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23 Jan 2012
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Notable Apps for Note-taking: Episode 16

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 16 – “Notable Notes for Note-taking”. In this episode we featured 10 free apps (in addition to Evernote) that could be used for note-taking. For each app we shared a brief description and then ways the app could be used in the classroom and how notes could be shared or submitted.

You can GRAPH in Sundry Notes?!!!

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Sundry Notes
  2. PaperPort Notes (formerly Notarize)
  3. Neu.annotate PDF
  4. Dragon Dictation
  5. Flashcardlet (Flashcards*)
  6. iPen Free 
  7. Totes m’ Notes
  8. Note Hub
  9. NJoyNote Lite
  10. Note Record

 

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02 Jan 2012
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Surprisingly Educational Apps

I have to say “Surprisingly Educational” apps appears to be the most popular topic on our “appy hours 4 u” show to date. In these shows we feature mostly free *(some apps may have been free for a limited time) edutainment apps and discuss integration ideas for each app that span across content areas and multiple grade levels.

To support this app-erific surprisingly educational phenomenon, I was inspired to create a Symbaloo web mix to house the apps from our previous and upcoming Surprisingly Educational Shows. This Symbaloo will also serve as a resource for an iPlayground workshop at TCEA 2012.

Symbaloo can be accessed off of a mobile device – each link will open in Safari or iTunes.

Surprisingly Educational Apps Webmix created with Symbaloo

 

And while we are on the subject of “surprisingly educational apps”, I would like to thank the iOS geniuses behind To Me By Me (featured on Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 2) for such an innovative app…and for giving “appy hours 4 u” some iTunes love! Also check out out To Me By Me can be utilized with children and students for goal-setting!

To me By me app featured on "Appy Hours 4 U" and image annotated with Skitch

 

Stay tuned for a fully interactive “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” ePub educator workshop which will feature free edu apps from our episodes… including surprisingly educational and appear in iBooks early this Spring!

 

 


30 Dec 2011
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Making Mathematics App-tastic – Part 2: Episode 15

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 15 – “Making Mathematics App-tastic: Part 2. In this follow-up episode we featured 15 free mathematics game-like apps that focused on basic math, ordering numbers, proportions, FDP conversions, and equations for both elementary and secondary. For each app we shared a brief description and then ways the app could be used in the classroom (e.g. stations, assessment, remediation). Check out our first segment of “Making Mathematics App-tastic“.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Computer Carl
  2. Math Kid
  3. Dinosaurs Kids Math HD Free Lite
  4. Math Edge HD Lite: Multiplication, Addition, Division
  5. Motion Math Zoom
  6. Splash Math: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
  7. Pearl Diver
  8. Number Line
  9. Check Please Lite
  10. MarkUp Markdown
  11. PercentDiff
  12. Factor Race
  13. Algebra Champ
  14. Slice it! Begins

 

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29 Dec 2011
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Comics 4 the iClassroom: Episode 14

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 14 – “Comics 4 the iClassroom”. In this episode we featured 7 free comic and caption apps and provided ideas for how they could be used to support digital storytelling in multiple grade levels and across content areas.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Comic Touch Lite
  2. Perfect Captions
  3. Photo Captions Free
  4. Captions
  5. Camera Art FX Free
  6. Doodle Buddy
  7. Popplet Lite

 

We also mentioned free apps that are educational comics:

  1. Heroes Bicentenarios
  2. Riding with Rosa Parks
  3. Spiked Math HD
  4. Cooper Seattle Lite
  5. Elementary Safety
  6. Drug Facts for Young People
  7. Teenage Survival
  8. Green Planet 4 Kids
  9. Professor Garfield Cyberbullying
  10. Professor Garfield Online Safety
  11. Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
  12. Professor Garfield Forms of Media
  13. MSNBC Cartoons HD (preview and pre-select content in this app – see our “cautionary apps” show for more tips)

 

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More Resources to Support Comic-Based Lessons:

  1. Cartoons for the Classroom
  2. Concept Cartoon Strategies
  3. Concept Cartoons & Concept Tests (Slideshare)
  4. Read Write Think Interactive Comic Vocabulary
  5. Lesson Plans with a Comic Theme
  6. Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers

Tap Into The World Of Comics: 21 Ways to use Comics in the Classroom (features Web 2.0 Tools)

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29 Dec 2011
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Making Mathematics App-tastic: Episode 13

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 13 – “Making Mathematics App-tastic. In this episode we featured 11 free mathematics game-like apps that focused on currency/money and fractions for both elementary and secondary. For each app we shared a brief description and then multiple ways the app could be used in the classroom (e.g. stations, assessment, remediation).

