Speed Geeking 2013: Enjoy the great apps and web tools presented by this year’s NAGC Speed Geekers!
Speed Geek: Brian Housand
Diy.org - Get skills. Be awesome.
DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.
The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it’s free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids, families and educators already have! Kids can join our website or download the DIY app to get started. If you’re an adult, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.
60in60.org - The best of the education tech world! Find presentations that Brian has shared around the world and back. Great tools to use for productivity, creativity, and more.
Speed Geek: Janine Firminder
Nearpod.com – Bring the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves. Teachers can see all student activity in real-time, check attendance and identify students who log out from Nearpod – See more at: http://www.nearpod.com/how-it-works/#video39006989
Allows you to “push out” what is on your device to the classroom.
Speed Geek: Laila Sanguras
Newsela.com - News site linked to anchor strands from the Common Core. Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly. Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. It’s easy and amazing. Register now or learn more about the impact Newsela can have on your classroom
TweetDeck - Keep up with your Twitter feeds all in one place!
Two Guys and Some iPads
These tech gurus (Brad and Drew) have a wealth of information and tutorials for teachers on how to integrate technology in the classroom.
Augmented Reality (AR) is the next big thing coming to education. These apps and tools will help your students understand AR and add excitement and a new twist to the learning environment
Aurasma - Augmented reality – app and website
colAR App - “Color in the book pages and then see them come to life as they pop out of the page as 3D models on your mobile.”
Piikea Street – a fun activity using VR to create animal masks you can wear electronically!
Visual Poetry - Word Collage App – Make beautiful text collages. Pictures with contrast. iTunes $1.99
Intellidrops – Improve STEM Comprehension. Intellidrops can help families meet each of the recommendations. Intellidrops includes STEM concepts for almost all grades including elementary. STEM concepts are integrated into ‘drops’ illuminating them in the real world, which helps students find relevancy and develop understanding in these critical areas. It is difficult for educators to find enough time in a school day to “cover” all of the required curriculum. Intellidrops is a tool parents can use to engage students in STEM concepts after school hours in a way that students will find engaging and meaningful. When brought to life in the real world, STEM concepts generate excitement in students’ minds and increase their motivation to learn.
WordFoto ”You’ve probably heard the tired cliche about a picture being worth a thousand words. We’ve taken this phrase quite literally and created WordFoto, an app that turns your photos and words into amazing typographic works of art.”
“TypeDrawing is super easy and perfect for creating typography art and even unique watermarks on your photos. Type a sentence, then just draw with your finger. Voila! You’ve now got a one of a kind, totally unique and amazing typographic work of art. If you love typography, or even if you don’t know what that means, you can easily create poetic visual art with this fun and easy-to-use app.”
Speed Geek: Melissae Stiles
Kerbal Space Program
A simulation that will enable students to experience building and launching rockets. About $27.00.
Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center
The Cosmosphere is one of Kansas’ best kept secrets. It features a wonderful space museum associated with the Smithsonian, and summer camps that focus on astronomy and space for kids of all ages. A lot of teacher related workshops as well can be found in Hutchinson, KS.
Speed Geek: Lisa Van Gemert
PhotoFunia ”is the best way to add a spark to your photos, make them special and more original. In only a few seconds an amazing photo collage is ready, absolutely free. PhotoFunia is so straight forward to use, that anyone, at any age, can use it with ease.
Would you like to see your picture on the cover of a magazine or on advertising billboards of Times Square? How amazing will it be to see your portrait on the walls of Louvre or Hermitage museums? Want to try out an astronaut or a Santa suit? Or you prefer something more exotic, just like a dancer at the Rio’s carnival? Excited to find out how good you look with a witch’s hat or a queen’s crown on? Perhaps you’re just looking for a nice frame for your photos on a special occasion?
Make your own mark on the sand or write graffiti text on the wall, carve your name on the ground or create your very own road sign using our fantastic text effects.
To add a touch of shade to your photo, make it black & white or age it visit Filters category.”
