Top Apps for Classrooms

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Top Apps for Classrooms

  1. 1. Top Apps for the Classroom Laura Mackenthun Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools Laura.mackenthun@isd47.org @lem_511
  2. 2. Sauk Rapids-Rice Technology Status/Background • Not a 1:1 environment • Elementary schools have 1 iPad per classroom with pools of 45 in lower grades • HS/MS have small pools of devices from Grants and district money • BYOD is encouraged and implemented in various classrooms
  3. 3. Goals/Intents • Share some Apps used • Provide background~thinking~reasons • Give classroom examples
  4. 4. Pictures of students learning---but so much more— Final projects (ways to save 3D work) Exemplars of good work (save to show next year) Practice-(record doing a speech or skill in PE class) Photos of a project in process (Science Fair) Vocabulary words (Take pictures demonstrating word) Demonstration of learning (how can you show you know the material?) Make learning materials (pictures of things that start with a letter or where lab supplies are in the classroom.) Picture of board (easier than taking notes for an absent student) Photos and Videos
  5. 5. • Dropbox (Move pictures between devices) • Pic Collage (Create collages of pictures with text) • Walgreens or other local business (Quickly, inexpensively print pictures) • Skitch (Annotate pictures—Evernote product) • Blogger/Weebly (Upload pictures to web site/blog) • Haiku Deck (Slideshow with little work) Apps for use with Photos
  6. 6. Pic Collage Skitch
  7. 7. • Process: • • • • • • Used Flip video camera to create videos on sewing techniques Edited in iMovie Uploaded to YouTube Linked to classroom Blog Put Web Clip on home page of iPad Students use iPad when they need to review a skills FACS Video Project
  8. 8. • Share work (―templates‖) • Forms to collect information (Think-Formative assessment) • Note taking • SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Google Drive
  9. 9. • Blank worksheet for evaluating a web site • Form created asking name and words per minute Computer Apps Class
  10. 10. • Organize sites • Create Bookmark Folders • Create Web Clips (or folders of Web Clips) on home screens Safari/Web Browser
  11. 11. • Folder created on desktop • Some apps (free, lite versions) • Web Sites • Encyclopedia through ELM • Other web sites Animal Research Project
  12. 12. • Upload PDF’s as a way to have instruction sheets available for students • Look for Free Books (Search iBook store by Free –in Top Charts) iBooks
  13. 13. • Free Art Drawing Books • PDFs of other drawing handouts iBooks in Art Class
  14. 14. • Flashcard creation site • Teacher creates account • Students only need account if they’re going to ―report‖ their work • Create your own stacks of flashcards • Or use someone else’s and edit • Apps on devices or online Quizlet
  15. 15. • Created a stack of flashcards for each chapter • Shared across all teachers • Also stack for MCA math terms th Math 7
  16. 16. • Other similar-Screen Chomp/Whiteboard/ShowMe • Teacher account logged in on iPads • Student create narrated, annotated videos on iPad whiteboard demonstrating their learning. • Saves to Educreations web site so can be viewed from other devices. Educreations
  17. 17. • Throughout the unit, students do problems and save them to Educreations • Teacher uses these for reteaching, test review, help for absent students etc. Math Review
  18. 18. • Dice maker • Provide choices or options • Save up to 6 dice in the lite version Make Dice Light
  19. 19. PE Class • Kids who can’t have physical contact • Roll dice with options such as 30 pushups, 25 jumping jacks Language Arts Class • Literature discussion • Roll dice with options such as –What is the setting? Or How does the setting affect the story?
  20. 20. • Technology is a tool like many others teachers have. • Start with the ―end in mind‖ • What do our learners need to be able to do or know? • Now match the tool and the task. • ***Technology engages students! Some closing thoughts

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