Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Search the Library Catalog from Your Phone

Having trouble finding what you are looking for? Scan this QR code with your smart phone to go directly to the library catalog. New to QR codes? Search for "QR code reader" at the app store for your phone.

Monday, October 22, 2012

App Review Sites

APPtic: http://www.apptic.com
   Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) provide reviews of educational apps for iOS devices.

IEducation Apps Review: http://www.iear.org
   This community site provides reviews, news, research, and tutorials for i-devices.

Android4Schools: http://www.adroid4schools.com
   Follow Richard Bryne's blog about Android-based apps.

BestKidApps: http://www.bestkidsapps.com
   This "mom" site started out to provide families with information, and then it expanded to educators as well, with tabs for iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Bloomin' Apps (Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything): http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html
  Schrock strikes again with a plethora pf ideas for app use in school. She organizes them using Bloom's Taxonomy.

Bridging Apps: http://bridgingapps.org
  This site focuses on apps for those with special needs.

Edudemic Best Educational Apps: http://apps.edudemic.com/
  Search this site by age group, platform, cost and subject. It includes a Buying Guide.

The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners: http://classroomtalk.com/?p=839

Fun Educational Apps: http://www.funeducationalapps.com
  Arranged by age and subject, this was a family site that now includes information for teachers and schools.

Mind Leap: Educational apps for Children: http://www.mindleaptech.com
  Mind Leap uses a 5 -star rating system (check out their rubric) for i-devices (and a few Android apps) from early childhood through middle school years.

Teachers with Apps: http://teacherswithapps.com
  Started by two teachers, this site has an elementary focus and covers i-devices.

Cross-platform Apps


  • Dropbox: store your documents, powerpoints and other materials in the cloud.
  • Easy Note: keep notes, both written and audio.
  • Evernote: Sync across mobile and not-so-mobile devices, clip websites and arrange folders.
  • Notability: Take notes in text and handwriting; synchs with Dropbox.
  • ScreenChomp: Whiteboard-type approch with ability to record (for iPad, with Andriod counterpart).
Reading and Reference:
  • Dictionary.com
  • Flipboard: RSS feeds collected
  • eReaders (Kindle, iPad, Nook)
  • Apps developed by subscription database providers you use, including your online catalog compuany.
  • Audioboo: Audio recording
  • Diigo: Social bookmarking with educator accounts for classroom integration.
  • Doceri: Interactive whiteboard interface app.
  • EasyBib: Citation maker
  • Popplet: Mind mapping
  • Poll Everywhere: Limited free account available for surverys.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Digital Learning

Digital learning is more than just using any type of technology to educate students. According to Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and President of the Alliance for Excellent Education that sponsors Digital Learning Day, “Digital Learning is the effective application of technology enabling student-centered learning and allowing a more personalized approach to academic success.”

Digital Learning attempts to change teaching in a very fundamental fashion-one that allows the students to have a greater say in what they are learning and how they are presenting the information that has been learned (SLM Sept-Oct 2012).

Promote Digital Learning – FREE Web Apps 

 Here are some for your use and for use with students to enhance digital learning:
(SLM Sept-Oct 2012)

Animoto. http://animoto.com/
Allows students to focus on short phrases that get the point across effectively. Try this with science students to illustrate a difficult concept. If they can do it, they understand the concept.

Evernote. http://evernote.com/
Great for taking notes. Our students seem to have lost the ability to take notes on their own, but Evernote allows them to do this wherever it is easiest (phone, tablet, laptop), thus giving note-taking a “cool” factor.

Glogster. http://www.glogster.com/
Think old-fashioned poster in a new-fangled way. This app is great for having students link to quality websites.

Getty Images. http://www.gettyimages.com
Site for high quality photos that can be copyright-free.

Khan Academy. http://www.khanacademy.org/
Quality instructional videos.

LiveBinders. http://www.livebinders.com
Helps to organize resources for teachers and librarians, but also great to introduce to students in helping them organize projects. This would be a great way to organize a research paper.

Poll Everywhere. http://www.polleverywhere.com/
Fun use of texting and cell phone usage to participate in classroom polls. Great data collection tool for teachers. Use it to see if students understand a concept with a simple yes/no poll.

Story Jumper. http://www.storyjumper.com/
Children’s picture book maker. Also fun for older students to use to illustrate a complex process. Try using this with social studies teachers to show historical events during a specific time period.

 Voice Thread. http://voicethread.com/
Combines images with voiceovers.

Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/
Another source for copyright-free images.

Here are a few blogs on using technology with your students:

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com

Edmodo - http://www.edmodo.com

Pass the Notes - http://www.passthenotes.com

High School Souphttp://www.all4ed.org/blog

Informative websites for teachers:

Free Technology for Teachershttp://freetech4teachers.blogspot.com/

Educational Technology Guyhttp://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/

Edmodo Education Community -

Digital Learning Day 2.0 is February 6, 2013

Sign up today and start planning a digital learning lesson – http://www.digitallearningday.org

Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. This is the way our students learn. We must adapt our teaching to their style. Digital Learning Day is one day that will highlight this practice, but hopefully, this will continue year-round. (SLM Sept-Oct 2013).

Friday, September 14, 2012