iOS Apps: Taking the Plunge

I’ve added (and subtracted) enough apps to this ever-changing Prezi to warrant a re-post (previously posted as “50 Apps You’ve [probably] Never Heard Of”). I’ve also changed the format to reflect the fact that many are new to the iOS App scene, while others are old-timers at it, and are looking to expand their usage.  Enjoy!

 

Tablets vs. SMARTBoards

After countless conferences, technology journals, and anecdotes from fellow teachers, I think I’ve finally had it with listening to how great SMART or Promethean Boards are.  Yes, they are a great feat of technological achievement (though, with the introduction of the Kinect, they increase in archaic appearance as the years go on).  But, for the price, they are not the best use of money for student engagement and instructional strategies. Continue reading

Spies Like Us: Facebook, Parents, and Teen Privacy

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I came across this graphic last week, and had a real guttural feeling about it.  But, I promised myself I’d take a full week to mull over what I was feeling, and why.  Click inside to find out why I think this graphic doesn’t bode well for our kids. Continue reading

Google+ Circles the Classroom

Google+ is starting to gain some traction — albeit it small, compared to Facebook and Twitter — but, it might not find a niche as a way to replace Facebook and Twitter as social tools for personal and professional use.  It might actually be the perfect tool to finally bring a universal social networking tool into the classroom.

I look at some of the ways Google+ can change the social network game in education after the jump.

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VoiceThread Best Practices

This list is a work-in-progress (some links may not work, as users can delete/remove VoiceThreads at any given time).  Enjoy!

Geometry Word Problem
Student explains to his classmates the science behind fire
Journaling the hatching of a baby chick
Student uses VoiceThread to show off her drawings
3rd Graders explain the American Revolution
Web 2.0 PLC uses VoiceThread to brainstorm ideas and the future of Web 2.0

Class goes on a “Line Hunt” around their school
6th Graders use VoiceThread to demonstrate what they know about biomes, and post pictures!
Great Low Tech usage!  Whiteboard w/math problem…SOLVE!
Simplest Form? – Students show mastery of 4th grade simplifying standard
Second Grade Spanish – Muzzy and Friends
Science Experiment
Area of a Triangle
What do you know about Anne Frank? (Amy Cobb)
Ed Tech blog about Voice Thread
Gregor the Overlander Character Map
To Kill a Mockingbird – Tenth Grade
Faces of the World
What Do You Value?
Recipe for Houisin Rice
Using Voice Thread as a Writing Prompt
Clever Voice Thread about Pants
3 Little Pigs as Told by Emille
Peace
Civil War ABC’s

Using Prezi to Present Models of Abstract Ideas: How Many Cups are in a Gallon?

Prezi gives you lots of creative work room when creating presentations.  Originally viewed as a more dynamic way to present than PowerPoint, teachers can start looking at how the quasi-animated nature of Prezi can allow for modeling of abstract ideas such as, “How Many Cups are in a Gallon?”

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Preview List of Back-to-School Apps (more to come later)

Working on a list of Back-to-School Apps for Teachers, K-6, and 7-12 students. Until then, check out this Prezi from May 2010 listing some of the best Educational Apps available!

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