meta name="p:domain_verify" content="ba6c53820c8bba96ab73b23 A Chick with 'App'titude!: June 2013
Welcome to my 'app' site! It is powered by Pam McGhee. I am a crazy chick who loves any type of technology...from iPads, Kindles to Android devices and in-between! Here I will list tips, tricks and ideas on how to use all this information in your classroom!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

QR Codes

QR codes are becoming increasingly popular in the classroom.

For an easily adaptable lesson to any subject matter, visit this site: Learning With iPads.

Use this with World Geography to study a specific country or countries, English to study poetry or specific authors, or even Foreign Language class to find translations or cultural information.

Don't overlook the power of QR Codes!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

50 Really Useful iPad Tips and Tricks

I have not had a chance to really dig into this website, but so far everything I have read about the various tips and tricks with an iPad has been very useful!

I also notice a link on the site for 80 Free iPad Apps for 2013 and 70 Best Top iPad Games for 2013!

Be sure to visit this one for some great ideas!

Free iPad Webinars

A great site that occasionally features free iPad and app webinars is Simple K 12.

Of course, they would like for you to pay a subscription fee to be able to access all of their other content, but if you sign up to get on their email list, you will receive notifications of several free webinars.

You can also search their site to see what else is free.

Webinars for specific activities

I have been watching some pre-recorded webinars by Kathy Schrock. She is so good at showing you examples of how to incorporate specific apps into Bloom's Taxonomy and then using them in the classroom.

Be sure to check out her website here and also her updated Taxonomy Wheel that I included in an earlier post here.

Once on her website, scroll down until you see:


She has some great ideas!!

Apps...apps everywhere!

I am constantly amazed by the number of apps that are available and how they can be adapted for the classroom! Just doing a general browse the other day on the Internet, I ran across this: 20 Amazing iPad apps for Educators.

This also has some excellent tips:  K-12 News, Lessons & Shared ResourcesBy Teachers, For Teachers.

Transportation, copyright, iBooks and more

What a great idea for a transportation unit for Kindergarten students:

This site is filled with ideas for using technology in the classroom and also pulling in iPads and various apps:

You can also subscribe to receive ideas and updates by email.

I have an what?

I found a great site for step-by-step information when you are just starting out trying to incorporate iPads and apps into your classroom.

What do you do if you only have one iPad? How can you use it with a classroom of kids?

What can you do if you have a room full of kids and you are actually lucky enough to have a class set of iPads.

What are some great teacher apps? ...student apps?

What are some basic tips for the iPad?

This site has some great information that can help answer all those questions...from teacher apps, student apps, iPad 101 and more!

Be sure to visit IPAD 4 SCHOOLS.

Pinterest and Education...especially using apps and iPads

Are you a Pinterest aficionado? I admit...I am completely addicted. I have lost track of how many boards I have and how many people I am following!

If you want to find out what Pinterest has for apps and iPads, be sure to follow this user:

These two ladies really have some great ideas!

I have added several iPad apps and how to use them in the classroom to my board: Awesome Apps.

I have a few more ideas in this board: Educate.

If you have not discovered all the great tips for education, technology and classroom ideas, check it out soon!!!!

Coleman Technology Institutue

Connie and I had such a great time at the Coleman Technology Institute last week! A big thank you to everyone who helped with 2 great days of learning. The food was great, technology assistance was awesome and everyone was so helpful!

We are off to the ISTE Conference in San Antonio on Friday for 6 days of technology sharing around the world!

Once we are back, watch our site for apps and information we shared during the Coleman Technology Institute. We will also add anything new we came across while attending ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)!

If you have any questions or think that we forgot to include information that you need, please let us know!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

QR Codes in the Classroom

There are so many things that you can do with QR Codes.

One suggestion is to have your students write a short book review (teaching summarizing) and then post the reviews on your website. Or perhaps, you can talk the librarian into posting them on her library website. The QR codes can be posted throughout the school and you can also attach the QR codes to the book in the library.

Another suggestion is to do a scavenger hunt around the school. Maybe your students have a spelling list, are going on a trip (geography), or some other type of activity.

For a great step-by-step guide to completing a QR Code activity, click here. For more great information using an iPad, go to iPad4Schools.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

iPad Fluency

Have been reading through a great blog by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano!

Her premise is that we need to help our students develop iPad fluency. "Using iPads in the classroom with your students is more than choosing and letting them use apps."

Visit Langwitches Blog to read in detail how we can help our students reach this goal!

Coleman Technology Institute

If you have not signed up for this technology training, I encourage you to do that...and not just because Connie and I are among the presenters! LOL!

It looks like 2 great days of training and fun!

June 11 and June 12, 2012 in Coleman, TX.

Some of the sessions include:
          Google SketchUp for Education and Fun
          Twitter in the Classroom
          Making the Internet Word for You
          Microblogging with Edmodo

and, of course
         iPad Apps and What to do with Them by "Chicks with 'App'titude!

Sign up by visiting the Region 15 Education Service Center Site and clicking on "Professional Development." The session number is 021054.

What to post....where do I post it?

OK, so now we know that all these web 2.0 tools are great! ...and apps...well they are just plain fun. But...and it is a big do we use them in the classroom and with our students? Here is a link to a chart that might help you answer that question.

Check out this link for great information on using iPads and other technology with your students.