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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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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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02 Nov 2011
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We're in iTunes!!

“Appy Hours 4 U” is now available in iTunes! We will still be airing live at at 3:30pm from our home studio at Blog Talk Radio. If you miss our live show, you can always stream it at BTR or find us in iTunes an hour or so after the show. Happy listening!

 

Listen in for app-tastic info on free edu apps & ideas for integration across content area & grade level

 


30 Oct 2011
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4 Tools for Innovative e-Magazines

As you well know, I am an app addict and a bit of an app hoarder. Always seeking new and innovative ways to share my app-thusiasm and appy hours, I was thrilled when I came across this iPad E-mag in an original Apps in Education post. Tucking it away until I found time to play… and blog, I decided to share the e-mag as well as my tech bucket list of resources for creating a similar one for the techchef4u kitchen and patrons.

 

 
Kudos to Laura Wright for compiling this book of “essential apps for elementary age children” in such a beautiful and informative publication.

Tech Bucket List: Curated on Scoop.it


 
Tech Bucket List: As I am inundated on a daily basis with cool tech resources that I would like to explore or integrate into lessons or professional development resources, I created an online repository to house said tools. Noting that a few drops in my tech bucketwere tools for e-publication, I felt this might be the perfect time to share a few that I plan to explore and utilize to create virtual and interactive resources for app-related lessons and professional development.

  1. Themeefy: allows you to create your own personalized themed magazines
  2. Grisker: publish content in a magazine style
  3. Openzine: make your own magazine
  4. Simplebooklet: create and share multi-page booklets

 
Please note these tools are on my bucket list: I have not reviewed or explored these e-publishing tools further than “wow these are really cool tools and I must reserve some time to play with them in the future.”

If anyone has used any of the 4 tools listed above (or has others to share), I would love to hear your review or see what a final product looked like.


13 Oct 2011
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iPad App Shootouts and iPad App Playgrounds

In the process of cleaning out my cluttered inbox and adding Web 2.0 tools to my new Scoop.it pageTech Bucket List“, I came across these two iPad resources. Thought I would share:

  1. iPad App Shootout

    Rock Your World: iPad App Shootout: a webinar created to “address the desire of iPad users in CMS and BEYOND (global) to discuss the apps they see useful and beneficial to the education of students.” It airs every 4th week of the month. This idea aligns with their iPad Chat Vision: “To be a PLN of iPad users that are connected in CMS with the two focuses on administrative and instructional use. To have a dialogue with CMS iPad users in an open and safe environment.”

    They also provide additional resources and PLN opportunities:

    1. Twitter hashtags: #CMSiPadChat
    2. Yammer Group
    3. Opportunities to share apps instructionally to meet objectives

     

  2. St. Clair County iPad Apps Playground: St. Clair has created a Google Site with a Google Form for teachers to submit their favorite educational apps which creates a resulting iPad Apps Playground spreadsheet. Some of the submission qualifiers on the iPad Google Form that I really found useful were:
    1. “Does the app require wifi or network access in order to work?”
    2. “Does the app rely on access to cameras not found on the first generation iPad?”
    3. iPad Only options (iPad Only, Compatible, Unsure)
    4. Range of Cost Drop-Down

iPad Apps Playground

 


26 Sep 2011
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Appy Hours and App Smackdowns

HS Appy Hour: Thank you Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD Director of Instructional Technology (and “iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron”) for sharing your H.S. Appy Hour menu (modeled after the techchef4u menus linked below). Carl added a very cool feature to his menu: open it in iBooks and the app buttons will actually take you to the app store when you can download the app of your choice. I think I will be “borrowing” this feature when I revamp our secondary menus. (Can’t wait for the release of the app smackdown video!). AppyHourMenu9-19-2011_EanesISDpdf

Eanes ISD Appy Hour Menu

Noterize: I fell in love with Noterize (featured in the All Purpose section of the menu) and shared it as part of a my South San ISD iPad Camp. They loved the integration with PDF’s and the multiple classroom implementation possibilities. Stay tuned for an upcoming techchef4u post which will include home-baked recipes for how to integrate PDF’s into your iLesson Toolkit!  

If you devoured the Eanes ISD menu, whet your palette with blod flavor of these appy morsels:

  1. Secondary Math Menu
  2. Secondary Science Menu
  3. Secondary History Menu
  4. Secondary ELAR Menu
  5. Apps for Parents
  6. HOT Apps 4 HOTS
  7. Appy Hours Direct 2 U: Free Delivery

02 Sep 2011
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Screencasting, Problem-Solving, and Digital Storytelling: Episode 2

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 2“Screencasting, Problem-Solving, and Digital Storytelling”. In addition to discussing how the four featured apps could be used instructionally (with multiple grade levels and content areas), we discussed the purpose and inspiration of the show, explained how to get images to the device (e.g. screenshots, camera, saving an image), and gave more in depth information on how to manage the apps with multiple students and collect products as well as limitations of the app(s) and what features the upgraded app offers or promises to offer in the next patch.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Doodle Buddy (Twitter): highlighted in ShowMe video above (also checkout Doodle Buddy featured in other edu blogs:

    Doodle Buddy Bar Graph

    1. Math: determine length of missing side of a triangle
    2. Speech Therapy: sketching, building vocabulary, and pictionary-like activities
    3. Occupational Therapy: developing fine motor skills (used to compare progress over a few weeks)
    4. Multi-content: science labs, math problems, alphabet books, annotate PowerPoints that have been turned into images
    5. Cooperative Work: Hangman
  2. Popplet Lite (Twitter): Ophelia Character Map & Math Vocabulary/Classification
  3. ScreenChomp (Twitter): Review and goal-setting example using Poetry Magnets screenshot, Math example using U.S. Quarters screenshot
  4. ShowMe (Twitter): example included above highlights Doodle Buddy screenshots (visit ShowMe Community for more examples)
  5. Explain Everything $ (Twitter): review and examples for student and teacher use (visit Explain Everything Showcase for more examples and a review of my EE projects)

 
 
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Our next show “Puppets 4 the Classroom airs September 8th at 10:00am which will highlight Sock Puppets, Puppet Pals, Tortoise & Hare Puppet Show, and PhotoPuppet HD Lite.