Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Weebly

Weebly for Education is a free online service for creating classroom websites, student blogs, e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects (think PBLs).
  • It's free and includes 40 student accounts. If you need more, go to this link for options: http://education.weebly.com/ed-features.php
  • There is no advertising.
  • It's a drag-and-drop website editor with 70+ website designs to choose from.
  • Add pictures, videos, audio players, documents, maps, and photo galleries. Use Weebly's audio and video players.
  • Student websites can be password-protected. The classroom teacher has full control over which websites are public, which are private, and which can be edited by the student.
  • Supports an unlimited number of blogs within a website, with a comment moderation features that allow an open, moderated, or closed conversation. 
It's always important to check a website or App's Terms of Service. The Terms of Service for Weebly: Individuals under the age of 13 are prohibited from creating or using accounts through Weebly.com. Students under the age of 13 may, however, use Weebly through special student accounts created by their teachers through education.weebly.com, provided the teacher has obtained signed parental consent from the student's parents.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memogram

Do you love using Evernote but are a linear thinker/organizer? Memogram is an iPad app for visualizing/organizing your Evernote entries in a flat structure as a list as if they were written on cards or Post It notes.

With Memogram, touch and drag your notes where you want to. It's designed to reflect a user's physical behavior to the iPad screen. With Memogram, you will see a broad overview of all your Evernote entries, and then when you need to, you can open up a specific one and edit as needed.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memogram/id537209700?mt=8

Friday, May 24, 2013

WatchKnowLearn



WatchKnowLearn.org is a fabulous resource for students and teachers.  The site offers educational videos for many subject areas.  The vision is stated here:

To provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos.

Search by using the search field at the top of the screen:
or expand the content areas by clicking the plus sign(s) on the left side of the screen (found under Directory):
Add an additional filter by sliding the age filter slider:

More information on WatchKnowLearn can be found here, including the many partners and content contributors:


More information on other video tutorial sites

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Padlet




Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) allows users to post ideas on a "wall."  In addition, pictures and files can easily be added by dragging and dropping them into the wall space.  A login is not required to access the walls (more information explained here).  Users simply double-tap the wall to type.  Padlet walls are accessible on a computer or ipad by accessing the web browser.  The URL of the wall can be shared to give others access for collaborative projects and brainstorming sessions.  Padlet provides a great place to create formative assessment tools.


A wall can have various privacy settings:
  • Private - the  user and those invited via email can see the wall
  • Password Protected - visitors are required to enter a password to see the wall
  • Hidden Link - the wall has a public link, but it is hidden from Google and public areas of Padlet
  • Totally Public - the wall is completely public and can show up in Google searches and on Padlet's homepage
Check out the privacy settings for a wall to learn more.

Padlet walls can now be exported.  Click the Share/Export button on the right side of the screen and select your preferred format. 


Find out more information and watch several quick videos here to learn more about Padlet.




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kid Rex - A Great Google Alternative for Elementary Students!


Searching the internet and evaluating the content are important skills for students today to master.  However, many elementary teachers are understandably nervous about sending kids to Google to research.  KidRex is one solution! KidRex uses Google Custom Search and Google Safe Search technologies to maintain a database of kid safe websites and keyword searches.

Bookmark the website on your classroom computers and iPads or embed the widget on your class webpage using the code here: http://www.kidrex.org/parents/spread_the_word.html

For more kid friendly search engines, visit the GCISD Tech Lessons webpage: 
http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids


Sunday, May 19, 2013

PhotoCard App


PhotoCard (also called Bill Atkinson's PhotoCard) is an app for creating postcards with text and an image. There is a Lite version and a Full version that are both currently free. The full version includes 200 nature photos, 200 stamps, and 400 stickers. The lite version is the exact same app, but only has 10 nature photos, 20 stamps, and 20 stickers. Students can choose one of the built in photos or insert their own.  You can create an account for using the app to actually mail postcards. However, students can simply save the image to the camera roll (by tapping the "Actions" icon in the bottom right hand corner and choosing "Share Postcard"), so no account is necessary.

Tips for Using:


Ideas for Using:
  • Share research about an animal.
  • Document discoveries from a science experiment.
  • Share research about an historical person, place or event.
  • Summarize or review a story. 
  • Great for lessons on imagery and description.

Have you used PhotoCard with your students?  Leave us a comment below.  We'd love to hear how you used it!  


Friday, May 17, 2013

Knowmia

Knowmia (Teach) is a free video and lesson creation app for the iPad. You can create video lessons and publish them on Knowmia.com.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teach/id527216211?mt=8
  • Build a lesson out of individual steps like slides
  • Record everything that you do as well as your voice and video
  • Capture your face in the video as you narrate the steps
  • Import images, graphics or video clips from the iPad media library and built-in camera, or paste in any image of your own
  • Select built-in background options and choose font/size when typing text
  • Tools include a shape tool, pen tool, highlighter tool, and pointer tool
  • Publish lessons to Knowmia.com (they cannot be saved or exported anywhere except the Knowmia website). Including tags when publishing will help others find your lesson 
  • Use for a flipped classroom; have students create videos





Wednesday, May 15, 2013

iMotion HD for Stop Motion or Time Lapse Video




iMotion HD is a time-lapse and stop motion app for the iPad. It is great for creating time-lapse video or stop motion animation videos with clay or other props.


  • Use time-lapse, manual, remote, or microphone activation to take photos
  • Change the frames per second (FPS) after photos are taken
  • Install iMotion Remote on another iOS device to take photos remotely
  • Export to the camera roll, from there you can Email or upload to Youtube
Ideas for using:



More information:
http://www.fingerlab.net/website/Fingerlab/iMotion_HD.html
http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/01/17/stop-motion-animation-in-the-elementary-classroom/

Have you used this or another app to create time-lapse or stop motion video? Share what you or your students have created in the comments!

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