The University of Nebraska has podcasts over every technology that could be used in a classroom, which is amazing for new teachers, like me! These podcasts are a great tool to have because it gives you new ideas to implement in your classroom. The podcasts are easy watch and walk you through how to use these apps in everyday classroom activities.
Pinterest App Review
This Pinterest video for example, I thought I knew quite a bit about Pinterest but this video has given me ideas I never would have known even existed. This is the great thing about these videos, you can discover brand new things about apps you're familiar with. The collaboration tool in Pinterest is a great asset when having students compile pins they find helpful. Collaborative boards allow the teacher to choose who can pin to a certain board, this is also extremely helpful when sharing work. This is such a great app that so many teachers are familiar with, so why not bring it into the classroom. The app itself is very sleek and designed for easy access and for anyone to be able to understand how to use it. This app is free and could be used for any grade level. A con of this app would be that some things that come up may not be school appropriate. The collaborative boards are simple to figure out and seem like a great tool in a classroom. I would use this app when asking students to create a project on another medium and then share that project with the class. I would create a collaborative board where students can pin their final projects, allowing the students to look at other classmates projects. https://appsto.re/us/7cSKz.i
GeoGuesser App Review
GeoGuesser is a great, free, app for iPad and other devices. This app would be appropriate for elementary age students and below. The purpose of this app is to allow students hands on geography experience with out traveling the world, or even going outside their classrooms! The display is easy to read and navigate, and there are even maps other teachers have created that your classroom can use. A con of this app would be that it is simple and can only be used for elementary aged students (in my opinion), this could be a great tool for high school students as well. This app is extremely engaging and I was even extremely engaged throughout the tour of this great app. I would use this app when giving a lesson on a specific foreign land, or monument, this app would give students a more hands on look at this monument without simply showing pictures or videos.
Evernote App Review
Evernote is a free app, with a premium option, that is available on iPad, MacBook, iphone, and Apple Watch. Evernote is an amazing app for note taking where you can type, or draw your notes, and even take pictures. Evernote also automatically saves your work, so you never have to worry about losing any of you precious notes. You can also share notes via many different mediums, so if you're a teacher you can email your notes to the students, and you can allow them to collaborate and add things, or turn that setting off. This is an app for middle school to high school students since it does take a little getting used to. This app would be very useful in a classroom though, this app leads in to more organized note taking, and can prepare students for college. I would use this app in a high school classroom where they were doing an experiment and I wanted the class to focus solely on the lab, and not their notes. Once the class had completed this lab I would share my personal notes with them through Evernote, and I would start a new note thread where they can add any ideas or questions they may have had about the lab. https://appsto.re/us/m49Yq.i