Four Great Educational Tools

This list is briefer than others posted here, but it offers four, quality and useful tools for consideration.

4 Great Educational Tools

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A "How-To" on Creating a Paperless Classroom

A good step-by-step guide, complete with available resources, to aid in moving your classroom from paper-based to digitally based.

How to Create a Paperless Classroom

A Teacher Follows a Student’s Schedule and is Shocked

While not specifically about educational technology, this is really worth a read.  I was surprised by her observation – especially about how little actual movement students do during the school day.

What are your thought about this?
What do you think we’d discover if we followed a couple of our students for two days?

A Nice List of Teacher Recommended Apps and Websites

Often the best tech resources are those recommended by actual teachers.
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A Gold Mine of Free Educational Technology Resources!

This link takes you to Open Culture – an amazing resource for FREE educational materials of all types!

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Free Educational Technology Resources

Wondering If You Should Upgrade Your iPad to iOS 8.1?

The students at our school now have the option to upgrade to iOS 8.1 and we have the option to do so as well.

Are the benefits of it worth the hassle of clearing a significant chunk of memory and then taking the time for the download and installation?  And will it make the iPad2 run more slowly?

Here’s a useful article which describes and shows the differences between iOS 7 and iOS 8.1 so you can decide whether to take the (irreversible) plunge:

iOS 8 vs. iOS 7

Perhaps this conclusion will be helpful:

Should You Install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPad 2?

If you are already on iOS 8 or iOS 8.1, you should install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPad 2 today. For most users there is a benefit with slightly better performance and the overall experience is much better for a vocal group of users.

Still, it’s not a magical update. If you are still on iOS 7.1.2 you should stay on that update for now based on several user reviews.

If you are on iOS 7 and really want an iOS 8 feature on your iPad 2, this is the update to jump to, but for the most part staying on iOS 7.1.2 is a safer option.

From: Gotta Be Mobile

Wondering about when iOS 9 is likely to come along?

iOS 9 Rumors

You’ll note in this article that iOS 9 is likely to not be compatible with the iPad2!

Best Educational Apps of 2014

For your downloading pleasure over the upcoming breaks….

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Explain Everything is a Great Teaching Tool

A few months ago I read a review of Explain Everything and had to try it for myself. I was impressed! The interface is intuitive and relatively simple. After recording your voice and screen gestures as you walk through a PowerPoint presentation, you can seamlessly upload your creation to YouTube. Give the students the link and you have a review “sheet”, a make-up for an absent student or the starting point for a flipped classroom. And at just $2.99 at the App Store it’s a steal!

Has anyone else used Explain Everything?  If so, what have you done with it?

"Turn a Quote into a Masterpiece" Poster Making Website

ReciteThis is a website that a colleague of mine shared with our department earlier this year.

The site makes creating posters for your classroom incredibly simple. Just type in your text, choose a template, then click create! After that you will be given a variety of options to share your poster.

The one drawback I’ve found was the limited templates, but overall I really enjoy the website for making quick, easy posters.

Do you have another website you use to create posters?