Technology for Teachers

The All About Apple Edition

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You're Invited to Appy Hour!

Appy Hour

Thursday, March 26th, 3:45pm

Holton High School, Holton, KS, United States

Holton, KS

You're invited to attend an "Appy Hour" on Thursday, March 26th from 3:45 to 4:45. We'll experiment with THREE exciting apps that can be used with any grade level or content area. You will need to bring your teacher iPad and download the three apps before you come. Just a warning, this includes some paid apps.


The first is call Green Screen by Do Ink; it's an app that simplifies the green screen filming process. You can facilitate so many innovative projects with green screen technology, and this app makes it a snap for even the youngest students to be creators. The second app, Doceri, is a screencasting and interactive whiteboard app. It's great for any teacher, but especially perfect for those of you lucky enough to have scored an Apple TV! And last, we'll learn to use Adobe Voice -- one of my favorites. Instead of telling you what it does, I'll just show you.


If you're interested in coming to Appy Hour, download these three apps and show up ready to play, create, and experiment on March 26. Hope to see you there!

App Collections for Educators

iPad apps are a great way to connect students with valuable content and "gamified" learning experiences. But sometimes the App Store can feel overwhelming. Luckily, Apple has curated a collection of apps to help teachers find quality apps more efficiently. Click the link for your grade level and then choose a content area for customized recommendations. (FYI: These links open in iTunes, so if you have trouble you may need to launch or update the application.)


PreK-Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle School

High School

Special Education

Lit2Go

iTunes offers hundreds of public domain audio-versions of classic books, poems, and others, many of which are already in our curriculum. Click here to check out this awesome resource. Using audio in class is a great way to differentiate instruction for struggling readers. Studies show that using audio with these readers not only helps with comprehension, but also improves their attitudes toward reading.


Though most of the materials are upper level, there are some appropriate audiobooks for younger audiences including readings of Twas the Night Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden (my personal favorite!) and several Beatrix Potter stories. To use Lit2Go, you'll need an iTunes account. Let me know if you need help!

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One Best Thing

iTunesU has an excellent feature called One Best Thing. Apple asked all of their Apple Distinguished Educators (so you know it's good stuff) to contribute their one best idea, lesson, or teaching strategy to share with the world. Expand your PLN to include the best of the best techy teachers, and download some of their excellent work to your iBooks today!