Friday, February 7, 2014

Five Tech Things on a Friday v.10

Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  I spent most of January busy with Lesson Study, reading, or hiding from the crazy cold and snow.  I need to get back into the blogging habit!  Here are my Five Tech Things on a Friday for this week...
  • One of the things I love most about instructional technology is that there are so many wonderful tools to support teachers in their professional development.  Personally, I love being able to carry my PD around in my pocket, access it when I have time, and know that I can find exactly what I need. Check out EdReach's Top Apps for Professional Development to get started.
  • I stumbled across this list of 30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers while I was on twitter the other day.  There are some wonderful app here, not only for music teachers, but for classroom teachers as well.  Personally, I'm a big fan of Soundrop -- a free app that uses lines to create music.
  • February 5th was Digital Learning Day, and Edutopia put together a ton of instructional technology resources for teachers.  One of my favorite resources was the Technology Integration Research Review.  There is so much out there on instructional technology that it can be overwhelming trying to find quality research and content.  I think this resource pulls much of the research together nicely.
  • Another great resource from Edutopia is the Social Media in Education Resource Roundup.  I think social media can be an extremely powerful tool for teachers and students, but there are a lot of things to consider before diving in.  Check out these resources, and let me know if you are thinking about starting social media use in your classroom.  I'd love to chat!
  • Finally, here's a video from the Tech2Learn series with elementary students using technology to create tutorials, share personal narratives, and even share poetry:

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