Posts Tagged ‘apps’

Christmas Presents=iPad Air

So at 4am on Christmas morning, my hubby turned to me and we decided to stop pretending to sleep and just get up and open our gifts.
We had already bought each other fitbit activity trackers so we both we supposed to only fill each other’s stocking.

He bought me an iPad air! Had totally broke the rules but I love him for it!

I’ve spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day playing with it and downloading tons of apps.

Here are the educational ones I have downloaded.

Class Dojo– a behaviour management tool

Skype– great for mystery skypes or calls from authors

Twitter-the best Professional Development you can find

Tumblr- to update my blog First class-my teacher email

Write about– an awesome writing prompt app $

Chrome– because Chrome rocks with their extensions and apps

Google drive– to have access to all my saved info

You tube– to show videos for learning, questioning or to peek interest

Todo math– Great app for K-2 math with different levels

Too noisy pro– Great to monitor noise level in the classroom $

Screenchomp– A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It.

Educreations– Interactive and recordable whiteboard

My Story– Book Creator $

Endless reader-AMAZING and super fun sight word app $

Guess the pic– close up view of something and the class has to guess what it is. Great for # LookingClosely

Please let me know if you are going to check out some apps I’ve listed or if I have missed any.

Aurasma-recognizes images and delivers digital contant over those images

Available on smart devices, Aurasma was created out of technology that is capable of recognizing images, symbols and objects in the real world and understanding them. It can then deliver digital content in real time, including videos, animations, audio or webpages.

Aurasma Lite currently works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad3 and more powerful Android devices.
You can download Aurasma Lite or Aurasma-enabled apps created by our Partners for free from your App Store or Google Play.

Aurasma-recognizes images and delivers digital contant over those images

‘Too Noisy’ App Review

I recently downloaded the ‘Too Noisy’ App. It is a noise monitoring app for groups of children. There is a free and paid version and is available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. It can be projected if you have an iPad 2 which would be excellent for classrooms.

Both versions have a cute background that would be acceptable for all ages. As the noise increases, the picture changes from a happy face, to a sad face, to a crying face that is plugging his ears. This background is all visual so it would be good for all students. I love that both versions of this app lets the teacher control the level of noise we will permit. The noise levels in our classrooms constantly change, from silent reading, to group work, to gym and this app is easily adaptable to these changes.

I really liked the free version and the idea behind it. I like how the background picture changes but, as we teachers know when students get involved in a task, there is no way just a picture will get their attention. That’s why I would recommend you buy the paid version called ‘Too Noisy Pro.’  It has the same background but when the noise gets too loud it looks like the screen cracks and has a loud noise to get the attention of the children. This will reinforce the acceptable noise level and remind them of it. The pro version also has a counter. This would be good if your class is always loud. The teacher could warn the class that they have 4 times to let the alarm go off and then we will stop the activity and move onto something else. That way it is reinforcing the noise level and the teacher is clearly stating the expectations.

If you want to know more, click on the picture and it will take you to the apps website.