Showing posts from April, 2016

TouchCast - Create Your Own News Show!

TouchCast is a free app that lets you create your own newscast... complete with picture in picture content and green screen effects.  Some ideas for using TouchCast to show learning in content areas:
There are many "vApps" that can be added to your news show.  

In my opinion, the most useful ones for elementary students to show their iPad work would be: Web Page - to link to the student's blog postPhoto - to add picture from camera roll (PicCollage, Skitch, camera, math tool apps)Video - (only available on iPad Airs and higher) to add video from camera roll (Tellagami, Chatterpix, Shadow Puppet Edu, 30Hands, iMovie)Question - to add a quizList - list facts, top 10, etc.Pull Quote - to share a quote from a book, famous person, etc.Poll - it won't be interactive, but students could create a question to ask the audience.A couple of cautions for using TouchCast with students:

Be sure they stay on the "Cast Side".…

Throwback Thursday: Google Keep


Technically, we've never talked about Google Keep, because it's new-ish (actually two years old)! But we have talked about other ways to keep track of To-Do Lists like this post from Vicki in 2012 about Evernote. A lot of people still use Evernote to write notes and to-do lists and it's still a great option. I'd argue that Evernote is more robust, but I am a digital simplistic person, and I like minimal applications to organize my life. 
Google Keep is a product from, you guessed it, Google. You can log in with your GCISD email to access it. In Keep you can: Color codeMake To-Do lists (they call these notes)Set RemindersMake audio notesCopy your note to Google DriveShare a single note with a person or group of people without sharing all of them.Add photos to your notes This is what Keep looks like on the web: 

Setting a reminder:
Sharing with people:
Setting your note to have checkboxes:
A new feature in Keep is adding this Chrome Extension  to bo…

Throwback Thursday: Kid Rex and Safer Search Sites for Kids

I first blogged about KidRex in this post from May of 2013.  It's still a good resource for elementary students to use to search for information.  Now that all our elementary students are 1:1, it's more important than ever that we're teaching them how to search as safely as possible.  You'll never hear me call a search site "safe".  Even the most kid friendly of search sites are always going to just be "safer".  We still have to teach students how to use these sites appropriately.  

Some good "Information Literacy" lessons from Common Sense Media to use with your students are:

ABCs of Searching - how to find things alphabetically
Using Keywords - how to pick the right keywords to find the information you want
Things for Sale - learning what things on a page are advertisements and what is information

The Key to Keywords - how to pick the right keywords to find the information you want

This document contains links and QR codes to some of our…

Throwback Thursday: Audio Recording

Over 3 years ago, Amy wrote about how easy it is to record audio via the vocaroo website on any web browser on a computer. It still is very easy! Check out that post if you want to learn more.
Another great audio recording option is Voice Record Pro on the iPad. Not only does it record easily, but once you hit "stop," it gives you the option to upload to Google Drive! Students can use this to record any kind of audio, for something different in your classroom. Have them make a podcast teaching something they've learned to a younger grade, or interviewing each other, or reading a story they wrote, or performing a dramatic reading! 

For middle school or high school using Chromebooks or Dell laptops, Beautiful Audio Editor is a great option for students to record and edit audio. Once exported, students can easily upload to Google Drive or post to their blog.