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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Search Engine for SMART Notebook Files

Google Custom Search allows anyone to create his or her own search engine. The benefit of this is that you can create a very subject specific search environment. One such use that I found through The Whiteboard Blog is a SMART Notebook search engine. As you would expect from the name, the SMART Notebook search engine is designed to help you find resources designed for teaching with SMARTBoards.

You can access the search engine here or try it out as embedded below.

Applications for Education
Even though interactive whiteboards seems to be losing the popularity they enjoyed a few years ago, there are still in classrooms all over the world. To get the most out of that investment it's important to help teachers locate resources that can help them make the best use of interactive whiteboards. The SMART Notebook search engine could help teachers find resources to include in their IWB lessons.

A Fun Twist On Name Tags - Ice Breaker Tags

Ice Breaker Tags is a neat service for designing simple yet unique name tags. To use the service just enter your desired display name, upload an image to display on your name tag, and type your ice-breaker question or statement. If you need help developing a creative ice-breaker question or statement, Ice Breaker Tags offers some suggestions to get you going. You can print your name tag directly from Ice Breaker Tags.

Applications for Education
In my school district in the spring before they come to high school the 8th grade students go for a visit to meet high school teachers and students. Ice Breaker Tags could be a nice way for students to create unique, personalized name tags for events like that.