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Learning Through Technology
Technology is a tool to support and enhance student inquiry, thinking and learning. Age appropriate, well planned learning activities that integrate technology will assist our students in accessing higher order thinking skills and be critical producers and consumers of information.

Visit EdTech Teacher to research apps by learning device or by learning activity, then explore the LDSB generated resources available to assist you in implementing technology into your lesson design.

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Supporting Learning: Resources for classroom learning.
Resource
App Catalog/
Free/
Office 365/
Paid App/Other
Description
Uses/Examples
Grades/
Subject Areas
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Accessibility
Other
Computers can be used to make learning more accessible for students. Many of the resources are free and already installed on the devices, while some require installation. There are also some paid resources.

The most common use is to support reading. Text to speech allows students access to learning when reading is challenging or just to allow students to grasp a difficult word.

Other tools offer support for visually challenged students, dictation, or reading comprehension tools.

OneNote for Windows offers the new Learning Tools. These include dictation, speech to text and the new immersive reader with many powerful supports for readers. Learning Tools is a free add-on for OneNote. Download from http://www.onenote.com/learningtools
All Curricula.
All Levels.
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Animoto
Free/Paid
Video Maker to create presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. Basic app is free.
"Very easy to use. Kids love it. Easy way to present information in a fun and interactive way." Students can demonstrate their learning.


All Curricula.
All Levels.
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Book Creator
Paid App
Book Creator can be used to create your own ebooks, right on your iPad. Can be used to make all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. Books can be easily printed out for students. Students can create books, add voices and videos very easily.
Teachers can create books, add voices to it and upload into ibooks for student listening library. Books created by students can be exported for students to enjoy and listen to on their personal devices. Students can easily insert pictures that they take with the iPad into their writing (eg: In kindergarten they can create an alphabet book by taking a photo of something that begins with a letter and inserting or writing the text).
Here are some Internet examples:
All Curricula.
All Levels. 
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Calendar App
O365
This is the calendar app from Office 365. You can create and share calendars, with either edit or view priviledges.
You can use this to help organize your class, and keep students up to date.
Organization. Communication.
All Levels.
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Chatterpix
App Catalog
Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk: pets, friends, doodles, and more.  Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.
This is great for kinder kids. The bigger kids can do it too.  It is quite funny when a grade 8 student presents a complex presentation using ChatterPix. Great for old photos, historical pix. This app is fantastic for second language learners for oral communication practice.  Students love making inanimate objects speak and it is a great opportunity for them to hear themselves speak in French.
All Curricula.
Primary to Intermediate.

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Coding Links
Paid/Free/App Catalog
With the introduction of the Hour of Code, new awareness of the value of coding and computer science has developed. This TedX video is a great introduction.

Jump start your learning with this How To Guide for the Hour of Code. Visit the Hour of Code Site.  
Visit code.org to learn more about the benefits of coding and how you can bring coding to your classroom.

Coding can be easily be linked to math and science curricula, as well as many others. Want to learn about angles?

Apps that could be used to support coding include: Hopscotch, Scratch Jr., Tynker, LightBot
All Levels.
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Explain Everything
Paid
Create animated presentations with audio to demonstrate learning. Useful from Primary to Secondary. Great way to make videos for instructions.
"The best app ever!" Use it for formative and summative work; allows you and students to create templates.
For sharing I find it easier to save summative work as a video and then upload to gapps using the google drive app; here is an example.

Allows you to record a website a you browse it and narrate: example.

"Light sabres...need I say more?"
All Curricula.
All Levels.
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Garage Band
App Catalog (for Newer iPads)
Create and record music right on the iPad. Lots of instruments available. Very widely used by musicians. Here is a tutorial for the iPad.
Besides music studies, students can use Garage Band to create their own music. Imagine, custom music for their videos! In a few minutes they can create something! Seriously, if a teacher can do it...Sample Quick Song
Music.
All Levels
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GeoBoard
App Catalog
Digital version of the plastic digital version of the plastic peg boards with elastic bands. The process is identical to using the original, but here students can easily screen capture their work and use it in another app to share their learning.
Great app for math! Students can explore concepts like area, perimeter. Provides learners a way to engage in deeper learning. Once they create something, they can use a screen capture to move it to an app like Explain Everything, where they can describe their learning.

