Author Archives: paulineporcaro

About paulineporcaro

Passionate about education and the affordances of technology to assist in the engagement of students.

Some nice tools to use

Many of these tools are available on iPad and they are all good for interactive learning

25 Awesome apps

 

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The Google Drive App

If you haven’t downloaded the Google Drive App it’s probably time you do. I can’t say it is perfect yet, they are still tweaking things, but it is very handy to have a fast way of getting into all your Google Docs easily on your iPad. I found this article about iPad workflow for teachers and thought I’d share it with you.

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Hot off the press

I hope you have downloaded the Evernote App as the updated version which is about to be released looks amazing! Have a look and see 🙂

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Social media curation

On the links page I am suggesting a range of social media curation sites in order to start building your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) about iPads and how they can be used. I just read this article and thought it was interesting as an assignment for students but also as an assignment for ourselves to build our knowledge on iPads at the same time as appropriately curating what we find. Have a read of the article and perhaps start your own PLN and we can share the experiences here.

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Infographic on best iPad apps

Edudemic put together a list of best iPad apps for education, see the link for some ideas on new apps, cheers Pauline

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Bloom’s taxonomy and your iPad

In planning learning experiences most educators have Bloom at the back of their minds. The taxonomy guides our thoughts on designing lessons even when we aren’t conscious of it. With the range of new apps available for the iPad in education we still need to reflect on Bloom; what experience are we designing for our learners? Some good charts have been designed to focus our thoughts, see what you think, cheers Pauline

http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html

http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/Blooms+Taxonomy+with+Apps

https://sites.google.com/site/bloomsapps/

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An App for bibliographies

Now I don’t know about you but I really, really dislike doing Bibliographies! Maybe it’s because it’s always the last thing between you and finishing whatever it is you are working or because it’s so fussy!…full stops here, spaces there, commas here!

Well for those of you that hate doing them here’s a great app, EasyBib. This little gem allows you to scan in the bar code on any book and bingo you have the citation, you can even choose one of three styles. You do need to be a little cautious though as in one of my scans it gave me the right author with the wrong book title but that was only one case among many, I think I can cope with that 🙂

I also found that EasyBib has a normal website as well and this has additional features, like citing websites and journals etc.  I’m sure I’ll enjoy doing Bibliographies far more now!

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