Tom Murray @thomascmurray co-founder of #edtechchat on Twitter took time to share his favorite apps for everything along with me on a special edition of Every Classroom Matters as a gift to you this holiday. Take time to listen to the show (and check out our notes below) to find apps and ideas for your classroom.
If you are an educator using or supporting the use of tablets in the classroom, this is a must listen. Curriculum directors, superintendents and anyone who wants to know what everybody is talking about in education will want to listen to this show.
One of my favorite things said in this podcast was when Tom talks about how apps are REALLY being used in the classroom and the proper focus of technology. (It may not be what you think.)
I’ve already been asked for a transcript of the show, but holiday time with my family has precluded me making one (yet) so I’ve attached a copy of our notes in Google Docs that we used to prepare for this show (sorry, links aren’t there yet but you can use it for the names of what we talked about since some of us have an accent. ;-))
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If you find this useful and wish I’d add links, let me know in the comments. Right now, the holidays have limited blogging time but enough of you have asked for the list so I wanted to share it. We didn’t mention every app on this list and may have mentioned a few more, but here’s the list that came from the rough notes Tom and I made in Google Docs to prep for the show.
I. ELEMENTARY ED
Show Me, EduCreations, Whiteboard – Student verbalize content, play back
Toontastic, PuppetPals, We Make Stories, Comic Life, PhotoComic
SpellingCity, Drawing Pad
What are the must follow hashtags for elementary educators?
Official chat list: bit.ly/officialchatlist
#edtech, #ipaded, Grade level chats (Ex.) #3rdchat, #4thchat, #edchat (all), etc.
II. Middle / High School
AR: Nasa Spacecraft 3D, Aurasma
Google Hangouts / YouTube – Example of GH “HW Debate”
QR Code Readers / Scavenger Hunts
New Evernote Post It Notes
Google Hangout → Google Plus → YouTube??
Haiku Deck and Haiku Web
III. Fun for Teachers (Digital StoryTelling)
– Pic Stitch
– Color Effects
– Photo Editor by Aviary
– MotionPics – Stop motion photography
– Lapse It – choose frame rate, add filters, etc.
– Viddy – short 15 sec video, add effects
– Magisto – good beginner app, offers short tutorials
Camera Awesome, Snapseed, Leonardo – follow @iphoneartgirl
IV. Social media
V. #flipclass / #mathchat
– Recording Google Hangouts
– Any content curation app – teacher and student creations
– Blended Learning Platforms – Edmodo, Blackboard, etc.
– Algebra Touch
Explain Everything, and
Screencastomatic and Jing
– Google Earth
– GeoMaster Plus (geography)
– Earth viewer – climate, data over time
– Geography Drive USA – students compete by answer questions (Oregon trail 2013?)
Dipity or Timetoast for timelines
Fakebook / Fake SMS / Fake Twitter on classtools.net
Make Games with Us! (Students create apps)
– Sky view
– Sky Map (stars, planets, etc.)
– Virtual Sky Astronomy – explore the solar system
– Video Science – collection of 2-3 min science videos in app
– The Ultimate Dinopedia – dinosaur exploration
– 3D Sun / Moon Globe HD
– Frog dissection app!
– Dragon Dictation
– Hour of code
– Khan Academy
– Lightbot – learn programming, game based 4+
Tyker, Scratch, Alice
– Sock Puppets (theatre)
– Gabit – Talking characters
– Storybuddy – create a picture book
– Organizational Apps: Assignments, Dropbox, Evernote, myHomework, Simplenote, Notability
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