Tech for Teachers

Nov 1 - 15, 2012

Fabulous Pre-Made Tutorials

Have you ever wanted your students to use an online piece of software but didn't want to take time to create the tutorials? Well now you may not have to. Check out Grovo is a site full of professionally created screencast tutorials. Each tutorial is set up like a class comprised of small 1-5 minute tutorials. Each tutorial ends with a short two to three question quiz to reinforce what you learned. It is a free service but free doesn't get you all the tutorials they offer. Free does get you most of the tutorials you would want for k-12 classes. You can even set up classes and invite people in order to track what your invited "students" are doing.

Some of the free tutorials available are: Dropbox • Google Docs • Prezi • Facebook • Twitter • WordPress Blogs • Google Apps • Netiquette • Discovering the Internet • Skype • Google Voice • and so much more!

If you can't find what you want in the free version then Premium is $9/mo or $99/year and gives you access to 2500 tutorials.

Grovo, a great way to learn something new or teach your students something new.

Most Awesome Thing Ever on the iPad

Guided Access on the iPad

Thanks to Amy Ostrom of TLT for showing me this one. If you are lucky enough to have an iPad(s) in your classroom then this is the feature for you. Guided Access (located in the Accessibility Settings area) allows you to lock your students into one app. You can even control which buttons in that app they can use. Guided access was originally added in the accessibility area to help students with disabilities such as Autism stay on task, however, I think this feature will keep any student on task during lessons. When in this mode you can disable the hardware buttons so they can't change the volume or can't use the home button to leave the app. You can also highlight certain areas, such as control buttons, to disable them. Let's say you have an app that can apply four different effects to photos and you only want your students to focus on one of those effects. Using the Guided Access controller you can disable the three effects you don't wish to use so the student stays focused. You can easily re-enable them at any time. This feature also keeps young children from accidentally deleting apps or important information. These are only a few ways you can use guided access but I'm sure you can think of more. If you are interested in more information on this feature check out the resources below:

Mendi Benigni

Teaching, Learning, and Technology

College of Charleston

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