Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically

Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically Here is a fun, quick activity to get students to think  critically. Although this is an ELA example, it can be done with any sufficient selection of text. Paste an entire chapter of text into Wordle. For this activity, I chose Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby. Then generate the Wordle or have your students each generate a Wordle depending on your access to technology. The students…

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Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | AppSmashing to Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards Creating animated GIFs is a bit old school by today’s #EdTech standards, but can still be a fun and easy activity for students. Websites like Gifmaker.me make creating these images easy and can be done on Macs, PCs, ChromeBooks, iPhones, iPads and Droids. The finished product can be used in other projects or shared in a variety of ways including Google Classroom, email, websites,…

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A Shout Out to #NISDChat

A Shout Out to #NISDChat Twitter Sundays at 8:30 PM CST NISD has Tweet Chats on Sundays at 8:30 PM CST. Thanks to @LisaDegnan1 for the shout out. The questions for this past Sunday looked really cool, but I was on the road. Better late than never, though, so they will be used for today’s post. How iPads change your role as a teacher in the classroom really depends on the teacher. They can make little or…

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Stop Motion Studio App Tips for EdTech iBooks Author Project

Stop Motion Studio iOS iPad App Tips | EdTech iBooks Author Project | English Language Arts Students | Sanger ISD EdTechChris.com This post looks at smoothing out animation when using the Stop Motion Studio iOS app on the iPad. It is written for the students in Mrs. Cassie Miller’s English Language Arts class in Sanger ISD. Fixing jerky, unnatural motion or animation going too fast Basically this is the same issue. Having an understanding of…

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Chemio App for iOS is Free Today

Chemio App for iOS is Free Today

Chemio App for iOS is Free Today in the Appstore Chemio for iOS  is an interactive chemical reference. It provides a set of useful instruments, which allow you to perform search and calculations faster. Our app’s purpose is to replace traditional chemical books and to help you with your research or education. Get Chemio Free in the Appstore Today Why is it important? Provides your students with easy access to needed reference materials on the…

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iPad + Milk Crate = Document Camera

The iPad+MilkCrate idea originated in working with my wife’s English class on their iBooks Author Project.  We had a need for something cheap, fast, and easy that the kids could use to either record a paper slide presentation and/or do stop-motion paper animation. I’m aware that there are plenty of digital ways of doing this, but kids seem to like having choices. Combining analog with digital media can produce some very novel results that preserve…

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Create a Photo Web Page for Collaboration in iOS

Create a Photo Web Page for Collaboration in iOS

Finding photos for class projects can be extremely time consuming and distracting for students. Often, they seem to focus more on the pictures than on the content of the lesson. Creating collections of photos for them to choose from is one way to scaffold instructional tech activities to make them take less time. I like to do this on my phone and use the photo sharing feature in iOS to make the media available to…

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Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes

Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes. Native Americans of Texas describes the various tribes of Native Americans who populated Texas prior to 1830. This work is created by 4th grade students in Mrs. Belita Morris’s Texas History class at Clear Creek Intermediate School in Sanger ISD. The students worked very hard on their chapters while having fun. They were really excited to see their work get published….

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Using an iBooks Author Project to Teach Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 10th Graders

by Cassie Miller We started the iBooks Author project as an experiment for our IT director, Chris Miller. None of the kids knew how to use it, as it had been out as an app for just a short time. I couldn’t help them or teach them how to use it – I was clueless! I could help with the content, but the kids had to figure the how-to and ins-and-outs on their own. And…

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GIFsmos.com – Have Students Learn About Functions by Creating Animated GIFs

GIFsmos.com – Have Students Learn About Functions by Creating Animated GIFs GIFsmos.com is a free site where you and your students can create animated gifs with functions on a graphing calculator simulator. There are a variety of uses for this including showing the relation between parent and child functions, translations, rotations, etc. It’s easy to use, just follow the steps below to get started! First go to gifsmos.com to get started. Enter your formula in…

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