We’re super excited we got to guest-blog at Edutopia.org! We’re big fans of this tremendous resource and you should be, too! Check out our post here!
Recorded via Skype so sound isn’t the best but at least it’s published! We wanted to dedicate this episode to our friend and colleague, Steve Weicht, who lost a very short battle to cancer. He was one of our early listeners and we will miss his friendship.
Parents Willing to Buy Mobile Devices for Learning
Digital Footprint of 3 Different Generations
Socrative – Images for questions (unlock by completing a survey)
Google Forms can now include images and new field types
Teacher’s Guides to Technology and Learning
Free PD! Aldine ISD (Thank you Brad!)
Easy Studio- Free (iPad)
Tellagami- Free (iPad)
It’s all things ISTE! It was a great conference and we wanted to share some of our take-aways with you. If you were there, share with us! If you weren’t, you won’t feel left out after this!
ISTE Conference 2013
ISTE YouTube Channel
Dean Shareski’s ISTE Reflection
The Stupidest Creative Act
Jane McGonigal – Gamification
Game Play vs. Game Based Learning
Comic Life 3!
Link to plasq – Comic Life 3 isn’t out yet but when it is, it will be available here!
KidPix 3D for iPad
It isn’t out yet, but when it is, you’ll find a link here!
Atlas Learning LiveSlide
Connected Educator Month
Project 24 – Digital Planning for Schools
Free Learning Registry
23 Microsoft Teaching Tools for Teachers
Helen and I have talked about Futaba in our podcasts. It’s a great way to gamify student skill mastery. A few days ago, two of my tech club kids and my lab aide created sets for PreK games in the app. Right now there aren’t many ready sets in the app for preschoolers. Creating sets and games was pretty easy. This morning, I backed up the sets to Dropbox, then restored the backup to two iPad 2′s. My two tech club students came back and each took a Belkin Rockstar and five sets of Califone headsets to two of our PreK classes. They had four students come at a time during center rotations to work on the PreK games that were created for them. I tried not to mother-hen them all as my tech club kids were quite confident (“We’ve got this, Mrs. Adam!”) and would have been annoyed had I hovered too much. I did sneak in and snap a few pictures. I feel safe sharing this one as you can’t see faces.
So my favorite app of the day is Futaba. It was simple to set up, simple to share out and the kids had a BLAST! The teachers were happy, the kids were happy, my minions were happy!
My favorite gadgets of the day are the iPad (duh!), the Rockstar and the headsets! The iPad goes without saying, but I’ll include a link just in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t realize how awesome it is! The Belkin Rockstar let four of the kids listen at the same time with my tech club student listening to help. FIVE kids on the same device! YES! And the Califone headsets kept everything at the center nice and quiet so the kids at other centers weren’t looking over at all the hubaloo and get distracted. The mic portion of the headsets weren’t needed today, but trust me when I say it’s worth making sure, even if you have to pay extra, to get headsets instead of headphones. Our devices do have great built-in mics, but when my fourth graders were doing their ShowMes the other day, having a mic right at their mouths was important. You could hear the quality difference with the kids that didn’t use a mic. We’re never recording in ideal locations so anything we can do to eliminate background noise is a good thing.
So what gadgets and/or apps made your day easier today?
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for singing these praises. Well, not exactly. Futaba gave me one promo code to go with the one I’d purchased personally so I could use on two devices until our campus purchase was complete. I have since removed that code and am only using the ones purchased by the campus. So far that’s 20 copies but the teachers love it so I’ll be buying more. And Califone loaned Helen and I the headsets to use at our TCEA presentations and I’ve just never made arrangements to send them back. *cough* I’m hoping they’ve forgotten about them.
Awesome Free Audiobooks
Animation Storyboarding Kit
Magnifi for iPhone
5 Tips for Managing 1:1 Classrooms
Structures and Routines for Mobile Technology in the Classroom
COSN Leadership for Mobile Learning Guide
The Answer Pad (update)
cK-12 Get Real Competition
Free (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
Free (iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android)