Friday, May 20, 2016

Playing in the Sand

Do you ever just want to have time to explore and try new “stuff” without having to worry about all the other things you have to do in a day? Sometimes I just need something to get myself more organized. And, since I love using technology, I am always looking for apps that can help me with getting organized and staying organized—at least in my own mind.

So today I bring you a list of things to just play around with—books to read, apps to try, and ways to take notes on your smart devices. Some are useful to use in your classroom with your students, some may even be applicable for use in an online classroom. They are in no particular order, so just play with them. Keep what you like, ignore what you don’t like. Have fun in the sandbox—just don’t throw sand at anyone.

Let me know which ones you really like and are using, or going to try.

Do Note—a superb Apple and Android app from IFTTT, which lets you, setup one-click notes which can be used for many online services. You can send a note to your email, add something to Evernote, or even add something to your Google Calendar by extracting the details from the text. Use it in your ongoing assessment by quickly noting things you notice in class.

41 Books Worth Reading

Background Burner—remove backgrounds from images

Photos for Class—age appropriate images, automatic citation, Creative Commons

Videvoa site with huge bank of free and creative commons high quality video clips.

ChatterPix KidsApple app for adding audio to photos. Personalize images with filters and fun stamps and then record voice or music, and share via social media or email. Use as great as a self-assessment tool by asking pupils to photograph their work and then talk about it.

Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.

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