Friday, September 27, 2013

Aurasma Number Talks

Last Tuesday was RES's math night.  On a whim, a teacher and I decided to try out Aurasma which is an up-and-coming Augmented Reality app.  It's been said to be almost a QR code on steroids.  When you scan an image (called a trigger image) with an ipad or iphone a video or picture (called an overlay) will pop up.

Check out how Auramsa works here:

And here:

For math night, Mrs. Rogers' kids and I created virtual math talks.  The students discussed a math problem with each other and recorded their work on paper, I recorded them explaining their thinking, and then we quickly and easily created the "Aura".  The resulting picture was a screenshot of what my phone was showing.

Examples of how to use Aurasma in the classroom:

  • Book talk videos shown when you scan a book cover
  • Project explanations when you scan the project
  • Self-portraits with the child telling us more about him or her
  • And the list could go on...

Want to try it?!  I'd love to see what you create!  Better yet, let me help!

To get started, download the free Aurasma app:

Writing Stories with Toontastic

This past Wednesday, BrainPop offered a free webinar on using Toontastic in order to create digital stories. Anyone want to volunteer their class to try it out with me?!

Here are some resources to get started:

Toontastic Webinar  Digital Storytelling With Toontastic 

Useful Links:

Toontastic iPad App Task Card from Teachers Pay Teachers- FREE

ToonTastic iPad Activities from Teachers Pay Teachers- FREE

Article Share- Word Clouds

Great article on creating word clouds on an ipad.  I'd love to try some of these tools!  Has anyone out there already tried one?  I wonder if there are any apps for the Nooks that would do the same thing.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sign Up Genius

Want to know the great thing about this job?  The sharing.  I get to hear so many great ideas across the district!  I’m in the process of working on a blog but thought I’d go ahead and share this time-sensitive tip.  Many teachers wanted to create Google calendars with appointment slots for parents to sign up for fall conferences; however, sharing outside of the district can be a little tricky and parents would then have to have a Google account.  One teacher thought of the idea of using and setting it up for parents to book appointments for fall conferences.  The website is free and is intended to get volunteers for certain times. Even though this isn't the site’s purpose, it worked well for parent conferences!  Much easier than shuffling through papers and sending back confirmed times!

Below is a screen shot from one teacher’s page:

Google Templates

Google templates for EVERYTHING! 

Global Read Aloud

Recently, I've heard several teachers around the district talk about participating in Global Read Aloud this year. Global Read Aloud is a way to connect students from around the world with a common book.  Certain books have been chosen for grade levels and students share their thoughts and reactions on tools such as: Google docs, Wallwishers, Skype, and Edmodo. 

Here is a quote from the website that explains more:

"Why the Global Read Aloud?  Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin."


Edmodo Apps

Did you notice Edmodo now has an app shop?  Looking for some good suggestions for Edmodo apps?  Join the HCS Edmodo page at:  Be sure to tell us apps you enjoy!


Create Free Apps!

Last week I was lucky enough to go to EdCamp Atlanta. One of the cool new tools I learned about was Yapp.  ( )  On this website, teachers or students can create an app...for free!  The app can include a picture feed, announcements, a calendar, videos, or a twitter feed.  Students could use this to share research or a project with others.  Teachers could create an informational app for their classroom.  The apps will work on Apple and Android products. 

Have you tried Yapp?  Do you like it?  If you try it out, let me know what you think!