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


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:


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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!


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




» Download the free Splashtop Streamer for your computer from
» 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



iTunes U

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:


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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.

* 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

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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App of the Week: iBooks Author


Are you considering publishing a digital textbook, novel, or publication? iBooks Author, a free Mac App, allows you to create eBooks for iPad and Mac.  Using this tool will enable you to incorporate video, interactive content, graphics and more to give life to content that is typically flat. iBooks Author offers beautiful templates you can use and customize.  Adding content can take place by a simple click, drag, and drop process.  Imagine taking your completed Word or Pages file and dragging into a beautiful iBooks Author template to create your very own digital publication.  This is not your average ePublisher.  In addition to creating engaging digital content your students will not want to put down, students can highlight, take notes, create flash cards and share content with classmates.  iBooks Author is definitely an app you should consider highly if you are looking to publish you own content in a compelling way to enhance instruction.  To download this onto your Mac, go to


If you would like to know how to get started, check out this comprehensive 30 minute tutorial:



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App of the week – Magisto

If you are staying away from using your smart devices to create movies because you think the process takes too long or is too difficult, then let me introduce you to Magisto. Magisto is an app that will use your video clips or photos to create movies, complete with music and effects, “automatically”. I highlight the word automatically because it only takes 3 simple steps to create a movie:

  1. Choose your videos
  2. Select a theme
  3. Add music

Magisto does all the work for you. No editing skills are required. This is a great tool to use for class projects by amateurs who want to create professional looking presentations but who find other editing tools too complicated. Magisto works on both Apple and Android devices and it’s free.


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App of the Week: Desmos Graphing Calculator

A calculator comes in handy for a variety of situations including paying bills, converting measurements, or perhaps just solving homework.  But there comes a time when only a graphing calculator will do; and lets face it, they are not cheap.

And that is where the Desmos Graphing Calculator app comes in.  For starters, its FREE.  Secondly, its across multiple platforms, and users from both the Google Play store as well as the iTunes App store and download it.  But I will go a step further: not only is the app there, but it is also available as a Google Chrome app, meaning that you can have access to it from a web browser.  Therefore, by creating an account (which again is no cost to you)  you can sync it to not only your device but to your browser and your work can be saved in both places.  Using and saving your information with a graphing calculator has never been easier.

The Desmos Graphing Calculator helps you graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, and explore transformations.  It is a must have for any student not just because its free, because it is easy to use and Desmos works on any computer or tablet without requiring any downloads.

So the next time you are in need of graphing a function or  need a way to visualizer your data, use the Desmos Graphing Calculator app.


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App of the Week: Lensical

1a powerful Camera, Photo Library and Image Editor, within a simple, beautiful, gesture-based interface; shoot & share photos in any aspect ratio, easily browse and organize shared streams & photo albums, and get creative with a huge selection of non-destructive photo filters and face effects.

Tap to set a focus point, then drag to adjust exposure.
Quickly toggle between square & natural framing.
View, browse, and share photos simply.
Press & Hold photo streams and folders to organize them.
Get creative with Apptly’s famous face-morphing effects. Make 80 year old friends, add beards, grow mustaches, or even go bald. It’s awesome!
Select beautiful filters and photo presets that make it easy to be awesome.
Try paint effects and canvas textures.
easy to share to Instagram, Twitter, Email, SMS, Facebook, and other social media!

Price: FREE

Link: [Apple]


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