The iMovie app could possibly be my favorite app on my iPad. It's a versatile app that can lead to a whole lot of creation in your classroom Yes, I know that iMovie on my MacBook Pro has all the bells and whistles, but I believe that the app has all the ingredients to make some pretty powerful products in your classroom.
I love the fact that the app allows our students (and us) to make thinking visible. There are so many ways that you can use iMove in the classroom. From knowledge to comprehension, every level of Bloom's taxonomy is easily addressed using the iMovie app. I plan on teaching our K-5 students how to use the iMovie app in the coming weeks and I can't wait to see the creativity that is generated!
The best thing about iMovie is that you can use it with a lot of other apps! App Smashing? Try using iMovie as the final app to display your app smash. Just drop your products in from the photo library, do a voice over and you have created a product that allows you to showcase the learning happening in your classroom!
I have created a folder on my iPad of apps that I use to supplement some of the videos that I produce. Here are some of my favorites:
Last week’s Work Beyond Mac covered essential gear for getting work done on an iPad. But accessories are only part of the equation that makes the iPad my go-to computer. The other half of the formula, naturally, is apps. Between the new features in iOS 8 (Can I get a “Huzzah!” for extensions?), and developers leveraging the raw computing power of the iPad Air 2, we’re in the middle of a downright exciting time for productivity-focussed apps on iOS.
These are some of my essential apps for getting work done on your iPad, and in many cases, your iPhone too.
Family Sharing make sharing iTunes and App Store purchases in a single household easier than ever. It also enables the new "Ask to Buy" feature, which gives kids the ability to ask for any purchase they want, and parents the ability to say yes or no, as appropriate. Family Sharing also makes it simple to set up shared calendars, shared reminders, and shared photo streams, so everyone will get to their appointments on time, remember what to buy, and enjoy magical moments as they happen. If you aren't sure where to start, we can show you not only how to set up Family Sharing but how to master all the features it offers!
VOICEBOARD is a voice and gesture controlled application which helps you give unique presentations. Use your hands and voice to engage with interactive media, such as 3D models, maps, webpages, to wow your audience. Jump through content freely using your voice, keeping your audience engaged, without leaving the stage.
Nothing wrecks the experience of using a great mobile device like having poor battery life. You can have the latest, greatest iPad Air 2 or a flagship smartphone, but if your battery life struggles to keep up with your useof the device, it can quickly become frustrating and also put a dent in your productivity.
iOS 8 gives us a greater ability to manage battery life on the iPad – in addition to standard best practices for improving iPad battery life (adjust brightness, keep unused services turned off etc.), we can now also see which iPad apps are using up the most battery.
The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.
As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.
"NOVA Elements for iPad is an excellent iPad app for helping students learn about the periodic table of elements. The app is "hosted" by NY Times technology reviewer David Pogue. There are three primary features of the app. Those features are called Explore, Watch, and Play."
"Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students has several educational pluses that include:"
Many of you are already aware that I maintain a few other blogs in addition to FreeTech4Teachers.com. One of those is iPadApps4School.com to which I have applied some lessons that I learned from making mistakes with this blog. One of those mistakes was not making it easier to sort resources according to grade level.
On iPadApps4School.com you can sort app reviews according to grade level category. Simply click on the grade level category in the sidebar to find apps appropriate for the age of your students. You can find elementary school apps here, middle school apps here, and high school apps here. I also have a category for pre-K students. If you want to be notified when a new app is reviewed, you can subscribe to email updates for iPadApps4School.com.
Use iVisualiser to create a live video feed of your document or image. Annotate freely around screen with a variety of colours and line thicknesses. You can record a video of the screen as you annotate and can even record a live commentary at the same time - this will automatically save to camera roll for playback and/or review at a later point.
iVisualiser is the perfect presentation tool for both education and industry alike. Carefully designed to be incredibly simple to use, iVisualiser is a powerful app for collaboration, still-image and live video annotation and review.
We create free quality presentation templates for you to focus on communicating your ideas. Create meaningful content and use our free template designs to give your audience a beautiful and memorable experience.
Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.
Explain Everything is a whiteboard and screencasting app that makes creating interactive lessons a simple proposition. Its full-featured editing options and its import/export functions allow it to stand apart from the other competitors
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