Cool Cat Teacher Blogs has 89 apps, websites, and tools for teaching. They provide a lot of tips for iPad use, dictionary apps, and sharing tools for connecting with students. Wollage is a social scrapbook app that could be used as a substitution for physically making portfolios for all the students. These scrapbooks would be saved forever and available to family and friends that don't live close.
We looked at an article from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning that listed 7 new apps helpful for educators. One of the apps that we found interesting was an app called Kickresume. The goal of this site is to teach students how to build a professional resume that will be respected by future employers or bosses. While neither of us are secondary education majors, we can't help but think how helpful this would have been during high school. We would not hesitate to pass this on to high school teachers that we know!
I found on Ask a Tech Teacher blog about the Guggenheim Museum iPad app. This is like a virtual field trip for students to an art museum. I think this could be really awesome in my Spanish classes to find art from famous Spanish and Latino artists and be able to have students explore it museum style rather than just look at pictures in a book or on the internet.
We chose to look at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. There are many great resources in this blog. Once we looked around for a few minutes we stumbled upon the 15+ teaching ideas to get you excited about teaching. Not only did this blog post provide many exciting ideas for teachers, but it also gave many ways to incorporate technology into your classroom.
I found a great article about how to connect to student's parents through technology on askatechteacher.com. For parents who do not have cell phones or a home phone, I could do video calls with them through Skype, facetime, or another video based chat service on the laptop.
We looked at the blog Edudemic and found a very interesting article titled "Robots in Education: What's Here and What's Coming?" Currently robots are used in education to help kids who are too sick to attend class (cancer, terminal illness) be allowed to learn and have social interaction with a vGo robotT. They are also used to teach children with autism and as proxies for teachers. There are options available at cheaper rates as LEGO bricks can be used for robotics and there is a company that sells a robot kit that students can program. Thinking that distance learning and online learning will become more prominent in years to come, robots will most likely be used more and more in the next few years.
We explored speechtechie.com, and found an app called The Human Body. It allows kids to explore the different systems and functions of the human body- it allows you to have the body eat something and make it go through the digestive system, or get stung by a bee or tickled by a feather and see how the body reacts to the stimulant. This would be a fabulous app to use in a science classroom to help students learn more about how the human body works.
I subscribed to Free technology for teachers. I'm excited to get updates on new technology in the education field. I found a great article that explores the best technology outlets for each grade level. This can be helpful determining which technology will benefit each grade. I can see myself using many of these tools in my future classroom.
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