At some point, Rita Zeinstejer recommended Joyce Valenza's excellent collection of Digital Storytelling Tools here: https://edshelf.com/profile/joycevalenza/digital-storytelling-tools
and I asked those present if they had heard Valenza's "Wizard of Apps", a skit done by students and filmed on location in the library where she works, which debued at the 2009 K-12 Online annual asynchronous presentation conference http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=443:
The iPads did not arrive last week but they appear to be even closer over the horizon, maybe in days, so I've called for another brainstorming session and decided to blog it here so that we can invite comments from those who might benefit from some of the resources listed here and who might, in comments, add more. Please do!
Of course, as we develop our expertise we'll be able to hold more Learning2gether sessions that are less about "what do we do now?" and more about what we did and what we learned. Meanwhile, if you've learned already please join us in our Hangout on Air Sunday March 9 at 1400 GMT. We'll put all the links you need to join us at http://webheadsinaction.org/live, as well as a live-stream link there, and invite you to just listen if you wish and join us in the text chat that you find on that page.
Here are some other resources my colleagues where I work have been looking at:
- There's a free (and Pro) app called Tips & Tricks -- iPad Secrets, recommended by a colleague at work to get us started. A pleasing app, you reveal the secrets by swiping in the manner of turning the pages of an iBook.
- 9 Starter Tips for Teachers Who Just Got A New iPad
- Kathy Schrock/s iPads4Teaching website: http://www.ipads4teaching.net/
There is a pointer here to iPads in the Classroom at http://www.schrockguide.net/ipads-in-the-classroom.html that seems to give resources geared toward practical "what do I do now?" situations, and then a set of links at the bottom to add to the fire hose :-)
- "mLearning: Using smart phones, tablets, and apps" is a set of resources from Oxford University Press available here https://elt.oup.com/feature/global/mlearning/?cc=ae&selLanguage=en; including
- A White Paper for support, guidance and best practice ideas on implementing tablets in teaching and learning called Tablets and Apps in Your School: The route to successful implementation, by Dianna Bannister and Shaun Wilden ; available
- e-Books and apps to accompany texts from OUP
- 10 (mostly) free apps for creative language learning
- 10 free apps for teachers to use for planning and classroom management
- Papers and webinar recordings by Sean Dowling, Sean Wilden and others (register and log in to view the recordings)
- Download a book from the British Council, Redefining the task again, whose authors spotlight nearly 30 apps <with> Practical examples of how to harness each app are included:
- Another fire hose opens up at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/. Aside from the suggestions blogged continuously here, try this page for two dozen categories of apps http://www.educatorstechnology.com/p/blog-page_9.html and then click on the categories to get dozens of specific apps offered. It makes you wonder what's at pages 1-8. I checked :-). Nothing at 8, but more fire hoses here http://www.educatorstechnology.com/p/blog-page_7.html, and etc. I'm getting drenched. A colleague at work, John Grimsditch, likes suggestions at this site that apply the SAMR model (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition):
- What Teachers
Need to Know about SAMR Model (with 3 YouTube Videos)
- A Wonderful Visual on How to Apply SAMR
Model To Different Classroom Tasks
Sets of apps and tools are suggested for each SAMR category.