*This is the email I sent out tonight to the 19 Howe Elementary School teachers taking part in the iPad implementation class offered for professional development. Each teacher received an iPad 2. Their purpose is to discover ways to use this technology tool for reading and math intervention. You are welcome to join us as well. If you want the iPad PD guide as an iBook, DM me your email. -Matt
I am emailing you because I have you enrolled in the iPad class for Howe. You should have received an invitation to join howeelem.wikispaces.com; if you didn’t let me know. It is a wiki that everyone can contribute to, to add projects, ideas and ask questions of each other. You will need to create an account. Be sure to add your school email during the registration process. I have never used one, so I am hoping some of you will try it out and let me know how it works ;).
A requirement for this PD is join our Edmodo group. Edmodo is like Facebook only for teachers and students. This social network is how we will deliver assignments and award badges for completion of iPad proficiency levels.
1. Go to http://www.edmodo.com/ and sign up as a student.
2. Create your account using the code 35od0D.
3. Be sure to enter your school email so you can receive updates from the site.
4. Enter the group and explore this social network.
Once everyone is enrolled, I will send out a pre-assessment survey and your first assignment. Speaking of assignments…
Would anyone be upset if we did not do the Todd Whitaker book study? Besides the technical issues getting the book, I have some concerns about learning to use the iPad AND reading the eBook at the same time. What are your thoughts? I am good either way. In fact, once we have all on board on Edmodo, our first assignment could be to participate in a poll about this question. We will still read, share and respond to relevant articles about education and technology in place of the book, if that is the way we want to go.
I am learning as we go, just like you. If you have suggestions during this learning process, I would like to hear your ideas.
I just received an iCapsule Keyboard and Case for my iPad 1 from my brother. It’s pretty cool. Of course, I want to do something with it, so what better way than to write a blog post!
Recently, a friend of ours received an iPad 2. She teaches medical terminology to undergraduates looking into a career in healthcare. The university bought it for her because she teaches online, and she asked me what are the best free apps out there for this purpose (of course, they didn’t provide her with a budget for apps). Loving everything techie, I was only too happy to oblige.
Below is a list in no order for what free apps I would recommend to online teachers. I myself have not taught a course online yet, but plan to with my teaching staff next semester, all via iPad. If you have an opinion or suggestion about this list, please share it as this may be the blind leading the blind.
Teacher Tools (Free)
Edmodo – Host a class, like Facebook only for teachers and students
Mail – Assign your email to this app to instantly view messages & sync Calendar
Evernote – Take notes and record voice, with ability to share info many ways
Twitter – Connect with other like professionals, host chats and share information
Google + – Hold video conferencing with students
Google Docs – Work on a document with others at the same time or asynchronously
iBooks – Read textbooks as eBooks, highlight and share text, easily search for specific information
Safari – Use the “Reading List” feature to save articles online for later reading and sharing
WordPress – Write and share blog posts, plus track data about how often people read your writing. Can also add comments to people’s posts, nice way to provide feedback for assessment.
Pinterest – Create boards for different areas of professional interest, and allow others to pin like interests to your boards
Dropbox – Sync documents, pictures between iPad and personal computer
neu.Annotate – free PDF reader that allows you to write comments on it and save it as is in Dropbox, or send out to others via email
Flipboard – Subscribe to several news outlets, media and blogs and read information in a magazine-style format
iTunes – Download or subscribe to free podcasts about many things education and learning related
Shutterfly – Take pictures, then post them for others to see on the Share Site
Prezi Viewer – Make a Prezi on a computer then present it on this app
YouTube – Take video, then post it online for others to watch