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Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Edshelf

The great Ed Tech site Edshelf just got some major updates that I wanted to point out real quick.  This is a fantastic site for curating and finding/reviewing Educational Technology sites and apps.  Anyone familiar w/ this site will now notice a sleeker looking home page that now shows "trending tools" or what is popular on their site.  There is a nicer polished look to a user's dashboard too.  Also, Edshelf makes it easier to now follow and find other users.  However, the biggest new improvement is now the ability to add your own tools.  No longer does a person have to wait to have Edshelf upload a site/app, it can be done by the individual.

I highly recommend checking out the "new" Edshelf by clicking here!!!

*Edshelf is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Padlet

Padlet is a site that got quite a bit of press a few weeks back.  This is the site that was formerly known as Wallwisher and is an ideal "Web 2.0" tool to use in the classroom.  Padlet is a great way for creating an interactive board that teachers can use to collaborate w/ students.  This is a great way to leave notes, use as a backchannel chat for engaged learning, brainstorming, and much much more.  Best of all it is super easy and free to use.

I highly recommend checking out Padlet by clicking here!!!

SendHub

SendHub is an excellent site/app for using cell phones in the classroom.  This is a great safe way for teachers to send messages to students, parents, or group of people.  SendHub supplies a unique # to the user which allows educators to text important messages, reminders, updates, and more to parents and students.

I highly recommend checking out SendHub by clicking here!!!

*SendHub is an advertiser of TechnologyTidbits.

For My Pinterest board on Mobile Phones in Education click here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

100 Educational iOS Apps

Mobile Learning and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the latest craze in education.  Mobile devices are transforming the way teachers are teaching and students are learning.  The term "Flipped Classrooms" is becoming more mainstream in which teachers are using online methods to teach and students are using mobile devices to learn.  While there are 1000's of educational iOS apps, I decided to curate a list into a 100 to help educators.  I created a list that covers a wide variety of areas and I hope will be beneficial to not only students but teachers as well.

*This list is in alphabetical order and will not include the price due to the constant change and deals on mobile apps.


