Why do I even both having a preconceived notion about what these “Things” are going to include? I am ALWAYS happily wrong!
In my middle school we currently have 2 30 iPad carts and 1 15 iPad cart. We will have another cart of 30 soon. That’s 105 iPads in a building of 215 students! I am one lucky Library Media Specialist. We have a number of apps that we use frequently and are very happy with so, I admit, I didn’t think I was going to take much away from this “thing”. In the end I came away with A LOT!
Extra Cool Things I learned/used/did:
1. NoodleTools companion was just announced yesterday. It’s an app that can be used to scan an ISBN and have a citation automatically created to be added to your NoodleTools project. When I first logged in it asked to create a passcode. I’m not sure why since they still asked for my username and password after logging off and logging back on. This is a feature I will have students disable. Scanning of books worked really well and students can add annotations right from the iPad making it very useful. I will be adding this app to my long list of requests.
2. With limited time in my schedule right now I am starting a great list of things I want to do over the summer. #1 on that list is create a “Library in Pocket” utilizing my schools databases to be added to our iPads as well as create the images and QR codes for students to create the library on their own devices. I never even thought about the fact that perhaps our databases had apps! Many of them do! Here is my preliminary library in pocket. I already have a list of other things to add.
Side note: A wrote this an hour ago…I’ve been lost in the Van Meter Library Voice blog by Shannon McClintock Miller ever since. What a fabulous resource! My Personal Learning Network grows again.
3. In a few weeks I will be creating timelines with 8th Graders depicting the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and current events at that time. We will be using Meograph this year but there are a few things we don’t love about it. I will revisit this list of 15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and Timeline Apps after we have been through the project once and determine if Meograph meets our needs.
4. I will be printing and posting images from Kathy Shrock’s Bloomin’ Apps and the Padagogy Wheel to post near my desk where I do my pre-lesson planning and brainstorming. Both are great visual depictions of what we are trying to guide our students to do and will be great reminders. The advantage of a quick tool when you need one also helps of course 🙂