I have explored many apps during my learning leader year. One of my favourites is haiku deck. I love this one due to the simplistic nature of it. It makes it easy for my grade 2s and 3s to use with minimal assistance. It is a powerful tool for them to reflect on their learning as well as to teach others a topic. I have also enjoyed zite. There have been some excellent articles to read on zite to do with education and technology. Through the use of zite, I have felt more comfortable with tweeting out articles which has helped me to be less of a lurker.
An aha moment for me was when I was using evernote. This helped when I went to visit another school. It helped me to take pictures as well as to add notes. I was able to keep track of everything that I saw while on this visit. It makes so much sense and it was so easy to do. I also enjoyed the simple fact of google drive on the ipad. It makes making and sharing documents so much easier and it’s right at your fingertips.
Bob and I did a presentation on our PD Day on May 10. We presented haiku deck to the staff and it went really well. The staff were engaged as they were able to make their own by creating 3 slides and could really see the benefit of using this app in the classroom. We also presented the value of twitter. We watched a video and had each person send a tweet on what they thought of our video to our new SPC hashtag (#spc70) which is newly created by Bob. Even staff that are tech savy and enjoy twitter enjoyed this. It went very well and it was great to show staff who were not familiar with this technology how it can be valued and how it does not take a great deal of time to do so. Bob showed me how to use storify (another aha moment, would be great for presentations) and here is the storify of what our staff did while watching the video.
I will continue to explore the twitter world and hope to learn even more.