App of the Week: Realtimeboard for Education

As educators we get interested in taking the tools we have in the classroom and making them mobile.  Probably the most difficult tool to take from the classroom to a mobile device is the whiteboard. Realtimeboard for Educators is the tool that does that.  There is a FREE version with limited capabilities, and pay versions that offer more options. But here is the huge plus: It has a FREE EDU version you can apply for!
So what is Realtimeboard for Educators and what are its features?

Realtimeboard for Educators is a Chrome Web Store app that works with Google Drive.  It is a simple collaborative digital whiteboard tool that you can use from a mobile device or computer.  Easily share “the big picture”, full of images, documents, PDFs and more, creating a one stop shop for your students.  It works seamlessly with Google Drive and our NOVA “Schoogle” account, so all of your files can be easily integrated.

How can I use Realtimeboard for Educators?

Teach and share on the web.  Use it to connect with student groups for a project assignment.  Better yet, suggest that your students use it when they collaborate on projects or work in your course.  With Realtimeboard for Educators, you can give feedback and provide comments on student work easily, and see all of the updates in real-time!

Add it to your Chrome Browser and set your students’ learning FREE!

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App of the Week: CourseSmart eTextbooks

1The CourseSmart eTextbooks app is a complement to a CourseSmart eTextbook subscription. Students can benefit from the advantages of mobile learning–leaving their backpacks and laptops behind.

FEATURES
Access your eTextbooks for quick reference
Checkout your eTextbooks for offline usage
Add, edit and view your notes and highlights as you study
Synchronize your notes and highlights across all CourseSmart reading systems
Support for portrait and landscape orientations
Find what you need using keyword search
Get a true digital equivalent of your textbook

PRICE: free

Link: [Apple]

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App of the Week: WeLearnedIt

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WeLearnedIt is project based learning platform where teachers can create and share content and assignments with their classes.  Students can complete given assignments/projects and upload on the same platform.  In exchange, students can track their progress and receive feedback from  teachers, students, or peers. Each student would have a digital portfolio on this platform to track and showcase their work.  WeLearnedIt also provides useful analytics and data to drive instruction.


To learn more about WeLearnedIt, go to:

http://welearned.it/

The WeLearn.It app is available on iTunes.  To download, go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/welearnedit/id906780940?mt=8

 

 

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App of the Week: Storehouse

App of the Week: Storehouse/ Visual Storytelling

 

Storehouse
IPads and iPhones are here to stay. Educational intuitions, both k-12 and higher Ed., are still grappling with ways to incorporate them into curriculum.
One of the best ways is to do this is to encourage students to use these smart technologies to create visual content. And they want to do it!

Recently, the TILT team presented “presentation alternatives” to a paralegal class. The professor was adamant that students not use PowerPoint for their final project. We were blown away by the outstanding presentations that they created using iMovie, PowToon and Emaze.

I have come across yet another free visual story telling app called Storehouse that is very simple to use. Storehouse allows you to create and publish your own stories using text, images, and video right from your iPad or iPhone. Here are a few of the features:
• Easy to import photo and videos from your camera roll, Instagram, and Flickr
• Created with  non-designers in mind
• Choose from different templates
• Insert links into your story
• Share your stories on social media
• Embed stories on your blog
• Explore stories created by a diverse community of storytellers from all around the world
Cost: Free
The Storehouse App was voted the 2014 Apple Design Award

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App of the Week: ExitTicket

We can all agree that assessment drives education.  Whether that is informal, formative, or standardized, assessment is a tool used to measure just how well your students are learning the content.  So why not use assessment as a resources to impact your instruction and their learning?

Then you should check out the Chrome Web Store app called ExitTicket.

The basic account is FREE (there are pricing options for a premium teacher account and even a school or district account) and as the tag line suggests, it “empowers personalized learning through just in-time data.” ExitTicket works on ANY device (tablet, iPad, PC, Mac, Chromebook) and was designed by teachers.  ExitTicket allows you to see “performance & progression metrics” for the individuals students or as a class in real time.  Those metrics can be stored and used as long term data to view the academic progress of your students throughout the year or semester.

ExitTicket is a “student response system with one simple goal: Accelerate student achievement.”

Use ExitTicket now and begin to see the impact it will have on assessment, instruction, and learning, in the classroom.

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App of the Week: VoiceThread

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VoiceThread is an app that combines the ability to collaborate, share digital stories (visual content), and participate in asynchronous digital conversations within one platform.  This free app is available on iOS (Apple), Android, and Chrome.  With this dynamic tool, one can upload, images, diagrams and videos and create audio, video, or written commentary. Sharing your VoiceThread can be as easy as sending an email. Imagine a space where one can create a digital story or presentation where global feedback and commentary are welcomed in various formats.  You can even call in with your commentary!  VoiceThread gives you the power to lend your voice in engaging discussions beyond flat written commentary.  This tried and true app has been used by Kindergartners as well as adult business professionals.  Take a look at how one can use voice thread in the embedded thread below:

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voicethread/id465159110?mt=

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.VoiceThread

Chrome Store:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/Voice%20thread?hl=en

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App of the Week: Splashtop Whiteboard

2Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their iPad into an interactive white board. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control PC and Mac applications then annotate lesson content all from an iPad. Now interact with students at their desk or teach from all four corners of the class!