Math.
Primary to Intermediate.
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Guided Access
On iPad
Guided Access allows a teacher to restrict an iPad to one chosen app.
This is useful in managing the student learning environment to help the student maintain their focus.
All areas.
All levels.
20160201_10619_4.jpgGoogle Earth
App Catalog
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. A quick totorial.
Great for looking at timeline to see changes in earth's geography.
Geography, Sciences, Environment.
All Levels.
20160201_10725_5.pngGreen Screen
Paid
Green Screen by Doink. Use your iPad to create green screen videos. In the video, the students are placed in any photo you choose.
"Fun app. Great for geography and history. Very easy to use." App that can be applied to a number of subject areas.
Add action to your Explain Everything project.
Can use a solid background other than green.


All Curricula.
All Levels.
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O365
Valuable for any staff or student who is using Groups for communication and social networking and wants to access the group messages from a mobile device. The Office 365 Groups app provides access to O365 Group messages on iPhone or iPad.
Groups are one way you can communicate with your class. Offers a safe approach to social networking. Also can use it to share files or use the shared OneNote.
Communication.
Junior to Senior.
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HopScotch
Free
Great introduction to basic computer coding ideas.
Allows students to create their own games using coding strategies. Use it as an extension activity for when students have completed given tasks. Good motivator.
Coding.
Junior to Intermediate.
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iPad Basics
Here are some introductory videos to get you going on the iPad.
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iMovie
App Catalog (for newer iPads)
A very well featured video editor. Students can create, edit and produce high quality videos with the iPad alone.
Great for making videos with more than one scene or presenter. Students can make movie trailer, video based on book, video game, etc. A great way to differentiate assessment, allowing the students a different way to demonstrate their learning.
All curriculum.
All Levels.
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Khan Academy
App Catalog
Free site providing educational resources and short YouTube lessons on a variety of topics.
Good resource for students for support/ tutoring. We use this app as a math centre.
It is a great site. The ipad app is user friendly but may be a bit buggy.

Many Areas.
Junior to Senior.
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Mindomo
App Catalog
Online mind mapping tool. Mind mapping allows students to organize their ideas. Lots of good research on this topic supports their use.
Use this to help students get their ideas ready for the next stage of a project. Can be used for students to demonstrate their learning.
All Curriculum.
Junior to Senior.
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App Catalog
Money by Mathies. Represent various money amounts using realistic images of Canadian coins and bills. Create visual representations that help explore mathematical thinking related to:
•Estimating and counting value of money
•Representing the relationship between coins and bills.
•Adding and subtracting money amounts by making simulated purchases and providing change
The accurate images help students learn to recognize and work with money. The work can be captured and used in another app like Explain Everything. App also available online!

Math
All Levels
20160201_13120_12.jpgNearpod
Free/Paid
Create online presentations that students interact. Collect feedback from them to support learning and better pedagogy.
Interactive hands on slideshows. Students found it extremely engaging!

All Curriculum
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Free
Netmaths is a French web service that provides a variety of supports in mathematics for students in grades 4 through 8. Modules are organized by grade and strand and contain a wealth of Ontario curriculum-based exercises, games and puzzles.
Add multiple classes.
Tasks by expectation.
All Ontario expectation integrated.
Track usage and completion by student and class.
Math
20160201_13212_13.pngNotepad
App Catalog
Notepad by Mathies. Write solutions, sketch diagrams, create graphs and record your mathematical thinking. Use one of four backgrounds: grid, isometric dot, lined or blank.
Great way to have students demonstrate their mathematical thinking with lots of room for creativity. The work can be captured and used in another app like Explain Everything. App also available online!
Math
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App Catalog
Number Frames by the Math Learning Center. A digita manipulative to help students structure numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, etc.

Easy to use for primary students, but useful across higher grades as well. Students can represent their thinking using ten frames as well as write computations or explain thinking using their fingers or pencil. Students can transfer a screen shot to Explain Everything to explain their learning.



Math
P/J/I
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Number Line
App Catalog
Number Line by the Math Learning Center. Helps students visualize number sequences and illustrate strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, etc.

Helps students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Choose number lines labelled with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, or negative numbers. Or use a blank number line, with or without tick marks. Describe intervals between points on the line using forward or backward jumps above and below the line.

Math
P/J/I
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Number Pieces
App Catalog
Number Pieces Basic by the Math Learning Center. Helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers.


