Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Boardmaker Share


Thank you @Room5Friends for tweeting this website out last night. Boardmaker Share is an amazing tool for teachers who are using Boardmaker in their classroom. You can download activities that have been created by others, or you can upload your Boardmaker activities to share. There is also a social networking aspect to the site, where you can add friend, create groups and network with others.

Create a free account and look around!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Special Education App of the Week - ABA FlashCards Actions


ABA FlashCards (Actions) is an iPhone/iPod app that presents 52 colorful images with action words. There is also an audio component which is useful when seeking vocal imitation from the student.  These flashcards are great for students with emerging language skills. Visual and auditory learners will benefit from these Action flashcards!

The flashcards include: Bathing, Blowing, Bouncing, Brushing, Catching, Clapping, Climbing, Crawling, Crying, Cuddling, Cutting, Dancing, Drawing, Drinking, Eating, Flying, Hugging, Jumping, Kicking, Kissing, Knocking, Laughing, Licking, Listening, Looking, Painting, Peeking, Petting, Playing, Pouring, Reading, Riding, Rolling, Running, Singing, Skipping, Sleeping, Sliding, Smelling, Smiling, Spinning, Splashing, Stacking, Swinging, Tasting, Thinking, Throwing, Tickling, Washing, Waving, Whispering, Winning.

You can download the app here: ABA Flashcards - Actions

Sunday, February 6, 2011

QR Codes....The Next Big Thing in Smartphones

What is a QR Code? QR stands for "quick response" and is a 2 dimensional bar-code created in Japan in 1994.  The creator of the QR Code wanted to allow the contents of the code to be downloaded at a high speed. Basically, you just scan the QR Code with your Smartphone and the embedded information appears on your screen. QR codes can be embedded with text, URL's, and other data. 

One website you can use to generate data is http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ . Enter in the data you want to be embedded in the code, and it will generate a QR Code for you.  Scan this QR Code to take you this website: 

There are many apps that have been created for smartphones for the purpose of scanning QR Codes. I currently use ATT Scanner  (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/at-t-code-scanner/id381292358?mt=8).  Scan this QR Code to take you to the download link for the app:  

Once you have an app on your smartphone, you can scan pictures of QR Codes anywhere! They can be found in magazines, billboards, restaurants and many other places. Best Buy has QR Codes all throughout their store to provide information and pricing on their products. 

The possibilities are limitless!  Scan the code below to get all of my information:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My PortaPortal

I have been working feverishly on my Portaportal. This portaportal is aligned to the state standards and provides numerous websites that would be great to use with an interactive whiteboard in the classroom setting.  I have completed the Reading/Language Arts section and am now working to complete the Math section.  Please feel free to visit and check back often for updates!

AllisonTech Portaportal

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kindle Lending Club

Do you own a kindle? Now you can borrow books from others for free! Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one kindle owner to another. You have 14 days from the time you borrowed the book to finish reading. Once your 14 days is up, the book is automatically returned to the owner.   You can also loan your books if lending is enabled for particular titles.

What a great service to be able to read books for FREE!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Apps for Special Education

I found this list of apps for special education compiled by Eric Sailers. This list is very extensive and has apps sorted into the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Music
  • Song
  • Art
  • Game
  • Accessibility
It's worth spending some time going through these apps! I will go through them in a more in depth manner and post the ones that stand out to me the most! I will try to post an "App of the Week"!

Here is the list of apps:  Click here for the list

Tango - Free Mobile Video Calls

Tango is a free app that you can download to your smartphone to make video calls. The difference between Tango and Facetime (which comes standard on the new iPhone 4) is that you can use Tango over 3G, 4G or wireless, where Facetime can only be used on a wireless connection.

When you download Tango, the app populates the Tango contact list automatically from your existing contacts. Anyone in your contact list that already has Tango installed will show up in your Tango contact list!  If you have a dual camera phone, you can switch cameras and swap screens to show what is going on around you.

Tango is supported on Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch and Android phones.

Let's Tango!

Download Tango HERE!

"A video is worth a thousand pictures, a picture a thousand words. So by our count a video call is worth a million words." ~ The Tango Team

Fill Any PDF

Did you know that you can turn any form on your computer into a PDF and edit it? The website http://www.fillanypdf.com enables you to upload any PDF and type directly onto it. Long gone are the days of having to print out PDF forms and fill them out by hand!  Give it a try!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Downloading/Importing Resource Packs for ActivInspire Software (Promethean Planet)

This screencast walks you through the necessary steps to download and import Resource Packs into ActivInspire for your Promethean ActivBoard.  

(I apologize for the fuzziness of the video. This is my first screencast, and I need to play with my settings when creating my movie file).