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2014 Summer Tech Splash

Attached you will find app suggestions for download. If the description starts with "WEBSITE" you will not need to download anything. Please consider downloading these apps or ones of interest to you prior to attending the workshop to save on the district's wifi! If the app is for cost you DO NOT need to download. Thank you for your assistance.

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Website ONLY! Innovative Educator Consulting is hosting a number of Summer Technology Splash summer Professional Development opportunities in WI & MN! View the discussions and shares using different social media streams.

Kahoot!

WEBSITE ONLY---Crafted using a design-led approach, Kahoot! is a web-based mobile and tablet friendly platform. With a simple user experience, it creates a social, fun and game-like environment in the classroom.

ClassDojo

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about ClassDojo on the App Store. Download ClassDojo and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Log in to Padlet

WEBSITE ONLY! Behind this beautiful door lies access to all content and account settings.

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

WEBSITE ONLY! Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content.

VoiceThread

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about VoiceThread on the App Store. Download VoiceThread and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

ThingLink

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about ThingLink on the App Store. Download ThingLink and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Movenote

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Movenote on the App Store. Download Movenote and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Whiteboard

Website Only! A Web Whiteboard is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world.

Plickers

Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your iPhone to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.

Happy teaching!

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Zoo-AR

Zoo-AR

(For Augmented Reality Session) Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Zoo-AR on the App Store. Download Zoo-AR and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

AR Flashcards-Animal Alphabet

(For Augmented Reality Session) Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about AR Flashcards-Animal Alphabet on the App Store. Download AR Flashcards-Animal Alphabet and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

colAR Mix

(For Augmented Reality Session) Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about colAR Mix on the App Store. Download colAR Mix and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Layar - Augmented Reality

(For Augmented Reality Session) Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Layar - Augmented Reality on the App Store. Download Layar - Augmented Reality and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Spacecraft 3D

(For Augmented Reality Session) Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Spacecraft 3D on the App Store. Download Spacecraft 3D and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Heat Pad Lite - Relaxing Heat Sensitive Surface

(Special Education Session Focus) This app is intended for entertainment purposes only and does not provide true heat sensing functionality. It simulates various heat-sensitive surfaces reacting to the heat of your fingertips. Simple, yet surprisingly relaxing and entertaining!

9 kinds of surface available :
- Heat : Regular heat-sensitive surface
- Flame : Fire at your fingertips
- Fantasy : Let the moving patterns hypnotize you...
- Sky : Relaxing clouds at your fingertips
- Metal : Shiny chrome reflections
- Spirit : Bending the Laws of Physics, really hypnotic...
- Rainbow: Psychedelic colors
- Glow: Radioactive glowing surface
- Islands: Create your own archipelago!

For best results move your fingers very slowly as the touchscreen needs time to heat !

Featuring:
- Relaxing background music
- "Pause" mode for easy doodling
- Different inertia settings

Speech Sounds on Cue for iPad (US English)

(Special Education Session Focus)

Model Me Going Places 2

Model Me Going Places™ is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior.

LOCATIONS:
- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

EASY TO USE:
Touch the forward and back buttons to move through the photos one by one. Or simply press the slide show button to advance photos automatically. A home button brings you back to the navigation menu where you may choose your next destination.

ABOUT:
This app is based on the Model Me Going Places™ DVD, part of the Model Me Kids® social skills training series for children and teenagers with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

(Special Education Session Focus)
FEATURES:
The app includes audio narration (English) and descriptive text of each photo.

To learn more, visit www.modelmekids.com
Follow us on Twitter @modelmekids

ChoiceBoard-Creator

(Special Education Session Focus) ChoiceBoard Creator is the updated version of its predecessor ChoiceBoard Maker. It is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.

It is an excellent tool to train and prepare users for more sophisticated communication devices via an easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform. The possibilities are limited by your creativity.

ChoiceBoard Creator retains all the previous features PLUS several new updates. New features with this new version include:

•Large buttons, and black/white contrast to facilitate visual attention
•Box sizes are now adjustable for those who just need to see a little more clearly
•Clean board design to minimize visual distraction
•Space between choice buttons to avoid inadvertent hits
•Customizable to 1,2,3,4 or 6 choices
•Users can download their own pictures
•Users can create blank boxes as distractors to suit users of all levels
•Now users can preset multiple "correct answer" boxes, and download different sound files to each box – a feature that allows users to choose their favorite music with just a tap
•Other than image files, users can now type text into the choice box – use this feature to teach sight words, letter, number recognition
•Versatile application that can be used to create curriculum content to promote cognitive and literacy skills
•Ease of use. Intuitive interface allows user to set up activities in minutes
•Allows users to create multiple pages for each "game" or activity

Examples of choice boards/activities:
•Odd one out (find the image that is different)
•Music player (touch the correct image to play the tune)
•Present vocabulary, sight words, shapes, numbers, or alphabets in array of boxes and ask your child to find the right one.

