I am an Apple Fan Boy and Google Geek. iDevice worshiper. My hobby is my profession. I am a Tech Integration Specialist for ‘Iolani School in Hawaii. My roll as a Specialist is to provide training and support for teachers in grades K – 12 on how to effectively integrate technology in the classroom. I am also an authorized Google Education Trainer.
I teach: Technology Skills
To ages: 6 to 16
Run Marco! is a fun and engaging iPad that teaches children the basics of programming by using a Scratch-like interface.
CodeQuest is a fun and engaging way for students to learn the basics of web creation and design w/ simple elements of HTML and CSS programming.
Camtasia 2 for Mac is an advanced screen recording tool by TechSmith. You can record what you do on your computer screen while you are talking. Has advanced video editing tools built in for the perfect video tutorial.
SnagIt is a screen capture software provided by TechSmith. You can use it to take screenshots as well as screen recordings. There are built in tools to add test, arrows, boxes, etc. to your screenshots.
Type to Learn 4 is a great Typing programs that allows students to practice their keyboarding skills at their own pace and at their own level. The web-based version, if purchased by the school, allows students to install on their home computers. Students are given a username and password and can log in to their TTL4 account at home to continue their keyboarding practice. There are many lessons that teacher all aspects of the keyboard and each lesson has a set of games that students can play. There are also periodic assessments and students progress monitoring for teachers.
Kid Pix 3D is the latest drawing software from MacKiev. Contains a very extensive list of drawing features and tools with stickers, templates, and 3D backgrounds. You can also create slideshows, insert videos, and convert your art to 3D with the use of the provided 3D glasses. Every tool even has a sound effect that the students love listening to!
Tweetdeck allows you to post multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts in one single post. You can view your Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as create Twitter lists based on hashtags.
SMART Notebook software is available to any user of a SMART Interactive Whiteboard. It allows the user to create lessons and drawing surfaces on the IWB. It includes a large gallery of clip art, tools, widgets, and lesson activities.
So far I've only used Prezi to introduce our 3rd and 4th graders to the First Lego League. Prezi is a very unique and different type of presentation tool. Some say it makes them dizzy, but I find it fascinating. It beats the ancient PowerPoint.
What a great resource! I just wish my Department of Ed would allow Youtube in the schools.
This seems SO MUCH easier than using Pages and even iBook Author. Especially for younger students!
I've been using this tool professionally and personally for about 2 years now. I've just started introducing the faculty and staff and my school to Google Docs and we having starting using it for Accreditation purposes. Teachers share and collaborate on documents for Accreditation. A few of the grade levels at my school are also starting to use Google Docs to share and collaborate on documents during their grade level meetings and in between.
Engaging and visually appealing iPad app for children that teaches the basics of programming.