Showing posts with label technology for parents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label technology for parents. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PowerSchool Comes to the iPhone and iPad

The gradebook/ student data management system PowerSchool recently released two free iPhone and iPad apps. The new apps, one for students and one for parents, give students and parents instant access to information like attendance records, grades, assignments, and school-wide announcements. To use the app the school has to be using PowerSchool 7.1 or later.

Applications for Education
For students and parents who use iPhones and or iPads, the PowerSchool apps should be handy for keeping up with important information. Parents concerned that their high school students may have skipped a class can check on that information quickly (provided the record in PowerSchool is updated).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My IEP Meeting - An App for IEP Meetings

Update: Yikes! The pricing of this app has changed since I wrote this post. Thanks to Olga LaPlante for pointing that out. 

My IEP is an iPhone and iPad app designed to help parents and guardians to gather and organize information before, during, and after IEP meetings. (For those unfamiliar with the term IEP, in the US, means Individualized Education Program. IEP meetings are held with parents and teachers of students in special education programs). My IEP offers tools for categorized note-taking, creating checklists, behavior tracking tools, calendar sync, and file storage. Users of My IEP can take pictures of meeting documents and store them in their My IEP files folders.

Applications for Education
My IEP could be a good app for parents to use not only during meetings, but also throughout the school year to keep track of important information and questions that they want to share during an IEP meeting. I think that classroom teachers could also use the app for recording information to share during IEP meetings.

H/T to Suzanne Bartel for sharing My IEP on Twitter. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Famigo Sandbox - Create a 'Kids-only" Section on Your Android Phone

Famigo is a service offering reviews of and recommendations of apps for kids to use on Android phones and iPhones. I wrote a review of it earlier this year. Since then Famigo launched a free Android app called Famigo Sandbox.

Famigo Sandbox is an Android app that allows you to create a "kids-only" section on your Android phone. With Famigo Sandbox installed and activated when you hand your phone to your child your child cannot accidentally access your contacts, dial the phone, or access apps that are not in the Famigo Sandbox. Famigo Sandbox also provides you with recommendations for new apps for your child to try.

The two minute video below provides an overview of the Famigo Sandbox Android app.

Applications for Education
I don't know of any teachers who are in the habit of handing their phones to young students. But if you have young children of your own that occasionally use your phone to play an educational game, this app could be for you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ProCon Content Filter for Firefox

ProCon Latte Content Filter is a Firefox add-on designed to prevent users of your computers from accessing sites containing objectionable content. It can filter any type of content you specify by keyword. Password protection means that only you can change the filter settings. This could be an add-on that parents might want to add to the browser on their home computers. Of course, educating students about what they should or shouldn't access is the best policy, but the ProCon Latte Content Filter is a nice back-up plan. The Tekzilla video below offers a little more information about this Firefox add-on.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tucoola - Games for Kids and Parents to Play Together

Tucoola is a free site offering games for children and parents. The site has a section of single user activities for kids and section of two user activities for parents to play with their children. Most of the activities are simple enough for children four years old to play. The activities include things like simple jigsaw puzzles, checkers, and basic number games. The site can be used without registration, but parents who do choose to register themselves and their children can access activity reports for what their children have done on the site.

Applications for Education
Tucoola isn't breaking any new ground with their games and activities, but if you're looking for some basic skills practice activities it's worth bookmarking Tucoola. The option to access activity reports for their children might be an appealing feature for parents.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ZangZing - Group Sharing of Photos from Many Sources

ZangZing is a new service, currently in an invite-only beta, that will allow you to collaborate on the creation of an online photo album. There are many services that allow you to do this now, but what makes ZangZing different is that you can pull in the photos you already have on other photo sharing sites. You can pull in photos from Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Instagram, and other popular photo sharing sites. You can also email photos directly to the album(s) you create on ZangZing. Each collaborative album you create on ZangZing has its own privacy setting so that you can create a combination of public and private albums within your account.

Applications for Education
Thinking back to my experience in elementary school (I've never taught K-6) I remember parents always snapping photos at school events. Later, in middle school I recall classmates taking pictures at school events. In both cases there were always people asking each other if they would make "doubles" to share. Services like ZangZing allow everyone to get "doubles" by simply creating a group photo album for the members to view. A group photo album could be created on ZangZing by a teacher or "class parent" to record the memories of a play, field trip, or school concert.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

KinKast - Private Video Sharing

KinKast is a new service that offers free private sharing of the videos you record. KinKast is both an iPhone application and a web application. Here's what KinKast does; you record a video on your iPhone or on a camera and upload it to the KinKast servers. You can then share it via email with the people you want to see it. You can also post it to Facebook if you choose. Under the free KinKast plan each of your videos is only stored for 30 days from the day you uploaded it. With both the paid and free plan there is not a restriction on the size of the video you can upload.

Watch the video below to learn more about KinKast.

Applications for Education
KinKast could be a good way for teachers and parents to privately share videos of school concerts, field trips, and other school events. Rather than putting the videos up on a video sharing site parents and teachers can simply send them to people on an email list.