Social Stories Creator and Library for Preschool, Autism and Special Needs

(Special Education Session Focus) An amazing app for easily creating and sharing educational social stories, visual schedules and beautiful memories.

This is a very valuable tool for any teacher, SLP, OT, direct care staff or parent!

Children with special needs often need more direct instruction of social skills. Teaching social skills to any child may be easier and less stressful when visual supports, like social stories are used. The social stories found in this app explain accurate social information and ensures that your child will know what to expect in different situations.

Features:

• Easily create stories with pictures, recordings and text.
• Share and receive created stories with other users.
• Stories can be made in any language.
• Download pre-made social stories for a variety of skills.
• Create and play stories offline (with no internet connection).
• Easy to use, intuitive format.
• Can be used to make visual schedules or other types of visual prompts.

Social stories are an important type of visual support often used with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or other special need. This social stories found in this app use simple text and descriptive pictures to explain the why and how of different social skills.

Social interactions may be especially difficult for children with an autism spectrum disorder, adhd, or other social delay. Many children, especially those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and other special need, often fail to pick up on social cues, making learning a social skill especially difficult. Social stories may increase awareness and maintenance of social skills.

Social stories were first defined by Carol Gray in 1991 and are commonly used to break down a task or social situation into small and easy to understand steps, often accompanied by descriptive pictures. Social stories are incredibly easy to implement and are used by many professionals for a wide range of behaviors.

See what our reviews are saying about us!

“Wonderful app!! I am able to upload my own photos, record my own voice, and design however the story for my child! I can also upload pre-made stories. Other apps cast $30-50 for the same awesome app! Thank you so much!!” –family games

“This was a great story app for my child” – Kennedml

“This app is great for my nephew who has autism, thank you!” – ImaniZG

“This app is really awesome” – yoursakar

“This app gives an excellent opportunity for a low price” –Sean Quigg

“I love the fact that you can customize this app to target a specific social skill.” – VPEslp25

Tell About This Free

Tell About This is an easy platform to inspire and capture children's thoughts and stories! Respond to interesting photo prompts using voice, craft custom prompts and add profiles to personalize the experience!

Try all features and enjoy a sample prompt in each category in the free version.


WHAT PARENTS SAY:

“They are telling about wild things from their imagination and also love when I add in their own pictures!” -Michelle L., Mom

WHAT EDUCATORS SAY:

"The teachers loved it and so did the kids.. it's so easy for the little ones to use! It prompted them to use complete sentences and dig deeper into their retelling skills."
-Dusty Roden, Instructional Technology Specialist

"Lots of cool options for this app! Creating stories, retelling stories.. even fluency recordings." - Jenna Dixon, 1st Grade Teacher

"Not only do I love this for the purpose of differentiating for my 1st grade students, but it is appealing to use with my 4 year old as well."
- Amanda Cavin, Talented and Gifted Teacher

"Awesome graphics, easy to use, easy to share what you create, accessible for many types of learners. I have a five-year-old who loves this app! He has a lot to say but is not quite at the writing stage yet."
- Erin Sorenson, Mom and 1st Grade Teacher

"Tell About This is very easy to manipulate. Our 4 and 5 year olds loved recording their stories."

- Paul Wagner, Instructional Technology Specialist


**CELEBRATE CHILDREN’S THOUGHTS AND VOICE
Capture and share Tell Abouts in just a few taps

**GETS KIDS THINKING, REMEMBERING AND DESCRIBING
Original open-ended questions are developmentally appropriate

**REAL-WORLD IMAGERY THAT IS CURIOUS AND FUN
Carefully selected by educators, photos in all 13 categories are interesting and appropriate!

**SIMPLE DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Save to the Camera Roll and share kid-created videos by email!

**CREATE YOUR OWN
Use your photos, ideas and voice to spark unique Tell Abouts!

**FLEXIBILITY TO FIT EVERY LEARNER
Turn on or off Voice Prompts, Text Highlighting, and several other features

**WORKS WITH ANY NUMBER OF DEVICES
Author profiles allow schools and families to support shared iPads

**EASY AND ACCESSIBLE
No distractions and parental gating allows kids to focus on the process of Telling

A child’s curiosity and imagination should be easy to capture! What will your kids Tell About?

