Every Friday, one (1) instructional tool/app will be introduced to everyone through the College of Education website. Faculty and students can watch and follow the tutorial videos for a quick how-to.
ScratchJr is a free app designed by the research groups at the MIT, Tufts University, and Palyful Invention Company for younger users (ages 5 – 7) to learn problem solving, project design, and communication skills as they program their own interactive stories. With ScratchJr, children can learn to code and also develop their early-childhood numeracy and literacy. Young folks can learn about programming with this app inspired by the Scratch programming language. Please watch a 6-minute Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool (05-01-2015)
3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool is a free app featured by Apple as a top 10 educational iPad app receiving the W3 Silver Award. This app has 3D images of living cells. It has visuals of all the organelles, along with descriptions and videos. The app also allows teachers and students to make their own cell and share it through email. It could be a great way to check for understanding or exit ticket. Please watch a Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
FitStar Personal Trainer (04-24-2015)
FitStar Personal Trainer is a free personalized training app allowing users to get a wide range of customized workouts anytime, anywhere through mobile device or airplay. FitStar has its own Website inspiring people to live healthier lives. This app has been awarded App Store Editor’s Choice & Best of 2013 and 2014 App. The Wall Street Journal commented, “FitStar uses data about your body to eliminate intimidating workouts that lead to broken resolutions.” Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Project Noah (04-17-2015)
Project Noah is a free app/platform for documenting the biodiversity. Teachers are using this app for science, biology, and outdoor education to help students learn to notice, describe, and recognize organisms around them. Project Noah has its own Website that creates an active community providing users with powerful force for data collection, species discussion, and educational tools for wildlife awareness and preservation. BBC commented, “Project Noah is a modern invention that may hold the key to saving species in the future.” Please watch a brief Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to.
Discovery Education (04-10-2015)
Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media contents, interactive lessons, real time assessments, virtual experiences for administrators, teachers, parents, and students to convert traditional classrooms to digital classrooms inspiring learning. Some free teacher and student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom are available in this online resource. Please watch a brief Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to.
KidsPsych features online interactive games and activities that are designed to help learners at ages 1 – 5 and 6 – 9 develop cognitive thinking and master specific deductive reasoning skills. Each activity has information about its objectives for parents about the skills it helps to foster. Users commented that this is a great site for parents and children to use together.
TeamViewer is an app providing secure remote access to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Users can use TeamViewer to control their desktop remotely. TeamViewer also offers features like setting policies, video calls, consolidated chat window, and profile pictures to conduct an online meeting. Please see a Brief Description and Tutorial Video to know a quick how-to.
Fact Monster (03-20-2015)
Fact Monster is a free reference site for learners, instructors, and parents to locate facts on a variety of subjects, including people, sports, world, science, math & money, and the United States, etc. This website includes a Homework Center providing homework help and tools for school. This website is recommended by the American Library Association as one of the great websites for kids. Please watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Tumble Book Library (03-06-2015)
Tumble Book Library is not an app, but an online collection of animated e-books. The Library’s collections include licensed titles from children’s book publishers, such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers. Teachers have integrated the Library’s e-books into a reading program that can be worked on independently by each student or by the whole class. Parents can access the Tumble Book collections through a library website (e.g., Ohio County Public Library). Please watch a brief Introductory Video about the Tumble Books and Tumble Book Cloud Junior.
The Daily CAFE (02-27-2015)
The Daily CAFE, is not an app but a website with a wide variety of resources for educators, such as professional development opportunities, inspirational articles, videos, and lesson plans to help every student reach their full potential. The Daily CAFE website was established in 2008 by 2 sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. Gail and Joan are also the authors of the books The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades and The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction. Teachers and parents may sign up free Tip of the Week to receive useful information every Friday morning.
Strip Designer (02-20-2015)
Strip Designer can be a powerful design/composition tool with applications beyond just comics. For instance, Social Study teachers have integrated this app into a WWII lesson letting pupils to create a timeline in the app Strip Designer (please see a student work example below). Strip Designer includes features, such as warped and perspective text (even 3D), Dropbox and WebDAV photo, fonts, and document download/upload support. Users can publish their creations on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter or export to PDF to create real books. Please watch a tutorial video to learn a quick how-to.
Subtext is a digital reading program allowing classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. This app includes free features (e.g., private group discussion, read offline, research) and premium features (e.g., progress track, text to speech, common core assignment template). This tool supports students in K-12 classrooms to analyze what they read, articulate what they think, and make connections between texts (e.g., ePub, PDF, ebooks) and the outside world. Teachers have integrated this app into the Language Arts class to foster analysis and writing skills. Check out the Subtext App Integration Snapshot, Content Guide, Short Overview Video or Detailed Webinar Tutorial Video.
