Technological Tweets of the Week

Top iPad Apps for Student Creativity:

As a student (back in elementary school through current day), I have always been more interested in the creative side of the class room. I’d rather draw a picture or making a visually aesthetic graph to represent the idea that I am trying to convey, rather than writing a paper. No matter what kind of student you have, their creativity must be stimulated in the class room. School is about expanding your knowledge and there are many ways to do this, being creative is one. These are seen as core apps that help stimulate students’ creativity.

Explain Everything, iMovie, Book Creator: These three apps show students how to work with screen casting, digital story telling, and creating stories visually and audibly. Three other fun apps are drawing pad, green screen, strip designer, and blokify. The more I search for technological tweets and learn about the fun apps iPads have for the classroom, makes me wish that I could have used one in my class rooms growing up. 

Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices:

Knowing how to study for math is a very tricky thing. I am 20 years old and I still struggle with this concept. These apps can help you lose that confusion and get down to studying. These flashcard apps give children the freedom to study on their own and learn concepts that can’t only be learned in the classroom. 

Studyblue: This is a flashcard app that lets teachers create and share a set of flashcards with students. This gives students the ability to study exactly what the teacher wants. They can also set reminders on their phone! 

Flashcards*: This app lets students upload questions from quizlet which is very convenient! It also gives students the ability to add pictures to the flashcards which is really essential for English Language Learners.

Vocabulary.com: This app is for the more advanced student and helps them prepare for higher exams. It is a comprehensive program for learning new words and helps high school students boost their vocabulary.  

8 Online Tools To Help Educate Students With Disability:

This article delves into UDL and how technology can play such a gigantic role in the education of students with disabilities. These technologies below increase accessibility and academic performance of students with disabilities.  

1. Word Talk is part of Microsoft Word that can read aloud any document written in Word and can create audio files that can be saved. It can be accessed by customizable keyboard shortcuts for individuals with vision impairment or for those struggle using the mouse effectively.

2. Word prediction is a program that “predicts” what is being typed. “Predictions are based on spelling, syntax, and frequent/recent use. This prompts kids who struggle with writing to use proper spelling, grammar, and word choices, with fewer keystrokes. Students who struggle with memory difficulties might find this program useful, too.”

3. Supernova Access Suite is “a complete screen reader with natural sounding speech and integrated screen magnifier with Braille display support.” They also have the option of a free trial so students can see if it works for them. 

 

 

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