Visit us at www.TellAboutApp.com

Connect on Twitter: @TellAboutApp

GuidedVideo

(Special Education Session Focus) Create a video of yourself asking a question and use your own photos as the buttons your student taps in response.

Get your student to pay attention to any subject like it is his favorite.

Use your knowledge of what interests your student to create a video providing auditory and visual reinforcement that plays when your student taps the correct button in response to your question.

See demonstration at www.GuidedVideo.com

Designed for Guided Access. No visible navigation controls to distract your student.

FEATURES
...Maximum of 12 possible answers presented for a question
...Number of questions is limited only by device’s available storage
...Answers presented in random order
...All possible answers are always visible during and after the question plays
...Option to repeat a question, depending on the answer
...Questions can be grouped by subject
...Number of subjects is limited only by device’s available storage
...Record a video (for a question or for a post-answer reinforcement) using the device’s camera, or use a video existing on the device’s camera roll
...Take a photo (to label an answer button) using the device’s camera, or use a photo existing on the device’s camera roll

USES
...Academic
...Life skills
...Social stories
...Vocational training

See examples at www.GuidedVideo.com

    • * * * "Useful for Non-Verbal Students. Helps to demonstrate what my students have learned."
    • * * * "Perfect for my child with autism."
GroupMaker

GroupMaker is the best app for quickly creating diverse groups. Organize groups based on gender, performance level, or ethnicity. You can also just randomly mix everyone up into groups of 1-20 depending on your needs.

You can organize students by ethnicity, gender, or misc. The misc category can be used to sort by mastery, partial mastery, or non-mastery of contents, or anything else along those lines. The misc category is intended be flexible and opaque in the event it is seen by students.

GroupMaker is a tool to help teachers organize their classes into diverse heterogenous groups. We'd like to thank Krissie Littman, Julie Wray, and Jonathan Wray for contributing to its development.

Easy-to-Use-Steps
To get started in GroupMaker follow these quick steps:

  1. Tap on New Class to create a class.
  2. Select the Class from the grid.
  3. Tap on Show Settings + in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Member + from the settings view.
  5. Select a Member to change their settings.
  6. Tap Add Groups + from the settings view.
  7. Select a Group to change its settings.

Import Class List
To import a class list:

  1. Create a text file with txt as the extension (i.e. class.txt).
  2. Put each class member in the list last name, first name.
  3. Email class.txt to yourself.
  4. Open the email on iPad and then Hold down on class.txt in the email.
  5. Open the file in GroupMaker.

Features
Here are some key features:

  • Face Detection for fast class member importing from a a single class photo.
  • Attendance Mode: Toggle which class members are present or absent to better manage the groups.
  • Groupings: Create any number of groupings per class.
  • Members: Add any number of members per class.
  • Drag-and-Drop: Drag members between groups.
  • Picker: Easily pick a student or group using the built-in picker tool.
TeacherKit

TeacherKit is a personal organizer for teachers. It enables teachers to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.

"Maclife"
Having a teacher's assistant can be handy, but not every school has the budget for such luxuries.
But why would anyone need a TA when there's TeacherKit (Free, Universal) ??
This app is a teacher's Swiss Army knife, with tools for classroom organization, behavioural monitoring, and grading. The only thing it doesn't do is teach the class for you.

popplet lite

Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime. Quickly and easily!

  • Apple has featured us in "New and Noteworthy", "What's Hot" and "Get Stuff Done"
  • MacWorld gave Popplet 4 stars
  • Fast Company has included us on their website in "Work Smart 2"
  • Great reviews from TUAW and PadGadget

People use Popplet to:

  • Explore Ideas: Brainstorming, Mindmapping
  • Plan Projects: Diagrams, Process Charts
  • Record Thoughts: Journals, Notes, Lists
  • Collect Inspiration: Mood Boards, Scrapbook, Travel Plans
  • Create Galleries: Photo albums, Portfolios, Presentations
  • Study: School Projects, Class Notes

Popplet Lite will be free forever, but is limited to just one popplet. The full version of Popplet (not this version) lets you create an unlimited number of local popplets, which are stored on your iPad. You can also use the full version to create online popplets, which can be shared with and edited by other Popplet users, both on the web at popplet.com and on their iPads.

Unlike similar apps, Popplet includes the following special features:

  • Boundless Boards
  • Pan and Zoom + External VGA Display Support
  • Multi Language Support
  • PDF and JPEG Export

We are committed to continually improving and updating the full version of Popplet and would love to hear what you think. Come visit us at www.popplet.com or email us at support@popplet.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @poppletny!