Ed Tech Tools I CANNOT Live Without
For the Students
I use this app DAILY! It is the best way for students and a class to read together in the pages of a text. You can convert any webpage to an easy to read book and annotate right within the text. Add questions, multiple choice, polls, and discussion points AND the students can do it too.
No surprise here. Edmodo is a great way for students to network and discuss. Also, a great way to send out information, create quick links, and collect/give assignments or quizzes. I DO NOT use the app. There seems to be too many glitches, even after the updates. Will keep trying, though. :)
A great way to share: student work with each other, work collaboratively on a project, or save and organize work. Only downer on an iPad is you cannot create presentations or drawings.
Another great way to share. I have a class Dropbox account. This is a great way for students to share video with me.
A kid friendly blogging platform that I use for student portfolios. It lets you upload images, videos, and student work.
A great app to help collect student work and see, at a glance, who has it and who doesn't. The new update allows you to annotate the assignments and return them to the student.
This free app is great for multiplication and division (and beginning algebra) practice. Having both rote practice and games, enables students to practice their skills and, in the on-line version, teachers see everything the student worked on.
Note taking, creating, and organizing app. Paid.
For the Teacher
(and, ultimately, benefit of the students)
I was terrified but joined Twitter a little under a year ago and totally underestimated the Professional Learning Network that can result. It is AH-MAZE-ING how many ideas and incredible teachers you can network with and meet, and learn from is unsurmountable.
Flipboard is the reason why I fell in love with Twitter. I had a hard time following short sentences and hashtags, but when you make it look like a magazine, well, I'm sold. This allows you to curate your own web content and enjoy the ease of reading.
Always a great resource for visual learners, like myself, and a great recipe or two.
Very similar to Flipboard in curating content. It has its own channels to gather a variety of articles.
I use Evernote to collect notes and organize things I find that I love. Lately, I've used it when I come across a cool site or tech idea to copy and paste into a new document. That way, I can organize them all together.