Post #2 Featured Five
Welcome to the #2 blog posting. The purpose of this blog is to highlight apps and/or websites that can be used to enhance teaching and/or student learning. Some sites/apps are intended as professional development opportunities for teachers. Others might best be used for teacher instruction or tools to help students learn.
For each entry, I will answer the following questions:
- What is the app or website?
- Who is/are the primary users?
- How can it be used in the lesson? Or, how could it be used as professional development?
Sometimes, I will also include a tutorial to show you how to use the app or website. This may be a YouTube video, a pdf handout, or a screencast that I have created. I want this blog to be as user-friendly as possible. I know teachers do not have a lot of time to learn new technology and use it to create new lessons.
Finally, I encourage feedback. Please let me know if and how you use the featured apps or sites. It is only through continued conversation that we can try to keep up with the ever-changing world of education. Also, if you have any websites or apps that you would like for me to investigate, find, or create tutorials please let me know.
1 Shadow Puppet (This is only an app for iPhone or iPad and needs to be downloaded from the App Store)
- What: This is an app for iPhone and iPad. It allows you to insert images and record voice to create a presentation, demonstration, tell a story, etc. All videos are saved to a web address to be shared and/or accessed later. Finished product is saved as a link. It will only be visible to those who have been given the link. The website provides ideas of how it might be used and also gives a tutorial.
- Who: Students and teachers (Also good for very young students)
- How: This application has endless possibilities for both teachers and students.
- Teachers: Create demonstration for class lesson or create something to help a struggling individual student. Can be used for all subjects.
- Students: Presentation (individual or group)
2 Free Image Sites (These are both websites. Most all of the photos are absolutely free. No attribution is required)
- What: Pixabay (Note: The top row photos are from Shutterstock and are not free. Also on this site are vector graphics and illustrations. The site is searchable.) and Imagebase (This site is also searchable and there is no need for attributions.)
- Who: All computer users (Students who are ready to create presentations. That age level may vary from situation to situation.)
- How: Can be used whenever a photo is needed.
3 Instapaper (For IOS, Android, and Kindle. It is also a website accessible by PC.)
- What: It is a tool that allows you to save web pages or posts from blogs to read later. They are transferable from different devices. This means you can save an article on one device and it can be read on another device because it is account based. You also do not need Internet to read items that have been saved to Instapaper.
- Who: Middle school and older students. Also good for teachers.
- How: There are slightly different methods for saving, depending what device you are using. This is a great way to save research articles. You could also save other articles that you just do not have time to read at the moment. See links below for how to save with various devices:
4 #edchat (Go to Twitter.com and type in #edchat in the search box. No Twitter account is necessary.)
- What: This is a way to use Twitter without even having an account. You will be able to explore current trends in education, ways people are integrating technology, and many other topics related to education. See Week 1 blog to find out how to create your Twitter account and more ways to use it.
- Who: Teachers and administrators.
- How: Perfect tool for professional development. You can keep informed with what is currently trending in education. You might also find some people you would like to follow on Twitter because they seem to have great ideas (see Week 1 Blog for more information on how to do this.) Other related materials include:
5 Best Rubric Makers (My favorite rubric tools. They are all free and easy to use.)
- What: Rubrics from 3 different sources
- Who: Mostly for teachers but could also possibly be used by students.
- How: Use for creating alternative assessments
- iRubric (This is an app and website. There are thousands of rubrics that can be used as are or modified. It is also possible to create your own.)
http://www.rcampus.com/wikishowc.cfm?tt=How_to_build_a_rubric&tm=rubrics&sm=help& (Online Tutorial)
- Can be used with Mac or PC
- Free membership
- Existing rubrics available by:
- Grade level
- Can search
- Can build rubric:
- From scratch
- Modify existing
- Rubistar (A website for creating rubrics)
- Must create a free account
- Pre-formatted rubrics according to subject and category
- Can be saved permanently or temporarily (for 1 week)
- Tutorial available for
- Saving rubric
- Printing rubric
- Editing rubric
- Analyzing rubric
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything (Existing rubrics and other useful tools found on this website. Although these rubrics may not be customizable, they have great ideas. You could use the Common Core and/or PARCC information and use one of the other rubric tools to create your own.)
- Types of rubrics found:
- Common Core by grade level
- PARCC Performance Level Descriptors
- Presentation software
- Web 2.0 applications
- Educator technology skills
- Subject specific rubrics
- Other tools:
- Rubric builders
- Graphic organizers
- Ideas for progress report comments
- Electronic portfolios
- Ideas for alternative assessments
- Types of rubrics found: