Take It Beyond "An App for That"!
Sue Fitzgerald and Kelley Valdez - Northwest ISD
- Unlimited posts for up to 10 minutes per post.
- Social media components with options to follow others, comment, and send direct messages.
- Easy sharing ability to share clips with followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook.
Additional recommended sites:
SoundCloud - Works on iOS, Android, and web application
RecordMP3Online is a simple web-based voice recorder that does not require an account. Simply go to the site, tap the Record button, allow access to your mic, and begin talking. You can playback the file, change the filename, download it to your device, or save it directly to Dropbox.
My Talking Avatar
Create talking or still avatars for your projects. My Talking Avatar lets you personalize a character, select a background, then record and use gestures to tell the story.
This is a great app for storytelling, as well as a great way for students to talk about a work process or a piece of work.
Create animated avatars with Tellagami, the quick and easy to use app (iOS and Android). Students can easily customize characters, change their mood, and select a setting. Then, the magic happens when you record the audio and bring the character to life.
NOTE: If you have not used Tellagami lately, you might be disappointed. Features that were formerly free now require and in-app purchase.
Coding on the Elementary Level
The Hour of Code was a complete success on our campus. Do you want to see total engagement of students?
Set them free on one of the apps below and see what happens.
* The Foos
Visit www.code.org for great activities and coding classes.
Coding on Secondary Level
Our coding experience has occurred exclusively through our student lead Technology Club. Devices included in this program have been limited to PC and Mac devices so the resources and tools will reflect these platforms. We have not used iPads, iPhones, or Android devices. Websites that were used in the Hour of Code and student driven lessons include:
See some of our student driven lessons and projects at the following links:
- Student produced thinglink on the Hour of Code
- Student produced thinglink demonstrating coding projects
- Video highlighting our Hour of Code
Our Tech Club is a motivated group of students that work hard at marketing and growing the club. They now meet every Wed. morning in the library and the group continues to grow with many new eager members. This group has also been labeled as our "Geek Squad" and members have been sent out to help other teachers and students with technology issues. This is a 100% student driven campaign.
Feedback and Formative Assessment
Flipgrid is a unique platform allowing educators the use video for feedback, collaboration, flipped classrooms and more. Grids are designed with short questions for students to add 90 second video responses. The cost of flipgrid is $65 for an annual subscription but free for students to respond. Students can work individually or collaborate on responses. Devices must have a webcam in order to use. There is a 3 week trial that educators may use before purchasing. Students may use PC, Mac, or an iPad.
An awesome flipgrid by librarian Andy Plemmons
Padlet is a free application that can be used on multiple devices to create a virtual board that educators may use for a variety of intuitive programming. The drop and drag features allows easy to use interactive walls that can post comments, add links, and upload a variety of files. Padlet may be used as feedback, brainstorming activities, curation tool, or many other creative tasks. The walls can be easily exported, emailed, embedded, and shared to make them awesome collaboration projects.
Plickers is the a formative assessment tool that does NOT require students to have their own individual devices. In fact, the teacher is the only one that needs a device. Students use cards pre-printed with a QR like code to answer questions. Each side of the card represents a different answer choice. Teachers scan the room in real-time and see the results as they move across the room.
SeeSaw Class is a game changer for the elementary classroom. Imagine a kid-friendly Dropbox and a project journal/portfolio application all rolled into one. Students, yes, even your kinder babies can upload projects to their journal all on their own. Students can add live photos, videos, drawings, or upload something from the Camera Roll. Additionally, depending on the project, students can then annotate, add voice, and text to their projects. Parents can be invited to view their students work through the SeeSaw Parent App. Parents can give students feedback/comments through the parent app and teachers can provide feedback/comments through the web.
Additional Feedback and Formative Assessment Tools
- Google Forms - Part of GAFE
- Nearpod - An iPad application with interactive presentation that can provide student feedback.
- Poll Everywhere - Online pol service through text messaging
- Polldaddy - Simple polls, surveys, or quizzes
- Socrative - Simple online response tool *New Download Feature*
- ThatQuiz - Simple design with customizable quizzes
Canva is a simple but versatile tool that creates designs for the web or print. Graphics may be created for blog, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, infographics, and more. Many options are available by using the free account with the ability to upgrade on indiviual designs. The designs may be shared through social media, emailed, or accessed via a hyperlink. There is an interactive social media component to follow and comment.
Poster My Wall
Create custom posters and photo collages with the web-based app Poster My Wall. It has a very easy to use editing toolbar that will not overwhelm students. Teachers can create a classroom account and then create projects for their students to complete. This allows students to login to the site using a teacher access code as a result, all projects are housed under the teacher account. This makes checking on progressing and assessing work a snap.
Organize web resources in one easy to link location using Blendspace or use it to create a flipped lesson for students where you can embed different types of activities, handouts, and even create quizzes.
Examples of Blendspace:
Emaze is a great online presentation tool that can be easily used in place of PowerPoint or Prezi. Jazzy dimensional templates are available with 3D effects, the capability to add music and video, and the ability to share online. You can also import a PowerPoint into emaze making an awesome professional presentation.
Easily combine PDFs to create "interactive flipping books." This is a great tool for creating class books and publishing them on the web or even uploading them in Destiny.
Shadow Puppet EDU
ShadowPuppet EDU is a great iPad presentation tool. Not only is it easy to use, but it allows students to make corrections slide by slide. Best of all, it saves the finished product to the iPad's Camera Roll...no links to websites where the product is housed and no additional app for the viewer to install.
Examples of public Tacks:
Examples of ThingLink projects:
Photos For Class
Video Creation (Editing)
Loopster App for iPad
Loopster allows you to edit videos right on your iPhone or iPad. Use the Book icon to access the pictures and videos you have saved in your Camera Roll. You can also record your own audio and video right in the app itself. To edit a clip, you must tap it so it is highlighted in yellow. Position it on the timeline so the red dotted line is at the point in the clip that needs to be edited. Then drag your finger down the red line. Finally, use the yellow grips to resize the clip.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As you add videos to your workspace, they are placed in reverse order, so make sure that you start from the end and work backwards as you add the clips to the timeline.
Splice is a great iPad app to use if you just need to simply merge multiple videos or pictures into one presentation. Simple transitions can be added to separate your clips and a title slide can be added as well.