  1. 5 Dice: Order of Operations - A nice iOS app that is ideal for teaching the Math concept of Order of Operations.  Also, a nice feature is the ability of a whiteboard that students can use to solve the problems.
  2. 9 Slides - A great iPad app for adding video & audio narration to a slideshow/presentation.
  3. Adam Dream: Numbers Nightmare - A fun puzzle/numbers game for iOS devices that my kids love to play.
  4. Alien Buddies - A nice iOS app ideal for kids ages 3-7 w/ a wide variety of activities such as: matching, puzzles, dot-to-dot, and stickers.
  5. Amazing Alex - This is a neat iOS game from the creators of Angry Birds that is ideal for those teaching Rube Goldberg machines.
  6. Animation Desk - A great easy to use iPad app for turning drawings into animations.
  7. Answer Pad - A innovative app that removes the paper from test taking and allows educators to create interactive test sheets that the students use on their iPads.  Also, lots of new features to come such as the ability to use the iPad as a clicker and have students answer verbal questions on  it.
  8. Astroloquiz - A neat iPad app that based around the 12 zodiac signs.  A student answers a variety of ethical questions to get a detailed understanding of their personality based on the zodiac.  Also, there is a interactive glossary w/ over 90 definitions.
  9. Artist Corner - A nice easy to use iPad for creating digital art and then sharing w/ others.
  10. Basher's Presidents - One of my favorite iOS apps for learning about the US presidents.  This app has a flash card w/ an image president as well as a fact.  Also, this app tests students in a game of arranging presidents in the correct order.
  11. BrainPop - A great iOS app based on the popular website, where a student watches an animated video and then takes a short followup quiz.
  12. Brainstormer - One of my favorite iOS apps that is ideal for generating a random word prompt based on: subject, setting, and style.
  13.  C-Fit - A series of iOS videos to give students a 10 min break from schoolwork for exercise.
  14. Celly - A very popular iOS app for creating a "cell" which is a private social network that only invited members can join through texting.
  15. ClassDojo - A wonderful iOS app based on the popular behavior management site.
  16. Color & Draw for Kids - A nice iOS app for coloring and drawing that also allows kids to sketch over their own photos and trace letters as well.
  17. Comic Life - One of the most popular comic making sites now has a mobile app.
  18. Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic Jr - A terrific iPad app that focuses on three areas of math such as: counting, using a balance, and sorting.
  19. Doceri - A ideal iPad app for educators that allows them to screencast, remote desktop to another computer, as well as use as an interactive whiteboard.
  20. Earth School - An educational iOS app that teaches kids (2-6 yrs) about the big bang theory in a variety of activites and games.
  21. EasyBib - A wonderful iOS app for creating a bibliography by scanning a barcode of a book or typing the name of a book.
  22. eCove - A nice app for administrators that works w/ the eCove software for doing staff and student evaluations.
  23. Educreations - One of the most popular iPad apps for educators for turning the iPad into a recordable whiteboard.
  24. Electric Slide - A nice iOS app that allows users to use their iOS device to remote control slideshows.
  25. Experience Life - A innovative iPad app that is ideal for MS/HS students and Health/Biology teachers for learning about the different electrical systems in the body and how it responds to stimuli.
  26. FluencyFinder - The perfect iOS app for educators for assessing a students Reading Level grades 1st-8th, w/ the ability to get instant real-time results.  Also, future updates will include comprehension questions as well as the ability to email results via a push of a button. 
  27. FreeSpeech - A nice iPad app for Special Ed teachers and students who have difficulty speaking.  A teacher can record their voice to a image to help students understand.
  28. Gazziliworld - A nice site for finding a variety of educational iOS apps for PreK students.
  29. GoClass - A great all-in-one solution for the iPad where educators create lessons/assignments on the web and students complete them on the iPad.  Also, a nice way to track and manage students.
  30. Gooru Collections - A great iPap app for download a wide variety of educational resources for Math/Science students 5th-12th grade.
  31. Grading Game - A fun iOS app for finding grammar and typing errors.  A nice way for students to learn correct Writing skills.
  32. i Tell a Story - A fantastic iOS app for telling a story similar to how one creates a podcast on Garageband.
  33. iBooks Author - An educators dream come true where a teacher can create their own interactive digital textbook.
  34. Haiku Deck - A popular iPad app for making stunning looking slideshows/presentations.
  35. Imageloop - A nice simple iOS app for creating slideshows and sharing w/ others.
  36. InClass - A great all-in-one solution for students for taking/sharing notes, organizing classes, and much more.
  37. iStudiez Pro - A nice iOS app for HS students on up for keeping track and organizing their classes, homework, and more.
  38. iTeacherBook - A wonderful iOS app for teachers that allows them to track their students assignments, take attendance, grade, and much more.
  39. Kids Flashcard Maker - A great iPad app for making interactive flashcards w/ photos or videos.
  40. Kids Fun - This is a fun iOS app for younger kids that has over 70 games and activities teaching out animals and nature.
  41. Kids Movies - A nice little iOS app for finding rated G movies for kids.
  42. Kindertown - A nice iOS app for helping teachers/parents find educational apps.
  43. Knowmia (Teach) - A terrific iPad app for teachers to create and record lessons.  These lessons can include: text, images, and videos and can be uploaded to the Knowmia website.
  44. Learn Spanish for Kids - A nice bilingual app for teaching kids either the Spanish or English language through the use of animals, colors, and numbers.
  45. LetterSchool - A very cool iOS app for teaching students how to recognize and write letters and numbers.
  46. Level It Books - A excellent and handy iOS app for anyone who wants to get a Reading Level or Lexile score for a book.  All a user has to do is scan in the book's ISBN number to get a Reading Level.  Also, a teacher can track and manage books, search by title, or create their own book entry.
  47. Little Digits - A nice little app (no pun intended) for kids to learn how to count and associate counting on fingers.
  48. Maily - A innovative iPad app that teaches kids how to email in a safe environment.
  49. Marble Math - A  cool iOS app for kids ages 9-12 for multiplication and division.  Students have to guide a marble through a variety a mazes avoided objects and solving problems.
  50. Math Dojo - A fun iOS app that my kids love for teaching addition through the use of a fighting style game.
