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04 Jun 2012
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What's Your Must-Have Paid App?

So to build off of my social curation addiction with, I am sharing a belated list of “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Yes, I realize I am the Queen of Free, but sometimes you really do have to break down and buy an app. So this list is a tribute to a growing list of  the best “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Please feel free to leave comments or a thumbs up and thumbs down on an app selection… as well as add your own favorite paid app for the iClassroom. Hoping to reach a collaborative list of 100 apps!

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Check out my other Listly’s: 20+ FREE Product-Based apps, Surprisingly Educational apps, Student-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPad, Infographics in the Classroom, and Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer.

20 May 2012
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04 May 2012
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"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" SimpleK12 Webinars

Just wanted to share that Yolanda and I will be presenting two webinars for Simple K12.

“There are so many iPad apps out there, that it can often be intimidating trying to figure out which apps best suit the objectives and the higher order skills you are trying to foster. In this webinar, join Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker as the use “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” (found in the iBookstore) to showcase how free edutainment apps can be used to create apptivities for the iClassroom.”

The two webinars will offer apptivities that focus on student production within levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy from Remembering to Creating.

  1. iPad Apps for Higher Order Thinking Skills: Remembering to Applying
    1. Monday, May 07, 2012 @ 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time, USA
  2. iPad Apps for Higher Order Thinking Skills: Analyzing to Creating
    1. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time, USA

If you have downloaded the iBook, please know that all of the apptivities and resources we will be sharing are BRAND NEW. The iBook will be only utilized as a support.

The basic membership for Simple K12 is FREE and all teachers will have access to the live webinar. Archived recorded webinars are only available to full members. Check out all of the details on membership.

17 Apr 2012
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60 Apps in 60 Minutes: Mobile 2012

In hindsight 60 apps in 60 minutes was a bit ambitious. I kind of felt as if we were auctioning off apps. (Perhaps a Nifty Fifty pack would have been a better fit.) For those of you who missed our session…or those of you who attended and caught whiplash from the sheer speed of it, here is a list of all of the apps we (Jon Samuelson and I) featured.

60 Apps in 60 Minutes: An iPadSammy Symbaloo Creation Presented at Mobile 2012

Free Apps:

  1. Futaba Word Games
  2. Doodle Buddy
  3. Infographics
  4. Photo Measure Lite
  5. Tracing Paper Lite
  6. Bill Atkinson PhotoCard
  7. TypeDrawing FREE
  8. StoryLines for Schools
  9. Video Star
  10. Epic Citadel
  11. PicCal
  12. Pizza Time
  13. iPen
  14. My PlayHome Lite
  15. Word Lens
  16. Sketchbook Express
  17. Bloom*
  18. iMotion HD
  19. My Secret Diary
  20. ScrapPad
  21. Album FX Lite
  22. TapTap Blocks
  23. Choiceboard Creator
  24. Voice Thread
  25. Corkulous
  26. Educreations
  27. Videolicious
  28. Social Express Lite
  29. Inkling
  30. Picturebook
  31. Mad Lips
  32. Snapguide
  33. Cinch
  34. Inspiration Maps Lite
  35. Opposite Ocean
  36. Blurb
  37. Visual Poet


I also decided to add a few more FREE ones to the list for good measure: VidrhythmAnimation Desk LiteWeather WiseiK Calendar FREEQR BeamerStringPainting With TimeTransparent Earth


The majority of the FREE Edu apps listed above can be found in the newly released TechChef4u app (along with 500+ FREE sortable EDU apps).


Paid Apps:

23 Mar 2012
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Surprisingly Educational: Part 4 – Episode 22

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 4. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas that span across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1”, “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.


What's Your 6 Word Bio? using Motivational Poster app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Visual Poet (see their gallery)
  2. TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
  3. For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
  4. Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
  5. Bloom*
  6. Create-O-Mat
  7. Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio 
  8. Painting with Time
  9. Painting with Time: Climate Change
  10. Mad Lips
  11. Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
  12. Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
  13. VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).


Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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“Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge: We really want VidRhythm to be considered “Surprisingly Educational” – we LOVE this app and find it to be intensely engaging! However, we have been unable to assign some sort of core classroom integration to the app. Thus, “Appy Hours 4 U” will award a $10 iTunes Gift Card to the best user submission for how VidRhythm can be used instructionally and purposefully in a core classroom. Leave a Comment Below: Include your name, contact email, and idea for how the app can be used instructionally in the iClassroom. We will choose the best submission and announce the winner on our April 5th episode and in the TechChef4U blog.

07 Mar 2012
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App-tastic Middle School Mathematics

I had the pleasure of delivering a staff development workshop to 25 Middle School Mathematics teachers at South San ISD this past weekend. The workshop began with a Google Form Survey to model how teachers could gather data and information from students using Google Forms and the iPad (the form could be accessed from a QR code and a address). The rest of the day broke down into several categories:

  1. Apps that support vocabulary (also check out Flashcards & Quizlet lesson)
  2. Using Math Games purposefully (see link for Math Game evaluation rubric)
  3. Tips on how to utilize Surprisingly Educational apps like Pizza Time! and Slice it! Begins
  4. How to build iLessons and apptivities around tools like Check Please Lite and PercentDiff
  5. How to utilize Infographics in the iClassroom
  6. How to create student apptivities that utilize note-taking, problem-solving, and product-based assignments in the iClassroom


Symbaloo of 60+ FREE MS Math Apps

The beauty of presenting to others is the collaboration of minds. As the day was designed to be a workshop, teachers had plenty of time to explore apps, collaborate with fellow teachers, create apptivities for their students and their classroom, and share their resources with the rest of the class. One teacher had used a pairing of three different apps that I had never thought of linking together to create a grid on a map that could be measured and annotated. She opened the Maps app (resident on the device), took a screenshot of an area on the map, opened the screenshot in Tracing Paper Lite to create a grid on top of the map, took a screenshot, and then opened that screenshot up in Skitch to annotate it. What a great testament to how the iPad can be used to piggy-back on resources and create unique iCreations.

