RSS

Tag Archives: tech skills

The iPad as the Teacher’s Pet – Infographic

The iPad as Teacher’s Pet

Having an iPad in your classroom can be one of the most tools in your arsenal as it’s a veritable Swiss Army Knife of technology.  Today’s infographic takes you through the many ways you can use this great device, even if you only have one for yourself.  Explore different ways to use the iPad as well as useful apps (many of which are free) that can help you use this technology in your classroom immediately! [VIA – Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent]

Click image to enlarge

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What Happens in an Internet Minute? – Infographic

Just One Minute…

My three year old son is great for the phrase “just one more minute” when he’s trying to buy a little extra time playing with his trains or trying to avoid bedtime.  It’s amazing how that minute can seem like an eternity to a toddler, but nothing at all to us.  Just how much can really happen in a minute though?  Today’s infographic from Intel takes some recent data and re-examines just how much happens on the Internet every 60 seconds. [VIA]

 
1 Comment

Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Infographics

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

iBrainstorm — Collaborative Creation App

iBrainstorm

Another in a great line of creation and creativity apps, iBrainstorm allows students to collaborate on projects through their iPads.  It is essentially a free form drawing and writing app that can allow students to set up flow charts and graphical designs, storyboard their creative writing, or even create notes or comics.

iBrainstorm allows multiple users to create place their ideas on the board as well as add annotations, suggestions and notes through a sticky-pad feature.  This is ideal for group collaborative projects and allowing students who might need the added help to map out their thoughts and ideas.

A sister app, iBrainstorm Companion is also available for the iPhone or iPod and allows up to 4 students to work on the same document at once.  They can add or create notes and pieces on their iPhone or iPod then “flick” them to the connected iPad to produce their final product.

iBrainstorm would be ideally used in a collaborative, project-based learning environment where students are comfortable with, and responsible enough, to use their own technology independently to produce great content.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Two Free Photo Editing Apps for School

Free Photo Editing Apps

Lots of our students want to create presentations and projects, or just fun things with their iPads, iPhones, or iPods while in class.  Sometimes they need a little help with this, especially if they need to touchup, crop, or edit photos they’ve taken in anyway.  Today, two free apps that can let them do just that!

Photo Editor by Aviary

This app is a very simple one for editing photos quickly.  Aviary has a very similar interface and feels very much like Instagram.  Students can choose from an Enhance menu where they can adjust the color and lighting in the photo, Effects where they can choose different tones and blurs, frames, stickers, and text.  Aviary also supports basic photo editing like red-eye reduction, whitening, blemish removal, brightness, saturation, and sharpness adjustments, as well as simple cropping.  Aviary is available for both the iPhone and iPad.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Similar to the full version, Adobe Photoshop Express offers hundreds of photo enhancement, effects, and adjustments options for students.  From a simple auto adjustment by clicking on a want icon to choosing from the hundreds of effects and borders Photoshop Express offers a great deal of choice in adjusting photos.  Also included are the basic editing tools, including brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, tint, sharpening tools, noise reduction, and red-eye reduction.  The interface is not as graphically appealing as some other editors, as Photoshop Express chooses to allow the photograph to maximize the real estate on the screen, rather than its menus.  Photoshop Express is available for both iPhone and iPad.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Two Math and Science Game Apps

A Pair of Gaming Apps

 

24 Game

You might remember the 24 game as a kid in school!  You get a card with 4 numbers and you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide your way to a total of 24. With this app for iPad, iPod, and iPhone, you can have your class play without the use of the cards.  The interactive nature of the app will definitely spark new interest in this game, as well as the ability to keep score and track fastest times!

 

SimplePhysics

The SimplePhysics app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod and is a great tool to have students work with some realistic physics as well as engineering.  Students can build simple to complex structures (it advertises tree houses to Ferris wheels) through a blueprint interface then subject them to various tests in a game-like environment.  Create structures that will withstand different forces, or simple create intricate designs.  An added feature is the challenge mode where students have to create designs like rooftops and bridges to meet certain specifications while also remaining in a set budget for their project.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

myHistro — Interactive Timelines & Maps

http://www.myhistro.com/

MyHistro

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting presentation and storytelling tools, and myHistro definitely fits the bill for today!  With myHistro, you are able to create interactive timelines of any event in history, both major events and personal!