  51. Math Minute Madness - A terrific iOS app for learning different concepts of Math such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  52. MiniMod Drawing Conclusions - A cool iOS app for Reading/Comprehension that has students draw conclusions by answering questions to a reading passage.
  53. Moody Monster Manor - A fun iOS app for the younger kids for learning about their emotions through different games/activities.
  54. Mindsnacks - A wonderful collection of iOS apps for foreign language and vocabulary, w/ more subjects soon to follow.
  55. Miracle of Life - A beautiful looking iPad app ideal for Health teachers and parents teaching about the different stages of the human growth cycle.
  56. Mobicip - Is a safe browser for iOS devices where teachers or parents can customize their own filter and track kids browsing history.
  57. My Story - A terrific iPad app for kids who can create a digital story by drawing or uploading photos and recording audio.
  58. My Word Wall - A very nice app for young students (and ESL) learning how to read and recognize words and letters.  Kids listen to a word while associating it w/ a letter and picture.
  59. myCreate - A excellent iPad app for creating stop motion animations.  Ideal for digital storytelling.
  60. myHomework - A great mobile app for helping students keep their school life organized by setting reminders, tracking classes/homework, and more.
  61. Nearpod - One of the most popular all-in-one solution for the iPad where teachers can create interactive content/lessons and share them w/ students on their mobile devices.
  62. Numbers League - A very innovative and super fun iPad app for students learning basic math skills.  This app allows up to 4 players to play at once and integrates they use of comic book superheroes and villains.
  63. Piano Dust Buster - A great iOS game that helps teach kids how to play the piano by tapping the key that germs land on.
  64. PicknSpell - A fun little iOS app for spelling that helps young students recognize words by picking out the images they see.
  65. Pixntell - A fantastic iOS app for adding audio to pictures to tell a story.
  66. Pirate Pop - A cool iOS app that lets students play as a pirate as they fire a cannon to answer multiplication problems.
  67. Presidents vs Aliens - The second iOS app on my list for learning about presidents that uses a more game style where students "unlock" presidents while they play through the game.
  68. Puppet Pals - A very fun iPad app for digital storytelling where students can create their own characters/puppets and move them around the screen while recording their audio.
  69. Quipper Quiz - A nice iOS app for students to learn by taking a short quiz on any number of subjects on their mobile devices.
  70. Recycle Hero - One of my favorite iOS apps that teaches my kids about recycling through the use of educational games.
  71. Remind101 - A great iOS app for using a mobile device to keep in touch w/ students and parents through the use of texting.
  72. Rover - A safe browser for students on the iPad that also allows them to access flash content.
  73. ScootPad - A iPad app that integrates w/ the popular learning platform for common core standards in Math, Reading, Spelling, and Writing.
  74. SendHub - A fantastic iOS app for getting a unique # to keep in touch w/ parents and students.  This is a great way to keep send group text messages as reminders to parents/students as well as keep current on classroom happenings.
  75. Sentence Builder - A fantastic iPad app for teaching students how to write grammatically correct sentences.
  76. ShowMe - An ideal app for teachers that turns their iPad into an interactive whiteboard.
  77. Simple Learning 123 - A nice site for the youngsters that teaches them how to count in 3 different languages using the methods of: touch, site, and sound.
  78. SlideShark - A neat iOS app that lets users view and share powerpoint presentations on their mobile devices.
  79. SonicPics - A very popular iOS app for digital storytelling by adding and syncing audio to photos.
  80. Spelling Hero - A great iOS app for helping students not only learn how to spell but provide pronunciation and definitions to words as well.
  81. SpellingCity - A terrific iOS app that interacts w/ the popular SpellingCity website (access teacher's word lists) and lets students play educational Spelling/Vocabulary games on their mobile device
  82. Story Dice - A interesting iOS app for creating writing prompts or story starters by rolling dice to select: plot, character, and setting.
  83. Story Patch - A wonderful iPad app for digital storytelling that takes students through the different steps of story creation.
  84. StorySmith - A fun iPad app for creating a digital story by adding: text, objects, and backgrounds.
  85. Subtext - A very innovative iPad app that turns any book or document into a digital classroom.  This happens by being able to create discussions on any digital content by creating groups and annotating/writing content to engage learning.
  86. Symbaloo - The very popular bookmarking site for education is now available on iOS mobile devices.  Either students or teachers can access bookmarked sites already created in Symbaloo, or they can start bookmarking their own using the app.
  87. Teachers Tech - One of my favorite iOS apps for integrating technology into the classroom.  This app allows teachers to view web 2.0 tutorials on a wide variety of subjects to help implement them into the classroom.
  88. Teacher Tilly - A fun iOS app for toddlers and preschoolers that help teaches them about shapes, organizing, and sorting through the use of puzzles.
  89. Tell a Tale - A fun iPad app for telling a story based on predetermined sentences and pictures.
  90. Tellagami - A cool iOS app for digital storytelling where a user creates an avatar and record their voice or types text to tell a story.
  91. Timeline 3D - An innovative iOS app that integrates w/ the website to create stunning 3D timelines.
  92. Timeline Maker - A wonderful iPad app for making chronological timelines by combining text and images.
  93. TinyTap - An educational iPad app that allows kids to create their own games by recording audio, adding images, and drawing.
  94. Toontastic - My favorite iPad for digital storytelling where students can select characters/objects and move them around a background while recording their voice.
  95. Trace Letters - A nice app for the youngsters to learn how to write and recognize letters/numbers.
  96. uSpeak (Learn Spanish) - A great iPad app that teaches people how to learn Spanish through 6 educational games.
  97. VidRhythm - A fun app for creating a music video by uploading video, adding a style/effect, and select a musical background.
  98. VoiceThread - One of the most popular Web 2.0 sites for digital storytelling is now on mobile devices.
  99. WeWantApps - A handy iOS app that is similar to Kindertown in which it lets users find educational apps by searching through: subject, price, language, and platform.
  100. Write On - A fantastic iPad app that not only teaches kids the alphabet but it teaches them how to write in block/cursive as well.
For more Educational iOS Apps check out my Pinterest board and Edshelf collection.

