Saturday, March 29, 2014

iLearn with ChatterPix

What if you could make an organism come to life? Have you ever seen a math equation talk? Have you ever wanted to know what the main character of your novel was really thinking? Well look no further, ChatterPix makes learning come to life.  With ChatterPix you can take any picture and make any person or thing in the picture talk. You can record up to 30 seconds of audio. I used this last week with a primary source and my students copied down notes from the recording. They giggled, I giggled, they learned, I smiled. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Knowmia Got A Make Over: Introducing "Assignments"

Knowmia now has an assessment feature added to their site. Teachers can upload open response questions, multiple choice questions, or numerical questions(math friends) to a panel. Teachers can add their own Knowmia video or upload one from sites like YouTube. Teachers can give live feedback to student responses and students can respond back (this feature can be turned off). They even added a textbook component where you can upload an image from a textbook and let students know what page(s) to review. 

I appreciate the assessment feature added to the site, I like it better than BlendSpace. I do have some suggestions though, why not let teachers add links to other sites other than YouTube? Most districts block YouTube for teachers and students. Also, make adding images more feasible for teachers when creating their assignments. I like the image feature on your app which gives you a search engine to upload images immediately other than copying and pasting images from other resources. 

Overall I really like the feature, now my kids can work more as digital citizens and save some trees. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday

If you are using iPads in the class room a great tool to use is a QR creator and scanner for students. You create a QR code by copying and pasting a link to a site in a QR generator and the QR image appears. Give students 4 or 5 codes to scan as they do independent work. This helps our kinesthetic learns try something more hands on. 

Want to take it a step further? Create  a gallery walk activity where students have to scan codes on posters around your room. The codes would take them to a site which would then be linked to an assessment that you hand them for completion

Friday, January 3, 2014

Are You Ready for Your NextLesson?

I recently came across this resource when reviewing some of Edmodo's top apps of 2013. This resource is similar to Edmodo's Blendspace app, NextLesson lets teachers transfer a variety of material into one place. Teachers can upload video clips, documents, links, and more. This site does do something Blendspace does not, it tracks student movement on the site. For instance, students cannot move on to task two without completing task one. Like Blendspace teachers can use and edit other teachers projects or create their own project from scratch.

Back to School Icebreaker: Who's Who?

Tired of the same old "Tic Tac Toe" icebreaker? Try my "Who's who" icebreaker! Who's Who: The teacher se...