"I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post, and she quickly agreed to do so. Below is a list of iPad apps that we both use in our language classrooms. The ones marked with an * are the essential, must-have ones. We have divided the list into two categories: Content consumption apps and content creation apps."
Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.
We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.
The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.
This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.
I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Google Forms, including how they can be used to collect assessment data. Google Forms can also be used for students to turn in information. They might fill out a Google Form to submit a book recommendation, request extra help, or to complete an interest survey.
Google Forms have very long web addresses and it would be unreasonable to expect students to type in the whole thing correctly. You can make the Google Form link smaller by using a URL shortener like bit.ly or goo.gl. Another option is to connect the link to a QR code. This way students can scan the QR code with an app like i-nigma on their mobile device and they’ll be taken directly to the Google Form.
But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to helpteachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.
From RSS readers to social readers to to-do lists to calendar apps to note-taking and cloud-based document editing and more, this list has to have something that can improve the efficiency of what you do.
"Language learning has to be met with engaging and entertaining lesson objectives that include innovative approaches from the teacher. The iPad can be the perfect tool to employ when trying to achieve this high standard. Combining apps to enhance lingual learning can really bring multi-media MFL magic into the classroom. Smashing all sorts of language apps into the Book Creator app is just one way of doing this! I plan to create a ‘School Talk’ language book that translates key school resources and aspects of day-to-day education into French."
There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!
The infographic embedded below details the most useful Google apps for the iPad. These are the apps that I find most useful not only for teachers, but any Google user. Take a look, download, and explore the wonderful possibilities of using Google Apps on the iPad! The online, interactive version embedded below includes links directly to the app store! You can also download the image file below.
Make education fun again! Quizdini is an easy Web 2.0 tool that helps teachers teach and students learn. Create engaging multiple-choice quizzes (though we prefer to think of them as games) where you control the content, and let your students learn at their own pace! Great educational learning tool for tablets, laptops, or even – gasp – regular desktop computers! Quizdini also works great on interactive whiteboards for teachers that want to lead a large group review!'
Free tools or websites that teachers can create or share quizzes and polls. Please add your recommendations. | Interact | Create A Quiz, Learningpod, Socrative | Student Response System, ExamTime Quizzes, Google Forms + Flubaroo, Joomla Quiz Deluxe, Learning Management System (LMS), course management software for e-Learning, web-based online training platform, Moodle, Testmoz, and PollEverywhere
Spanish teacher Emilia Carrillo shares her reflections and experience of the flipped classroom (content delivery at home, language practice in class). This is the first of a four-part series on how language teachers can go about flipping their classrooms, beginning with things to take into consideration before you start.
This article includes links to other posts on Emilia Carrillo's technology blog and to presentations by other teachers. This is the Harvesting Stage (Washing, peeling, chopping, Let’s get cooking Stage and Digesting to follow).
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