TotSplash

TotSplash is a gem of a find from the great educator, David Andrade.  This is a fantastic site that is a cross between Prezi (being able to make a zoomable presentation) and a brainstorming/mind mapping tool.  This is a very user friendly site where users start creating nodes (called tots) of ideas or brainstorming and then either add text or images.  Then they add their "splash" or effects to make it a innovative interactive presentation.  Best of all a user can share their presentation by embedding into a site or blog.

I highly recommend checking out TotSplash by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Brainstorming and Mind Mapping click here.

Piano Dust Buster

Piano Dust Buster is a great free iOS app that teaches kids how to play the piano.  My kids love this as they have to press on the piano key that germs land on to have granny dust them away.  As they do this they are learning to play the piano and keep tempo and timings.  It's a very fun game that also has adjustable difficulty levels for the more advanced player.

I recommend checking out Piano Dust Buster by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest boards on Educational iOS apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS apps click here.

Tellagami

Tellagami is a free iOS app that is great for digital storytelling where a user creates an avatar w/ their own photos and voice and then includes them in a story.  I like to think of it as a Voki on steroids.  After an avatar is created, a user can record their voice or type text and then place their character in a background.

I recommend checking out Tellagmi by clicking here!!

I found out about this app from the great blog, Class Tech Tips.

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Essay Starter

Essay Starter is an innovative iPad app that allows a user to open up a split screen between a worksheet (where one can edit/type text) and a PDF.  This is ideal for want to take notes or start a composition/essay and view PDF's all in one screen.  What makes this so great is the ability to copy text from one or multiple PDF's onto the worksheet and then have it automatically referenced as a footnote. This makes writing and organizing ideas w/ accurate information a breeze.

I highly recommend checking out Essay Starter by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

TeachQuest

TeachQuest is a nice online community for teachers that I just found out about from Edshelf.  This is a nice network for teachers to share and find resources such as lesson plans, videos, and more.  Also, a teacher can use TeachQuest as a secure environment to collaborate w/ parents.  Teachers can communicate via a blog, chat, forum, and more.

I highly recommend checking out TeachQuest by clicking here.

For my Pinterest board on Social Networks in Education click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Social Networks in Education click here.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quandary

Quandary is a really interesting educational online game that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's excellent blog.  This is a game for students 8-14 yrs old that has them control a colony on another planet and make ethical decisions.  These decisions help them develop skills such as: critical thinking, perspective-taking, and decision making.  What makes Quandary so great is the educational portal for teachers that has lots of resources such as: lesson plans, worksheets, common core standards, and more.

