Monday, December 8, 2014

Ebooks of Lesson Ideas for iPad Apps in the Classroom

This is a guest post from Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher - an advertiser on this site.

iPads have entered classrooms at an unprecedented rate. In response to the prevalence of this device in schools, Apple has released a series of free eBooks outlining lesson plans for various apps. What makes these especially powerful is that they harness iPad’s unique feature of being a mobile creation device. All of the eBooks are free and the apps, if not free, are heavily discounted under Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Educational Institutions.

Each of these eBooks focuses on a specific app and outlines a series of lesson plan ideas by grade level and subject matter. A quick note for educators, many of these Apps have iPhone and Android Options so these eBooks could be used for other platforms as well.

SketchBook Express Lesson Ideas

SketchBook Express allows students to draw, paint, and draft using just their fingerprints! Not just for art and design, there are lessons for Mathematics K-5, Science 5-8, History 5-12, Art K-5, and Science 9-12.

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas

Stop Motion Studio allows students to act out their own scenes or incorporate clay, drawings, and photos to “create animated sequences.” This is a creative way to bring video into your classroom. There are lessons for Mathematics K-5, Science K-8, Literacy 9-12, and History 9-12.

Explain Everything Lesson Ideas

Lessons cover mathematics for grades K-12, Literacy grades K-12, Social Studies 9-12, and Science 6-8. Each lesson outlines age levels, objectives, sample rubrics, and examples. The outlines are a great way to get started and to build from as you progress with the tool.

Hopscotch Lesson Ideas

Hopscotch is a simple tool that “helps students learn to code, letting them get creative while developing computer science, problem-solving, and logical-thinking skills.” However, don’t think that all of the exercises are focused on computer science and coding. Rather, they provide lessons that help you to infuse coding skills into a “traditional” curriculum. Lessons cover K-8 mathematics, Literacy K-5, Foreign Language 6-8, Science K-5, and Geography 6-8.

Puppet Pals HD Lesson Ideas

Puppet Pals allows students to create their own characters and record voice overs in order to tell stories. It’s similar to other comic book apps, but allows for moveable characters that can be personalized. Lessons include topics for Science K-5, Literacy K-5, Geography 5-8, and Foreign Language 5-8.

If you would like to explore more tools for your Mobile Device classroom, check out EdTechTeacher’s “Apps for the Classroom” and “Tech Tools by Subject and Skills" or come join them for their February 9-11 iPad Summit in San Diego.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Small Collection of Resources About Pearl Harbor

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the U.S. into WWII. While this list is definitely last-minute for this year, you might bookmark a few of these resources for next year or later in the year when you get to WWII in your curriculum (I typically covered WWII in April in my curriculum).

National Geographic has a good resource students can explore to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Interactive Pearl Harbor Attack Map is a map and timeline accompanied by voice narration. Each stop along the timeline of the attack is accompanied by a short narrated passage. At each stop students can click on the map to read more information about that place and moment in the chronology of the attack.

My Story: Pearl Harbor is an hour-by-hour account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The account is told from the perspective of Dale and Johnie Gano who were stationed at Pearl Harbor.

The National Parks Service offers lesson plans about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

Here is a video clip of President Roosevelt giving his "Day of Infamy" speech.


SnagFilms hosts Pearl Harbor: Day of Infamy. This documentary includes interviews with 25 people who witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Teach Parents Tech - A Good Way to Send Tech Help

Almost all of us have people in our lives that need help navigating their computers and or the Internet. Teach Parents Tech is a free service from Google that can help you help those people in your life that need some tech guidance.

To send tech support through Teach Parents Tech simply specify a recipient, choose the type of help that your recipient needs, and enter your recipient's email address. Your recipient will receive a set of videos designed to help them with the tasks that are troubling them. As the sender, you can preview the videos before they are sent.

Applications for Education
Teach Parents Tech is obviously designed for children to help their parents, but it could be used to help your colleagues down the hall too. You can customize your message so that it isn't addressed to mom or dad and is instead addressed to a first name. Even if you don't use the email template provided by Teach Parents Tech, you may find the site to be helpful in finding tutorial videos to embed in your blog or website.

5 Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools Compared - Chart

Over the last few weeks I've published charts comparing student response systems, timeline creation tools, and mind mapping tools. This chart comparing my five favorite web-based audio recording and editing tools is the next chart in the series. Eventually, all of these charts will be combined into one file.

The chart of my five favorite audio recording and editing tools is embedded below. You can also grab the Google Drive version here.


As always, there are certainly other tools on the market that will perform the same functions that the tools in the chart above perform. I chose these tools because they are the ones that I recommend and feature in my workshops.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where we welcome the snow that is currently falling from the sky. Last night I barbecued in the snow and today, after some shoveling, I'll be snowshoeing with my dogs. Wherever you are and whatever the weather is, I hope that you have some fun things planned for the weekend too. Readers in a snowy climate might be interested in these fun things to do with kids.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart
2. Three Google Drive Updates to Note This Week
3. 50 Interactive Activities to Embed Into Elementary School Blogs
4. 5 Activities to Kick-start Brainstorming Sessions
5. Autodesk's Design Software is Now Free for Students and Teachers
6. Try EDpuzzle's Chrome Extension to Save Videos for Flipped Lessons
7. 5 Timeline Creation Tools Compared - Chart

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