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Tech It Up Tuesday: Selecting an App without Losing Your Mind

November1

appsIt’s Tuesday again and time for me to unleash another tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

This week’s geeky goodness is about to get started right here, right now with some info regarding the selection of apps for use in the classroom. With a myriad of tools available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective.

Let’s face it… Flashy, colorful, unique apps will most definitely capture the attention of your students, but is this the way we want them to experience learning? Probably not so much.

That said, I have developed a three-step process to assist the teachers in my district with locating and then selecting the apps that will be the most effective tools for the classroom. Not only will this system help my colleagues decide which resources will be suitable for their students and curriculum, but these procedures will also guide me in determining which ones should be deployed to our iPads.

Check out the official (but continually evolving) BASD App Vetting Process in the form of a Smore flyer—one that provides our teachers with easy access to all of the resources needed to venture down the app selection highway!

Be sure to use the scrollbar to the right to check out the digital flyer in its entirety and/or click here to view a full-screen copy.

Classroom Connection:

Use this process (or a similar one of your own) to determine which apps are the most beneficial for the students in your classroom, school or district.

H-appy Vetting!

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All You Need is Math, Halloween and a QR Code Reader!

October26

qr-code-reader-scannerOne of the coolest and most rewarding aspects of my job is when I get to witness teachers and students interacting with technology in meaningful ways.

Today I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a group of second graders as they completed a Halloween-themed QR code activity to review math skills. This was some pretty awesome stuff, for sure—especially considering Mrs. Coleman’s group has only had their iPads since last Wednesday!

Not only were the students totally engaged, motivated and excited to complete addition problems, they also learned how to utilize a very useful real-world app on their devices as well. To me, these are the types of activities that result in the transformation of teaching and learning in the classroom!

Check out Mrs. Coleman’s “boos” and “ghouls” in action!

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(The image was created using the Pic Collage app.)

A super high five to Mrs. Coleman for providing your students with a super fun and relevant twist on the reinforcement of math skills! I really appreciated the invite!

Download a copy of the QR Reader app that was used for this activity here. It’s simple, reliable and completely free!

Classroom Connection:

Now it’s your turn to incorporate a QR code activity into your classroom… There are an infinite number of ways to do so including scavenger hunts, extension activities, learning stations/centers and links to instructional materials, web sites, school activities or events, calendars, online manuals, videos, audio, maps and so much more!

Access to a wealth of information… All from using the camera on a mobile device.  How cool is that!

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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge

October18

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Are you ready for the latest edition of “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting?

If so, you’re going to love this week’s resource—a super cool and extremely useful infographic created by Tony Vincent, edtech guru and author of the Learning in Hand web site. Read on…

With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student learning using tech tools, here’s an awesome collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!

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Click here for a larger (and recently updated) version of this infographic as well as access to a pdf that can be printed. A link to view the info on Scribd is also available.

Classroom Connection:

Use the visual to discover resources that will provide your students with the opportunity to show, explain and retell their knowledge.

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The Periodic Table of STEAM iPad Apps

October9

steamI recently published a post showcasing a collection of some pretty amazing apps for enhancing teaching and learning displayed in a periodic table-style infographic. Check it out here.

Due to its popularity, I’m revisiting this topic, except the focus has shifted this time around to apps that address STEAM—the addition of art/design into the interdisciplinary approach of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These resources are categorized in areas such as computing, making, photography, virtual reality, augmented reality and more!

As you take a closer look at this super cool guide, think about this: It’s never just about the apps. Instead effective technology integration is all about how tools support curricular goals in a meaningful, relevant, student-centered manner. With that said, hopefully this compilation of tried and tested educational apps will be helpful as you try to determine which ones might be useful as you incorporate some STEAM lessons into your classroom.

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Click here to view and/or download a high resolution file of this image, which was created and compiled by ICT Evangelist Mark Anderson.

Full STEAM ahead toward your next app adventure!

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The Periodic Table of iPad Apps

September27

ipad-cartoonNeed to pimp out your iPad with some pretty amazing apps for enhancing teaching and learning? Then check out this fun infographic containing a variety of resources that can be utilized in the classroom. They are categorized in areas such as creativity, demonstrating, computing, collaboration, numeracy, literacy and more! And better yet—the majority of these apps are free!

As you check out this super cool resource, remember… It’s never just about the apps. Instead effective technology integration is all about how tools support curricular goals in a meaningful, relevant, student-centered manner. With that said, hopefully this compilation of tried and tested educational apps will be helpful as you try to determine which ones might be the most beneficial for you and your students.

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Click here to view and/or download a high resolution file of this image, which was inspired by Sean Junkins and remixed by ICT Evangelist Mark Anderson.

H-appy exploring!

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Looking for some technology integration ideas to enhance your classroom lessons? Then be sure to check out my "Tech Tips" for the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools, applications and web sites that can be incorporated into activities and/or projects. Although some posts may not be applicable to your content area or grade level, be sure to check back often as I will be varying ideas in order to provide resources across the K-12 curriculum.

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