I highly recommend checking out Quandary by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Games click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational Games click here.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Level It Books

Level It Books is a fantastic iOS app for educators/parents/Librarians.  This app allows users to scan in ISBNs and get a Reading/Lexile level of a book and more.  Also, a user can manage their books/collection and track students Reading Level.  A user can even submit their own books and search for books by either author or title.

I highly recommend checking out Level It Books by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

*Level It Books is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Universal Tutors

Universal Tutors is a new (beta) site for students or educators to find or become a tutor.  There are lots of sites that offer this but what I like about UT is that the online environment allows for audio/video chat, instant messaging, and an interactive whiteboard w/ the Wolfram Alpha equation engine built in (ideal for math equations).

I recommend checking out Universal Tutors by clicking here!!
For my Pinterest board on Online Tutoring click here.

ScootPad

ScootPad is an adaptive learning platform that aligns w/ common core standards for grades K-5.  This excellent site/app covers a wide range of subjects such as: Math, Reading, Spelling, Writing, etc.  This safe CIPA compliant platform allows for educators, students, and parents to engage in online activities, collaborate, track/analyze student data, and more.  This is a great resource for districts that is ideal for Blended Learning.

I highly recommend checking out ScootPad by clicking here!!!
To check out their wide variety of mobile apps click here.

PicknSpell

PicknSpell is a nice little iOS app for the kids learning how identify words and spell (PreK-KDG).  It's a very simple app to use where a student reads (or has someone read) the sentence on the screen and the tap on the object it is referring to.  Then the image blows up on the screen and student has to spell the image by tapping on the letters.  This is a nice app for word and letter recognition and can help develop Spelling skills.

I recommend checking out PicknSpell by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spree Games

Spree Games is a nice little site for educational games that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This site has games for all ages (Elementary thru College) as well on a wide variety of subjects (art thru technology).  Also, a person can register as a student or teacher to track their progress.

I recommend checking out Spree Games by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Games click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational Games click here.

FluencyFinder


FluencyFinder is one of my favorite iOS apps for educators. This easy-to-use app is ideal for assessing students’ reading fluency rate for grades 1st-8th. All a teacher has to do is download the app and start adding students. Once this is done, they go to the website (http://www.fluencyfinder.com/), choose a reading passage (currently 6 passages per grade level), and print it out. When the student is ready, the teacher hits “Start”. As the student reads, the teacher can easily track and assess their reading fluency by tapping a button as errors occur. After the student is finished, the teacher hits “Stop” and immediately receives instant, real-time results.

Also, the creators of FluencyFinder are continually adding improvements to this already fantastic product and will soon launch comprehension questions to accompany the reading passages. Teachers will be able to assess not only students’ reading fluency rate but their comprehension of the passages as well. Another nice feature coming soon is the addition of an export function, which will allow teachers the ability to share students’ results/data with the tap of a button, likely via email. And new additional passages, including excerpts from children’s literary classics, will be added this spring.

I highly recommend checking out FluencyFinder by clicking here!!!

*FluencyFinder is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

NetClick

NetClick is a wonderful new site that I found out about from TXTNLRN, an innovator in using mobile phones in the classroom.  NetClick is a great way to make existing slide presentations interactive.  The way this works is simple a user uploads a presentation (must be in PDF format) then NetClick converts it to be interactive.  Students then enter a code on the web or mobile device to connect to that presentation.  Then students can interact w/ the slides to answer questions given by the teacher, tap specific items on a slide, or indicate which parts of a presentation are confusing.  Teachers can then get real-time instant feedback.

I highly highly recommend checking out NetClick by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Slideshows/Presentations click here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artist Corner

Artist Corner is a wonderful free iPad app for creating digital art.  This is a very easy to use app that allows kids to create digital art through a use of a wide variety of activities such as: drawing, coloring, painting, and creating a mask.  After an activity is selected a user has the ability to choose from a wide range drawing/painting tools such as: colors, markers, paint brushes, etc etc.  When a work of art is completed it can then be saved in the "my gallery" folder and "shared" online w/ others.

I highly recommend checking out Artist Corner by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on creating Digital Art click here.

Monday, February 18, 2013

EasyDefine

EasyDefine is a site I just found out about from the amazing educator/presenter/app designer, Ozge Karaoglu.  This is a terrific site for uploading a list of words to get their definition.  However, what makes EasyDefine so great are various formats in where you can get your results such as: definitions, synonyms, flash cards, and quizzes.  All which are ideal for learning your words.

