Tuesday’s Free Apps :)

Thanks to Mark Coppin for tonight’s free app suggestions.

There are several free apps today. Remember to download as soon as possible before they go back to paid.

He has also updated his app wheels. Take a look: 
–  App Wheel for ASD to version 3. Here is the link – http://bit.ly/ASDWheelV3 
– App Wheel for Apps to Support a Successful Transition – http://bit.ly/TransitionWheel 

Here are his free app suggestions:

Swype – https://appsto.re/i6BD9CW

ArtikPix Levels – https://appsto.re/i6BD8Qh

First Grade Math Greenbutton – https://appsto.re/i6Bj6rf

First Nouns – https://appsto.re/i6BD73s

FX Math Solver – https://appsto.re/i6Bj2Sz

Please Take My Picture – https://appsto.re/i6BD2rD

TeamChooser – https://appsto.re/i6Bj7jh

Be On Air Pro – https://appsto.re/i6Bj2mv

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Why join a Twitter chat? What can one hour with fellow educators do for you?

It was just recently that I happened to stumble my way into a Twitter chat in progress and I was amazed at not only how much I learned in one hour but also how rejuvenated I felt!  One hour chatting with educators that were interested in a similar topic was re-energizing and engaging.  Twitter chats are a fast paced exchange of ideas, questions & resources that will leave your brain reflecting for hours and give you practical ideas for the next day!

We often talk about the importance of building relationships with our students and filling their bucket with positive learning opportunities.  Educators work tirelessly to do this for their students, but how often do we get to participate in PD that reignites our enthusiasm for learning.   Twitter chats provide a weekly opportunity to connect with other educators that are interested in similar topics; moreover, these educators value your ideas and are interested in learning from your experiences!  It’s pretty exciting (at least in my world), when someone you follow on Twitter favourites your tweet or better yet retweets your comment!

Imagine a weekly idea session where people share resources, ideas and examples in a fast paced positive environment where the conversation can evolve as quickly as a flame dancing in a fire.   These sessions exist in the form of weekly Twitter chats and occur Sunday through Saturday with participants from around the world!

Although it may be overwhelming at first to follow the conversation, once you jump in and reply you’ll be hooked when someone responds to your tweet!

It’s truly some of the best PD (& most accessible & affordable) that you’ll experience this year, plus you’ll grow your personal learning network (PLN). And once you return the following week and are greeted by name, you’ll open up your calendar and make time to chat with amazingly talented and thoughtful educators from around the world!  Because learning is never so much fun as when your idea catches fire & evolves before your eyes.

So they next time you are looking to re-energize, try checking out a Twitter chat.  You never know what one hour with fellow educators can do for you!

Check out these Weekly Twitter Chat Options (Compiled by @thomascmurray , @cevans5095 and @cybraryman1)

Special thanks to #1to1techat for creating a positive & welcoming space to discuss & share ideas!  Wednesday’s @ 8:00

Free iPad Apps

Here are Friday’s Free App Suggestions from Mark Coppin: (Lots of different apps for you to take a look at).

If you work with kids who use a switch interface to access the iPad, there are several free apps available for free this week. There are also a couple of other apps that are also free today.

TeachMe: Toddlerhttp://itun.es/i6xF5NX (this one was in a Free App email yesterday)

MyStoryTime – Personalized Story Books for Kids – http://itun.es/i6xF5N8

Switch Apps

Switch Box Invaders – http://itun.es/i6xF5nZ

Fun Photo Cinema Style with Hall of Mirrors, Psychedelic Colors and SpecialFX – http://itun.es/i6xg7xj

Sensory Just Touchhttp://itun.es/i6xg7xD

Sensory Magmahttp://itun.es/i6xg7xJ

A Fun Foto Booth with Hall of Mirrors, Psychedelic and Kaleidoscope Effects – http://itun.es/i6x62q8

Sensory iMebahttp://itun.es/i6xg7xx

Sensory Electrahttp://itun.es/i6x62qH

A Leader Ishttp://itun.es/i6x62qq

Have a great weekend!

 

Free iPad Apps

Here are a couple of free apps for tonight! Thank you to Mark Coppin for the suggestions:

Those people at Toca Boca are at it again. Their Toca Hair Salon 2 is free today. There are also a couple of other free apps – a reward program and a survey app. Enjoy!

My Rewards! – http://itun.es/i6xg66p
iSurveyThis – http://itun.es/i6x65VT
Toca Hair Salon 2 – http://itun.es/i6x66P3 (Toca Boca makes great apps for Early Learners)

Have a great evening!

