Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thing 23: Evaluate

First of all, thanks again for extending the due date.  The end of the year in my job is insanely busy and I just couldn't keep up.  

This program was organized so well--and the exploring + blogging model for staff development is great.  I may even imitate it for my staff--if I have time :)

Even though I've had a few years of experience with the iPad in an educational environment, I learned some new things and was reminded of others that I've been meaning to implement.

Thanks again!

Thing 22: Discovering Apps

I've done a lot of searching for Apps for my teachers, and have been alerted through yo daily Diigo Updates when Apps are free.  However,mi often don't have time to wade through all of that information. It will be nice to be alerted when a paid App goes free with Apps Gone Fee.  

I love my Reminders App, but am willing to try Pocket Lists which has gone free.

Thing 21: Free-for-All

MyFitnessPal

Probably the best "real life" App we have on our student iPads and one that I use personally.  Teaching students early on to track their calories and nutrition as well as physical activity will help them live a healthy lifestyle even after they leave high school.  I find this App invaluable in tracking my health.

Thing 20: Game

I refuse to try Candy Crush Saga or Bubble Mania.  Too addicting and I know people who have wasted many hours playing them. 

Word Collapse:  

I like word games--this one is pretty easy to start. As you get to higher levels, it is a challenge to figure out which order the words need to be swiped in.  I know kids like games ---sometime the addicting ones that don't take much skill.  I'd rather read a book :) although I do like Solitaire.

Thing 19: Hobbies

Spark Recipes

I love(d) cookbooks and finding good, healthy recipes.  I've had great luck with this App which has user uploaded recipes which include nutritional information and ratings.  You are able to search by ingredients, so it's kind of fun to type in a couple of things you have in the fridge and pantry and see what pops up.  I can also "Favorite" my recipes so I can find them again.  I haven't used any of my MANY cookbooks since getting this App.

Thing 18: Education

Khan Academy!  Thanks for reminding me!  I browsed around a bit in the a Economics lessons available in this App and will be able to use them in the course I'm helping to write.  We're putting the course online on Moodle and these videos will supplement the eBooks readings nicely.  I know that our math and science teachers use this App as well.

Thing 17: Connecting with Community

I couldn't find the Mpls Skyway App or the Explore MN App.  I use the Explore MN website all the time and it works pretty well on my iPhone.   That's a good lesson in how quickly Apps can come and go!  The Going Out App sponsored by the Star Trib.  This App looks good for planning a weekend in Mpls. I can see using this one.

Thing 16: Audio

I checked out iPadio.  Seems pretty clunky for students to make short recordings and turn them in.  We've used Audioboo for students to record short assignments in Spanish class--but that requires a few more steps on the part of the teacher.  It is simply easier for the students to record in the GarageBand App and upload into edmodo, or record directly into Showbie.

Thing 15: Infographics

i vi touchi Visual Info Touch Lite (Free): Apple 





Students can use this App to show understanding of facts and concepts in a simple, visual way.  I think that Sped teachers might be particularly interested in being able to have students show understanding without having to do a lot of writing.  It also allows/forces them to show what they know in a creative way.  

Thing 14: Videos

I know that Vine videos are very popular now--I've seen many, many really entertaining Vines. Many involve cats!  (Mine did!) At TIES last year, I saw a presentation on using Vines in an educational setting. He had students do "6 second science fair" projects, which took a lot of background research and creativity.  Easy way to use stop action. 

Thing 13: Presentations

Educreations!  

This is a fun App with a ton of possible applications for students AND teachers.  I know that our math teachers have students use it frequently to demonstrate understanding of math concepts. I can see using this to create short lessons on the iPad for any subject area.  

We have the Educreations App on all student and teacher iPads--I think if I show teachers how easy it is to use, they'll find many ways to incorporate it into their lessons!,

Thing 12: Books, Books & More Books

Free Books and Audiobooks. 

Both great sources for finding many classics in eBooks and audio form.  They are useful when teachers assign classics, or for a select number of kids who want to read the classics on their own. I see more and more books becoming available on theses Apps and will stay tuned. 

Thing 11: Library & Reference

ELM:

 I have a link to elm4you.org on my media center page, as well as links to the most frequently used databases.  Having the students bookmark the site on their iPad is a great idea.  I ALS forget to tell them they can search for videos in the databases.  Students want to go straight to YouTube, which is blocked at our school, and difficult to cite properly.  I also have them use Discovery Streaming. These other databases have a lot of videos, with citations and I will remember to direct students to them for History Day and other projects.

I also need to re-introduce teachers to the Research Project Calculator.  English teachers and some social studies teachers already have effective ways to teach research skills, but the RPC may be valuable to other teachers in helping them to organize research projects in their subject areas. 

