APPS & B.Y.O.D. in Education

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The infographics in this post provide an insight into both the use of APP’s in Education and the BYOD concept.  As an educator who has implemented these tools into my class I find that resources like these provide a nice overview.  With more and more students having access to mobile devices it has become easier to integrate these technologies in a manner that enhances the learning experience.  It is important to remember that while popular not everyone has the means to own a smartphone, tablet etc.  I always make sure to point out that having a mobile device is not mandatory and that all students have access to technology be it via a classroom PC or by sharing with a classmate.  Like anything else you must have a policy that lays out the ground rules and  have attached a copy of the one that I am currently using (BYOT). Bringing your classroom into the 21st century is exciting and well worth the effort so relax and enjoy.

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Bridge Building – A Complete S.T.E.M. Lesson Using P.B.L.

Bridge Building Project

The above link will take you to a complete lesson plan for this amazing project.  It is a great way to implement all aspects of S.T.E.M. in a project based learning environment. Teach your students the life skills necessary to survive in todays world where people from all walks of life must cooperate to achieve great things.  They are fun to build and maybe more fun to test.  You will be amazed at how well students’  think outside the box. Try to remind them that they can learn as much from their failures as they can from their successes.



Symbaloo is an incredible application that will set you free.  Never again will you have to remember that URL from a website you just can’t live without.  Not only is it beautiful to look at, it is as also practicle and efficient.  There is SymbalooEdu, SymbalooArt, and SymbalooOffice.  For anyone who likes to be organized this is a must download.  The videos above give you all the explanation necessary to get started right away.  If you have a mobile device this free application will make surfing the web a pleasure. For students’ it is a great way to keep any sites used for a research project or web activity in one place.  So sit back, relax, and hold on tight as you fly through the wonderful world-wide web.

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When You Wish For A Great Application You Get Braingenie

The application Braingenie is a great way to access student understanding of concepts in math and science. The site can also be used as a review tool both in class and at home. This comprehensive math and science practice site will help to monitor student mastery and progress over time.  The material covered is directly connected to Common Core Standards allowing you to personalize learning for every student.  As a free site Braingenie is a great way to enrich your curriculum.  The aim is to provide a resource that teachers, students  and parents can count on for additional help.  Students’  learn by watching videos, solving problems and earning badges in what is a fun and effective tool. The site provides detailed reports so that both parent and teacher can monitor student progress.  The video below is an example from the Biology Section.


Two Of Many Sites That Can Help You Raise Funds For Your Classroom

Weather you are a teacher, administrator, business owner, non-profit or idea guy there is always a need to raise funds.  If you are not a professional in this area you can get great information from people in the twittesphere like @ianmadair and his site Chalkboard Fundraising  or use several of the great applications that are now available.  The first rule of fundraising is you are not going to get funding if you don’t ask . So be proactive in your venture.

1.  Pledgie  Pledgie is a platform that will allow you to fundraise for a cause. The amount that can be raised and the causes that can be funded vary from small (such as helping to purchase clothing and food for individuals in need) to larger causes such as (outfitting your classroom with the technology necessary for your students to compete in today’s world).  You are given a page dedicated to your cause where you can discuss the purpose or reason for giving, and share information about who will benefit from any donations. Visitors can see what your financial goals are, how much you have raised, and how close you are to meeting your goal. Your cause can be shared through Facebook and Twitter or you can even embed a link to be followed directly from your website. Pledgie is great for helping out in a variety of causes such as animals, education, health and technology.  You can view existing fundraisers, browse by category, and give or accept donations.

2. AdoptAClassroom  Mission Statement:  “Adopt-A-Classroom increases opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for the classroom.”

The first step in the process is to register your classroom for free on the site.  One of the greatest aspects of Adopt-A-Classroom is that 100% of any and all donations go directly to the classroom teacher to be used for needed resources by way of online credit.  The way it works is like this:  A donor is able to select the classroom they would like to help either by location, institution or a specific educator.  The donor can also have the site choose a classroom that is in need to receive their donation.  The teacher then uses the funds in the form of online credit to purchase what is needed from a list of vendors that are affiliated with the site.  The donor is then notified in an itemized statement what was purchased with their donation.  The process is personalized so that both donor and teacher can communicate so that those who are giving can see the impact that they have made with their donations. This is a great way to get community donations from those who are hesitant to give cash but would like very much to help.

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RunPee A Short Review So You Don’t Have To Hold It

It has nothing to do with education but as a movie buff this application was just too good not to review.  Need to pee during the movie but don’t want to miss an anything?  Want to know if you should stay until the credits are over so you don’t miss extra scenes or outtakes? Running late?  No worries, if you have RunnPee on your smartphone your golden.  The RunPee family (no really app founder Dan with his Mother and Sister) go to see wide release movies on opening day and hold it so you don’t have to.  What they do is look for a 3-5 minute stretch of the movie where you won’t come back and be totally lost.  And if you just can’t stand the though of missing anything they give you a synopsis of what went down while you were in the john.  If you have ever had to hold it during a movie there is nothing worse (other than the talker or phone addict) than not being able to enjoy yourself while concentrating on not having an accident.  Well, that does not ever have to happen again and for this I am thankful.  So go to the movies, relax, enjoy the escape, and don’t miss a thing as long as you have RunPee.