Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tech Tools for Writing

I recently read an article from eSchool News:

13 Inexpensive Ed-tech Tools for Writing 


Plenty of  tools/apps for elementary students including:

1) Primary Pad -- shows students how to peer edit

2) Toontastic -- digital storytelling

3) Storybird -- social storytelling

4) Story Dice -- story-starters

5) Kidblog -- classroom blogs

Thursday, July 25, 2013

iPads, iPads, iPads

After a long hiatus, I'm back to blogging!!!

Recently, I accepted a position at Steck Elementary within DPS.  Part of my new job consists of acting as the school's technology rep (leading professional development).  We recently purchased iPads for the building and I just happened to stumble upon this article from eSchool News:

How to Have More Meaningful iPad Professional Development

Main points:
1) We often focus on "nuts and bolts" of a tech tool, but we should be focused on how to implement.
2) Implementation includes thinking about existing curriculum, current pedagaogy, & collaboration.
3) Learning and Creating with iPads in Kindergarten-- youtube video of iPads in use
4) EdTtech Teacher--helpful website for iPad implementation
5) Edcamp--free, online professional development