Free Apps for Bio And Recording

Today’s free apps include an iBook textbook, a folding app for kids, and some sound and video editing tools.

Thank you to Kerry for sharing the link to this free, interactive biology textbook (flexbook) for ibooks from CK-12 – The Bio Text iBook resource is easy to use. Worth taking a look.

Today’s other finds come from Free iPad Apps for Schools (Be sure to follow them on Facebook) and iPad Apps for Schools by Richard Byrne (this is a great blog!)

Recordium – Highlight & Annotate Voice Recordings by Pichak co. You can add images to your sound recording.
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/recordium-highlight-annotate/id637494062?mt=8

Foldify by Pixle
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/foldify/id527118971?mt=8

Loopster by Loopster – this is a free video editor.
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/loopster/id609747930?mt=8

Have a great weekend!

Free App Ideas

Check out more of Mark Coppin’s free app suggestions:

There are several apps that are free today that look interesting.

Apps For Common Core – http://itun.es/i6xJ46w

Schedule My IEP – http://itun.es/i6xD38M

MyChores – http://itun.es/i6xD38G

Time Teacher – http://itun.es/i6xj7vn

Wheel of Friends 3 in 1 – The Ultimate decision maker choice ! – http://itun.es/i6xJ46W

Free App Ideas

Thank you to Mark Coppin’s free app suggestions!

There are several apps today. Remember to download as soon as possible.

Text Speaker – Text To Speech Voice Reader For Dropbox – http://itun.es/i6xT9ZM
Touch’N Slide Calculator – http://itun.es/i6xH9rD (wasn’t downloading for me…said it was only available in the US store)
Make a Movie with Storyline – Director’s Chair Free – http://itun.es/i6xj2Kg
Brainstorming Canvas – Generating Creative Ideas – http://itun.es/i6xD7RS
Math Evolve: A Fun Math Game – http://itun.es/i6xD7R7
Movie360:My Movies,My Life! – http://itun.es/i6xj2K2

This one works with the built-in light on the iPhone.
EyeReader Pro – http://itun.es/i6xj2sS

Australian communication exchange.
OpenMi Face to Face – http://itun.es/i6xT9ZG

Have a great day!!

Ideas for Enhancing Student Learning by Incorporating 21st Century Tools

Enhancing Student Learning by Incorporating 21st Century Tools
By: Stephanie Pipke-Painchaud

As the theme for the Accelerator is “technology”, I compiled a few ideas for incorporating technological tools into your Science Classroom.  Stay tuned to future issues for more ideas.

  • Creating your own website is a great way to collect and share resources for your science classes. Think of the website as your online binder. When you first start to build your website take time to think about how you would like to organize your site.  In my experience, teachers often like to organize but unit and then outcomes. Once you have decided on your organizational structure then you can build the basics of your website.  Once created you can quickly add resources, videos, assignments or build in new lessons.  You may also want to consider the blog like features of your website, which would enable you to post your plans for the day.

Google Sites and Word Press are easy website creation tools.  Remember if your school division uses Google Apps, then you already have access to Google Sites.  You can also use the LiveBinders or Wikispaces to organize your resources.

  • If you like to collect video of demos or capture segments of your lesson to share with your students later, consider starting a YouTube Channel.  Students and other educators can then subscribe to your channel and get notification as you add videos.  Checkout Bozeman Biology for an example of a great Biology YouTube Channel.

Twitter:

  • Consider creating a Twitter account to connect with other educators.  Twitter is a great source of professional development with links to many websites, videos and articles. You can quickly search Twitter for ideas or you can take part in many types of Twitter chats. Check out #edtech or #scichat 
    • Start by following the SSTS @SkSciTeachers
  • Create a twitter account for each class that you teach and have students link up their cell phones.  Each time you tweet the students will receive a text message update.  I used this feature for sharing the plans for the day through my class blog, sharing links to my YouTube channel after posting review videos and for tweeting out class related links.  Students appreciated having key links available instantly on their smart phones.
  • Check out the SSTS (www.ssts.ca) website for a growing list of Science Educators on Twitter!

Google: Earlier I mentioned Google Sites, but a Google account (and you have one if you have a gmail account) gives you access to much more.

