As the school year begins, I made a list of 10 technology resources and apps that I will use quite frequently and I thought I would share with everyone! I have given a short description for ten (plus one) items with a link to where more information can be found.
1. The reflection application, I can mirror anything from my smartphone or new iPad to the desktop/laptop. Allows for interaction between devices and allows for mobility in the classroom! Go to http://www.reflectionapp.com for more information regarding this application that can be downloaded both on Macs and PCs.
2. Splashtop 2 -- Allows for accessing my Mac files from the iPad. This app is user friendly, fast and allows for mobility in the classroom! This app available on both Apple and Android Devices, go tohttp://www.splashtop.com/splashtop2 for more information.
3. “Totally Awesome Tech Tools” Livebinder by Mickie Mueller. When I need to brainstorm a new idea...I take a look through this resource of over 300 websites! There are tabs for online communications, qr codes, video making, and the list goes on and on! What else is great about this site is that Mickie updates it frequently! Access Mickie’s Livebinder at:http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=108629
4. Twitter -- Build an online professional learning network through Twitter! Connect with educators, administrators, business personnel from around the state, country, or even the world! http://www.twitter.com
5. iMovie App -- The iMovie App is an awesome way to chronicle what students are doing in your classroom! This user friendly app will also allow students to quickly make movies over their learning! I publish the students’ movies to the schools website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to let our parents see what is happening in the classroom! (App in iTunes $4.99)
6. Evernote -- Get organized, stay organized and remember everything! Evernote is a great way to capture anything and access it from virtually anywhere (web, smartphone, desktop/laptop, even tablet) and work online or offline. I am going to use Evernote to capture lesson plans, collaborate on projects, and save student work by creating class portfolios this year! I am excited about the endless possibilities of this free web tool and app (you can upgrade from a free account to a paid account), for more information go tohttp://www.evernote.com.
7. Nearpod -- With this online tool and app, create interactive, engaging presentations for classroom presentations. Add a quiz, live poll, 3-minute video, or even a drawing option to presentations. There is an app for both the students and the teacher. The teacher controls the presentation pace through the teacher app. I am looking forward to utilizing this app throughout the year! For an indepth look at Nearpod go to http://www.nearpod.com/.
8. Google Docs can help develop 21st Century Skills in my students. We are able to collaborate, create, reflect, problem solve, and think critically through its many uses! Need to take a survey try Google Forms, give a quiz through Google Forms and use the Flubaroo script to grade the quiz, teach email etiquette through the email feature, have students get creative by making a simple Google Site! The possibilities are endless!http://docs.google.com/
9. Appitic -- over 1,800 apps for education as suggested by Apple Distinguished Educators. Search apps through multiple different filters! You will need more than one minute to go through all the apps available at:http://appitic.com/.
10. Common Sense Media -- Teaching the students the importance of having a positive digital footprint is imperative today. Take a look athttp://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators for lesson plans, posters, and many other resources for digital literacity and citizenship in the classrom!
I couldn't just stop at 10...here is one more!
Snapguide -- A free web service or iOs App for users to create "how to guides" for people to share! Do you want to know how to wrap a scarf...there's a guide for that! How about baking the best chocolate chip cookies ever...there's a guide for that! How about how to use Book Creator on the iPad...yep even a guide for that! This is an awesome place to make how to guides for anything that you want to explain in your classroom! Take a look at http://snapguide.com/ or download if for free at the Apple app store!