Bookabi is a free 2D and 3D storybook creation tool for Grade K-5. Users can choose from Bookabi’s backgrounds, characters, objects, and stickers or use their own photos and become part of the story. Users can record and listen to audio on each page. Teachers in the special education program have been using this app for creating simple social stories for autism spectrum and EBD students. Students can use this user-friendly app to write their own storybooks which give them a voice. Please download the App Integration Snapshots by Eanes ISD. Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Phonics Genius (01-30-2015)
Phonics Genius is a free including over 6,000 words grouped by phonics sounds. Users can customize the word bank to fit the specific needs of the learners. Learners can record themselves and then compare their pronunciation to the app speaker. This app has been integrated into a lesson for the beginning readers ages 1-6, students with learning disability, and English language learners. Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Signed Stories (01-23-2015)
Signed Stories apps are free literacy tools for schools and families on both iPhone and iPad. It has dyslexia-friendly caption settings. Every story is animated. Readers can watch stories without Wi-Fi after download. Stories are carefully selected with the guidance of education professionals to support teachers working to Common Core State Standards and the ECERS-R scale. The series of apps received 2013 CSI and the Webby awards. Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Coach’s Eye (01-16-2015)
Coach’s Eye is a video capturing app for enhancing performance. Coaches and trainees can record HD videos and instantly review them in slow motion to evaluate performance on the field or on the go using instant replay tools. Users can share coaching videos simply via social media, email, text massage, other apps (e.g., Dropbox, Edmodo, Evernote). Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Sushi Monster (12-12-2014)
Sushi Monster is one of Scholastic’s game-based math apps — place sushi pieces near the monster and make a correct equation to feed the monster. By engaging and overcoming the challenges in Sushi Monster, students can practice, reinforce, and improve math fact fluency, with twelve levels of increasing difficulty. Sushi Monster meets the Common Core State Standard: extend fact knowledge to support strategic reasoning and computational flexibility in addition and multiplication. Watch a brief Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
MoMA Art Lab (12-05-2014)
MoMA Art Lab is an app providing students at ages 7 and up with creative and inspiring experiences in using and producing fascinating artwork. With MoMA Art Lab, students can also investigate how modern artists use line, shape, and color, with examples from the Museum of Modern Art’s collection. Students can create and save their own artwork through using any of the 9 activities. Watch a condensed Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Daily Yoga (11-21-2014)
Like to burn fat, lose weight, get relaxed, or relieve stress at home or teach your students how to nourish their health and help them achieve fitness goals in your PE class? Daily Yoga is the yoga coaching app, providing more than 50 yoga exercises and more than 400 yoga poses, HD videos, live voice guide, and soothing music for routine and extended yoga exercise. Please watch the Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Interactive Science Glossary (11-14-2014)
The Interactive Physical Science (PS) Glossary app is a study and review tool for learning nearly 100 physical science (e.g., matter, energy, and change) terms and concepts, presented through simulations, video, science content, and flash cards.Teachers and students can search glossary terms by alphabetical order or physical science topic. Please watch the Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Autism iHelp (11-07-2014)
Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp includes fun and interactive apps, such as WH Questions, Play, Language Concepts, Sorting, Same and Different, and Comprehension. Please watch the Tutorial Video for the WH Questions and Play apps to learn a quick how-to.
Rehabilitation for Lower Limbs (10-31-2014)
The Rehabilitation for Lower Limbs is a clinically relevant and educational app for faculty and students in the Athletic Training program to visually and effectively communicate 165 injury, condition, and disorder concepts and exercise rehabilitation to their clients. Watch the Quick Tutorial Video to learn a quick how-to.
Trading Cards (10-24-2014)
The Trading Cards is a handy app for teachers and students to create flash cards and help students study, summarize books, follow characters in a book study, and so much more! Check out the App Integration Snapshot and watch the Quick Tutorial Video to know how to use the app within an educational setting. The app is put out by the International Reading Association and is useful in all content areas. It is appropriate for grades 3-12! (Source: Bridge Point Elementary Educational Technology Department)
Popplet Lite (04-04-2014)
Popplet is an app that lets students and teachers create webs of words, pictures, and drawings. Webs can be any size and color. This app and its features can be used with any grade level and subject. The free version lets users create one popplet at a time, but the paid version ($4.99 in the App Store) allows users to create and share unlimited Popplets.
Socrative is a free instant response system that can be used with any web enabled device. With Socrative, teachers can pose single questions in multiple choice, true/false, and short answer format and have students submit answers with their cell phones or other devices. Teachers can also create and give quizzes with Socrative and have the reports sent to them. Socrative is excellent for both formative and summative assessments and utilizes equipment that most students already have.
TeacherKit is an app designed specifically for teachers to create seating charts, take attendance, track behavior, and input grades. Teachers can create many classes and fill each class with students, and the app keeps track of all of the data entered about each student. Reports can then be emailed to any recipient.
Notability is a powerful notetaking app that allows you to type text, record sounds, write notes in your handwriting, and highlight. Notability also allows you to import PDFs and annotate them using these same features. All notes created in Notability can be sorted into folders and exported to others via email or online document management servers. Notability can be used by both teachers and students to take notes and read and annotate PDFs. Notability can also be used for grading assignments if students send their documents as a PDF to be annotated. Additionally, Notability can be used as a virtual whiteboard. These two videos demonstrate how to use the majority of the features of Notability.
Explain Everything, Part 2 (03-21-2014)
Explain Everything has been a top paid education app since its release in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and Turkey. This video demonstrates how to create recordings on Explain Everything, and what a completed recording looks like. This video also shows you how to record over a mistake in a video. Lastly, you can learn how to create a video from an existing document.
Explain Everything, Part 1 (03-21-2014)
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Check out this video for a tutorial about how to use the tools on the app Explain Everything. The tools included are the pencil, the shapes, the new page, the new picture, the red laser, the undo, and more.
Safari in iPad (03-21-2014)
This video teaches the various aspects of Safari, the web browser. You can learn how to create bookmarks and favorites, and how to add a website as an icon on your iPad.
Managing Apps (03-21-2014)
This video discusses how to manage your apps on your iPad including how to delete apps from your iPad and how to close them out. This video also shows how to move apps from screen to screen, how to place them in folders, and how to utilize the dock bar. You can also learn about the Control Center and how to access its features.