We use ELM a lot in our school--but there is so much more that we could be doing.  I need to do a better job promoting these tools.  

MackinVIA:

As I expand the number of eBooks in my collection, I am also slowly getting teachers and our curriculum director on board with using multi-user licensed eBooks to supplement or even REPLACE traditional textbooks.  The MackinVIA app is on all student iPads, and I let my teachers know once a quarter or semester what books we have available in their subject area.  We use eBooks instead of a textbook in health, RTI US history, and I'm working on writing an economics class with a teacher using eBooks.  I really feel this is the wave of the future.  

Thing 10: Sharing Photos

Instagram:  I'm a fan--but not a huge fan.  I guess I'm a little old to love the selfie as much as my students.  Instagram is great for sharing personal photos with your circle of friends.  It has some very cool effects available, and the hashtags help us become part of a greater social community.  I looked at how some other libraries are using Instagram to show off great new initiatives--I may use it to showcase new books or games in my library.

So many possibilities!!!

Thing 9: asking and Editing Photos

Photo Editor by Aviary:

LOVE THIS!  It is so easy to use, it's free, and can turn a plain old photo into a work of art!  It's uses for personal photos are obvious--but I can see using this app for students to easily take photos of vocabulary, and write over them; to create memes which show understanding of complex issues, to really jazz up any presentation. An important outcome of our 1:1 iPad program is for students to be CREATORS of media--this is a great way for students to gain that important "21st century" skill.


Thing 8: Social Media Management Tools

Hootsuite:  I don't use social media in my personal life as much as in my professional life, but I can see hoe this will help me organize my feeds for professional information.

Facebook:  I've used it for years--mostly to keep in contact with younger relatives and see pictures of their BABIES!!  I rarely post anything myself, but check it a few times a day for entertainment and news.  The reason I'm blogging on Facebook is that, as the new high school Student Council advisor, I now have a new use for FB.  Before school let out, I asked my students if I should email them over the summer, or if their was a better way to keep in contact. They told me they check their messages and FB every day--but not necessarily their email.  So--I created a new account using my school information, then created a Private Group for student council.  A great use of social media to correspond with students without giving them access to any of my personal information.

I also use Twitter to follow a few tech ed professionals, so using Hootsuite to manage this type of content is valuable.

Google+  I am in a few groups with work people.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thing 7: Content Saving & Sharing

Pinterest.  I've avoided it up until now because I was afraid it might be too addicting.  I can't really see using it professionally, but I've started two "Boards"--one for Healthy Recipes and one for Mother of the Groom dresses.  I think it is a fabulous idea for finding and sharing good information.  I am more likely to use it to store my own bookmarks--I spend so much time online for work that I'm not a huge fan of social networking--it's more something I need to keep up with so I know what the kids are doing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thing 2: What's new in iOS 7?

The first valuable tip in this Thing:  Kill Airdrop to save battery.  The Control Center is great--I use it daily to adjust my music volume, I love the access to the flashlight and airdrop.  The new camera features are great as well--easy access and some simple filters have made it my main camera.  

Overall, iOS 7 has been a very positive software update.

Thing 6: Creating & Editing Docs

SignNow is a cool App that allows you to add text and/or signature to documents that you access through Photos, eMail, Dropbox, or you can take a photo of a doc with the camera.  This App coulold be valuable in a school setting because you can post a document or send it to your students and the can write over it, sign it and send it back.  Another step in our quest to teach virtually paperless!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thing 5: Getting Organized

New favorite App!  Springpad!

I have plenty of Apps to organize my work world--this one I'll use to organize my personal life. Recipes--I'm addicted to finding low-fat recipes.
Books--keep track of the ones I want to read.
Quick Notes--I good place for a Daily Journal, which I keep meaning to start.

I'm going to love this one!

Thing 4: Keeping Up

I've used Zite in the past--an awesome App that creates a magazine of only stories that you like. If you give a story a thumbs up, Zite will find more stories like it.  If you give it a thumbs down, no more stories like that.  Problem one:  after three months or so, I was only reading opinions that I agree with--not getting any other point of view.  Problem two:  it is addicting--I was reading online material to he exclusion of novels.  This is not good practice for a high school librarian! 

I've downloaded Flip and added some content--including Twitter and Facebook. It seems to be more of just a place to organize info that you would access anyway..  

Thing 3: Utilities

Free Wifi.  Very cool App for traveling, if you want to know which motels and/or restaurants have free wifi.  Want to have a working lunch?  This App will tell you where to go!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Thing 1: Getting Started

Thing 1:  I'm really excited to start the 23 Mobile Things with my friend Holly Pringle!  Since we are a one-to-one iPad school, I expect to learn many tips and tricks for using mobile devices in an educational setting.