The iPads are Coming… (they’re here!)

It should come as no surprise to those who know me that: (1) I’ve had an iPad for nearly a year now, and me being me, (2) I’ve also been exploring ways to integrate it into instruction. I did my first iPad workshop on Wednesday and will also pilot an iPad project sometime before the end of the year (which I will chronicle here).

I had a fun time exploring apps to download and purchase. The full list is below (and yes, I know it’s a long list…I sort of got carried away). Of course, I’m already maintaining a running list of new apps to explore. The headings correspond to the folders I organized them into…some of which were plainly arbitrary on my part, admittedly.

Have a recommendation for me? Ideas are welcome!







Office 2HD

Front Page:


Google App

Google Maps


Photo Booth




iPad Tips

App Start



App Store


Good Reader




Apps in Folders:


Google Books





Nook Kids

Free Books







Game Center


Calculator Pro

My Convert



AP News



Ted Talks w/Subtitles

Brain Pop






Story Corps

MIT Lecture Hall

You Tube



Puppet Pals HD

FlipBoom Lite

Sonic Pics Lite

Flip Book Lite

Animation Studio

Strip Design

Story Pages HD

Writer’s Studio


Blank Slate Lite

aNote Lite


Scratch Work


Replay Note



Garage Band


Piano Free

Finger Drums

DJ Spooky

DJ Mixer Pro



Loop J

Vocoder Lite



Sirius XM



Draw Free


Adobe Ideas




Quick Voice


Dragon Dictation




Jot Free



PS Express

Life Magazine

Sonic Pics

Tilt Shift Generators



Mad Libs



SAT Vocab

SAT Reading

Free Grammar





Grammar Girl


e-Touch Lite


Tap to Talk

Word Lens

ESL Beginners

Pencil Bot level 1

Health & Fitness:

Body Fitness

Fitness HD

Calorie Counter

Daily Burn

My Food

Everyday Health

Health Now

Yoga Stretch

Web MD


Math Ref Free

McGraw-Hill Fractions

Quick Graph

Khan Academy: Algebra

Touch Calc

HMH Geometry

Math Terms

Math Fractions Lite

Polar Sweep

Pocket CAS


Sky Orb



3D Brain



3D Cell Stain

Hubble Top 100


Lab Timer

Science VL

Xperica HD

Star Walk


Social Studies:

Google Earth

All Countries

History Maps

Oregon Trail (free)

Geo Master US States

Civilization Revolution (lite)

National Archives

Tour Wrist

This Day

My Congress

US Constitution

Speed Geo Lite

Tap Quiz Maps

Manual for the U.S.A.


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Web Tools for Elementary Schools

These are my favorite tools and methods for working with young students.

(1) Voice Thread – Voice Thread allows users to create narrated slide show movies that can be shared over the web. Older students could create and narrate their own digital story. Younger students could comment on a drawing they created or just tell a short story.

(2) Google Earth & Google Maps – Wonderful tools for students to learn about places, from their own community to locations around the world. Google Earth is software that works with the web, while Google Maps is entirely online, with maps that are customizable.

(3) Animoto – Students are able to produce their own videos with this easy-to-use web site. Animoto stores your videos online so you don’t have to worry about storing large files.

(4) Webquests – These inquiry-based projects can be created by teachers to allow their students to work collaboratively in the classroom. Webquests provide students with quality web resources and then ask students to complete a complex, project-based task.

(5) Podcasting – Podcasts, similar to Voice Threads, are audio-based projects which mimic a broadcast radio show. Podcasts are excellent classroom projects since they touch upon a wide variety of skills, and are extremely motivating for students. Podcasts can be created with students of any age.

PS 79 Teachers, please take our educational technology needs assessment.

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About my Workshop

Here’s a nice post by Rob Manning of AUSSIE about my Web 2.0 Workshop. Thanks for the write-up!

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Web 2.0 Workshop

Welcome to the Workshop–

Please fill out my form to submit your Google Account. Below are accompanying links we’ll be using in the workshop today.

Video Links:

  1. The Machine is Us/ing Us (You Tube)
  2. An Anthropological Introduction to You Tube (Numa Numa song @ 1:55)
  3. How Google Saved a School
  4. Alike’s Ning Screencast
  5. Shift Happens (Did You Know?)
  6. NYC iSchool
  7. School of One
  8. Real-Life Twitter

School Case Studies:

  1. Berta Dreyfus, Staten Island, NY
  2. PS 170, Bronx, NY
  3. South Brooklyn Community High School, Brooklyn, NY
  4. CSI HS for International Studies, Staten Island, NY
  5. IS 339, Bronx, NY

21st Century Skills:

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (Route 21)
Framework Overview (PDF)

Professional Learning Communities:

  2. Classroom 2.0
  3. Youth Voices

Recommended Web 2.0 Sites:
Gmail (email)
Google Apps (complete array of apps)
Flickr (photo sharing)
Google Maps (mapping, location)
Animoto (video editing, presentation)
Ning (social networking)
Blogger or WordPress (blogging)
Weebly (web site creation)
Google Sites (wiki & web site)
Wikispaces (wikis)
VoiceThread (storytelling, presentations)
Vimeo (video sharing)
Evernote (note-taking, web clipping)
Diigo (social bookmarking, research, web clipping)

Please fill out the final reflection to provide feedback at the end of the day. Thanks!

