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Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

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Google+ Communities & Engrade

 

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SITE 2013 Conference Gems

Today is Day 2 of the SITE (Society of Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2013 Conference in New Orleans, LA. I have heard some great gems, two of them I want to post today, more will follow!

Google+ Communities

If your school is using Google Apps for Education, and you (like me) have been using Google Groups as a discussion forum, I would encourage you to create a Community on Google+ and invite your students to it. You can create topics just like in Groups, but the students can interact with it more like a social media environment. They can post, comment, upload video, take video right on the spot, have a Hangout with other students online, embed YouTube and watch from within the post. The community is secure and private, only those you invite are in there. It is a great way to engage with your students in a more dynamic environment.

Still concerned about school security? The US Naval Academy just announced they are using Google Apps for Government. I think if Google Apps is secure enough for the US Navel Academy then you can feel safe.

 

Engrade

Looking for a FREE gradebook option? Here is Engrade. Engrade is easy to use and the bonus is that if you are using Google Apps for Education, and have a Google Site, you can embed the Engrade widget into the site to allow the students to see their grades. Engrade uses the student login to authenticate the user and only displays the information of the user logged in.  Schools and teachers are praising Engrade, and I think you will too.

Thanks to Dr. Robert Allen Moody (Doc) of Fort Hays State University for sharing your great work with us!

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Today’s 5 Fave – Apps

5 fave apps that all teachers, students and administrators need!

 

1.     EVERNOTE

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Evernote is an app that keeps everything organized for you using tags and a notebook based filing system. This app is available on ANY device (computer, web, smartphone, tablet) so if you have an internet connection you can access your data. You can type directly into Evernote, upload documents, insert pictures, record audio, clip from a web browser and more. For more information on Evernote see my other posts. Continue reading

TODAY ONLY! FREE APP – Where Do Balloons Go?

Today Only – Auryn App Developers will be giving Jamie Lee Curtis’ – Where Do Balloons Go? storybook app FREE!

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Click here to get the app today!

Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery : a creativity-enhancing kid’s book by Jamie Lee Curtis (by Auryn Apps) by Auryn Inc.

This interactive book can be read to user (by JLC herself) or it can be read independently. Either way there are amazing interactive activities around every corner (uhhh page.)

Recommended for ages 3+  – For a classroom app perfect for K – 2

My son is a “spokesperson” for this app!

 

 

iPad Screen Display in the Classroom

ToT-wpid-photo-2013-02-10-1032-pm I recently stumbled across a blog post that talked about how to project your iPad to a projector on the TeachingWithiPads.com site. I liked both methods described in the article, but I was able to quickly implement Method 2, in 10 minutes.

Method 1: Use AirPlay with AppleTV to projector (or in some cases a TV monitor.)

Method 2: Use Reflector software, installed on a Mac (or PC) that is hooked up to the projector.

I purchased the Reflector software for $12.99 and was able to install it on my MacBook via download and activation. I turned on my iPad and made sure both devices were on the same WiFi network. I double clicked the “home” button and swiped right to get the AirPlay activation.TOT-mirroring

I selected “my computer” and turned on “Mirroring” and viola I was up and running.

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Reflection in Full Screen

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Reflection on the Desktop