Notability

Some time ago I was searching for an app that would allow me to import a PDF and annotate it on the iPad.  A friend of mine recommended an app called Notability, ever since I have found this to be one of my most useful apps.  Not only does Notability allow you to annotate a PDF, it also allows you to create notes that include audio.  Now this may not sound like a big deal, but this is a great way to grade student work with audio attached, how wonderful would it be to give feedback on a writing piece showing exactly what things students did well or could improve upon.  Below are some links to Notability tutorials, as always, I would love your feedback.

Notability-Adding Category and Subject from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

View all Notability videos here.

Flipping your Classroom

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Fire up conference from sschuh26

Flipping your classroom is more than just making students watch a video. Here are some resources that will help you learn more about the Flipped Classroom and web tools to help you make the most of your time.

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Flipped Learning Network-Lots of ideas and wonderful resources.

Go Animate

Want to create your own cartoon?  With Go Animate you can easily and quickly create cartoons for students on a variety of different topics. You can also have students create their own videos to share ideas or give life to writing pieces.  To show you how easy it is, I have enlisted the help of my three year old son. Below is a video we created in our dining room in about two minutes.  Please excuse the under developed plot:

Check out our Go Animate here

Go Animate Tutorial from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

Nearpod

“Can you see the board?”

As a teacher I asked this several times a day.  Then one day Nearpod was invented and this question was no longer relevant.  Nearpod is an app for your Smartphone or iPad that allows you to share presentations with your students on their own devices.  This means if you are in a classroom with students who have iPads, iPod Touches, or iPhones they can now see the content you are presenting right on their device and you control what they can see.

Nearpod is a great app not only for presenting to students, but also assessing students. You can add polls, activities, and even share videos with Nearpod. Below is a video tutorial and link for handouts.  I would love to hear how you are using Nearpod with your students, feel free to leave a comment.

Nearpod from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

Nearpod Handout

Booksource Library Organizer

I’ll be the first to admit it, I am not the most organized person. In my classroom I had a large library where students could borrow books.  The problem with my classroom library was keeping it organized. I could never keep track of the books and worse I wasn’t able to recommend books for different student reading levels.  I tried many systems that were time consuming and difficult to manage, I lost books constantly and students couldn’t identify books that were best for them.

Recently, I stumbled upon a site from Booksource that helps with organizing your classroom library. As I looked over the site and features I knew it would be a hit. The Library Organizer allows teachers to use their smart devices to scan ISBN codes from the back of books or type in ISBN codes.  The Book Organizer keeps track of books using this scanning system, but it also provides information on reading levels and possible AR points, page counts, and more.  Students or teachers can return books online or by scanning the ISBN.  This tool is amazing and a huge time saver with many features and best of all it is free.

Below, you will find an introduction video along with a video from the company, I would love to hear how each of you is using this resource in your classroom or any issues you may have with this resource.

BookSource’s Book Organizer from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

QR Code Generator

Over the past few weeks I have been working extensively with iPads. A lot of times I will be conducting a workshop and will put up a QR (quick response) Code for participants to scan. These QR codes may contain my contact information, links to websites, or allow participants to take a poll. There are tons of different ways to use QR Codes in the classroom. Here is a link to just a few of the ideas of how to use QR Codes in your classroom.

During my presentations, a number of participants ask me how I created my codes. Finding a code creator site is pretty easy, but there are a few that I use  regularly.

Google Shortner is a great tool for shortening long website urls and it produces a QR Code for those shortened links. Along with providing shortened urls and QR Codes, Google Shortner can give you information on the number of visitors you have had to your links and will keep a record of all your shortened codes.

The other code creator I use is called QR Stuff.  This creator allows me to not only create a QR Code for a website, but gives me many different options such as vcards for creating contact information and allows users to create calendar events.  I also love that this site allows you to create a QR Code in color.

I would love to hear how you are using QR Codes in your classroom.  Please feel free to add a comment in the comment section.

Zapd

I love posting new tools for teachers, but honestly, it can sometimes be hard to find time to post new ideas on a blog or website. As a teacher, I created a blog for my students and parents, but I wasn’t great at keeping it updated. Well, fear not my teacher pals. I have an app for your use to help with this little issue. Zapd is an application for your smart phone or your iPad that allows you to instantly add content to a Zapd website. Imagine working in your classroom and taking pictures of projects, or you want to post tonight’s agenda instantly on your website. This little app lets you do that. Below I have added a video and a link to one of my Zapd posts. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Happy posting!