Today was the first day of school for my district. Does summer just get shorter every year? I tell ya.
Now, many of us are returning to the classroom with either one tablet (for the teacher) or a class set of tablets, or even a 1:1 situation. Either way, here are some goodies for you:
Wirelessly mirror your ipad, iphone, or ipod Touch to any Mac or PC with Reflector. It’s only $12.99! Amazing! You download their software to your computer, make sure you are on a wireless network, and then you turn on the airplay on your device and ta da! Your device is mirrored! I’ve tried it. It’s awesome!
Bonus – they allow you to try a 10 minute trial before you buy. That way you can see if your school site has anything going on (like Active Directory) that might interfere or cause too long of a delay. After 10 minutes your trial ends, but according to another teacher, you can repeat if you need to try it again.
With that being said…what types of apps would you want to project on your screen? Well, here is a list for you, and a link to the CUE Rock Star Camp site where you can find others.
(The list is from the notes I took during one of the sessions. You are getting the “as is” so excuse anything that may be a little off.)
- pClock timer app: color coded for student presentations 🙂
- ShowMe – whiteboard app. Can use stylus. Take pic (example – of map of Gatsby area) and put it in ShowMe from camera roll. Can post on ShowMe sight. Allows you to record the lesson as you teach! (Great for Terry’s character relationship activity) Use it to annotate in different colors! (SUTW!!) Can get an embed code or a link. Can pause when setting up new pages.
- (educreations and ?) – to add multiple pics at a time
- Plickers – paper clickers!!! With QR codes for A, B, C, D and it turns so their answer is “up” for teacher to scan with ipad. Bar graph shows immediate response. GREAT for SAT question. Use an old android phone because doesn’t have iOS app yet. App is free. Can download the paper cards for free. CAHSEE testing! Can assign the cards too 🙂
- Socrative- (kids need devices) need to scrounge for student devices (old phones not connected to phone service still connect to wifi) Student and teacher app. They go to m.socrative.com and join the “room” the teacher setup. Teacher sends multiple choice question. Can use it as a Likert scale 🙂 Teacher sends a short answer question. They show up on screen! Button at bottom lets the students vote on responses. Awesome recognitoin for some kids. Take quiz? Can type names and it shows up on the screen with score. Has iphone app too. Can email report to self (teacher).
- Use ipad as a doc camera – walk around to each student and use your camera to show up on the screen! 🙂
- Class Dojo – classroom management app (great for all ages, really!)
- toonoisy– measures how loud the classroom is 🙂 Can put it on the stand and it shows the kids (or reflect it on the screen) Crack the screen? Stacy after class! (can adjust sensitivity) – Great for groupwork situations. Teach self-monitoring.
- foxit reader app –
- confer –
- puppet pals – choose background and characters. They start off stage. Bring them in and record your voice. Make a puppet show. Play as a movie.
- poll everywhere
- remind 101 – send mass text messages to students. Can choose to receive email or text.
- aurasma – augmented reality for your students (take a pic of a page of your textbook and it gives you a video. Use your ipad to do this.) Need the Aurasma app.
- Haiku Deck – does so much than just a slideshow (can access DB for example) (Ideas – 6 word memoirs!) If you change the theme, it gives all the photos a similar look. cool.
- Snapguide – how to do a close reading!!
- icrosss – for geometry
- cheater pants calculator – shows all the work (oriented toward 4th grade)
For more apps and other misc. tech goodies, go to Solana Beach CUE Rock Star Camp‘s site. Check out Holly Clark’s 1:1 ipad session or Jen Roberts’ only ONE ipad session. While you’re there, check out all kinds of other neat stuff! 🙂 There are links galore.
Now that you can mirror your device, and you have awesome apps, what else could you need? Well, a case with a strap so you can walk around the class using your device and not drop it, which we all know is devastating (I have a crack on my ipad screen, but luckily it is only on the frame part. Still bothers me.)
There you have it! I’m going to have some fun fun fun (until my daddy takes the T-bird away…)