Meshing Apps

My mentor, Rola Tibshirani and I have been video chatting regularly and I have yet to create a blog post about what I have done with her and her class.. so here we go! Her students have been teaching me about a few of the different apps that they use within their classroom to foster their learning, so I decided to download 3 of them to try on my own. I’m so glad they were able to assist me in understanding how they work and how to use them in the classroom because I would have been so lost without their help! I will briefly explain each of the apps I used to get my end result, just to give you an idea of the different ways you can use them in your own classroom one day!

1. Pic Collage – This is an app that allows students to create a picture collage of what they are learning, the process they went through to get to the end result, or for any other way they want to use this app to show their learning. I was unable to download Pic Collage with my mac, so instead I used Fotor, which is just another picture collage application.

2. Skitch – With this app, students can choose a picture, or the collage they made and use writing, arrows, highlighting, boxes, etc. to reflect on their learning process. This app would be great to use for reading assessment where the students could highlight certain words or phrases and talk about them, or arrows on a new word they learned, etc. There are endless possibilities!

3. Audioboo – Students can use pictures of their choice, record their voice and talk about what they did or what they have learned. This would be a tool you could use for assessing the fluency of a second language such as French. Students can take a picture of the words they are reading and the teacher can see where they are at in regards to speaking orally. This is one way Rola uses it in her classroom, but again, possibilities are endless, and it makes assessing a lot more fun for everyone.

The great thing about each of these apps is how incredibly easy they are to use! If I can figure them out, anyone can! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Meshing Apps

  1. Looks like you got some really great ideas from your mentor. I really like the idea of Audioboo. You have suggested it being appropriate for assessing the fluency of a second language which is a great idea. I think it could also be used to triangulate assessment – giving students the opportunity to communicate their learning orally rather than always having to write. Furthermore, allowing the students to record the audio would alleviate some of the pressure that might be associated with face to face interactions which might be a more typical method of assessing a student orally.
    What is the availability of technology in your mentor’s classroom? Sounds like they have quite a bit of access to technology.
    Linds

    • Hi Lindsay,
      Ya she uses technology in her classroom on a daily basis. One thing that I love is that she doesn’t give her students homework, instead they have to reflect on their daily learning on their Eportfolios. She always says that without reflecting, there is no actual learning, which I think is so true! The students have their own personal blog where they use different apps to showcase their learning, and they also comment on each other’s blogs just like we do! But yea, using technology in the classroom is a lot easier when you have the access, and in her case, she definitely does! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Those sound like some great apps to try! Having access to technology on a daily basis, in a classroom, would be great! It would allow us to experiment with different apps and incorporate them into various areas of our classes- for example to use for assessment purposes.

  3. Wow thanks for posting these awesome resources! I have heard of Skitch and a lot of people I know like it, and some people I know find other apps easier to use. What one did you like the best and found the most user friendly?

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