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Improving student engagement with Blended Learning & Digital Storytelling

Think and Create!

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If our focus is on getting students to think more (solve problems) and create more (solve more problems and complete projects), then the apps should challenge their minds or provide them with tools to create things of lasting value. For my list, I would include apps like Explain Everything/Educreations (for iPads), 30hands (for iPads, iPhones, iPod) and Native Numbers (iPad).

Find ways to make the kids feel successful, not just have fun.

Educational Technology Resource Teacher

Take it to a higher level

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Echoing what LMasterEdD said - technology is great when it can take learning, collaboration, communication, creation, critical thinking to new places. The use of more versatile apps, student driven apps, such as Explain Everything or Puppet Pals, become merely one component of a larger instructional design. A great model to use when employing technology in teaching and learning is the SAMR model -- more here: http://makelearn.org/2013/01/09/boost-learning-outcomes-by-transforming-...

SPED teacher in Virginia

I have not mastered using

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I have not mastered using implementing technology in the classroom but I have used my own personal Apple devices to enhance a particular subject. As a special educator, visual aides are key to engaging the students in daily discussions. I trust the students to use my Ipad and Iphone to work on certain sites and applications. I will take the time to peruse through some of the free sites.

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

LMasterEdD: Here's a link to some great

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LMasterEdD: Here's a link to some great apps for creating presentations with iPads, I hope that you find them inspiring! http://www.edutopia.org/blog/engaging-presentations-free-ipad-apps-monic...

Check out 'Stitch' by KlabLab

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Some really good ideas here. Evernote is excellent, as is Edmodo. I just used Stitch in a 5th grade classroom, and what an awesome experience. A creative story telling/messaging tool. The kids loved it.

New Teacher

Enjoyable

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I found this blog very helpful. I have used Groovy Grader in the past and found it very helpful. I use my iPhone all day long. I have download apps for ideas to help with common core, defining words, Brain Pop, funny sounds to use while playing games with my students, and countless others. I even tested a program once in college, where students logged into a site and voted with their phones, and then the info was posted for the teacher to see on her phone and on line. In this ever changing world and where even my four year old can use an iPhone better than I can, I think it’s important that we embrace these changes in the classroom. Thank you for the ideas in your article.

I Need More

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Although there is nothing wrong with these apps, I don't see any of them changing up the way teachers teach. In fact, they seem to just be a high-tech way to do a low-tech task that is already being accomplished. If you're looking to inspire an administrator to purchase technology for a classroom, this won't do it. If I am going to spend a few hundred dollars on an iPod or iPad for a teacher, and then see them using it to draw names or figure out percentages, I'd be disappointed and second guess my purchasing decision.
I'd love to see more collaboration apps, like Evernote or VoiceThread, which can transform the way in which students learn, or some digital storytelling apps, like StoryRobe. WordPress, which you mentioned, can be used to allow students to publish their writing, and not just post homework assignments. These are the types of engaging experiences I am hoping teachers provide students through the use of technology.

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