The two Apps that really caught my eye were for two different age groups, myhomework and Tallytots. The myhomework App is great for students that are tech-savy and prefer for everything to be saved onto a device. Some students do not carry planners anymore and for those that don’t, this can be the perfect way to keep up to date with all their homework, tests, quizzes, project etc… It also has a feature that can link to the teacher in which he/she can send the syllabus and other important documents through the App.
The other great App that I noticed was the Talltots. Though that App is for younger kids, I still think it is a great, fun way for children to be doing education outside of the classroom. So many parents let their children play on their phones and by having that App on their can provide them with entertainment through the colors, shapes and sizes meanwhile practicing number recognition.
The assistive technologies corner provides some creative ways to use technology in the classroom that will also cater to those with special needs. For example, students with limited hand mobility have several options including a keygaurd, screen displayed keyboard, touch screen and intellikeys. All these provide ways in which students that have difficulty using a regular keyboard can still participate when using computers to complete assignments. There are also other options of input devices, head mounted pointer and switches, just to name a few. Now that technology has become increasingly popular in school and education, we have to take into consideration those who may not be able to complete all tasks done with technology. But because technology is advancing so far, they are accommodating now more than ever, those who need it. Assistive Technologies Corner also provides information on current hardware, software, and peripherals that will assist in delivering instruction to students with physical, cognitive, or sensory challenges. I would incorporate these other ways into lessons so not only the special needs students will benefit, but also it will teach the entire class something new. It will help not to single out certain students and in the end we can all benefit from learning new methods.
As I looked over the different digital medias, I really took an interest to the moviemaker. If it is age appropriate and appropriate for the curriculum that could be an awesome project for the students! It is a fun way to share your information with the class and come presentation day, the class won’t be bored during other presentations. I remember presentation day was always so boring and I personally never got anything out of it. As I educator, I can remember insight information like that and adjust my classroom ideas to make it more fun and interactive, so they don’t have experiences like that. I noticed that you could download Windows 8 to access this program on a MAC. It is important to take into account the resources the students will need in order to use the digital media. In this case, moviemaker needs to be able to be accessed through different machines because not everyone has Windows or Macs. By incorporating digital media into the curriculum, it brings the learning material to life. It enables visual learners really understand what is happening and auditory learners to hear the material in a different way. All digital media is fascinating, helpful, entertaining and beneficial to most students, you just have to find the right way to incorporate them into the lessons.