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APP REVIEW Apps for PRIMARY students Popplet

A great tool that students can use via their iPad or tablet (or via the internet on a laptop/PC) is Popplet. Popplet is an organisational tool that can be used to brainstorm and organise ideas. This is commonly used in classrooms to develop literacy skills, metalanguage and can act as a thesaurus. Popplet can be used in both the classroom and at home while completing homework to assist students to learn their spelling words. Popplet is also great for school assignments as it allows students to insert images and provide brief explanations about topics and concepts. Popplet can be downloaded at Play Store and itunes for free.

Maths Practice Flash Cards

Studying Math or practicing it is not easy for some children. And for those that do excel at Math, it can become dry and boring. Maths Practice Flash Cards is a great app to change the method of learning for students. It is highly visual and contains a large amount of questions that students can practice. The variety of the questions in this app are endless. It acts as a flashcard and turns learning basic equations into a game of fun and speed. Maths Practice Flash Cards can be used by students individually or in a small group setting. Maths Practice Flash Cards can be downloaded at Play Store and itunes for free.

Apps for SECONDARY students iMovie

Students are becoming more aware of multimedia and multimedia Softwares and a great tool to use when completing any assessment task is iMovie. Although many students use this app to record and edit personal videos that they make of themselves for YouTube, iMovie can be used to illustrate a student’s understanding of topics and concepts learned in class. It can also be used to support class speeches and to explain systematic processes. This is truly a fantastic app that can turn a basic idea into a true masterpiece. iMovie can be downloaded at itunes for $4.99.

School Timetable Deluxe As more and more students own a smart phone, a logical app for them to download is a timetabling app that helps that get to and from class on time when they are at school. School Timetable Deluxe allows students to program their timetable into their phones or BYOD’s. It can be configured for school timetables that are based /on 1 or 2 weeks. School Timetable Deluxe also allows students to enter in their homework details and make notes of tasks that they must complete outside of school hours. School Timetable Deluxe can be downloaded at Play Store and itunes for free.

ave you tried to assist your children in understanding their assignments and wonder what some of the jargon means? Here is a list of terms that will help you decipher them when helping your child: App: Application. A tool that can be downloaded on most technological devices Blog: A website that contains the thoughts and expressions of a particular individual. In a classroom setting a Blog is a steam of basic communication between students and their teacher. BYOD: Bring Your Own Device. Many schools are using this strategy. Students are to purchase their own technological device to use in the classroom. BYOD range from smart phones (iPhones and Android Phones) to iPads and Tablets. ICT: Information, Communication and Technology. Commonly used in Primary school IST: Information, Software and Technology. Commonly used in Secondary school Peripherals: Anything that is OUTSIDE the computer that is necessary to make your experience with the computer more efficient and effective (eg, mouse, keyboard, printer etc) URL: Uniform Resource Locator. Also known as a Web Address. A URL contains the location of a resource on the Internet. A URL specifies the address of the computer where the resource is located, which may be the homepage of a website USB: Universal Serial Bus. It is the connection that connects your device to external peripherals USB Stick: An external hard drive that allows one to store information and transfer it Vlog: Video blog. Rather than students type their feelings or expressions, they use their webcameras to record themselves discussing their experiences. This is increasingly popular courtesy of Reality TV

Noelene Callaghan

Noelene Callaghan is an ICT Teacher at Rooty Hill High School and a Councillor of The Teachers Guild of NSW. The Australian Education Times

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The Australian Education Times - November, 2013