Monday, December 12, 2016

A Blog About iPad Apps and One About Android Apps

About a month ago I had a huge database problem on my blogs iPad Apps 4 School and Android 4 Schools. After a month of struggle I finally admitted that I was out of my league and called in professional help this morning. Of course, the pro was able to fix it all about an hour. The lesson here for me is, don't be so cheap and try to fix it all yourself. Anyway, both sites are now back to running as designed.

There are new posts up on Android 4 Schools and iPad Apps 4 School. The Android post is a tutorial on using the Explore function in Google Docs for Android. The iPad post is about a neat app that helps students learn how to add fractions.

An Easy Way to Create Mindmaps in Your Browser

A lot of mind mapping tools lock you into using straight lines between elements, but Connected Mind is not one of them. Connected Mind allows you to create mind maps in any configuration that you like. It is a Chrome Web Store app which means that you save your work online using your Google Account credentials. As I demonstrate in my video embedded below, Connected Mind lets you use images and or text bubbles in your mind maps. The labeling options in Connected Mind are almost limitless too. Watch my video below to learn more about Connected Mind.


Applications for Education
Connected Mind could be a good app for students to use to develop mind maps from scratch or from an existing image or file they upload. In general, I find mind mapping to be a great exercise for students to do while planning a video project. I also use mind mapping when planning a lesson unit for my courses.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Reach Out Reporter - Science News for Children

Reach Out Reporter is a free service that provides science stories for elementary school students. The site is updated weekly with videos, articles, and graphics. There is a section in Reach Out Reporter called Fact Pack. In the fact pack section you will find sets of short videos and or images arranged around a central topic.


Applications for Education
All sections of Reach Out Reporter include discussion question suggestions for teachers.

A quick note of clarification: Reach Out Reporter is based in the U.K. therefore dates on articles are formatted with the day before the month.

H/T to The Whiteboard Blog

What's in Dry-Erase Markers? - How Do They Work?

Even in the most tech-laden schools you can still walk into almost any classroom and find a dry-erase marker and whiteboard. Whether it's to write a reminder for your students or to spell out a key term, it's quick and easy to scribble on whiteboard. But what is in those dry-erase markers we use? And how do they work? The answers to those questions and more are offered in the following episode of Ingredients on National Geographic's YouTube channel.


Applications for Education
When I have shared previous episodes in this series I have suggested having students attempt to re-create and or improve on the formula. I'm not sure that is a good idea in the case of dry-erase markers. Instead, I'll suggest using a tool like Vizia to create a flipped lesson based on the video.

4 Fun Facts About Reindeer

Thanks in part to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer some children don't believe that reindeer (caribou) are real animals. SciShow Kids seeks to remedy that in their latest video 4 Facts to Know About Reindeer. Through the video kids can learn why reindeer are called caribou in North America. The lesson also teaches students how reindeer have adapted to find food and stay warm in cold weather. The video concludes with an explanation of why reindeer migrate.


To create a flipped lesson based on this video try using Vizia or EDPuzzle.