THE "SHIFT" IN EDUCATION

A teacher can always find apps regarding the subject area by going to the app store and making a simple search. I’m a mathematics teacher and when I go to app store I write “mathematics” or “trigonometry” (if I need to be more precise) and I always find at least one app. I call this method (and some others) “baby steps of technology integration”. If you are new to using these devices in your lessons this is the first step you should take; finding apps related to your subject and using them as a substitution to another material or method. If you are already doing this maybe it is time to move on to next steps; Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition which are known as SAMR Model. You can watch the following 120 seconds video to get an idea about SAMR Model; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us0w823KY0g

screencastingScreencasting Apps – These apps are very handy when it comes to flipping your classroom or creating a narration video with images and paint. Your students can also create videos whether to ask a question or make an explanation. Some of these apps lets you collaborate with others.

 

For iOS: Educreations, ShowMe, Knowmia Teach, Animoby

For Android: Animoby, Interactive Whiteboard, Z-Screen Recorder, Screencast Video Recorder

notetakingNotetaking Apps – Although it is a very easy job to do in real life, note taking apps are hard to manage in virtual world. Some of these apps are so simple that they are no different than Windows Notepad. Some of them are so complicated that they can be synchronized with other apps and devices and they offer lots of features. Answering the question which one works best is something I cannot do but I personally prefer to use UPad and Google Drive.

For iOS: Evernote, UPad, Google Drive, PenUltimate, Corkulous, Inkflow

For Android: Evernote, Google Drive, ColorNote Notepad, Google Keep, SpringPad, Papyrus

cloud-storage-serviceCloud Storage Apps – Keeping your files in cloud is like an obligation nowadays. With cloud storage you can;

i) access your files anytime, anywhere even when you forget to bring your device,

ii) keep a backup of your files so if your device gets broken you don’t lose your data,

iii) keep your device at home because you can use any device. When you open yours at home it will synchronize itself with the most recent versions of the files,

iv) and many more reasons…. Once you start using it you’ll see what I mean. Some of these services require money for larger storage spaces but you can open an account in each of them and separate your files. For example I keep my personal photos in Dropbox, music files in Box and work related files in Google Drive.

For iOS: Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, Copy, SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync, CloudOn

For Android: Google Drive, Dropbox, Copy, SkyDrive, Box, Mega, Cubby, SugarSync, ZipCloud

presentationPresentation Apps – Making presentations is an important part of teaching and learning but the word “presenting” has a wide meaning or let’s say presenting is not limited to Powerpoint or Keynote; you can try digital storytelling for instance.

 

For iOS: Prezi, Haiku Deck, Popplet, Doceri, Present, and all digital storytelling apps

For Android: Deck, Office: Presentations, Appafolio, Google Drive

classmanageClassroom Management Apps – These apps can help you a lot to organize your classroom in many ways. The main functionality of a CMS is controlling student devices by creating a controlled communication channel among them. But when we say classroom management we talk about more features like arranging a seating plan, choosing a random student to do an activity etc. so I’ll name many which have different features but I’ll try to keep the list short.

For iOS: Class Dojo, Teacher Kit, NearPod, Socrative Teacher, Class Act

For Android: Kolexio, Teacher Aide, Socrative, Classroom Organizer, myBskool

 

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