Monday, May 28, 2012

HippoRemote - The first is an iPod/iPad app that works with your Mac (or PC) and allows you to use your iPod as a remote mouse, keyboard, remote control & gamepad.  The "lite" version is free, so you can try it out and purchase it later if you find it useful.  Personally, I like this app.  It can be used with a projector/interactive whiteboard from a distance, which is great if you want to offer support to students without "getting in the way".  I have only used it as a mouse and keyboard, but I'm VERY interested in trying out all of the features.  However, it does seem a bit "sluggish".  More testing is necessary.

Socrative -A clicker/response system that allows students/audiences to respond to questions in real-time. It can be used on any device with a web browser (tablet, smartphone, laptop, iPod, iPad, etc.).  Teachers login to their account, or go to and students go to .  Provide students with the virtual room # xxxx, in order to participate.  The room will be different every time, so there's no need to memorize it.  The teacher asks a question aloud, and chooses how the students may answer (true/false, multiple choice, short answer, quick quiz, etc.) or can create a quiz beforehand.  Student results are visible on the teacher's screen or sent in an email.  I tested this out twice, once as a student (answering questions for another teacher), and once I asked questions to a student aloud.  I also had them complete a pre-made "quick quiz", as well as a short quiz that I created for them.  The results can be emailed, or downloaded.  A VERY useful way to gauge student learning in an engaging environment!

Edmodo - This is a Facebook-type Social Networking site, but it's specifically for use in Education.  I know of schools that have successfully implemented this, and students use it regularly.  I have recently signed up my homeroom class, and am planning on using it for communication purposes.  My plan is to expand it for use by all classes by Christmas.

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