A while back I shared with you about a simple presentation app called Shadow Puppet. At the time, you could share a picture and record your voice to give that picture meaning. Well, now the developers of the app have come out with an all new Shadow Puppet Edu, which is specifically geared towards the classroom. I got to take it for a spin and they have really done some cool things with it to make it applicable for the classroom. Let’s take a look.
As classrooms and schools start to move toward mobile technology, the cloud is going and has already been a very important part of the education environment. One of the things that I found when teaching in the class was educating students to be able to use the cloud effectively in ways that can help them. One of those areas that I would always talk about was research. The scenario would play out where I would take them to the computer lab or we would have a bank of iPads in the classroom to use for research. A lot of them would want to copy and paste what they found on the web to Word or on a thumb drive. Those are okay, but why not take advantage of the cloud and not have to worry about printing papers out or losing your thumb drive? There are a variety of ways to save things to the cloud and today I want to take a look at Balllon (yes, it is spelled with three L’s). It makes saving things from the web to your cloud storage a breeze. Let’s take a look.
As a parent and a educator, I am always looking for ways to get all students to want to be involved in their learning. Some students need more attention than others, and some need to be challenged more. As a teacher, I always want to push students to their learning limits. I don’t want them to just settle for mediocrity. A lot of times though, this takes work and time to do this, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But, what if we had something at our disposal that when students need a creative outlet, we can give them an activity that doesn’t involve parents or teachers to spend more time creating something? Well, that is what I want to show you today in an app called Brainbean. It gives students a creative outlet to stretch their minds further and the cool part is that this can be used for just about all ages from elementary school all the way up to high school.
I have been waiting for Amazon to finally do this. They have already set the bar for books, will this now make them far and away superior or will others, like Apple iBooks follow suit? How will this impact education? What exactly, am I talking about? Hit, the link below and let’s take a look at what Amazon is up to now.
Communication from school to parent/student has evolved over the last 5 years. Not only are schools moving toward the web to communicate more, but parents and students are as well. In fact, one of the first places that people look now for information is the web. So, it would be only natural that this would happen. There are a variety of different ways to communicate through the web, and today, I want to take a look at Classroom Messenger. The company behind it, Scholastic, has been around in education for a long time and have definitely made a name for themselves. So, it definitely piqued my interest when I came across this platform that they are pushing out to teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Let’s take a look at it.