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Google Docs

Welcome to the Workshop on Google Docs!

Before we get started, please fill out the Pre-PD Form using GForms.

As I go through the presentation, please click here to be added to the chat.

During the session, I’ll share a Google Doc with you so we can collaborate on a brainstorm in real time.

At the end of the session, please fill out the Feedback Form.

Here are some helpful links for using Google Docs in the Classroom:

Google Docs

About Google Docs

Things to do with Google Docs

Google Docs for Educators

Google Docs: An Overview for Educators (online presentation)

“Peer Editing Using Google Documents”

“Get Organized with Google Applications”

“Google Docs, Jing & Peer Revisions”

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Technology & the ELL Student

Here are some links for the workshop today…a full post coming soon!

1) Elementary Web Sites ELL Students:

2) Activities for ESL Students:

3) Brain Pop ESL:

4) ESL Reading:

5) ESL Cafe:

6) ESL Galaxy:

7) 25 Quick Tips for Classroom Teachers:

8- Everything ESL:

9) Picture Dictionaries:

10) Graphic Organizers:

11) Online Listening Labs:

12) ESL Podcasts:

13) Cloze activities:

14) Quizlet Flash Cards:

15) Voice Thread:

16) Mixbooks:

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The Netbook Revolution

I have a netbook myself (Lenovo S10e) and I have to say that (a) I understand why they’ve taken off, and (b) I really love mine, despite being a complete Mac addict (Mac tablet…where are you???). Netbooks have become pervasive in education for a number of reasons, but primarily being the confluence of web 2.0 and cloud computing, and the affordability–now going to a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio is more of a reality for many schools. Here’s a recent workshop created for Emma Lazarus High School in NYC.

Netbooks have become very popular in education. Why?
-Inexpensive, easier to create a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio
-Greater access to student hands-on use
-Apps are moving to the web, cloud computing, Google/power of computer matters less
-Platform matters less
-Software matters less/open source
-Very portable, manageable
-Usually long battery life

Some Downsides:
-Limitations: not great for large software programs, SMART Boards, Google Earth, Second Life
-Theft more tempting, easier to tuck away
-Often not as sturdy as a regular laptop
-Keyboards can pose a challenge for students with large hands

Managing a Classroom with Laptops:
-“Lids down” as a signal to pay attention
-Sign-out process that is clear and efficient
-OR always assign 1 laptop per student & keep a record
-Students directed to report tech issues immediately/setup an online form to report problems/class chart
-Desks/room arranged so teacher can see screens easily
-Timer projected for independent work
-Build in time for distribution and putting netbooks away
-Remember to recharge/plug in netbooks, leave cart in good order
-Have a check-in, check-out process for all classrooms
-Keep a print binder on the cart to report problems, as well as an online form to report tech issues
-Assign a student tech leader (which can rotate) who can assist students, facilitate the process
-Remove and secure cart keys–keep in a safe place with a check-in/check-out process as well
-Agree upon a management and sharing system for laptop carts if equipment is much in demand

Recommended Open Source Software:
Open Office (complete Office suite)
Audacity (audio editing)
Gimp (photo editing)
Firefox (web browser)
Google Earth (mapping, but not always compatible with netbooks)
Picasa (photo management)
Skype (VOIP, communication, conferencing)
Moodle (e-learning)
Linux or Ubuntu operating system…if you’re ready

Recommended Web 2.0 Sites:
Gmail (email)
Google Apps (complete array of apps)
Flickr (photo sharing)
Google Maps (mapping, location)
Animoto (video editing, presentation)
Ning (social networking)
Blogger or WordPress (blogging)
Weebly (web site creation)
Google Sites (wiki & web site)
Wikispaces (wikis)
VoiceThread (storytelling, presentations)
Vimeo (video sharing)
Evernote (note-taking, web clipping)
Diigo (social bookmarking, research, web clipping)

Google Docs (
-Complete replacement for Microsoft…and goes one better. Able to collaborate on a single document and has form creation.
-Online and offline access, will sync up when offline to update your work.
-Can achieve a paperless classroom: good method for students to submit assignments, presentations, quizzes and worksheets
-Great for group work (no lazy group members–revision history)
-Peer editing and collaboration truly possible, no longer artificial process
-Teacher to student feedback is terrific
-Students able to see and compare drafts, revision process made clear
-Have access to documents anywhere, anytime, from Mac to PC–no more compatibility issues
-Completely compatible with Microsoft & Open Office in both directions (can upload from and download to)
-Great for students who do NOT have a computer at home or may be jumping on when they can–keeps a central place for their work
-Completely free, education edition nearly same as corporate
-Have to work up your own classroom process with students/how to title documents/sharing with the teacher=what works best for you

Resources to Learn More:
Netbook classroom experiences (ISTE Connects)
Peer editing using Google Docs (Teachers Network)
Classroom 2.0 (Ning social network)
Web 2.0 for the Classroom Teacher (links)
CoolCat Teacher (blog)
Google Docs for Educators (Google)

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