Audio Review #108 | Confer & Snapfolio Help You Organize Your Anecdotal Notes.

Overview I’ve been teaching Reading and Writing Workshop for awhile now and one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is keeping anecdotal notes about my students.  I’ve tried a ton of different systems: checklists, stickers, sticky notes, clipboards, evernote, excel, even google forms… but I’ve always struggled to stick with it.  After I left the […]

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Audio Review # 107 | ClassCharts Does Not Top My Chart

Overview ClassCharts is a web service that is both an interactive seating chart and student behavior tracker. The logic of the site is that student location, both vis-à-vis the teacher and specific other students, has a significant impact on that student’s ability to focus on the content and skills being taught. This service provides longitudinal […]

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Audio Review # 106 | BetterLesson, we think you’d better listen to it!

Overview BetterLesson is a website that archives over 10,000 Common Core aligned lessons created by over 130 master teachers. Each lesson addresses specific Common Core standards, and veteran teachers vet each lesson. Concerns None. I often question how “expert” expert teachers are, given the motivations of the organization to legitimize itself in the eyes of […]

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Audio Review # 105 | Appear In Removes Friction from Video Conferencing

Appear In seems to fully understand that reducing friction is an important element to an apps success as the cost or functionality.  Appear.In makes connecting a video conference with up to eight people super easy and with no login required. Here is how it works: Head to their website, Appear.in Create a room with an […]

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Tech Talk Roundtable 87 | Can People Change?

Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss their personal learnings and articles of the week. Articles of the Week If You Want People To Collaborate – Put Them Next To Each Other! | Paul Keijzer paulkeijzer.com If sharing and teamwork is the goal, then structural considerations are a major consideration. does the environment encourage or discourage collaboration? All Washed Up! – […]

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Audio Review #104 | Pic Collage makes your photos fancy!

Overview According to Pic Collage this is “THE coolest collage maker in town!” And although I cannot agree with that definitively (because I really haven’t tried all the collage makers out there) I will say that it’s a pretty awesome app.  Like most of the best apps, Pic Collage does one thing very well and […]

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Audio Review # 100 | Tellagami’s Telemetry Will Not Achieve High Orbit With Teachers

Overview Tellagami is a mobile app for both Apple and Android products that lets you create animated avatars that speak your own voice, or a voice of your choosing through text-to-speech, with many accents to choose from. You can choose the background of the animated avatar from the few that are preloaded, or you can […]

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Audio Review #102 | Osmo Allows You To Interact With Physical Objects And Your iPad At The Same Time

Overview There are lots of tools out there that claim to be a “new and innovative way of using the iPad,” but when you look at them closely they are often just a modified version of what we have seen before.  The Osmo, however, is actually something truly new and innovative.  The Osmo is a […]

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Audio Review #103 | Too Noisy App Brings Noise Control To Your Classroom

Overview As I have gotten a “little” bit older, my family (mostly my daughter) remind me that my hearing is not nearly as sharp, crisp and clear as it was in the past. As a result, I find noisy situations harder to process.  My brain has a harder time filtering out conversations.  This includes working […]

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Audio Review # 101 | Mathletics is a Customizable Online Math Program

Overview Mathletics is an online math program that is a great supplement to your math curriculum.  Mathletics provides additional practice for students who need extra help or a challenge in math.  The game like feel of the program makes students really motivated to solve the problems and master the concepts.  Students can race each other […]

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