I highly recommend checking out EasyDefine by clicking here!!

For another great site for learning Vocabulary check out SpellingCity.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sketch Star

Sketch Star is a cool site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a great site for creating custom animations frame by frame.  A user has lots of tools to choose from such as: puppets, objects, brushes, etc.  After a frame is completed it can be arranged into order by dragging-n-dropping on the timeline (think iMovie).

I recommend checking out Sketch Star by clicking here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chegg

Chegg is a wonderful site for college students to not only rent/buy textbooks, e-books, and more, but also find homework help in books.  One of the best uses of this is the ability for students to get Math questions and answers.  Students can just type in what they're looking for in Math or search by category such as: Algebra, Calculous, Trigonometry, etc.

I recommend checking out Chegg for help in Math.

*Chegg is an advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Biteslide Student Competition

Biteslide is one of my favorite educational Web 2.0 sites for teachers/students.  This is a free site that allows teacher to manage/track students accounts and progress, no student email is needed.  What is Biteslide?  Biteslide is an innovative site for Project Based Learning that allows students to create a "slidebook" which is similar to a digital scrapbooks.  These books are interactive and allow students to upload all kinds of content (ie. text, video, images, etc).  Once these books are created they can be shared w/ others online in a safe environment.

Right now Biteslide is offering a student competition based on a favorite historical figure.  The rules are quite simple...

  • Student's create a one page slidebook
  • Enter a class or student as many times as they like
  • Download and email slides to competition@biteslide.com
  • All slides will be pinned to pinterest.com/biteslide
The winning student will receive their slidebook on a printed canvas to be displayed in class or at home.

For more details click here!!

*Biteslide is a advertiser of Technology Tidbits.

Fun2Tap

Fun2Tap is a nice little site that I came across that is ideal for finding iOS apps for kid games and interactive storybooks.  This site reviews each app as well as providing some screenshots and links for download.

I recommend checking out Fun2Tap by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BoomWriter News

BoomWriter is proud to announce that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston are using their cutting edge innovative web-based program to create collaborative stories.  This is being done in conjunction w/ BW's Technology Heroes Program.  The program brings together enthusiastic educators, local celebrities and corporate sponsors to promote literacy and inspire kids to become master storytellers through collaborative writing projects. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will offer the Technology Heroes Program to members of their Clubs in Boston and Chelsea.

BoomWriter inspires children to bring their stories to life online and in print. The creative process starts with the first part of a story written by a professional writer. Students then are encouraged to write what they think should happen next in the story. After submitting their work online, students read the chapters of their peers and then vote for the most appealing chapter. Once the winning chapter is selected, it is added to the story and the process continues until a book is completed.  Using the generous support of corporate partners, BoomWriter will convert these stories into published books. Each participating club member will receive a free copy and the thrill of their name in print with their peers.

For more information on BoomWriter click here!!!

Narrable

Narrable is a nice site for creating a dynamic slideshow by adding audio to photos.  This is done by uploading photos and either calling into Narrable to add a narration or uploading an audio file.  A finished slideshow can then be embedded into a site/blog or shared via Facebook or email.

I recommend checking out Narrable by clicking here!!

For a more detailed review check out Richard Byrne's award winning blog.

For my Pinterest board on Presentations/Slideshows click here.

9Slides app

9Slides one of my favorite Web 2.0 websites for adding video/audio narration to a wide variety of presentations has just launched a free iPad app.  This is ideal for mobile learning and any district that uses iPads.  This can be used by either a teacher or student to create a stunning presentation and engage their audience by providing an actual video narration to their presentation.  The free app works w/ a wide variety of presentation styles such as: Adobe, Microsoft PPT, Google Drive, and more.  Another nice feature is the ability to share and track analytical data of your presentation.

I highly recommend checking out 9Slides iPad app by clicking here!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Presidents vs Aliens

Presidents vs. Aliens is a fun iOS game for learning about the US Presidents.  This is a game that allows players to unlock all the presidents by playing through a variety of games.  Also, this game teaches people about unique facts, nicknames, and more about each president.  Best of all a person can control which types of questions are asked which as ideal for younger students.

