Apps in the Classroom – Pic Collage

Pic Collage (Free, but beware in-app microtransactions for “Sticker Packs”) is one of those apps that most students have already heard of, already use, and already love. However, many teachers either don't know about it or don't realize how it can be used in the classroom.

Let's take a look.

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Cloud Storage Tutorial for Teachers and Students

I have already done a detailed post on advanced Dropbox tips for teachers, but I also wanted to do a more general post about cloud storage, give you some options, link you to some important apps, and explain why cloud storage is so important for students and teachers.

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Apps Outside the Classroom – Flickr Studio (and an Alternate Use for AppleTV)

Our school found itself with an extra HDTV and an AppleTV, so we came up with a very clever use for them. Along the way, we discovered a useful new app that lets us create a really cool tech-centered visual for all new parents and families walking into the school.

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Apps in the Classroom – Photo Editing With Skitch

Today's app has two great uses: (1) I use it extensively for preparing photos for these blog posts and (2) students can use it for art, photo, and video projects in just about any subject area.

And as an added bonus, Skitch ($Free) is part of the Evernote family of apps, so it syncs online and across devices via your free Evernote account.

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Apps Outside the Classroom – Transferring Media Between Devices

Easy Media Transfer: my preferred option.

My students make a lot of media projects. I am always having them use their iPad to interview their grandparents, film commercials about the importance of recycling, act out scenes from books they've read, create photo stories, create their own iBooks, and much more. All of these projects require photos and videos and sometimes the file sizes can become extremely large.

If students are working together in a group and need to collaborate and share pictures or video clips in order to make their final project, they are sometimes unable to transfer the media by using email or iMessage (due to file size or video length restrictions). Another problem is how to get these final projects onto a computer since we block the students from syncing their school iPads with their personal iTunes.

The fast and easy solution is to use one of several cheap media transfer apps available in the AppStore. I'll give you a rundown of how these apps work (they are all identical) and then give you AppStore links to 3 of them so you can pick whichever you want or keep an eye out for a sale or freebie.

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