This week, we're focused on technology. Of course, the instruction ALWAYS comes before the tool, but sometimes, you have an idea and just need to figure out the best way to bring that idea to life. We touch on app building, podcast recording, content curation, and share a music playlist. Take 5 and explore some tech tools with us!
An easy way to create an app? Yes please! I learned about Glide on the Hacking School Libraries Facebook group -- it's a neat little FREE tool that allows you to put togther an app using the contents of a Google sheet. What about a book recommendation app, built by your studnets? Or a guidebook for your school? An end product option for project based learning? The possibilities are limitless.
At BubbleUp Classroom, we love listening to podcasts. So what could be better than an easy-to-use tool for podcasting in the classroom! Synth is web-based so it's available across devices. They have built in safety features for students and offer lots of ideas for using this audio tool in the classroom. Check out this post from Class Tech Tips for more deatils.
Anchor is another podcasting tool with a few more features than Synth. Upload to social platforms, collaborate with co-hosts anywhere in the world, all free in this multi-platorm tool. Maybe this is the year to start that podcast you've been mulling over in your head!
Have you discovered Wakelet yet? It's a neat curation tool that allows your to build collections of information. I used it to archive and share out a few Twitter chats (both the conversation and the resources mentioned during the chat) such as this #vaslchat on the AASL Standards. You can bookmark content from across the web (articles, video, social media posts, images. etc) and then organize it in accessible way, adding text and captions. It's a great way to present information to students! And why as your students to curate collections as well?
I recently ran across this playlist on YouTube from Relaxing Records: "Study and Concentration Music." Each piece is at least 30 minutes (and some are an hour or more) to help with focus, concentration, memory and more. Great for kids who prefer to study with music or classroom ambient noise.
What tech-y things have been sparking your interest lately?
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Happy summer! Hope you are combining your summer learning with lots of time spent outside and energy focused on recharging before the next school year begins.
In this week's post, we've got a TED Talk, a cool Google tool, a podcast, tips for managing family screen time and ways to build better group projects. Take5 and jump in!
This week we've got all sorts of things on our mind. We've been focused on equity in our school district this year so a piece on cultural proficiency sparked my interest. I also discovered a new podcast for kids, learned about the impact of drawing on learning, and considered the teen brain a bit as well.
So, take5 and share with us what you think about these stories and more! We'd love to hear from you.
We are thrilled to be featured on The Answer Key Podcast. This was a wonderful opportunity to talk with host Sandra Brennan about 21st century libraries and the power of collaboration. Plus, you know we are podcast obsessed so getting a chance to be in the studio and see all the bells and whistles behind the scenes was ah-mazing! So grab your earbuds and give it a listen. Yay!
So, take 5 minutes, look through some of the resources that have helped our ideas bubble up lately, keep counting down the days until summer, and make sure you are living and teaching each and every one of those days to its fullest.
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