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Best of the Week – December 21, 2012

 

 

Each week our Instructional Technology Team meets and shares the best ideas that crossed our Twitter feeds, RSS Readers, and minds as we were out working with teachers. Recently it occurred to us that we should be sharing our Best of the Week with you all! So here’s this week’s installment. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tiny Tap App

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Create your own educational games from everyday moments. Creating a game is simple – add a photo, record some questions, trace the answers and you’re ready to play!

Funny Movie Maker

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Choose any face (even from your own images) and replace their mouth (or entire face) with your own!  Project idea:  Have students research a historic or literary character, then write and produce a video interview!  What a fun way for students to show what they’ve learned!

Word Mover

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Student’s can create ‘found poetry”  by choosing from word banks, existing famous works, or by adding new words.

NearPod

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Students can design a costume for their fairy tale character, and then photograph their character in any setting (even within their own classroom!)  These images would be great fodder for a creative writing project!

Grammaropolis

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Reinforce knowledge of parts of speech in a fun, student-friendly way!  (Nouns are Free, other parts of speech are available for In-App purchase.)

 

 

 

 

iPad Apps 4 School

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Brand new site from the author of the Free Tech 4 Teachers blog (another great resource!)

 

Skitch – for Windows

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then if you could add text, arrows, and annotations to an image, that would be priceless right?? Skitch, a great FREE photo annotation app, is now available for desktop computers with Windows, and Windows 8.  Not sure what you or your students can do with Skitch?  Check out Skitch in Education to see the software in action!

 

35 Digital Tools that Will Work with Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Edudemic has a ton of great ideas and resources for teachers, but their post matching digital tools to Bloom’s is a must read, if you’re searching for product creation tools for the classroom.

 

Learni.st

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Think:  Pinterest – but ONLY for educators sharing resources you can use in your classroom.  This site is great for anyone who’s begun to create a flipped classroom.  Not sure what a flipped classroom is?  Check out Brian Bennett’s Video on the Basics of the Flipped Classroom.

 

One Word

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Hit the “Go” button and students are presented with a single word, a 60 second timer, and a text entry box–the motto being “Don’t Think, Write!”  Accounts can be created to archive writing.  This would be a great warm-up or vocabulary activity for writers of all ages!

 

Holiday Fun from It’s A Message

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Enter your address, and It’s A Message automatically creates a fun holiday message featuring your home (if Google Earth has a street view of it!)  Ok, Ok, it’s a tiny bit creepy, but it’s pretty cool, and fun to share with friends, nonetheless!

 

Chart Editor, by Google

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Though still in beta, it’s easy to see how Google’s Chart Editor has the potential to become a valuable tool for educators and students who need to visualize data.

 

Google Story Builder

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Invite students to write collaboratively, choose an audio track that matches the tone of their writing, and then play back the writing process using Google Story Builder.  Fun, and for best results, this is an activity that requires pre-planning/storyboarding on the part of the student.

 

Become a Power Searcher

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Sharpen your search skills & join this free online course from our friends at Google to help you become a better searcher.  Knowing how to find answers on any search engine is an important skill in today’s digital age.  A little time invested in this course now, will have long term benefits down the road – for both teachers and students!

 

Pixlr

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Powerful photo editing online from your Mac or PC – check out their mobile apps and browser plug-ins too!

Hello Sign

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Tired of chasing people around for signatures?  Sick of the endless Print-Sign-Scan cycle?  Hello Sign allows you to invite up to 50 folks to sign your documents for free.  It’s safe, secure, and best of all…legally binding.  Oh – and there’s an app too!


Best of the Week – December 14, 2012

 

Each week our Instructional Technology Team meets and shares the best ideas that crossed our Twitter feeds, RSS Readers, and minds as we were out working with teachers.  Recently it occurred to us that we should be sharing our Best of the Week with you all!  So here’s this week’s installment.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Digital Footprints

This week there was lots of great discussion about the need for parent and students to become more familiar with the importance of creating a digital footprint to be proud of.

Two Resources that were mentioned as tools that may be used as our district develops a plan for a Digital Parent Education Night are Eanes ISD Digital Parent Night Panel Discussion and LOL…OMG by Matt Ivester

In terms of assisting students to become more web-literate, Alan November has some great resources for teachers as they begin to plan lessons. In Addition, a-Google-A-Day is a fun way to challenge students to validate what they find on the internet.

Algebra I Quiz Bowl – Video Conference

This week our Math Curriculum Specialist, Pam Palmer collaborated with our Technology Development Team in order to begin planning the first annual Algebra Bowl which will invite Algebra I students to participate via video conference in the (hopefully) annual event. Interested in challenging our kiddos?  Let us know!

#TXed Twitter Chat

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Mark Wednesday evening as “booked” on your calendar – and spend some time discovering all the great things educators throughout Texas are up to via the #TXed Twitter chat.  Brilliant minds and brilliant questions.  Don’t miss out!

 


 

LEGO Creationary

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It builds, you guess!  Play collaboratively!

 

Groupboard

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Turn your iOS device into a collaborative whiteboard.

 

Red Stamp

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Challenge your class to create, write and send cards to one another via email!  Authentic writing, anyone?

 

NearPod

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Use a Teacher iPad to control the content viewed on student iPads.  COOL!

 

Animation Desk

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Intuitive drawing environment that can be used to build animated movies.

 

 

ScreenLeap

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Share your computer display with up to 5 devices with web browsers for FREE!

Learnzillion

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Collection of high quality, common-core aligned lessons.  And the best part?  Learnzillion is a FREE APP within Edmodo – so teachers can assign tasks and post resources to students from directly within edmodo.

 

YouTube EDU

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YouTube is FULL of great content to share with your students.  On the downside, it’s full of a bunch of…well, you know, as well.  Enter the EDU portal of YouTube.  Search by grade level, category, and keyword to find exactly what you need…without having to worry about all the inappropriate junk that might pop up on the side!

 

Mapping Media to the Curriculum

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Choose from the menu board what you want students to create and you’re instantly given lesson ideas, an over view of the project’s work-flow and links to additional resources. A “MUST FAVORITE” site for any educator.

 

Free Music Archive

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Great resource for educators who need to collect royalty free music to use for video/audio projects.  Caution:  Some songs include lyrics that are not “student friendly” and for this reason, we would like to caution you to limit the use of this site to “educator use only.”

 

 

 

Debut Video Capture

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Capture video from your PC and output to a variety of formats.

Note:  Be sure to uncheck the “Ask” tool bar ad-ins during installation.

 

 

Can Texas Secede?

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Spoiler Alert:  No – But it sure is interesting to discuss why not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roominate

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What kid wouldn’t want to create a dollhouse they wired themselves?

Goldie Blox

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Engineering toy designed to inspire invention and problem solving.

WiPad

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Wirelessly connect your iPad to any TV or Projector – Great for those of us on networks that aren’t able to use Apple TV!

Saw Stop

http://www.sawstop.com/

Innovative new braking system stops table saw when it touches flesh, minimizing and even eliminating injury.  Check out the hot dog video!