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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Notegraphy - Write, Style, and Share Text

Notegraphy is a new service that was described on Lifehacker as "the Instagram of words." Notegraphy is a free service for stylizing small pieces of text and sharing them with your friends (or keeping the private if you wish). The service can be used in your web browser or as an iOS app. The video below offers a short overview of the service.


Applications for Education
At first I didn't think much of Notegraphy. Then I tried it out and realized that it could be a neat tool for students to use to highlight their favorite parts of poem or a short story they've read for your class.

Create Virtual Chemical Reactions on Your iPad or Android Tablet

goREACT is a free iPad and Android app from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. This free iPad app allows students to virtually create chemical reactions. To create the reactions students simply drag elements from the periodic table to the “reaction area.” The app features suggested reactions to help students get started. In all there are nearly 300 chemical reactions supported on the app. The app includes pictures and videos related to the reactions that students can virtually create on goREACT.

Applications for Education
goREACT could be a great app to use in a science classroom in which you cannot access (for good reasons in some cases) some of the materials needed to make chemical reactions. And because the app is available for Android and iPad, it is a good option for BYOD environments.

Android version here.
iPad version here.

Shutterbugs Wiggle & Stomp - A Smithsonian Game for Kids

Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp is a new educational game produced by the Smithsonian. The purpose of the game is to help children recognize the movements of animals. In the game children move through a virtual zoo with a zoo keeper. As they go through the virtual zoo the zoo keeper will ask students to take pictures of animals who are demonstrating running, jumping, stomping, and other movements.

Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp can be played online. The game is also available as a free iPad app.

Applications for Education
Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp could be a fun little game for pre-K and Kindergarten students. The game reads the commands displayed on the screen to help students learn to read the words they're seeing. At the conclusion of the game students can print out coloring pages of animals they took pictures of during the game.

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