I highly recommend checking out President vs Aliens by clicking here!!

Also check out Basher's Presidents for another nice iOS app for learning about the US Presidents.

For my Pinterest board on Educational iOS Apps click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Educational iOS Apps click here.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Timelines.tv

Timelines.tv is a nice little site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers.  This is a nice site for History teachers that has 5 wonderful interactive timelines (Britain's history, Small Pox, etc) to explore through.  These timelines contain images, text, and video and a person can view them by chapter as well.

I highly recommend checking out Timelines.tv by clicking here!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dio

Dio is a very cool new (beta) site for creating a interactive environment.  I can see this being used for those interested in programming or game/story development.  It also reminds me a bit of those sites that create choose-your-own adventures such as Inklewriter.  The environment itself is a series of still images that a person can navigate around (Think Myst).  Also, a person can select items to examine (again Myst or 7th Guest) and even collaborate w/ others via a chat window.

I recommend checking out Dio by clicking here!!!

Below is a brief video...



Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's wonderful blog for the tip!!!

Cometsdocs

Cometdocs is as site I've covered in the past but recently received an email about some new features.  CD is a great free site for people to convert files in a wide variety of formats (up to 30).  Also, users can now store files online, share them w/ others (public/private) and transfer large files (more w/ a paid plan).

I highly recommend Cometdocs by clicking here!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Brainy Box

Brainy Box is a new (beta) site that I just found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  He compares it to a more advanced version of Cube Creator.  This is a very cool site that allows users to add any type of content (text, video, images) to a 3D cube and rotate it anyway they want.  I'm not sure if a user can embed a finished cube but that would be ideal.

I recommend checking out Brainy Box by clicking here!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free is an excellent new site I found for educational resources.  This is a very innovative site that offers users over 750 online interactive lessons and over 250 videos.  These lessons are fun to do and a user can customize how they want to learn a give topic.

I recommend checking out GCF by clicking here!!!

For my Pinterest board on Educational Resources click here.

Kubbu

Kubbu is a excellent site for teachers for creating a wide variety of online activities.  A free teacher account lets them manage up to 30 students and 15 activities at a time.  These activities can include: games, quizzes, crosswords, and more.  Another nice feature track students and view their results.

I recommend checking out Kubbu by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest boards on Web 2.0 click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Web 2.0 click here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

FXmypics

FXmypics is a nice little site for editing photos that I found out about from Larry Ferlazzo's blog.  All a user has to do is register for a free account, upload their photos, and then edit their photos w/ a bunch of different effects.

I recommend checking out FXmypics by clicking here!!!

For my Top 10 Sites for Editing Photos click here.

QR Wild

QR Wild is a very cool site/network for QR Codes that I found out about from Edshelf.  On this site a user can create, play, or find rules on how to build or play a QR code game.  A very popular QR Code game is the scavenger hunt which is used all the time in education.  These games can be played out in the real world and in a school setting and is a fun and innovative way to incorporate technology into the classroom.

I recommend checking out QR Wild by clicking here!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

myCreate

myCreate is an excellent iPad app for stop motion animation.  A user uses the iPad camera to take pics turns them into a stop motion animation and can even record audio.  Users of Quicktime Pro will feel right at home w/ this easy to use app.

I recommend checking out myCreate by clicking here!!

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Quizpoo

Quizpoo is a fun little new (beta) site for creating a quiz.  These quizzes can only have two choices for answers and when completed a link is giving for sharing the score.  While it's nothing fancy it is fun to create and take one.

I recommend checking out Quizpoo by clicking here!!

I'd like to thank Larry Ferlazzo's award nominated blog for the tip.

For my Pinterest board on Quiz/Test Creators click here.

Zeen

Zeen is a new (beta) site for creating a digital story.  It's a rather interesting site that is very easy to use.  A user just creates a board, adds text/quotes, drag-n-drops photos/videos, and then shares their story.  My only issue is the site claims to allow stories to be embedded which is ideal for education but I couldn't figure it out.

I recommend checking out Zeen by clicking here!!!

Here is my brief story example... http://zeen.com/read/IAevaL/lord-of-the-rings-fantasy-fun

For my Pinterest board on Digital Storytelling click here.
For my Edshelf collection on Digital Storytelling click here.

Thanks to the amazing Naomi Harm for the tip!!!