Splashtop Whiteboard offers users of existing interactive white boards (IWBs) – such as Mimeo, Mobi, Promethean, Polyvision, or Smart Technologies – a way to extend their investment by accessing their tools from anywhere in the class without using wireless slates. For users who do not use an IWB, now they can build one at a fraction of the cost!

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS CAN:

BE IN CONTROL – Have complete control over the applications such as Keynote or Powerpoint on the classroom PC as if you were sitting right there. Use the spotlight and screen shade tools to keep students focused – No need to stay at the front of the class. Be free to roam around – hand the iPad to a student and let their imagination do the rest!
ANNOTATE ANYTHING – Use gestures to draw, highlight, or write over any content. Take snapshots of the screen and save them to the gallery then print or email the snapshots to students, parents or colleagues. Use different colored and sized pens, stamps, highlighter, shapes, lines, and text tools over existing content or Flipchart backgrounds. Everything you do is displayed on the projector connected to your PC or Mac!
ENGAGE THE CLASSROOM – All video and audio are played in high definition on your iPad. Play Adobe Flash content, iTunes music etc. as they were meant to be enjoyed but without any painful sync sessions

REQUIREMENTS:

SPLASHTOP WHITEBOARD IS NOT A LOCAL WHITEBOARD APP. YOU WILL NEED TO CONNECT TO YOUR COMPUTER OVER WIFI TO USE SPLASHTOP WHITEBOARD.

SPLASHTOP WHITEBOARD INCLUDES SPLASHTOP REMOTE DESKTOP.

» Download the free Splashtop Streamer for your computer from splashtop.com/streamer
» Streamer supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, as well as Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.9
» A computer with a dual-core CPU strongly recommended for best performance
» Works with ALL iPads

PRICE: $34.99

Link: [Apple]

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App of the Week: iTunes U

 

 

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iTunes U app

As a professor, have you ever considered sharing your lectures worldwide? Or as a student, have you ever wanted to take a class at Yale or Stanford but unfortunately, you were not accepted at these universities? There is an app that you will let you do just that. It’s called iTunes U.

What do you get from the iTunes U app:
*Access to courses from more than 1000 colleges and universities around the world, including Yale, Stanford, MIT, and Oxford.
* Access to the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content.
*You can create and distribute your own courses and distribute them on iTunes.
* Used on your iPad or iPhone
Cost: Unlike the 99 cent charge for songs on iTunes, iTunes U is free.
I’m am very excited about the iTunes U app. I have already downloaded a course from the National Theater on play writing. I  can’t wait to learn from the leading playwrights who are participating in this course.

For more information, check out these websites:

https://diyscholar.wordpress.com/guide-to-itunesu/

https://www.apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u/

 

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App of the Week: Paper

Looking for a way to express an idea on your iPad?  Looking for an app that is FREE?  Consider Paper.  Paper is an app that makes your iPad a ‘blank slate’ allowing you to sketch, write, draw, outline, and color.

Do you need to map out ideas for a project?  What about making drawings for work?  Whatever your idea or need is, Paper allows you to develop it in a variety of different ways.  Paper has a world-class palm rejection feature engrained in the app, making sure that you can rest your hand as you need to, without ruining your work.

Paper is FREE to download from the iTunes App store.  Be sure to watch some of the tutorial videos that come with Paper.  They were a great resource to learn how to use an even better one!

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App of the Week: Capti Narrator

1Capti Narrator can be used to listen to everything you want to read on the go and at your leisure. You can listen to any content from the Web, GoogleDrive, or Dropbox. Whether you are a student, a language learner, a commuter, a busy professional, a retiree, or a person with print disabilities, with Capti, reading can be enjoyable.

CAPTI IS:
* Connected – get content from the Browser, Clipboard, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, and more
* Liberating – listen to e-books, documents, and web pages, instead of reading from the screen
* Organized – use the Playlist to organize your content, save it for later or listen to it right away
* Ubiquitous – listen on iPhone, iPod, or iPad; sync your Playlist and continue from the same spot
* Focused – listen only to the main content in webpages, skipping ads, menus, and other clutter
* Mobile – listen on the road, on the plane, in the gym, on a walk, even when you are offline
* Personalized – choose from many beautiful voices and accents, and set your preferred speech rate
* Intelligent – Capti reassembles the articles that are spread across multiple webpages
* Versatile – listen to content in PDF, EPUB, HTML, TXT, DOC, PPT, RTF, ODT, and more
* Accessible – Capti Narrator works seamlessly with VoiceOver screen-reader
* Social – share content with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, via Email or SMS
* Multilingual – listen to your content in any of the supported languages

CAPTI SPEAKS IN:
Arabic, Dutch, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Norwegian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish

Price: FREE

Link: [Apple]

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