Tech it Out!
Apps and websites you can use to tech out your classroom
Classroom Websites in Seconds
Tackk allows you to customize and edit your message the moment you visit the homepage. Simply click and start typing. There is no login required. It's just like tacking a flyer to a telephone pole. You must create a login if you want your tackk to not disappear after one week.
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"With a library of over 3,800 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
Create and share amazing video lessons with your iPad or Browser. Educreations allows you to create your own tutorial videos (like those used on Khan Academy) and easily share them with students.
Sample warm-up for Educreations. http://smore.com/8rac
-Explain everything is like Educreations but allows more in app customization and export options. It is 2.99 in the app store.
With built-in remote desktop control you can access and annotate over files resident on your Windows PC or Mac and PRESENT them to your classroom or audience when a projector is connected.
-Doceri has the added capability to remotely control your desktop computer from your iPad.
Engage the class using any deviceSocrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Example - scan the QR code or go to www.socrative.com > student log in > room #998589
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To use QR codes, students needs a QR code scanner app. Free QR code scanners are available for all devices - my favorite is i-nigma.
Check out these QR code generators...
http://qrvoice.net/ - 100 words of text into speech
http://www.classtools.net/QR/ - QR Treasure Hunt Generator
Creative uses of QR codes...
More on QR Codes: Click Here
It is much easier for students to get where they're going on the internet with a shortened URL.
Google URL Shortener http://goo.gl
A few other shorteners to check out:
http://tinyurl.com/ - can make custom tinyurl, has preview feature and a tinyurl toolbar add on that will allow you to instantly create a shortened URL for a page when you are browsing.
https://bitly.com/ - no CAPTHCA (Completely Automated Public Test to tell Humans and Computers Apart)
Hint: You can turn in shortened URL into a QR (Quick Response Code) in any browser. To do this copy and paste the shortened url you created in to your web browser and add a .qr on to the end and press enter. You now have a QR Code. (This works great with bitly and goo.gl)
http://goo.gl/SGkZw.qr (Example: add on .qr and press enter)
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Check out these links for more aps, websites, and tips/tricks for amping up the tech factor in your classroom
Twitter - Twitter is an information network that brings people closer to what’s important to them.
Pinterest - Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.
DropBox - Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Animoto - Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!http://animoto.com/education
Sample Assignment for Animoto: http://goo.gl/Sqtzd
Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine
Inspiration - "kinesthetically pleasing" way to diagram and web thoughts.
Notability - Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way!
Web 2.0 Sites Listed in ABC Order - a great resource with TONS of links to various websites.