During my daily read, I found a wonderful site that gives tons of information about keeping teens, parents, and professionals safe on-line. One video that was extremely informative was the, “Popular App Guide for Parents and Teachers.” It is worth looking at from beginning to end as it is eye-opening.
Off course you can find something unsafe about many social media apps. The Safe Smart Social site attempts to explain to those that aren’t so familiar with social media, the way social media apps can be positive, and how to look out for those innocent appearing apps, that can be used for negative behavior. Below is the video from Safe Smart Social that is definitely worth sharing.
There is a lot of other great information on the Safe Smart Social site. How will you use this information? Are there other comments you could make about these apps. Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Send a nice postcard to someone for the New Year. Try out the android app Birthday Postcards from developer ShinyDev. Description: Lovely postcards, weekly updates – pick from lots of carefully selected birthday pictures, add your text, and send via MMS, e-mail and more, or set as wallpaper. Save your postcards and send them again 🙂 Many of the pictures can be used for other greetings to brighten up someone’s day. Pass along good vibes with this app. Easy to use, just write what you want, and send. This is a free app ! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roces.birthday
This lovely word cloud was made using a tool in the ImageChef library of templates. They call it a word mosaic in their library but what ever you want to call it, you can make some interesting and thought-provoking images with this tool. I like ImageChef because of its flexibility to be used on the iPad, Android tablet and computer. ImageChef is free through iTunes but the app costs $1.99 through Google Play android store. Of course it is free to use on the computer. These images can be saved to you computer, exported to various social media, and printed out to use as a piece of art.
These word clouds can be use to create therapeutic statements or poems. Students can input feelings vocabulary or statements that are thoughtful, the uses are endless. Allow various students to make them, print them out in color and laminate the print to hang on the wall. What a beautiful wall quilt when all placed together. Students love to see their work of expression showcased in your office space. Check out ImageChef, they have much more templates to create with. My students also liked the photo frames when using the iPad. They had a treat laughing at themselves in different frames with captions.
Here are links to other word cloud makers: Wordle this one is often used but not easy to save to the computer. You have to use a screen shot and then paste into the paint tool where you can crop off the unnecessary items on the frame. Tagxedo is a word cloud that uses images as custom shapes, and choose your fonts. You can even have the word cloud used for custom printing. And for the younger students go to ABCYa where they make Word Cloud creations so simple!
Teacher’s Class Behavior Pro – From the Android Market
Record behaviors with a tap of the button! This app is awesome to keep track of behaviors you are documenting or doing and observation on. Its excellent when using the BOSS data collection protocol. Just put in the behaviors you want to monitor and when you see them tap the button and it will be recorded. You can email the data to yourself to keep for your records and to print out. This app doesn’t put the data into a chart, but you can easily find a chart making tool such as chart dog, word, excel or others. You can find this app on the android market for use on your smart phone or android tablet. The cost for the app is $.099 for the Pro version. The free version has preset behaviors that can’t be changed. Currently not on the Ipad.
Everyone is all in an uproar about apps. It seems to be the new buzz word around town, but what is an app, and whats it to you?
Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device.
So whats a widget? Just think of a widget as an icon or symbol that represents the application (app). It’s no different from the icon for Publisher, Word, Excel ect.. Since so many new technology devices have come out recently, that don’t use a mouse or toggle ball, how would you start the application? That’s the magic behind the widget. Its like the doorbell covering over the electricity 🙂
So for those app thirsty people, who just want to explore, here are some starter links for you.
One Small Request: if you find an app that is outstanding, put a comment on my site and tell us about it. What made it fun, exciting, therapeutic, educational or just plain Dynamite!
Love That Android Market
These are good starter lists for you to review and see if some of them will address your needs I can get more specific but for your reading pleasure relax and explore. A lot of apps are mentioned, but have they been tested out, that’s the key. I will review apps that I think are worthwhile here at the “Pad”, but one at a time :0