Category Archives: Apps

iPad news and views 09/08/2014

  • You’ve heard “collaboration” repeatedly referenced as an important 21st century skill. With built-in interfaces for connectivity, mobile devices such as iPads offer a wide variety of alternatives for people wanting to connect and work together. Collaboration can take many forms in an educational context and you may want to consider different tools depending on your specific objectives. Here’s a list of some common collaborative activities and the tools and apps you might want to consider for each one.

    tags: Sam Gliksman iPad collaboration classroom activities KDSiPad

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Worth a read 08/09/2014

  • If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with your students that have nothing to do with public speaking. Here are some fun exercises you can try in your classes

    tags: Google Drive presentation tools KDSBytes

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Worth a read 07/28/2014

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Worth a read 07/18/2014

  • Evernote is a helpful productivity tool when used effectively on iPad and can play a significant role in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Whether being used in a Math, English, Foreign Language or Art class, by combining the capacity to type, insert images, annotate, and record audio, students can integrate their iPad with Evernote in a number of unique ways. Below are six approaches to using Evernote in the classroom to improve organization, promote reflection, and help students capture their process and thinking

    tags: Evernote productivity portfolio reflection KDSBytes

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iPad PD with Sam Gliksman

As a follow up to last night’s session you may be interested in exploring the resources on iPads in Education a ning site founded by Sam Gliksman. A ning is a social network – this one is open to the public to view but if you wish to participate in forums (a great way to locate information and seek assistance for your specific questions) you need to register.

If you’d like to hear more from Sam here he is discussing the use of iPads in education:

I’ve written about Explain Everything before on Bytes – read those posts here and here.

iPad news and views 07/06/2014

  • Slide2Learn presenter Laura Chaffey’s webpage includes lesson plans and student work samples organised by App and KLA & Topic, and download links for her presentations.

    tags: ipad apps classroom activities lesson plans presentations KDSiPad

  • The paperless classroom is a compelling concept for what it symbolizes as much as anything else.

    While it sounds sleek and futuristic and easy to organize and environmentally friendly, the reality is that paperless classrooms aren’t that simple. The “environmentally-friendly” part, for example, is wildly subjective: the costs of manufacturing–and eventually recycling and disposing of–tablets versus the loss of “renewable” trees and the subsequent waste that is environmentally-friendly.

    The same with being organized. When files are easy to find and save, that leaves more to sort, organize, and curate. And so on. So becoming a “paperless classroom” isn’t the utopia that’d make the decision to go fully digital such a no-brainer.

    But what a paperless classroom represents is important. Cloud-based collaboration. Mobile access. Simple sharing. Quick searching. Curriculum tagging. In short, the potential for agility, responsiveness, and personalization in teaching and learning. No, it’s not that simple. Nothing is. Assessment form, bandwidth, COPPA concerns and more muddy the waters.

    But if you’re looking for tools to give it a go, the following 26 ipad apps for a paperless classroom can help.

    tags: paperless apps for productivity apps ipad KDSiPad

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iPad news and views 06/24/2014

  • “via MindShift

    With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.

    “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand.”

    tags: apps iPad KDSiPad

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Worth a read 05/20/2014

  • “Mrs. Cooper’s second graders were asked to show their understanding of the water cycle and to do this we decided to have the students add something to their blog. However, a visual is extremely helpful in understanding so we chose to have the children draw a picture in the Drawing Box app, import it into Explain Everything where it would be recorded, save it to the camera roll, then upload it to their post on KidBlog. All of this was accomplished on our iPad minis!”

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything iPad

  • “Having iPads redefines many elements of teaching, learning, and assessment.  These past 2 years, I’ve experienced a learning curve not unlike that of a brand spankin’ new teacher.  This year I’ve begun to make the shift from technology-empowered teacher to a teacher who empowers students more.  It takes time, but when I let go and give more control to the kids, I’m not disappointed.  On the contrary, I realize that I didn’t know what I didn’t know about my students.  The more I learn about them and their thinking, and the more I impart this feedback to them so they know themselves better, the more we all understand the mathematics.”

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything screencasting

  • “Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects.”

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything Google Drive feed feedback formative assessment

  • “Explain Everything is an app that lends itself easily to almost any assignment at any grade-level.  It allows users to add images, text, and drawings to a single page (app-folks call this an “interactive whiteboard”).  It also lets you create multiple pages or slides with those images, text, and drawings (just like an old-school PowerPoint).  To kick it up a notch, you can record your voice as you click through your slides, annotating (drawing or adding text and image) as you talk.

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything apps presentation tools

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Today at MC some staff attended a workshop about using Explain Everything on the iPads.

The following are some of the resources we looked at and also some links to further information.

Here’s an Explain Everything video from iPad guru Tony Vincent. In it he uses various features of the app to visualise what the number of apps in the apps store looks like. Of course it’s a little out-of-date now but the video gives a good overview of what’s possible with Explain Everything.

This is a video created by primary aged students on the lifecycle of butterflies.

Another one on Digital Citizenship:

This video gives a quick rundown of some of the basic features and also shows an example of a student using Explain Everything to show his thinking while balancing a chemical equation.

Several more examples from primary students can be found on this blog post Using Explain Everything in the Primary Classroom

This post explains the process used by some year 6 students to create videos about the water cycle using Explain Everything and iMovie. This is one of the final products:

IMG 0711 from libby on Vimeo.

You don’t always have to create videos. In this video we see how one teacher uses Explain Everything as a mobile IWB.

This post from The History 2.0 Classroom explains how Greg Kulowiec uses Explain Everything to:

  1. Create Graphics/Posters/Diagrams
  2. Brainstorm ideas and projects (recording the process)
  3. As an interactive white board with a recordable option
  4. As a powerful platform for presentations

The Explain Everything website has lots of video tutorials and there is a free manual available on the iBooks store – follow this link on your iPad to download it.

I’ve written about Explain Everything on Bytes before, you can read it here.