With Spring approaching standardized testing looms on the horizon. How do you prep your students for the test? Do you make reviewing the content you've worked on all year fun? Evernote Peek is a great app that turns reviewing into a fun activity!
Evernote Peek is a fun tool that takes your notes and turns them into flashcards...but not just any flashcards. This app uses your iPad's Smart cover (if you have one) or an on screen version (if you don't have one) to display the content in sort of a game style format. It's very cool!
It's really easy to set up*.
1. Take notes in Evernote (on your computer, iPad, or phone)
2. Open Evernote Peek and sign into your Evernote account
3. Select the notes you wish to turn in to flashcards and it does it for you. Here are some tips on how to set up your notes.
One of the really cool things about this app is that it has the capability to add voice notes! You'll see a great example in the video below. There are also a bank of notes already created for you to draw from (like the periodic table, world capitals, etc.), or you can create your own. This app would be a great way to review as a whole class, or for independent practice.
If you were going to use this in an Elementary classroom for independent study you could set it up this way:
In a secondary classroom for independent study you could use Peek like this:
*Click here for more detailed instructions on how to set up Evernote Peek.
Today I worked with Mrs. Wiggins 5th grade class at Altara ES. Using the Chromebooks we made Haiku Deck presentations about the Great Northwestern Tree Octopus. You can find more information about this endangered species here http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/. Haiku Deck is a simple presentation tool, similar to Powerpoint, that can be accessed from nearly any device as it is web based and also has an iOS app.
The students loved this activity and have a fun April Fools presentation they can share with their families when they go home!
Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app
Stick Around is a fabulous new app by the creators of Explain Everything. This app allows you to play, design and share customized puzzles. The app comes with several preprogramed puzzles and lots of templates to help you start creating your own puzzles. This app can be used for any subject matter. Your puzzles will be as creative as you make them! Students love this app and the self checking feature.
Share the puzzles you create with students via QR code, Google Drive, Dropbox...and many other ways! Check out the video below for an idea of what Stick Around can do for you!
I used Stick Around with a 4th grade class at Altara Elementary this week. I linked the puzzles I made in Stick Around to QR codes and placed those QR codes around the classroom. The students used iPad minis to scan the QR code and open the puzzles. After solving one puzzle they would find the next QR code, scan it, and solve the next puzzle. This activity was self guided and self paced. The students loved it! It was a great way to review concepts they learned throughout the year and ask questions when they needed help. You can scan the QR codes below for a sample of the puzzles I created.
An app I recently shared with the teachers at my schools is Write About This. It is a great writing app. You can use this app in whole group or small group lessons, or as an independent activity. Prompts include a picture and a written prompt. Use can use the preloaded prompts, or create your own. The app allows you to type your response to the prompt or vocally record a response.
The free version of this app provides you with 50 preloaded prompts and the ability to try the create your own feature. The paid version allows you full access to all features and costs $3.99. Your students are sure to love this app!
Watch this video for a demonstration of the features and ideas on how to use it in your classroom.
An app I recently became aware of and started using is SlideShark. This is a fantastic app if you are looking for a way to present from your iPad using a PowerPoint. This powerful app has lots of features including presenter view with notes, live slide annotation, broadcast and sharing capability, and a remote option.
Teachers at Butler Middle School just started using this app in conjunction with their iPads and AppleTV. Teachers create a free account online and upload their Powerpoint presentations, or save them in cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc). Then, you connect to your AppleTV and iPad via Airplay, and open the app. Your presentations appear in the app ready for use! The teachers at Butler love the mobility and flexibility the app offer.
This video walks you through how to use the app and how to upload your PowerPoint Presentations. Best of all...it's free! Check it out!