Use IT and APPS as You Plan for the Beginning of 2013-2014

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mindmeldAs you begin to plan for  new classes and the first day of school, have you looked at and played with some new apps that might engage your students more this fall?  There are so many to choose from that sometimes it is just too much to tackle– especially if using technology and apps are a little foreign to lesson design in your classroom.  As I was looking at the following webpage from edudemic, I found several apps that looked very interesting and would have valued as a tool to engage kids in my class.  Take a look; you might discover a treasure for your lesson planning as well: http://www.edudemic.com/2012/08/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/

Here is part of a resource that I found on that webpage:

Lesson Planning and Tools

Use these tech tools to pull together great lessons and design amazing and memorable student projects.

  • Teachers Pay Teachers: Have great lessons to share? Looking for something to add to your classes? On this site you can do both, selling your own class materials and buying  high-quality resources from other teachers.
  • Planboard:   Make sure your lessons are organized and that your day runs smoothly with the help of this amazing online tool designed just for teachers.
  • Timetoast:    Timetoast is a pretty cool for student projects, allowing them to build sleek, interactive timelines in minutes.
  • Capzles:    There are so many different ways that Capzles can be used in the classroom, there’s bound to be an application that fits your needs. What does it do? Capzles makes it simple  to gather media like photos, videos, documents, and even blog posts into one place, making it perfect for teaching, learning, or online projects.
  • Prezi: Want to build presentations that will wow your  students? Make use of this online tool that makes it simple to do all kinds of cool things with your lessons, even allowing collaboration between teachers.
  • Wordle:   Create stunning word clouds using Wordle, a great complement to language lessons of any kind.
  • QR CodesQR codes (or quick response codes) are showing up with greater frequency in education. If you’d like  to get in on the trend, you’ll need a tool to create and manage the codes  like Delivr and one to read codes, like any of those listed on this site.
  • Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy for teachers to create study tools for students, especially flashcards that can make memorizing  important information a snap.
  • MasteryConnect:   How are your student performing with regard to state and common core standards? MasterConnect  makes it simple to track and analyze both, as well as other elements of  student performance.
  • Google Docs:   Through Google Docs, teachers  can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created  projects.  ( This is one application that consultants at Region 10 are finding valuable.)
  • YouTube:  Not all schools allow YouTube,  but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning  materials for the classroom. There’s even a special education-focused channel  just for teachers and students.
  • TED-Ed: TED isn’t just a great place to find inspiration  anymore, the site also contains numerous videos that are organized by subject and can help you to teach everything from how pain relievers work  to Shakespearean insults.
  • Glogster:Glogster is a social site that lets users mash up  music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a  great way to create learning materials and a handy tool for creative  student projects.
  • Creaza:  Want to bring your student  projects into the 21st century? Creaza can make that possible, offering  tools to brainstorm, create cartoons, and edit audio and video.
  • Mentor Mob:  On Mentor Mob, you or your students can create a learning playlist, which is essentially a collection of high-quality materials that can be used to study a specific concept.

 

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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