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Apples in Hour Hands
  2. Bills & Coins
  3. Coins
  4. Counting Money
  5. Sticker Shop
  6. Lil Kitten Shopping Cart
  7. Freddy Fraction
  8. Fraction Factory
  9. Pizza Fractions
  10. Pizza Time! Make More Pizza
  11. Portion Platter

 

Came across this Symbaloo of math apps for primary on Pinterest and thought I would share:

Math Apps for Primary

 

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22 Dec 2011
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A Double Helping of Appy Cheer

North East ISD Technology Services: Inspired by Kerrville ISD to create a holiday card that shares a few of our favorite things, the technology services department at NEISD created the following sentiment. We decided to use Tagxedo to app-rise all of our favorite web and mobile apps as many individuals seemed to prefer the same apps (the larger the font of the app, the more popular the tool).

Appy Holidays from North East ISD Technology Services

 

“Appy Hours 4 U” would also like to wish you an Appy Holiday and an App-tastic New Year. We changed our app to reflect our merry wishes.

Appy Holidays from Lisa Johnson & Yolanda Barker


21 Nov 2011
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 2 – Episode 12

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 12 – “Surprisingly Educational Apps. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas across content areas and grade levels. Check out our first installment of “Surprisingly Educational Apps.”

 

PicCal Calendar Event

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. StoryLines: Check out other apps by Root-1
  2. ArounderTouch: Check out edu tips for Virtual Vacations
  3. Tour Wrist: Visit their blog to see more media coverage and consumer reviews
  4. PicCal Lite (Blog)
  5. My Playhome Lite: More edu tips for integration
  6. To me By me (Website)
  7. SonicPics Lite (Website)
  8. Bill Atkinson PhotoCard Lite (Website)
  9. Coolibah (Website)

 
Wish I had come across Michael Benavides’ Spanish iLesson using TurboCollage (I am adding this app as a “write-in” on the surprisingly educational app ballot).

 

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18 Nov 2011
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iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary: Episode 11

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 11 – “iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary“. In this episode we were joined by Two Tech Chicks (Apple Distinguished Educators, Killeen ISD educators, and hosts of their own Tech Chick Tips show in iTunes). They highlighted multiple apps that support literacy in the preschool/primary setting as well as useful tips for how to use QR codes and iBooks with young students. They were also kind enough to share their recommended list of free apps and podcasts (freeiPodTouchResourcesElem) for elementary with the techchef4u patrons.

Visit their blog, wikispace, Facebook page, and Tech Chick Tips podcast series for more “tips and tricks for gadgets and software for your digital life”

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Check out “HOT Apps 4 Literacy” for more free ELAR apps and iLesson resources.


14 Nov 2011
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HOT Apps 4 Literacy: Episode 10

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 10 – “HOT Apps 4 Literacy“. In this episode we featured multiple game-like apps that supported English Language Arts content for both elementary and secondary students. Our focus was on how these game apps could be used to create purposeful instructional apptivities (e.g. what a task card and recording sheet might look like and what examples of extensions and follow-up apptivities would be.)

This week we discussed the following free apps:

HOT Apps 4 Literacy

Elementary:

    1. Bluster!
    2. Chicktionary Lite
    3. Futaba Word Games for Kids
    4. Word-Blocks
    5. Grammer Jammers
    6. Grammar Fun Free
    7. Story Wheel
    8. Grammar Dragon
    9. K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite

 

Secondary

    1. Same Meaning Magic (Synonyms)
    2. Word Bubble Free
    3. Vocabulary Bubble Free
    4. Poetry Magnets
    5. iAssociate 2 HD Lite

 

iModel with Explain Everything: I have used Explain Everything to model how an iLesson using Chicktionary Lite (or any ELA game app) could be delivered utilizing resources such as task cards, recording sheets, and follow-up activities. (Check out Laura Moore’s task card (Apptivity-Task-Card_Chicktionary) and recording sheet (Student-Recording-Sheet_Chicktionary) on her blog).

 

 

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14 Nov 2011
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Cautionary Apps: Episode 9

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 9 – “Cautionary Apps”. In this episode we were joined by Susan Reeves (App-tastic ITS and Google Certified Teacher). Our topic was cautionary apps: how to review apps, where to find the best apps, and the pedagogical practices behind selecting appropriate apps for classroom use. We also shared a specific list of cautionary edu apps and how teachers can avoid or better prepare instruction around these selections by previewing and preselecting content.

Cautionary Apps: Preview & Preselect Content

 
Educator Recommended Apps: Check out TCEA’s Google Doc for iPad and iPod, Kathy Schrock’s iPads in The Classroom, and APPitic for educator recommended apps.

Want more info on selecting apps and reviewing apps: Visit The App Review and Finding An App: The Best Kept Secrets.

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