Think Different #54

Resources for the Week of MARCH 4, 2018

In case you missed it!!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Mar 2, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda and "Weird Al" Yankovic debut the latest #Hamildrop, "The Hamilton Polka," with an impromptu lip sync.

Do Ink Green Screen App

Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on your iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone's camera. Featured in "Best New Apps in Education" in iTunes and classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling you to get fantastic results. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways.

The app is $2.99, but worth every penny.



Magic Piano

Music has long been linked to the creative parts of the brain, and this app pushes composition and musical play. Learn to play classical and pop songs or simply play around and play around and let the music inspire you.

Relax your soul with beautiful sounds of piano while playing your favorite tunes on original #1 piano rhythm game. Featured by TIME, New York Times and Apple's Best New Apps.

- New hits added daily - 1000+ hits across genres
- Rhythm and tempo control - recreate the music!
- Pair with real vocalists on Sing! Jams mode
- Instrument options: classic, harpsichord, Funky 80's synth, organ and more

Let your musical creativity flow with Chrome Music Lab

If you can use a mouse or trackpad, you can make music. And if you know anything about music, play an instrument or sing or are musical in any way, of course, you have an advantage.

But musical talent is not really necessary to make music with Chrome Music Lab.

Choose your instrument and compose by drawing. There are lots of other features to like changing tempo, the length of the bars, the scale, and more.

Check out the Music Lab for experiments

iTunes U is a treasure Trove of Resources for Teachers

Everytime I teach a workshop to teachers I am stunned at the number that havbe never even opened iTunes U. It seems to be a secreat, but show not be!! iTunes U offers the world’s largest database of free education from Universities, museums and cultural institutions and K-12 teachers. As a teacher you can also add your own educational material, create teaching plans, hand out assignments, have class chats and so much more.

iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.

iTunes U also allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from a large collection of free education content via public courses from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.

For Instructors:

  • Plan lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected—right from your iPad
  • Add your own teaching materials—including worksheets, web links, photos, and videos from a variety of document providers
  • Engage every learner using apps, books, videos, podcasts and more from iTunes, App Store, and iBooks
  • Add instructions or comments to PDFs and photos with built-in annotation tools
  • See when students have viewed or completed assignments and remind students of due assignments
  • Grade student work and track student progress in the grade book
  • Use the single-student view for individual attention at parent-teacher conferences
  • Answer questions or provide video feedback in 1:1 chats or start class debates using group discussions
  • Keep students prepared and in the loop with notifications
  • Institutions using Apple School Manager and Managed Apple IDs can import rosters to streamline course creation
  • Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions can publish courses to the iTunes U catalog to make them available to anyone for free on iOS devices

Browse a rich catalog of free education content:

  • Choose from a variety of free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on a wide range of subjects from leading educational and cultural institutions around the world
  • Share your favorite courses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, Mail, and Messages
  • iTunes U includes materials from Stanford, MIT, Yale, La Trobe University, University of Tokyo, Smithsonian Libraries, National Theatre, and many, many more

Record your screen on your iPad or iPhone

Now you can teach your students how to do anything!! Thanks to Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand and his Instagram feed for this tip.
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How to record your screen from MacMost

An Easy Way to Plan, Assess, and Analyze Learning

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Curriculum development, assessment, gradebook, and messaging all in one place.

  • A teacher's control center:Plan, assess, and analyze using one app. Cycle between class and individual reports to monitor progress. Share assignments with a class, a group, or an individual student.
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  • Connects with Google Apps for Education: Teachers can use Kiddom to instantly share Google docs, sheets, and forms with students. Kiddom will even organize your Drive by class and assignment.
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Classtree for Parent Communication

Collecting those pesky parental consent forms from your students for field trips can be a nightmare, but Classtree makes the process painless and paperless. Unlike Remind, which simply notifies parents of the logistics of an upcoming field trip, Classtree actually lets you attach a consent form for parents to e-sign to go along with the announcement. The app even shows you exactly who has seen your note and who owes you a signed form.