Posted in English, iPad, iPod Touch, Roanoke County Schools

Spelling City on the iPods and iPads

I know many of the teachers in my schools use Spelling City in their classrooms. I see the students come to the computer lab on Fridays to take their tests.  I was so excited, though, to see that the site now has an iPad/iPod Touch app!  Now students can practice in their classrooms or on their own handheld devices.  It does allow you to take the Spelling Test, but it does not allow  you to print results.   You could have students bring you their device when they are done, though, and record their score right off their screen.   If you have the premium membership, student grades area already recorded for you in a grade book  like format.

Posted in Ideas, iPad, iPod Touch, Projects, QR Codes, Roanoke County Schools

QR Craze

You’ve seen them, right?  On the corners of mailings, on the windows of businesses, maybe even on the tags of things you buy.  You may have even used them…used your phone to scan one and get coupons or reviews for a business or more info on a product.  But did you know they are being used like crazy in classrooms?

Here’s one of my favorite videos about the use of QR codes in the classroom.


And here’s one based more for elementary school:

So basically to use QR codes, you need the following things:

  • QR Code Generator (usually a website that will easily make the code for you)
  • A device with a camera to read it(iPod touch, iPad, cell phone, or computer with webcam)
  • QR Code Reader (which you download to the device with a camera

Want to create a QR code?  It’s easy…your students can even do this!

Here’s a few QR Code generators:

Here a few QR Code Readers:

And here are some cool links to use them:

And here are some ideas for using QR Codes in the classroom:

 

 

 

Posted in Instructions, iPad, iPod Touch, Roanoke County Schools

iPad and iPod Touch Handouts

Some of our special education teachers will be receiving iPads or iPod Touches over the next few weeks set up by Devlopease, a company from Radford, VA who specializes in writing apps for special needs children, setting up devices, and training people on using them.  If you are one of the teachers receiving a device, here are some handouts that might help you navigate some of the ins and outs of using your device with Roanoke County Schools’ network and computers.
http://www.box.net//static/flash/box_explorer.swf?widget_hash=06xi3iyzxa&v=0&cl=0&s=0

Posted in digital storytelling, Field Trips, iPod Touch, Projects, Roanoke County Schools, Video

StoryRobe Digital Stories by Third Graders

Storyrobe AppThird Graders went on a trip to Apple Ridge farms this month.  Despite camera difficulties, they were able to get enough photos to use for digital stories!  The day after the field trips, we loaded the pictures into the iPod Touches, grabbed some microphones, and had students quickly create a “What we learned videos” using the StoryRobe App. Here are all their stories, together in one video.  Check it out: