Sharing our Favourite Tools and Apps – a reflection

We had a number of people willing to share their favourite apps and tools and two wonderful ‘pop up’ presenters from the USA, @pgeorge (Peggy George) moderator of classroom2.0 LIVE webinars and @glovely (Gail Lovely) author of Suddenly It Clicks – both of the USA.

Answergarden

It started with the demonstration one of my favourite tools (also an app) answergarden. Participants were shown how to create an answergarden with the question “What are your favourite apps and tools?”. The link was shared in the chat of blackboard collaborate. Participants clicked on the link and keyed in their favourite tools or apps. Padlet was a popular choice and was therefore the largest sized word. See the resultant garden

answer garden favourite tools and apps

Why I like answergarden

  • simple but effective tool
  • No need to register
  • easy to share the resultant link
  • can be moderated
  • embed code provided so can be added to a blog or wiki and students or others can add to the garden from the blog post etc.

Uses – great for brainstorming, exit slips, collaborative writing, reflections etc

Doodlemaths a  popular Maths tool app for the iPad (but requires a subscription)

Peggy George, one of our ‘pop up’ presenters shared:

  1. Tacck – digital portfolios with tacck See Avra Robinson’s Tackks and
  2. Thinglink – resources for thinglink
  3. photosforclass (personally love this one as it attributes the license to that actual photo. All photos are sourced from flickr.) Tips: search for the photos in photosforclass, open them in flickr and download them, the downloaded file comes complete with the attributions.
  4. As Peggy had just been in a recent thinglink webinar, she shared what the group had done via a group padlet. or try this one.

Padlet Gail quickly showed us how to create a padlet and participants shared the last food we had eaten on her padlet wall. See the padlet

Other:-

TeleStory & Toontastic are now free from google.

What are your favourite tools and apps?

Listen to the webinar by clicking on this link

Beyond Angry Birds- Apps for Busy Teachers

When: Tuesday November 13th 4-5pm, Melbourne Australia (gmt+11)

About this session: Become a more efficient and effective educator by harnessing the power of apps! Comealong and learn how to turn your iPad or iPod into a productivity tool for you. Learn about apps that will improve your daily routines, enhance your assessment strategies, and more! This week our guest speaker is notable USA presenter, Gail Lovely.

About Gail: Gail, from Houston, Texas, USA, is a former K-8 classroom teacher who  founded a company, Lovely and Associates, to help educators integrate technology and curriculum through excellent staff development and support.She used innovative models of meaningful and active learning in realistic curriculum-rich settings.Gail hosted an online community for K-2 teachers on Scholastic Network, founded the K2 Email List for Classroom Connect and has written ongoing columns in many leading technology and educational magazines. Gail loves to share her vision for the active classroom, the improvement of the relationship between teacher, learner and curriculum and other inspirational yet practical messages. Come along and share in the conversations with Gail.

Here is the link to the recording.

What apps would you recommend?