Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week is a great opportunity to remember and celebrate the partnership between Iowa's Area Education Agencies and educators, students and families. A new video captures those partnerships and tells the story of how AEA services made the difference in their lives. Take just a few minutes to view the video at

Please share this site with others! When you do, you ensure that Iowa's AEAs will be there to provide support and leadership for years to come.

Has an AEA touched your life like the ones seen in the video? If so, please share your story at:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Music 4 the Classroom

Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker on their Appy Hour radio blog talk about some of the ways iPad music apps can make their way into classrooms. With both free and paid music productions apps they explored and tested these programs and boasted their benefits on the air for listeners.

Check out the reviews for Music Apps

InsideStory Flashcards

Take a look at InsideStory Flashcards: The world's most i
nteresting way to learn words. These flash cards have great pho
tography attached that will help student truly understand the meaning of the words.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Who does not love the story Charlottes Web? The amazing people at Scholastic have given us yet another great tool to work with. You have to go check out the Charlotte's Web Comic Creator. It is fun, easy and a great way to get our students involved a creative writing. I can only imagine the fun your students will have. Let's keep the fact that they are indeed writing to ourselves!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Awesome Highlighter

Awesome Highlighter is a convenient tool for teachers to use to point students in the right direction. With Awesome Highlighter , you can instantly share important parts of any webpage with your colleagues or students. It allows you to highlight text on a web page and then gives you a short link to the highlighted page .

Another great feature is that you can attach a virtual post-it note to the selection you highlighted. You could send your students to an article and attach a discussion question directly to the post.


I can think of a few ways to use Awesome Highlighter in class:

  • Students could use the sticky-note feature to summarize the article.
  • Teachers can use it to show important parts of their online lessons
  • Teachers can demonstrate how to scan a web page for important information with a visual cue for students.
Can you add any ideas to this list?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

77 Web Resources

Wow, where has the summer gone school supplies are already being put out in the stores and before you know it we will be back again. So for those of you who are starting to get into the school mode check out some new tech resources for your classroom.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pocket Zoo App

Pocket Zoo now shows LIVE animals cams with animal Videos! What a great app just like going to the zoo. Check it out.

Link to Pocket Zoo on App Store

IRIS notes

IRISnotes is a pen and mobile note taker that can capture handwritten notes and drawings, as well as edit, save and export them. Yes it also works with MAC! Your notes can be instantly converted into an editable text.

ISTE Music Video: Say Hey (I Love School)

A music video created for the ISTE 2011 Conference in Philadelphia, PA, inspired by Michael Frante's Say Hey (I Love You) song and featuring the talents of Temple University's Broad Street Line and Alliance for Progress.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Apps in Education

This website went through and reviewed apps from Elementary to High School for classroom use. Apps in Education

Literature Map

Literature Map makes it simple to discover new authors. Student’s can type in the name of a favorite author and instantly get a cloud of related authors. The closer two writers are together on the map, the more likely someone will like both of them.

Tricider~Brainstorming and Decision Making

Tricider is a website dedicated to assisting users in brainstorming and voting on topics. Teachers could easily use this with students to take a poll or challenge students to brainstorm ideas for projects or public speakers. The great thing about Tricider is that no registration is required to use the website. You ask the question and then send the link to students by email. People can propose a solution or provide arguments for an idea. As moderator, the user has complete control over what is discussed. At the conclusion, people vote for the best idea. Students could also use this when working on group projects as well.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New iOS 5

Check out the new iOS 5 coming this Fall!!

Very curious to see how the texting and cloud sync will be integrated into the classroom.


This Web 2.0 tool of Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. Just like creating a Wii character, you can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. The best part of the  Voki is that it can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, uploaded, or phoned.

Reimagine the Classroom App

This app is creating a global learning community with teachers around the world.  You can easily record interactive lessons on your iPad and share them instantly online – reach more students, more easily.  ShowMe is an open learning community where anyone can create and share instructional content.
Highlights with using this App
         - Teachers and experts can reach more students and showcase their expertise.

       - Students can watch lessons for free, plus ask questions and collaborate.

The app is in the beta stages (which means they are still testing), so you will have to sign up to receive an invitation to get the app.

ShowMe App

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Firefox 4.0

Update: Firefox 4.0 has been released over summer vacation.  Some of the top new features you might notice when installing it are super speed, stays in sync, easy customization, and a new tool bar.

Click here if you would like to download the new features and install it to your applications folder.

Firefox Download

Create your own Stadium

Engage students imagination and creativity with this idea to create their own mini iPad Concert Theatre. Have them brainstorm other arenas they could create incorporating the iPad.


For more information see this post about Gary Katz and his wonderful creations.