If it seems like I am on an iPad app kick recently you’re right. I can’t help it! Today we have a cool FREE app called Phrasal Verbs Machine. This iPad app seems to be well suited for ELL learners. Phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning and this app helps to differentiate them using animated videos and example sentences translated into several different languages. Once a student thinks they have a handle on how some of these verbs are used they can try their hand at some of the built in exercises to test their knowledge.
This is a neat little app. There aren’t a whole lot of fancy bells and whistles but it does what it is supposed to do well. What more could you want from something that’s free. If you teach ELL learners and you have access to an iPad you should defiantly give it a whirl. Do it now! (Arnold Schwarzenegger voice)
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Podcasting is one of the topics I get asked about a lot by teachers. My typical response has been to use something like Audacity on a computer with a microphone to record audio and then post the file as an mp3 somewhere on the web. The process works but there are a lot of moving parts that can make it a cumbersome task.
Spreaker.com and its corresponding Spreaker DJ app have made podcasting a lot simpler. The entire process of recording and posting a podcast can now be done from within a single iPad app for free. The app interface resembles a simplified professional sound board with controls for two different audio tracks and a bank of sound effects to help bring your podcast to life. There are two ways of using the Spreaker DJ app. Audio podcasts can be recorded and then posted online or you can choose to broadcast live over the internet like a real radio station. Once you post a podcast others will be able to listen to it by going to Spreaker.com or by following a generated link that you can post or email.
In order to post your recorded podcasts you will be asked to sign up for a Spreaker.com account. This can be done easily from within the app. There are a few account levels but the free account gives us more than enough features to make us happy. The standard free Spreaker account will let you store up to 10 hours of recorded podcasts. Spreaker.com also hosts a web version of the recording studio interface so you can record a podcast directly from the computer if iPads are not an option.
Click HERE to listen to my test podcast.
If you are interested in flipping your classroom or you want to do some podcasting as a student project this is defiantly one of those things you need to try.
Flush your ice cubes! Put a spoon under your pillow and wear your pajamas backwards! The snow day calculator is here! This website claims to be able to predict a snow day based on mathematical and meteorological calculations. Give it a shot and see for yourself.
Click HERE to go to the calculator.
It’s been a while since I last posted something here. I have been busy. Here is one of the many thing I have been working on. The video clip below was put together using interviews I did at one of the middle schools in my district. It illustrates the way technology is changing the face of education for good or bad. Technology is changing the way students learn and it’s up to us as educators to adapt.
I just finished this video about a teacher in my district who is doing some interesting things with iPads in his band class. Check it out!
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