Create Griddable maps using a combination of Maps, Tracing Paper Lite, and Skitch

07 Mar 2012
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Chef Carnazzo's Tasty iCreations

Feeling as if I should award Carnazzo an “Honorary TechChef” badge. Last week her students cooked up cereal sushi using a recipe from Teachers Pay Teachers (also check out Teacher Vision’s printables and resources for recipes). Her team pitched in to buy the lesson and recipes from the site. Students previewed the recipes in the morning and then followed the directions together to complete the dish. Afterwards students wrote their recipe reviews and drew a picture to complement it.

Carnazzo's Tasty Creations featured in Glogster


The next morning students reviewed the process for making cereal sushi and used the Sequence Events 2 template from Tools 4 Students app (well worth the 99 cent pricetag) to do the flow chart. The Tools 4 Students app actually has 25 templates ranging from Cause/Effect and Compare/Contrast to Problem/Solution and Sequence Events and Timeline. As a whole group, students came up with the steps and then worked in partners to input the steps into the Tools 4 Students template. Carnazzo then created the video with Animoto to highlight the event.

Tools4Students app highlighted in Turbo Collage app


Interested in FREE Graphic Organizers for the iPad, check out:

  1. iBrainstorm: Vocabulary and Gallery Walks
  2. Popplet Lite: Inferencing, Vocabulary, Sequencing, Character Maps, Frayer Models
  3. Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers opening in PaperPort Notes: Annotating PDF Templates and Paperless Passages

03 Feb 2012
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Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to iSBN

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" road to iBooks

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 19 – “Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to ISBN“. In this episode we discuss our journey to the iBookStore and some tips for self-publishing. We answered questions and gave more information on the following topics.

    1. iCeption: Our Inspiration for the Book
    2. Why we chose product-based FREE apps?
    3. What type of research and preparation went into the book?
    4. Why we chose a cooking theme?
    5. Where we got a template?
    6. The evolution of the book and what events led us to change our course
    7. Info on How to get an ISBN
    8. Info on Creative Commons Licensing
    9. What resources the book contains for presenters and educators?
    10. Who Reviewed our book?
    11. Who designed the cover art?
    12. How do you handle spacing in Pages/ePubs?
    13. ePub Checker
    14. Getting ePubs on a device without publishing to iBooks
    15. iTunes Connect Online Application & Free Books Account
    16. The iBooks Review Process


Here are some other articles on self-publishing that we found useful:

  1. eHow: How to Publish Content on Apple iBooks
  2. Creating ePub files with Pages
  3. Apps in Education: ePub – Publishing your own books for the iPad
  4. Dragos Roua: How to Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle, and iBookstore


Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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Many thanks to all of you who have rated and reviewed the iBook on your site or in the iBookStore.

Customer Rating(s): “HOT! by *MuSiC*:) Devoured this inspiring treat! Loved the detailed directions using these amazing free apps. Thank you for writing and sharing it with the world!”

District Comments: “I already sent this out to all the facilitators and my staff on my campuses yesterday. I saw your tweet the night before and had already downloaded it and read it! You are a ROCKSTAR! This is awesome! I love it, I love the step by step directions for the teachers in as well as it being all free apps! Ideas were just spinning in my head. My coordinator replied back how wonderful it was as well as the rest of the facilitators! Do you ever sleep? Oh my goodness you do a lot. I am thankful you do because I have learned so much from all your sites and everything. I also shared your site at our last Tenor meeting last month with surrounding school districts! Thanks for all your awesomeness!:-)” – Donita O’Hair (Technology Integration Facilitator  – Frisco ISD)

“Free Technology for Teachers” featured Hot Apps 4 HOTS

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26 Sep 2011
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Appy Hours and App Smackdowns

HS Appy Hour: Thank you Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD Director of Instructional Technology (and “iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron”) for sharing your H.S. Appy Hour menu (modeled after the techchef4u menus linked below). Carl added a very cool feature to his menu: open it in iBooks and the app buttons will actually take you to the app store when you can download the app of your choice. I think I will be “borrowing” this feature when I revamp our secondary menus. (Can’t wait for the release of the app smackdown video!). AppyHourMenu9-19-2011_EanesISDpdf

Eanes ISD Appy Hour Menu

Noterize: I fell in love with Noterize (featured in the All Purpose section of the menu) and shared it as part of a my South San ISD iPad Camp. They loved the integration with PDF’s and the multiple classroom implementation possibilities. Stay tuned for an upcoming techchef4u post which will include home-baked recipes for how to integrate PDF’s into your iLesson Toolkit!  

If you devoured the Eanes ISD menu, whet your palette with blod flavor of these appy morsels:

  1. Secondary Math Menu
  2. Secondary Science Menu
  3. Secondary History Menu
  4. Secondary ELAR Menu
  5. Apps for Parents
  6. HOT Apps 4 HOTS
  7. Appy Hours Direct 2 U: Free Delivery