Back-to-School App Roundup for Teachers

 Well the start of school is upon us, and your social media accounts are undoubtedly  being flooded with adorable, toothless back to school photos from all the proud mamas and papas out there.  Teachers, however, are also gearing up to kick off the new school year.  This week they will be meeting the newest heard of young people entrusted to their care.  As such, I put together a great list of some of my favourite digital tools out there that make a teacher’s life a touch easier.  You can head over to my article posted at the Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education where you will find my write up accompanied by videos on each of the apps.  Below you will also find a copy of my commentary on the merits of each tool. Happy back to school, and an even happier school-year!

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Classroom Organization: Google Classroom

google-classroomYesterday, Google launched Classroom as an app, which is currently available for both Android and iOS. With the mobile app extension of Classroom, students are now able to take and upload photos and share, integrate and streamline content from other apps.  For example, teachers and students alike could integrate class notes from  Evernote or scanned documents from Genius Scan into their Classroom Framework. In addition, the new app edition now offers archiving so you are able save the content from old classes and offline caching allowing students’ access to the content even when they aren’t connected to the internet.  These two features hold huge merit for authentic tech integration into a real life learning environments since today’s schools and learners still don’t have ubiquitous access to the internet.  So basically in short, once again Google absolutely nails it.

In celebration of this development I have another article up on the Yellin Center Blog which highlights the efficacy of the entire Google Classroom for managing a paperless, 21st century learning environment. You can find the article here.

Freebie Friday: Classroom Supply Labels

In light of The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store being up and running I figured I should start a recurring theme to highlight some of the free resources available. As you remember our store is still a work in progress but I have played around with some of the pricing resulting in even more free materials.  My main motivation behind the store is to help ease my colleges planning, so please go explore.  I am loving watching all my resources be downloaded.   You have no idea how much my heart leaps knowing that exceptional educators all over the place are downloading and using MY curricular design. I seriously am so over the top excited about it all.

CaptureAs for this week, the free resource is a simple classroom management tool to help organize the learning environment. It is a series of beautiful and minimal supply labels for teachers to use to decorate and label the supplies in their classroom.  Each label is 4 inches by four inches and can be cut out by hand or with a 4 inch die cut.  It is up to the educator but I always laminate my labels to help them withstand the wear and tear of little hands.  Outside the classroom, these labels could also be used by the extra organized mama who wants to keep an orderly, curated home learning space. Enjoy, share and don’t hesitate to send pictures of how you use the materials. I love seeing my work in real time.

As always, giving credit where credit is due, the awesome wreath graphic from the exceptionally talented people behind Angie Makes