Word Brain Themes is a word game app that is fun. I thought that at first it was easy but after a few levels it gets difficult. You connect letters to form a word connected to the theme. If the theme is food and you had the letters to make the word “pasta” you can connect the letters and earn points. There are also hints you can use when you are stuck on a word. I thought the game was colorful and interesting.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
By: Lainey and Bella L.
The teachers of Marshall Simonds Middle School were all sent a technology survey. They were asked a series of questions. Their answers were similar for some questions, and different for others.
Some of the things that I learned was that students and teachers in all of the different grades use their iPads for different things. Sixth graders learn different curriculum than seventh and eighth graders. They have to use their iPads for different things. The teachers have to use their iPads for things like Airplay, Classroom, and even Garage Band!
We have put together some reviews for the questions. The first question was a graph: How often do you use your iPad in class? That was a graph question. About 46% of the teachers use it often, 15% of the teachers use it sometimes, 3%( one teacher ) doesn't ever use it, and about 36% of the teachers use it all of the time.
The next question was What are the negatives about letting students use their iPads? The main reasons were distraction, using it when not allowed to, and switching from game to what you're actually supposed to be doing before getting caught.
The next question was another graph. The question was: Do You Use Google Classroom? Eleven people or 42.3% said yes, eleven people or 42.3% said no, and four people or 15.4% said sometimes.
The next graph had the question: Do You Use Airplay To Project Your iPad? Twelve people or 46.2% said yes, nine people or 34.6% said no, and 5 people or 19.2% said sometimes.
The next graph had the question of : How often in class do you have to take away students iPads due to misbehaving? One person or 3.8% said everyday, two people or 7.7% said all the time, one person or 3.8% said usually, nineteen people or 73.1% said sometimes, and three people or 11.5% said never.
The next question was: What are the positives about letting students use their iPads? The main reasons were that it encourages students to excel and take pride in their work, it’s good for math, and it engages the students.
The next question was: What is your favorite app? The teachers favorite apps are BuzzMath, Notability, Google Classroom, and Kahoot.
The next question was: What app do you use the most? The most common responses were Drive, Notability, Google Classroom, iBooks, and Garageband.
The next question was: Do you like paper or ipads better? 18 people said they prefer iPads and 20 people said that they prefer paper. This is also including the people who said they like both.
The last question was : What do you do when you sees a student using their ipad inappropriately? Most of them said they take it away for a certain amount of time, but others said they sometimes give warnings or ask them to stop.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Soundcloud is a music app for people everywhere. Even though it is recommended for kids over the age of 12, anyone could use it. The app is a little confusing to use but it's worth taking the time to figure out how to use it. Soundcloud lets you listen to any kind of music: Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, etc.. Thousands of people around the world use the app Soundcloud, which shows that it is a good app for everyone. You can use the app with wifi or without; wherever you are, Soundcloud lets you listen to music. Another great thing about it is it's 100% free, no in app purchases, nothing cost any money.
Fantage is an online game for kids ages 6-12. It’s very age appropriate and also word appropriate. Fantage is a website where you can play games that are fun and educational. Fantage has a paid membership option, but you can still play as a free user. Fantage also offers educational games such as math, English language arts, and grammar. In addition, it has fun games like Fish Lite and Club Penguin. In fantage you can create your own avatar, put the type of hair you want and dress it up. You can also chat with other avatars. You can also put accessories to make your avatar look cool.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Apps for the blind and visually impaired
Papa sangre II
Color identifier https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Little Girl Magic
TinyTap by Sydney and Aida
TinyTap is an application primarily used for teachers to teach educational material and is great for kids to learn on. You can make interactive puzzles that can be fun and educational. It can be about many different topics, from history to parts of the body. Some features include e-books, soundboards, interactive presentations, photo albums and much more.
This app is a great study tool for children. There are many different types of animations you can put into a presentation. There are many different options you can use in the app. One is to record your voice. An animated object can be clicked on and your own voice speaking is the result. You can create a hint, question, or other things to record. Another thing you can use is to create shapes to drag and drop to the correct spot. At first the app is confusing but once you understand how to use it, it become a fun app that is exciting to use.
The parts of TinyTap that could be improved are how it's layout is confusing for even middle schoolers to fully understand (although it is meant for kids of ages four and above). I think TinyTap could use some clear instructions on how to use it and maybe offer a tutorial.