12 Days of App-mas: CK-12 Study Now

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

App: CK-12 studyNow Download from the App Store
Cost: Free
Description: studyNow is an intuitive app designed by CK-12 Foundation that helps students learn, do homework, and research for projects . The app helps students find and learn K-12 content in an easy and intuitive manner. Students can now learn at their own pace and in their own way (Video, Interactive Objects, Read, etc.). Teachers can use this app to help keep their kids engaged within the class room and find supplemental material for their class. The app can also be used as a companion tool to the CK-12 site (www.ck12.org). 

Tech Tuesday – 10/29/13 – Socrative

We have been using an app in our Digital Literacy class called Socrative. It’s a simple to use student response system that works with any web enabled device. So, you don’t need an app in order to take advantage of Socrative. You can simply have your students go to Socrative.com on any computer, smartphone or tablet and you are in business. Socrative will also email you a spreadsheet of the responses when you are done with a specific activity. Best of all, it’s completely free to use.

Here is a short overview video that will show you how Socrative works.

As always, please let me know if you have  any questions or suggestions.

A Digital Tex Book Solution

I had the good fortune to attend and present at this years NSTA Conference in San Antonio, Texas. As I was walked through the gigantic vendor expo, I saw a small booth that was out of the way from the other big vendors exhibits. I recognized the company name from an Apple workshop I attended. It was CK.12.org. This organization has been working to put out quality FREE digital text books and now they have an iPad app. You can even modify the books to meet your specific needs. All you need to do is create an account and start playing.