Create myHistro stories that integrate text, photos, video, and Google Maps to take students on a journey through the actual events of history on a virtual fieldtrip through the places that influenced the events.  These presentations can be left to play on their own or can be manipulated by the viewer as well.  If you don’t have the inclination or time to create your own, then you can choose from hundreds of already made myHistro timelines that cover almost every time period in history.

Another benefit of myHistro is that with creating your own timeline, you could have students build their own personal histories or stories, pinning actual locations on a map to correspond with the events in their timeline.  This is a perfect way to work in a cross-curricular setting, either having students research historical figures from other disciplines, creating their own life story, or writing creatively about a person’s life.  Integrating the writing component while using myHistro to organize and bring actual geography into the story can address several needs and standards at the same time.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Write Rhymes — Online Rhyming Dictionary

Write Rhymes

Write Rhymes

Today it’s all about quick and easy.  Here’s a tool that’s great not only for your creative writing of English classes, but one that could be used anywhere you want to get creative – even in your spare time!

Write Rhymes is a simple interface where you can type any word, or phrase, or series of words and when you hold down the ALT and click that word or phrase, suggestions for rhymes appear!  Write Rhymes is just like having a imbedded rhyming dictionary online!

Write Rhymes allows you to type your entire work to print, save or copy to another program if you like – or just use it as a simple dictionary and type in those hard to rhyme words one at a time!  Write Rhymes should be added to any tip sheet and tech toolbox you have as an additional resource for your creative (and not so creative) students.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Free Large File Transfers — DropSend

DropSend: Large File Transfers

I was asked this morning by a teacher about the ability to have students share a large video file that they were turning in for a project.  Unfortunately no one in the student group had a flash drive and it was too large a file to pass through our e-mail filters.   I recommended DropSend as a great free site to use for these transfers.

The interface is simple as the only thing you need is your own e-mail, the e-mail address of your recipient, and the file location.  Simply enter this information into DropSend, type the verification code they provide and click submit!  The recipient will receive an e-mail with a link to the file stored with DropSend and can download it up to 10 times within a week of it being sent.

DropSend is a very simple, and (more importantly) free way to send large files up to 2 GB via e-mail.  A 2 GB threshold is probably much larger than anything your students might create, but helps alleviate the pesky problem of those project files that may too big for a student’s flash drive – if they have one – or too large to have them e-mail or submit the file electronically another way.  One more tool for your belt! J  Happy First Friday!

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

How Strong Is Your Password? (Infographic)

How Strong Is Your Password?

As we move more and more into a web-based, cloud computing world there is a greater need to secure our information, both personal and professional.  How do you create a strong password while still making sure it is one that you will remember?  This is one of the conundrums that face us because more online data and information storage invites more people seeking to get to that information in unsavory ways.

Today’s infographic details examples of good and bad (strong and weak) passwords and some common passwords to avoid at all costs — is one of them yours?

(source)
 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Infographics

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Information Literacy — Website Evaluation Wizard

Website evaluation wizard

Students rely on the Internet and websites more for information in research than any other source.  However, can they know that what they find on the Internet is reliable?  Teaching and practicing information literacy requires that we not only teach students how to find information but also how to critically analyze its validity.  This is where a tool like the website evaluation wizard can come in handy.

This tool, at first looks like a self-running model, but don’t be fooled.  What the evaluation wizard does is a simply guide the student through the website evaluation process.  Have them cut and paste the URL of the site they wish to analyze into the wizard then click on each of the criteria on the left hand toolbar.  Each criterion opens a dialogue box with guiding questions that students answer to determine the validity of the information they have found:

While this evaluation wizard is not all-inclusive – students will still need to make their own judgments about the website’s validity and accuracy on their own – it does provide a good basis to begin analysis.  Students will be able to print out their “reports” and evaluation and should use this wizard to show a critical analysis of their web sources at least once through their research process.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,