For the last year, Harry and I have been working on the ipad applications book for high schools. The Book is called Apps for learning, and is published as part of the 21st Century Fluency series with my Colleagues Harry Dickens, Lee Crockett and Ian Jukes. This book has been a huge amount of fun to write. I had a great excuse to by numerous applications and try these out. The book details what we consider to be the best applications for high school at the moment.
Some people have criticised the ipad, and the same criticism could be leveled at any of the new genre of touch screen devices, that these are consumption devices. I disagree emphatically. I put my money where my mouth is and wrote ALL of my contributions to the book on the iPad using pages. I editted ALL of my pictures using Adobe Photoshop Express. I planned and brainstormed for the book using iThoughts HD.
You only need to look at the increasing list of schools adopting the ipad or its kin as their primary mobile learning device to see the huge potential for this tool when used properly. It is the use of the tool that is critical, deliberate and considered, meaningful and purposeful use to enhance teaching and learning.
This is a GIS site that shows images, map etc immediately before and after the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and also layers in images from today. There are vignettes from people in Nagasaki at the time. A powerful and useful resource.
2. Touch typing – This is a number of sites that are focused on touch typing as a skill. Touch typing is a useful and increasingly essential skill for our students. Here are some of the sites:
4. Simple Diagrams – http://www.simplediagrams.com/free.html This is an adobe air application that draw simple but very useful diagrams. Its appeal is its clean and simple interface and fun chalk style clip art.
Here are some interesting sites and materials I have found as I have been exploring with the new Mac.
1. To do list – http://www.abstractspoon.com/tdl_resources.html – this is a neat bit of free and open source software (FOSS) that allows you to maintain and manage a powerful to do list. Great tool at a nice price.
3. Easy words – http://www.easywords.eu/index.php?sub=download this is a language tool designed for teaching common words in a variety of languages – the vocabulary lists are not extensive yet, but it is a project in development and well worth visiting.
2. What happened in ………?http://whathappenedinmybirthyear.com/ this is a fun site that will tell you what happened in the year of your birth. Useful for history and general background information.
3. Colour in Motionhttp://www.mariaclaudiacortes.com/# this is a good site for colour theory and is applicable to any one working on projects, graphics and presentations. Availablein English and Spanish this is a useful resource.
4. Heilbrunn timeline of Art History – http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ This site is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and contains outlines of art works, timelines and more. Great resource for the Art and Art history student.
5. Crime mapper – http://maps.police.uk/ this is a UK police tool that mashes data from various sources with maps to produce interesting results – searchable by area. This is a great tool for Humanities and information technology.
6. Commoncraft show – Cloud computing in plain englishhttp://commoncraft.com/cloud-computing-video This is another BRILLIANT resource from Lee LeFever and the guys at Commoncraft. This is a very useful professional development resource and resource for teaching computing and computers.
8. Darwin, a naturalists voyage –http://www.cnrs.fr/cw/dossiers/dosdarwinE/darwin.html This science, biology and history themed site provides an interesting insight into the Journey of Charles Darwin. Click on the link and watch the animation and listen to the sound track.
9 And finally from a blog I subscribe to – Information is beautiful – http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/interesting-easy-beautiful-true/
Here are a selection on websites I have stumbled across from various blogs and searches.
Clickable Mummy: http://www.akhet.co.uk/clikmumm.htm Interested in mummies an interactive site they can learn about the process of mummification. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
50 States: http://www.50states.com/Learning geography can be a little more interactive with this site that lists tons of facts about each of the states. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
Maps.com: http://www.maps.com/funfacts.aspx?navNot only can you find regular old maps here to use in class, students can also engage with map games to make learning a little more fun. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/From maps to flags, this site will help kids learn about every country in the world. Source:http://www.freetech4teachers.com
EyeWitness to History: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/Get a more personal perspective on history through this site that engages kids with first-hand accounts of historical events, photos, audio and more. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
Countries of the World: http://www.theodora.com/wfb/abc_world_fact_book.htmlUse this site to find out information about countries around the world from studies done by the U.S. government. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
Visible Earth: http://www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/Take advantage of these NASA images to show kids what the world looks like from an elevated perspective. They’ll be able to see a wide range of geographic features. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
Today in History: http://www.scopesys.com/anyday/Put in any day in the year and find out what major events happened on it through this helpful tool. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
The History Beat: http://history.searchbeat.com/Need a timeline? This site is chock full of them. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
LOC American Memory: http://memory.loc.gov/This site is loaded with photos, primary documents, audio clips and in-depth information that can be a valuable tool to helping students understand American history. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
History Games and Animations: http://www.besthistorysites.net/Multimedia.shtmlCheck out this list of resources to find tools that will help you teach your students about everything historical from ancient times to the present day. Source: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
ABCya http://abcya.com/ this is a site filled with interesting sites and resources for primary students and teachers.
This is one for the computer geeks among us (thanks Nick for the site).
This is a very interesting website looking at the history of Windows operatings systems, Unix OSes and Computer languages. The site is written by Eric Levenez with an english translation page. What is brilliant is the timeline diagrams of these three areas.