Planets

Sep 30, 2014 by

Planets iTunes iconPlanets is an app that can help aspiring astronomers visualize the night sky.  The app has a 2D version for students to view the arrangement of stars and planets in a flat sky.  Planets also has a planetarium or 3D view of the night sky.  The planets app has a realistic view of the stars and planets, showing when they are visible.  Planets will also display a 3D rotating globe of planets and stars for students.  This app is a great tool for students to visualize the arrangement of the planets and stars and get all the up-to-date astronomy information.

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Monday Success: Video in the Classroom

Sep 29, 2014 by

The Monday Success Story this week comes from Kim, who teaches at a Montessori school in Kentucky.  Kim emailed recently to follow up on some ideas from the May Best, New Strategies for Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Learning seminar.  Kim has started using what she learned and has created a YouTube channel to provide video content for her students.  Kim is getting a little crazy and having her students upload their own videos to the YouTube channel that she created.  The students are doing research on cell parts and then creating videos about what they learn. Then, students are uploading the videos by emailing their submission from their devices. Once all the videos are uploaded the students have a great study guide and they did most of the work.  This is a great example of students who are truly in charge of their learning.

The steps to have your students upload videos to your class YouTube channel are pretty easy.  First you have to create the channel and then complete these steps.
 
1-  Click on your photo in the top right corner of your YouTube page.
2-  Click the gear to the right of the Creator Studio button.
3-  Look for the email address to the right of Mobile Uploads.
4- Give your students the email address so that they can email their videos to be uploaded to the channel.
5- Organize the videos or change any settings as needed.

YouTube has so many practical classroom applications and this is a great example of active learning and an excellent use of mobile technology. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

Please keep sharing your Success Stories!

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Friday Photo: Statistically Significant

Sep 26, 2014 by

Remember that failing is part of learning. . . keep trying and you will be successful!
Make failure statistically significant

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Explore Shakespeare

Sep 25, 2014 by

Explore Shakespeare iTunes iconThe Explore Shakespeare app introduces students to the first scene of six of Shakespeare’s plays.  The students can compare and contrast the initial scenes of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night.  The scenes are accompanied by beautiful visuals and audio performances from actors such as Kate Beckinsale and Fiona Shaw.  The complete plays can be purchased in the app and then students can analyze and explore the entire play including images of performances, word clouds to analyze the text, and a timeline to see how the action flows through the play.  Students can pick a character in the play to easily see their speech and to better understand the relationships between the characters in the play.  This can be a great introduction to Shakespeare!

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Wattpad

Sep 24, 2014 by

Wattpad iTunes iconWattpad is a great app for both readers and writers.  The app has millions of free books by existing and aspiring authors in many different genres.  Wattpad is very easy to use and makes it easy to discover books in your favorite genre. Users can also get updates on the latest Wattpad releases.  Wattpad also has The Classics, provided by the Gutenberg project.  My favorite thing about Wattpad is the website allowing writers to submit original works to be read and reviewed by the Wattpad community.  Wattpad is a home for those who love to read or right or even those who have thought about writing.

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Monday Success: Listen to the students

Sep 22, 2014 by

The Monday Success Story this week comes from a conversation that I had recently with a colleague who attended the EdSurge Los Angeles Summit.  We discussed a panel of students who were brought in to talk about what they did and didn’t like about technology and its use in education.  The students had some very good points related to perception of both teachers and students on how much work is the right amount of work and the importance of balance.  One of the most important things that the students said about how they like to learn is that they like to have their content organized and all in one place.  This statement re-emphasized that learning management systems are not only helpful for teachers but for students too.  Students like the structure and simplicity of everything being in the same place so they don’t waste time looking for things.  Not too long ago, I posted about a few learning management systems, many of which have free teacher accounts and I have shared some Monday Success Stories as well.  Edmodo is a social learning platform that I use with my students and is a great way for teachers to start down the path to a blended environment using a learning management system.  Take a look at the video below which explains Getting Started with Edmodo.

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Friday Photo: Real Math

Sep 19, 2014 by

Let’s not forget the value of authentic learning!

Real life math photo

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World’s Worst Pet

Sep 18, 2014 by

World's Worst Pet iTunes iconWorld’s Worst Pet is a great fun way to for students to build vocabulary of over 1000 Tier 2 words.  The vocabulary in World’s Worst Pet includes words from grades four through eight.  This Common Core Aligned app has six levels and four exciting games for students to work through as they build essential vocabulary skills.  Some activities in World’s Worst Pet are word sorting, synonyms, antonyms, and context.  The engaging story, leveling, and rewards, keep students motivated to build vocabulary using World’s Worst Pet.

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Math 42

Sep 17, 2014 by

Math 42 iTunes iconMath 42 is a math tutoring app that has over 380 math problems available per topic and level.  The Math 42 app is designed for grades five through twelve and has multiple modes to help students learn math and prepare for assessments.  The Math 42 app has visual, step-by-step homework help to assist students in learning how to solve all kinds of problems.  Math 42 also has a training and test prep mode that assesses students knowledge and shows which concepts need more practice.  Math 42 is a helpful, virtual tutor that even works offline so students can study anywhere.

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Simply Noise

Sep 16, 2014 by

Simply noise iTunes iconSimply Noise is an app that produces high quality white, pink, and brown noise.  Colored noises can help calm students and prepare them for learning, reduce stress, and increase focus.  Individual students can also benefit from listening to colored noise while reading or studying as a way to block out distractions.  The Simply Noise app has a timer that can be used to indicate the start and end times of an activity or study period.

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