Engaging Students and Collaborating with Mobile Devices

Welcome to the resources page for Addy Meira’s presentation at LCU on August 5th, 2014. To learn more about Addy and for contact info click here. Below you will find more details about the apps discussed and links to their websites and videos.

scanlifeScanLife is a free app that allows users to read QR and bar codes. To create a QR code go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com/, paste your URL on the bar, click “generate,” then right click to save the image and add to any document you want it on (and any presentation).  To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

 

remindRemind (formerly known as Remind 101) is a free app for iPhone and iPad that allows instructors to send text messages to students. You don’t need the mobile app to use the Remind services, you can just go to Remind.com. Students subscribe to your class by texting an unique code and later you have the ability to contact them via text message without sharing your personal number nor getting their personal number. The app also allows you to schedule future text messages to be released, which could be a great tool to notify students of important tests or projects. To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

socrative

Socrative is a free student response system app for teachers and students. It allows teachers to create educational exercises, games, and quizzes to engage with students and providing real-time response updates. Socrative runs on smartphones, tablets, as well as laptops and students are not required to create accounts, they just join a classroom with a code. This application also provides online reports for teachers in Google Sheets or Excel formats. For a database of activities that you can use with Socrative click HERE. To download this app for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android click HERE.

showme

Show Me app allows you to create lessons in an interactive whiteboard through your iPad. Also, it allows you to share your creations with the Show Me community as well as with social networks, email, or embed them into other websites. To download this app for iOS click HERE. For a more robust paid app with similar capabilities and more look at the Explain Everything app.

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google_driveGoogle Drive is a an app from Google that allows users to store, access, create, and collaborate on files stored in the cloud. Google Drive users have up to 15GB of free storage space. To login just use your Google account information (gmail email address and password) and from there you can create, edit, or access files on the go. You can also access these files and collaborate from a desktop browser by going to drive.google.com. Click HERE for iOS download | click HERE for android download.

aurasmaAurasma is a free and simple augmented reality app that allows you to virtually add multimedia files to real world images and later access them via the app/camera on your mobile device. Creating an aura is easy and simple and when students access them you will blow them away. Click HERE for iOS download | click HERE for android download. If you would like to create more elaborate auras you may request HERE an account to use the Aurasma Studio at studio.aurasma.com.

App of the Week – Wattpad

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 12.39.24 PMThe app of the week is Wattpad. Wattpad is a free service that allows users to be part of a community where they can post poems, articles, stories while also commenting and joining community groups form the topics they are interested in. It is a great publishing tool for students as well as a way for them to read other students’ and other people’s written works. To download it for FREE for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android for FREE click HERE. To learn more about this app, watch the video below. If you have used this app in your life or in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas Wesleyan folks!

2014 Fall Book Club

This Fall, join the CETL for a fun weekly reading and group discussion of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas. Meetings will be held bi-weekly at the CETL office or other physical locations as well as virtually via Google Hangout. Participants will receive a copy of the book and are invited to share their thoughts online through the CETL blog and other social platforms. Full schedule to be posted soon. To sign up please fill out the form below:

Book Club Sign-Up

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Previous Book Clubs

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Summer 2013

App of the Week – Evernote

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.50.49 PMThe app of the week this week is Evernote. It is an excellent free app that helps you stay organize and allows you to save your ideas between all your devices. You can create notes, set reminders, to-do lists. More importantly, it syncs with a lot of other apps such as the previously featured Skitch, Swipes, Squarespace Note, Scanner Pro, and others. To download it for FREE for iOS click HERE. To download it for Android for FREE click HERE. To learn more about this app, watch the video below. If you have used this app in your life or in your classroom please let us know by commenting on this post! We would love to learn about your personal experiences and we would love to share them with other Texas Wesleyan folks!

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University (CETL) promotes a student-centered university by providing resources and professional growth opportunities to faculty on enhancing instructional practice, integrating technology, and promoting essential student skills.

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