  • Google Drive:  Formerly known as Google Docs – Drive gives you access to a variety of tools including docs (a word processor), Spreadsheets, Forms (great for quickly collecting feedback and graphing results), Draw or Presentation.  Because these tools are all in the Google cloud, you can access these tools from anywhere. So students or teachers can access these from home or anywhere with wifi.  You can also share any of these with other people, which makes it easy to collaborate.  Another great feature is that your work is saved automatically and it includes a revision history if you need to go back to an earlier version.
    • In Biology 30, students created their assignments in Google Presentation or Docs and then shared it with me.  As an editor, I could leave feedback for the students in the text of their document or in the comments section.  It’s also easy to check the revision history, which quickly shows the progress between the versions.  One of the best parts is no more paper to carry home to mark.  You can access the work from any smart device.
    • We also used Google Presentation for collaboration in class as students could quickly create docs or pres and share with other students in their group. Within a matter of minutes student groups could create mini multi-media presentations to share with the class.  It was easy for students to include images and videos to share with the class.
  • Google Chrome is a free internet browser that lets you connect into your Google account.  Once you are logged in you can add Apps & Extensions to your browser for quick access to a variety of Web 2.0 tools, including Google Drive.  In Google Chrome, the address bar is called an omnibox, which means that you can type in your search information, as well as, math equations.  Apps and extensions that you can add range from Speech to Text and Text to Speech, to Science apps, to Evernote, Diigo, qr code creators, WordPress, Songza, TweetDeck, Twitter & Facebook.  The great part about Chrome is that you never need to update your apps, you can access multiple Google accounts, and all of your Chrome created bookmarks are available within your Chrome account.
  • Skype is another great tool that connects you with learners from around the world.
    • We have used Skype to connect and have interactive sessions with officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as, Professors from the U of R.  Students were engaged and involved in asking questions and referenced these Skype opportunities many times throughout the semester.
    • Skype is also a collaborative tool that you can use to co-teach between classrooms.  For example, my Bio 30 class connected with a Grade 5 class two towns away and built a collaborative learning relationship that began with us Skyping in each day and discussing science concepts that we were learning and ended with the students co-creating a body systems project.  The Grade 5s were each paired with Bio 30 students and then the teams worked together to research and learn about human body systems.  Students collaborated through Skype and a variety of Google and Wikispaces tools. On presentation day, the Grade 5 and Bio 30 student teams presented through Skype by sharing screens.  It was a memorable learning experience for all of us.

  • Digital Portfolios:
    • Consider having your students start a digital portfolio to share evidence of their learning.  What you put in your portfolio depends on what you and the students decide. It could be as simple as a Google Site in which students create pages for your class and then share their assignments, images and videos of their learning.  They can also reflect on their learning within the site or their portfolio could be a reflective blog where they respond to prompts about their learning.
  • iPads, Apps, Androids & other Smart Devices:
    • Opportunities abound for creative ways to incorporate iPads, Apps and other devices into student learning.  For example, students can use iMovie to create digital stories to demonstrate their understanding of various science concepts and their impact on our life on this planet or use Book Creator to demonstrate their understanding of an outcome.  Devices are also great reference tools such as  interactive periodic tables, timers and graphing calculators.
    • Stay tuned to future issues of the Accelerator and the SSTS website for more creative ideas and examples of how to incorporate these devices into student learning.
    • If you would like to be added to the Free iPad Apps mailing list (this includes everything from early learning, diversity to science apps), please send an email to Stephanie at pipke-painchaud.stephanie@nesd.ca

Remember:   However you choose to incorporate technology into your science class, it’s not just about the technology tools you use it’s really about how you use the tools that you have to enhance student learning.

Links to ideas shared in this article will be available on the SSTS website!

Do you have a story to share about how you use technology or apps or social media in your science classroom?  We’d love to hear about it and share your ideas with our SSTS members.  Send your story to Stephanie at pipke-painchaud.stephanie@nesd.ca

Be sure to check out the SSTS on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Free apps on Friday

Check out Friday’s free apps including a story and a couple apps for non verbal students. Have a great weekend.

Grendel’s Great Escape by Michelle Anaya
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/grendels-great-escape/id585972636?mt=8

Sentence Match: WHO is DOing WHAT by Computerade Products
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/sentence-match-who-is-doing/id584532224?mt=8

Sentence Key: WHO is DOing WHAT by Computerade Products
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/sentence-key-who-is-doing-what/id601159411?mt=8

A couple free apps for young learners

A few more free apps ….

ABC-123 Train by Lizz Campbell
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/abc-123-train/id535483012?mt=8

The Wizard of Oz Interactive Children’s Book by Boluga
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/wizard-oz-interactive-childrens/id473632069?mt=8

Stephanie Pipke-Painchaud
NESD Learning Consultant