoking infograph. Plenty of teachers use many of these apps in isolation but often struggle to add the 'next step'. I love to see this type of sheet relating to curriculum area created with student input and negotiation too so that they 'owned it'.
This blog has app suggestions as well as actual examples of works created using that app. Fabulous resource for the artistic ones amongst us......or better still support for those that don't think digital art has a place in the curriculum......some truly insiring stuff!
This looks like it may interest some people......me personally, I query the point of designing a 'mobile' touch device then turning it 'immobile' and adding a keyboard. I do agree with their statement re the Bluetooth and the issue for teachers in the classroom, I have just gone through the Junior classrooms in the school I am based in and replaced all the wireless mice and keyboards for this very reason.
Get Puppet Workshop - Creativity App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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I've been curating apps for recent workshops I've presented "Wonderment and Awe and so much more" (iPad apps to support Writing and also "Making Thinking Visible" (Online tools and Apps for Capturing Student Voice). I discovered this App tonight via twitter (thanks to @tonyvincent) and feel that it fits into both these categories (as well as 'Creativity' and 'Storytelling' of course......oh and supporting 'Oral language', 'Special Needs'........and almost every other curriculum area if you think about it eg the Puppet is a vehicle to send the information the Learner is the creator/generator of that information).
I'm looking forward to 'playing' with this in school next week.
I have been having 'battery' issues with my iPhone so this post was timely. I use my iphone for personally and professional use almost 24/7 and often the battery is not lasting the day (particularly when I use camera/video/email/social networking/fitness tracking apps all day eg weekends!) I don't personally agree with all of it. In my opinion, by disabling some of this features you are also 'depowering' the device. I do agree with disabling the Location Services feature on 'unnecessary' apps that you don't regularly use. I also agree with disabling the Notifications function on many apps (I've just done this on the majority of mine so will be interested to see if it makes a difference.). As with any 'tips and tricks' type advice I'd give it a go (as long as it is on a 'surface' level and not delving into the inner workings of the device and also that you have the confidence to 'revert' things if you need to), if it makes a difference for you then it was worth it.