Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Educational App Review Site

   Looks like this site is new and hopefully grows and adds more, but it has potential. This site is from the UK and collects information about educational apps for IPods, IPads, etc. that are out there and puts them in curriculum categories that make it easy to find what you are looking for. Looking for a math app or science app? Easy to find on this site. It simply needs to add more apps to become much more useful. But for now, you might find some good stuff to try out.

Teaching Appz click here!

Here are Some Great Screencast Tools!

Thanks to Educational Technology Guy, here are 5 great Screencast tools. I love screencasting things and plan to do several Screencasts this summer to help our district staff members learn how to use their Mimio technology. I have also used it for parents to show them a few things about our internet sites. Here is a link to his post showing 5 of the best Screencast tools out there. Feel free to try some of them!

5 Great Screencast Tools click here!

Tutpup: Math Practice and Competition Site for Kids

Tutpup is another math resource for any students who need extra practice on their basic math facts. They even have spelling practice too. What makes this site different is that students can log in and challenge other students from around the country/world in math facts or spelling contests. The challenge function gets the competitive juices going and get the students having fun and learning at the same time. I plan on seeing if my own son likes it, he loves challenges like this. here!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Google Docs "How-to" for Teachers and Tips for Students

   Two great resources in this one blog entry. One is for teachers, the other is for students. Now that our staff and students are all using Google Docs more and more, and likely even more in the future, you may want to bookmark this blog entry. The teacher resource is an 40-page "ebook" from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers and contains about everything you have ever wanted to know about using Google Docs. The resource for students is a super easy to read and click on resource guide of 52 tips to using Google Docs. So, 2 great resources in this one blog post! Hope they help!

Google Docs ebook for teachers

52 tips for students to use Google Docs

Very Interesting Nation Building Game Website

  I admit, I haven't tried this website, but the concept behind it is very interesting. I could see how some kids could really get into this website. Basically, kids create a nation and build it and try to become the best nation overall. Sort of like a multi-layered game of "Risk" played online in a social setting. Lots of government and social studies learning possible. Might be something you try out this summer and play around with if you are a social studies teacher.

NationStates website click here!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thinglink for Making Photos Interactive

  Came across Thinglink from reading several blogs over the weekend, so it must be pretty good. Basically, they made some updates so educators and students can make up to 50 online photos interactive FOR FREE! And if you want to do more than that, it is pretty cheap too. I am linking you to a blog post by Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers as he has a pretty good post on it plus a video showing you how Thinglink works. I could see lots of applications for students, especially for social studies students when using maps.

Richard Byrne's blog on Thinglink click here!