Apps

Recently, trying to think of how to incorporate web2.0 technology into the lives of students without feeling like it’s always to do with homework or a specific task.

With exams looming on the horizon – I noticed a few apps which were Starbucks pick of the week which could helps students during these next few weeks!

Starbucks pick of the week is free for that week (then usually they go back to their full normal retail price). Due to the app only being free for the week it was a great incentive for students to download the apps that week as opposed to taking their time to downloaded which usually ended up in students not downloading the apps and trying them,

Some of the apps  which the students and myself tasked ourselves to try are outlined as below.


Streaks

It helps you turn the little goals in life into good daily habits. It is a great way for example to get into the habit of practicing a new language for ten minutes each day. I would highly recommend Streaks for anyone who is trying to encourage students to get into the habit of doing ten extra ten minutes of a particular subject which they need work that little bit harder at. 

http://streaksapp.com/

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Pause

Pause has fast become an app that has I been able to use in both in the classroom and outside the classroom. It is a simple, yet very powerful app. It allows you to take a moment to pause, collect your thoughts and start afresh. Furthermore, when teaching meditation this app is a great app for students to download and use at home. Some students have said they feel they are more focused as they are able to take five or ten minutes out in the evening time and meditate. One other great feature about this app if you are pitching it to students is they are following the instructions and light while meditating which will help them to focus if they feel they will not be able to meditate at home. 

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Relax over midterm

It is important to remember during midterm to take a moment to reflect and relax during this time. 

Last week Starbuck app of the week to download was an app called Pause

It is good to take a moment out in your busy day to pause and recollect yourself when teaching as it is a demanding profession at the best of times. However, pausing can give you a second to collect yourself and even a moment of inspiration. 

Free online Irish history class

 

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Earlier this year Trinity launched a free online history class which drew the attention of thousands of people – over seventeen thousand to be exact!

The MOOC is available for anybody with an internet connection and five free hours a week. The course can be taken at the student’s own pace with video, assignment and online discussion with other students and will also offer the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation on completion of the course. Students can also use the hashtag #FLirishlives to interact with other learners. (Ciarán Brady)

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Thousands-expected-to-join-Trinitys-free-online-Irish-history-class.html

New Web 2.0 Tools

Last week I was present for a short presentation on many many web 2.0 tools which I had never heard of before. I’m slowly going through each of the web 2.0 tools which were presented on. Some of them I had already heard of but was not sure of what they did.

I plan on doing an elaborate post on each of the web 2,0 tools but here is a list of what is to come or you want to go ahead and research them yourself before the post!

  1. Narrable (good blog as to what narrable is http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/narrable-classroom-activity-ideas.shtml)
  2. Project 252
  3. The Answer Pad
  4. Xmind
  5. History Hub
  6. National Library of Ireland (website resources are fascinate even if it is not directly a web 2.0 tool)
  7. Storybird
  8. Edmodo
  9. Glogster
  10. Classtools.net
  11. Ted Ed
  12. Morzino
  13. Popplet
  14. Coggle
  15. Podomatic
  16. Audioboom
  17. Facebook
  18. Google classroom
  19. Padlet Backpack
  20. Twitter