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Get Your eBook On

So I talk about books a lot, since well, I am a librarian and all. And I have mentioned some apps and websites to visit if you are interested in writing a book of your own.  Well here are few more, and these are super easy that not only are they great for classroom use, but those budding writers in your class or home might get a kick out of these too. These apps are perfect for both entertainment and education (well at least the eBook ones are, the comic ones are purely entertainment).  Teachers will be able to create original eBooks to use in their classroom.  Teachers will have the ability to add images, text, links, recordings and more to the eBook. Then simply share with students or colleagues to allow greater access to information.  These apps allow you to create and upload your eBook to iBooks and ePub readers.  You can access many of them through an app or online.  The prices vary but these are all well worth the look.

Students and kids will have fun with these apps as well (especially the comic ones).  They can take stories they have written and create a collection, or create a photo book highlighting a recent summer event or family function that you can share with just those who you would like. No need to put in bookstores for the world to access, unless of course you want to.  These apps are a great way to keep kids creative and writing all summer long. Heck all year long for that matter.

The comic apps are fun since you don’t need to be an artist to use.  By using pictures you already have you can add cartoon images and drawings to create funny one of a kind strips.   So check them out.

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Book Writer for iOS

 

 

IDEAL

 

IDEAL e-Pub Creator for Android and iOS

 

 

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Creative Book Builder for Android and iOS

 

 

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Comic Puppets

 

Comic Puppets for Android and iOS

 

 

Photo comics Pro

 

Photo Comics Pro for Android

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Google in Education

Happy New Year!  I took a little bit of break to collect some ideas and start on some posts and I am ready to start sharing again.  The first post for the new year is going to focus on using Google in the classroom and in education in general.  My school has recently provided all students with a Google account and access a Google drive to help streamline the process of homework, papers, and other classroom assignments.  However, There are several other options that Google has available that will provide the teacher and the student the opportunity for a more enriching learning experience.

1) Google Alerts
This feature provides a flexibility to receiving updates for a particular topic of interest.  The alert will be send directly to the student’s mailbox so the information is completely up-to-date. This is perfect for those using current events or news stories in their classroom activity and is helpful for reports dealing with ever changing events.

2) Google Books
Ahhhh, I couldn’t go one highlight without mentioning Google Books.  Forgive me I am a librarian so yes books will be at the top of my list.  And yes, I know they are in digital form but I am not totally against the digital book.  Do I think they should have an actual book of course but the digital book works just as well…but that is another topic.  Back to Google Books.  This tool is amazing for students to access millions of books and preview them for free.  It allows students to reference countless books on any subject matter to gain a greater level of understanding on said topic.

3) Google Talks and Hangouts
I love this option for video chatting with a group of people.  The feature allows for up to 10 individuals to conference in on the same video call at the same time in order to talk about ideas, discuss a book,  voice concerns for a project, etc.  I have used this feature actually with my two book clubs.  Each school was reading the same book and we were able to have a larger book discussion through the hangout option.

4) Google Scholar
Probably used more by high school and college level individuals, this feature provides the Google user the ability to research scholarly literature from multiple sources.  The latest articles, abstracts, and books can be downloaded directly into the users mailbox, and all information can be cited, and public profiles can be created.   This is wonderful for those students working on larger more detailed research papers and theses.

5) Google Calendar
The online agenda.  This is option allows the student to schedule when projects and assignments are due and even share their calendar with other users.  Also alerts can be sent through a text message or email in order to help the student submit assignments on time.

Overall Google helping the students interact with each other and educational information in a new way.  They are providing the tools for the student Google user to become a more active participant in their learning process and succeed in new ways.

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How Schools can use 140 Characters

Over the summer I read a blog post from Claude Lord (http://claudelord.org) where spoke about Twitter being embraced by the school systems. Here are some of the highlights, I suggest you visit her site she has some great stuff.

1) Twitter’s frivolous motto: “What are you doing?” would gain full potential and extend to “What are you thinking, learning, discovering, visioning, designing, listening to, reading, blogging about?”

2) Teacher’s meetings would turn into an ongoing stream of resources, professional development, bouncing-off ideas and experiences on what works and does not, with instant targeted feedback.

3) Sharing collaborating and attributing each other’s work would be the new norm.

4) Competition would give way to collaboration with growing understanding that the more your share the more you gain

5) Locked cabinets would open-up their resources to be used, mixed, remixed and attributed.

6) Barriers between admin, faculty, staff, students, parents and community would dissolve in a cloud of connections and opportunities irrespective of age, role, status, and class – grade or socio-economic.

7) The 140 characters limit would become the art of minimizing thought in a nutshell – Good or bad is debatable.

8) Upcoming conferences would be public knowledge, repeatedly announced, retweeted, and back-channeled, so great ideas can spread to those who can’t attend – and supplement the experience for those attending.

9) Minority voices would no longer be silenced.

Ms. Lord gives a lot of food for thought on how Twitter can maximize the learning experience but also build upon the community of learners, teachers, and parents in a way that was never available before.

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Flipping Out!

The Flipped Classroom.  The buzz word in education.  I have spoken about how to flip your classroom and some sites and programs to use. So I thought lets throw some more at you.  Here are some of the big ones that teachers from across the country are talking about

 

1. 9Slides
A way to capture and share your information through interactive slides. Can be used on your mobile devices. A monthly fee of $29.99 or a business fee of $299.99, visit your mobile stores.

2. Ask3
A free app of the iPads that allows you to turn your iPad in an interactive whiteboard to promote collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.

3. Educreations
Their catchphrase: Teach what you know.  Learn what you don’t.  A free iPad app that is similar to Ask3 in the sense that you are turning your iPad into an interactive whiteboard. However, you are able to post your whiteboard to a website for students to view as many times as need.

