Here are the top apps suggested by my friend who teaches 6th grade Language Arts:
1. Notability It took me less than two weeks to become a huge fan. It was hard to get used to writing on the iPad, but I’m improving every day.
2. Educreations Students can record their voice in a whiteboard style video.
3. iTooch 6th grade Language Arts (They have this for different subjects and grades.)
4. Animoto I am interested in what this app can do, but don’t have the time to take it on right now. Seems like something Tweedle Dee can learn for me.
5. Grammar Up
The next two apps are great ways for students to create their own stories. Ian entertained himself with Toontastic during an hour meeting.
8. Pages A personal favorite even though it costs $9.99. I like this app on my iPad….not a fan on my MacBook Air though???
9. iMovie I am determined (in my free time???) to learn how to use iMovie in 2013.
10. Nearpod – The math teacher I work with, Captain Algebra, uses this in math class too. “The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads, iPhones or iPods. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.”
11. QR Reader – I am still not quite sure how QR codes work. Something else to add to my 2013 Technology Bucket List.
12. Prezi – Tweedle Dee learned how to use this in 7th grade science for a biome project. Some snowy afternoon I’m going to have her give me a lesson.
13. Sticky Notes – Virtual post-it notes! I use a similar app called Infinote Pinboard which cost $2.99 but is a must for a traveling teacher like myself. I keep all my notes for inclusion, as well as many To Do lists in this app.
- Apps with Friends: Social Studies (allaccesspassblog.wordpress.com)
Our school is piloting a Bring Your Own Technology program this fall.
I am very excited about this and have made a list of ideas for this fall. However, in my position, I am not sure what to expect in terms of my students and the devices they will have available to them.
Students are not required to bring their own technology and teachers are not required to use it. For those without personal devices, we still have 2.5 computer labs available and a cart of 20 laptops that have been vandalized. (We are hoping that students will take better care of their own technology???)
And at this time, I still do not know what I am teaching this fall. School starts in less than a month (no official countdown at this time) and I don’t have a schedule. I don’t know which teachers, which subjects, or which grade levels I will be working with. (This has been the hardest part of my summer…not knowing.)
Despite this, I have created a survey for whatever class I may end up in. I plan to share this with my co-teachers and other staff members as I am also on the technology committee.
This BYOT First Day Survey will help us get a better feel for what we can do in our classrooms with BYOT.Afterthought: Thinking about this today during professional development, I think I need to add a question texting/data packages. If they do not have unlimited texting or unlimited data, we would need to keep that in mind.
- Intro to the First Week of BYOT (byotnetwork.com)
- Building BYOT (mossfreestone.com)
- Getting Teachers and Parents Comfortable with BYOT (insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com)
- Top 10 requirements for great mobile BYOT/BYOD (clouducation.wordpress.com)
- 5 Best Practices for BYOT in the Classroom (insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com)
- First 5 Lessons Learned In Our First Year Of BYOT (myweb4ed.net)