Today while browsing Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I came across a great infographic with suggestions for apps and tools to help students study. As mine are about to start midterm exams, it feels timely!
How to be Effective when Studying – Best Study Apps, Tools, Tips & Techniques by Open Colleges
Some more great info from iPad Wells! App Smashing is one of the most important elements not only with iPads, but all technological tools. We can no longer rely on a single app to achieve the final result!
Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash.
What is an App Smash?
Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).
Reasons to App Smash:
It demands creative thinking
It demands more from the technology (value for money)
It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positive
It removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.
It often results in more engaging learning products
Looking at apps in the Taxonomy of Bloom’s, it’s important to ask pertinent questions about an apps meaning and value. She highlights one of my favorite tools, Evernote as well as apps like Pocket that are great for remembering. Other tools, like Pearltrees, incorporate a social component. Mapping tools like Inspiration and Idea Sketch allow students to map out ideas. Labeling diagrams can be done with tools like Skitch, Notability, or iAnnotate. A great descriptive tool that students can use is ShowMe. For Classifying activities tools like Educreations allows you to create and revise your explanatory tools. In order to Summarize, tools like ScratchWork allows student to graph and explain side by side. For application, students can use tools to execute or implement their learning. They can demonstrate methods, carry out procedures, etc. At the applying level, you can share using tools like Audioboo or ScreenChomp students can demonstrate mastery in various media. You can see many examples of applications that align well with Bloom’s and can be used meaningfully in the classroom on Kathy’s website here. Creativity and thoughtfulness are key to incorporating apps in the classroom. You cannot just add technology and stir…
There are thousands of applications that you can use. Kathy has developed two evaluation forms for selecting apps that you can find on her website.
The iPad is a great device for creativity that is portable and often intuitive to use. Edutopia highlights some apps and tools you can use with your iPad to boost and foster your creativity.
We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability… [read the remainder of the article and see the list of apps here]
Educational Technology & Mobile Learning has published two great visuals of iPad apps for educators and students. For great information on how to implement a 1:1 iPa program or the story of how these apps evolved and are used, be sure to read the article here.
eSchoolNews has listed its top 10 educational apps for Apple and Android devices for 2013. The applications range across K-University, free to paid, Humanities to Math & Science. It’s a comprehensive list of useful apps to play with this summer! Check out this year’s list here. You can see the list from 2012 here.