4. Knowmania
A free app that allows for the teacher to search for pre-made videos or create their own to show in class of embed in a website to impact the students both in and outside of the classroom.  All videos on the site are made public for anyone to search and use.

 

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Flipping a Classroom with Screeny

As I am working creating my how-to videos for my libraries, I have stumbled upon many screen capturing applications and sites.  I have posted about them on this blog and I would like to add another one to ever-growing list.

Screeny is a MAC based application that works on your computer and allows you to capture not only the whole screen but smaller sections of it.  Use the built-in camera or an external one to capture video and pictures at any size.  This is also supported by the Cloud where you can upload the images or videos directly to your cloud account. It allows for easy compression of videos for uploading to the cloud. The application uses Quicktime and is always saved at the highest possible quality.  You also have the option to capture audio as well, or add audio to your video.

This is a great app to help in your quest to create a more vibrant flipped classroom.

SCREENY iOS only $14.99

 

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Get in Touch with Your Creative Side

Another day and another way to express yourself.  So this time I would like to introduce some apps that provide the opportunity to get creative.  Similar to my post about the app Paper these apps allow you to create amazing images and videos. Now remember all of these apps can be used for school based projects.  Some might work for the educator while some might be more fun for the student. But don’t forget, all are fun for everyone!

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TYPE DRAWING  for the web and iOS $1.99

This app is amazing for typography.  All you do is type the sentence you would like to use and then by using your finger or mouse to draw an image and the words from your sentence becomes the body of the image or use the text to go over current images.

 

 



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OVER for iOS

Everyone knows a picture is worth 1,000 words, but sometimes only a few will do. Now a great way to enhance your images is with the app Over.  Over allows you choose from different fonts and type what you would like to say anywhere over the image.

 

 

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STEfor iOS $1.99

I can not tell you how much I am in love with this app! I can devote a all blog post to just this but I would simply keep repeating myself with this one phrase: THIS APP IS AWESOME!!!  This app makes it easy to create amazing animated GIFs and Quicktime movies.  You get full control of everything from the frame rate, to deletion of images, to exposure and timer settings.  This is a great app for students to use to create amazing stop motion videos.

 

 

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iSTOPMOTION for iPAD  $9.99
Another create stop motion app that was the winner for the Macworld Best in Show 2013.  This app is used in hundreds of classrooms and allows you to create your own animated movies.

 

 

 

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WHAT THE FONT for the web iOS and coming soon for the Android  Free
Did you ever see a font used in media, like say a magazine, a website, and ad or even a poster, and did you ever say wow I really like that I wonder what font that is?  Well wonder no more. Simply take a picture of the font in question, and by uploading it from your photos What the Font will give you the details.  Like many barcode scanners for your phones, the technology can read the image and provide you with the information about the font in question. This is perfect for designers who might see a particularly interesting font and wonder how they can get that.

 


images-2LUME for iOS  $1.99

The first light only drawing app out there.  Instead of using paint or pencil, use light to draw images, text or enhance already taken photos.  A great way to make a photo stand out.  Just think what one can do with this app if you want to enhance an image of Thomas Edison?


unnamedCINEMAGRAM for iOS and Android Free

So lets say you have picture saved as a GIF, and you want to add a little animation to it. Well how about picking and choosing which part of the image you animate.  Similar to instragram but you are using video instead. Buy using the different features you can freeze certain parts of the image while the rest stays animated. Its definitely worth a look.

 

 

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Apps for Summer Learning (Part 4)

For our final installment in the Apps for Summer Learning Posts we have apps that are geared toward helping children with special needs.  Now please remember that not all of the apps I am listed are going to be right for you or your child but I hope that some do help, or at the very least entertain.


xpressAutismXpress for iOS and Android $1.99
1 in 160 children have a form of autism making this twice as common has previous childhood conditions.  However, unlike some diseases autism is lifelong disability that primarily affects three areas of life skills: social interaction,  behavior, and communication.  This is where AutismXpress can help, the app was created with the goal to increase awareness about the autism spectrum, and to help those with autism to show their emotions through the use of color faces and icons.

signed storiesSigned Stories for iOS Free
Already a popular television series in the UK the Signed Stories app was designed for the hearing impaired.  The stories selected at told in American Sign Language.  With every book readers will add new words to their video dictionary, and with new books added frequently that dictionary will grow quickly.  A 2013 International Webby Honoree this is a great app to help build confidence the skills for those with hearing loss or who are hearing impaired.  The app and the first story are free but additional books can be purchased for $5 to $7 each.

choiceChoiceworks for iOS $4.99
An essential app for helping children with a variety of needs by creating visual supports to help them complete daily routines,  improve waiting skills, and understand their feelings.  This app was designed to provide caregivers with clear, consistent support to develop the child’s independence. Comes with three boards, schedule, waiting, and feeling that allows the user to visually see what is required of them, or how their emotions might be effecting them.

sono flexSono Flex for iOS and Android $99.99
For users who are nonverbal or have communication difficulties this app was designed to allow them to express themselves easily and succinctly.   Tobii Sono Flex is an easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into speech.  By combining the benefits of structure and flexibility, this app provides the basic framework for language development by matching the user with their communication needs.

superSuper Duper WH Question Cards Pro for iOS $11.99
Teach young learners how to correctly ask and then answer the five WH questions, Who, What, Where, When and Why.  Through four entertaining games  for each of the set of cards, as well as a data tracking system for parents or teachers, students will be learn the power of asking the right question.

dragonDragon Dictation for iOS  Free
A great app to help children with fine motor skill difficulties or those with physical impairments.  By simply speaking into the microphone the words appear on the screen instantly.  Though not the only speech to text app out there, this is definitely one of the easiest to use.

 

 

 

 

 

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