PicMonkey: The Free Online Photo Editor ”What is PicMonkey? Is it house-trained? Can it make my photos better? Awesomeness, maybe, and most definitely! PicMonkey is a free online photo editor that takes your images from good to glorious with a heaping load of fun. It’s photo editing for people who have a ton of creativity but no time for learning software. Whether you want to touch up a profile pic, try a new effect, or use our collage maker, we’ve got the photo editing features for you. So what’re you waiting for: edit a photo now!”
“Need a new project for fall photos? Try Collage!
If you’ve ever wondered what a collage maker can do for your photos, you’re in for a real treat with PicMonkey Collage. A photo collage is a great way to save memories from a day with friends or a fabulous vacation, enliven your Facebook cover image, or show sequential images for a how-to or information graphic. Click “Create a collage” on the home page and see how easily our flexible layouts can set you on the road to Beautiful in no time.”
Use this web site to locate the hex codes for html colors. Slide around until you find the perfect color and grab your code!
morgueFile: Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they’re all completely free. whether you’re an illustrator, art director, instructor or looking to add a defining visual to a presentation.
Free Range Stock Photos: Another great resource when looking for photos to use in projects.
Speed Geek: Debbie Hazelton, E-Gifted
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Codecademy ”is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.
Education is old. The current public school system in the US dates back to the 19th century and wasn’t designed to scale the way it has. Lots of companies are working to “disrupt” education by changing the way things work in the classroom and by bringing the classroom online.
We’re not one of those companies. We are rethinking education from the bottom up. The web has rethought nearly everything – commerce, social networking, healthcare, and more. We are building the education the world needs – the first truly net native education. We take more cues from Facebook and Zynga in creating an engaging educational experience than we do from the classroom.
We do not want to open up universities. We want to open up knowledge. Everyone knows something they can teach someone else and we want to help them do it. Our community has created tens of thousands of courses and taken millions of courses. At this point, more than a billion lines of code have been submitted to Codecademy.”
Speed Geek: Cindy Sheets
Readability Use this browser app to turn a busy page into one that is much easier to read. The text is enlarged, and all of the ads and extraneous material is removed from the page. Links and important photos remain. Sometimes you can even print in this format. Great for your elementary students (and old eyes.)
Apps Gone Free
This handy app alerts you daily to a number of apps that are free for a limited time. This is a great way to explore some games or activities that you might not want to pay for. And if you like them, they’re yours for free! Just don’t get too carried away – I have to limit myself!
Interlocked Wrap your mind around the next intensive puzzle game – Interlocked! A 3D puzzle game with a chilling atmosphere. You know those puzzles consisting of a few wooden blocks that are impossible take apart? Then you know Interlocked. Each level, you’re given a unique 3D puzzle consisting of blocks that hold each other together. Take it apart and you’ll feel ten times as smart.
Swippe A visual math game. The answer is provided; your job is to make a path including numbers and symbols to add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Sometimes two digits are needed, but often the path is not clear. Great thinking game to practice arithmetic thinking. Available on iTunes.
There are a variety of great apps now available to create stop motion animation on your iPad or iPhone, ranging in price from $9.99 to free. iStopMotion is $9.99. Stop Motion Studio is one of the free versions. Check them out and see which one you like best!
SlideShark is a presentation platform with a website and companion app. Upload a PowerPoint, then download it to your app. Embedded links actually stay active and work! Free storage that will hold quite a few of your presentations. There’s even a way to use one device as a remote.
Speed Geek: Cryil Pruszko
Phoster With stylish templates which are already within the application, you will be able to create posters without great effort. When you get the job done of first step making posters, you can utilize various effects and decorates to complete the chic posters your own. $1.99.
Path on: Draw a line with your finger and your text will appear along the line. We also provide simple shapes, like a spiral, circle, or square. Our app works great for anyone into scrapbooking, artistic photos, or even just making fun pictures to share.
Pandamian: Free ebook creator. The easiest book creator ever.
Easelly: Free infographic creator with drag and drop feature.