Help students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students use the pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
Math
P/J/I
20160201_14421_17.pngNumber Rack
App Catalog
Number Rack by the Math Learning Center. This app helps students develop a deeper understanding of number concepts and relationships by representing numbers as beads on a wire.
Rows of moveable, colored beads allow learners to think in groups of fives and tens, helping them to explore and discover a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.
Math
P/J/I
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OneNote
O365
OneNote is an application that allows you to organize notes, files, articles, pictures and more in a single digital notebook. Think of it as a digital binder. There are online versions, iPad versions and PC versions.
Can support a paperless classroom. Many powerfu features, but the learning time it is well worth it.
Can support real time feedback to students. Reduce marking time.
Also can work well as a digital day planner. Add the audio of a novel for DI in a novel study. Add textbooks from AERO.
All Curriculum.
Organization. Communication.
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Outlook
O365
Outlook is the email app for Microsoft. There are online versions, iPad versions and PC versions.

Organization. Communication.
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Padlet
Free
Padlet is a digital canvas to create projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. 
All Curriculum
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App Catalog
Pattern Shapes by the Math Learning Center. Students use it to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines.
Explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. Many of these explorations lead naturally to thinking about fractions as parts of a whole.
Math
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O365
People is the contacts app for Microsoft. There are online versions, iPad versions and PC versions.
Organization.
Communication.
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Pic Collage
Free
Create simple photo collages for documentation or presentation for any subject in any grade.
Excellent app for primary students, but works well with students of all ages. Students can take pictures and write in this app very easily.  Excellent for collages, posters, etc.


All Curricula.
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Free
iPhone App but works on iPad. Quickly get feedback, do formative assessment, or exit card by scanning cards students hold up. Data is stored for later review.
Get instant feedback from your students. you scan their responses and get real time feedback.
All Curricula.
Assessment.
Communication.
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Popplet Lite
Free
Simple tool for capturing ideas and organizing thoughts. Can create concept maps to show relationships between ideas. Lite version makes one Popplet that you can export, and then start another.
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QR Reader
App Catalog
A simple QR code reader to enable the iPad to scan these codes. QR codes are easy to create using free websites.
QR codes can be used to provide instant access to resources like websites for students. They simply scan the code and the iPad jumps to the website.
All Curricula.
20160201_14751_19.jpgRekenrek
App Catalog
Rekenrek by Mathies. This app helps students develop a deeper understanding of number concepts and relationships by representing numbers as beads on a wire.
Students can visualize and demonstrate number relationships in a visual way. The work can be captured and used in another app like Explain Everything. App also available online!
Example
Math
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SAMR Resources

20160201_14946_20.jpgScratch Jr.
App Catalog
With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
Coding.
Digital Literacy.
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Shadow Puppet
App Catalog
Using Shadow Puppet Edu, students can create video slideshows, adding narration and text. Videos up to 30 minutes long and include up to 100 images, free for classroom use. Students can use their own images or pull images from several impressive online resources.
Kids can deepen their understanding across content areas creating presentations and demonstrate their learning.
All Curricula.
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Show Me
App Catalog
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard turns an iPad into a whiteboard where you can record images and audio. Useful for teacher and student.


"Fun. Kids enjoy this." Published work online  to be shared with an url; there is a limit for free accounts however.
Can be used to record work or ideas, or demonstrate learning.
All Curricula
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Skitch
Free
Skitch is similar to a whiteboard where students can visually demonstrate their ideas and share them.
Can be used to record work or ideas, or demonstrate learning. Offers a way to differentiate assessment for students. Many applications.
All Curricula.
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Skype for Business
O365
Skype for Business supports teleconferencing for Office 365 users.
"Mystery Skype is fun!" Skype can be used to teleconference between classes, bring in experts to your classroom, etc.
All Curricula.
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Sock Puppet
Free
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube.
Engaging way for students to demonstrate and share their learning. Make links to stories to create opportunities for deeper learning and increased student engagement.
All Curricula.
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Free/Paid
Stop Motion Studio creates videos on the iPad through the use of stop motion.
Great for demonstrating learning through a story, including props and text, and/or dry erase whiteboards /old school meets tech.

Can share is to save summative work as a video and then upload to gapps using the google drive app; here is an Example

Make links to stories to create opportunities for deeper learning and increased student engagement.
All Curricula.
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Sway (Microsoft)
O365
A powerful but easy to use app for creating presentations. It is available on any device via the web or as an app on the iPad. Saves automatically on the web for O365 users!
Good for picture essays but can add video, music, text etc. Used for info graphics in health, and history, anywhere where you want students to share or demostrate their learning. Easy to share


All Curricula.
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App Catalog
A video-creation tool that gives kids a background scene, face-detecting costumes, cue cards, and special effects to create their own themed TV shows.
Very entertaining way for students to share their learning through story telling. Engage students in being a part of the story they are telling.
All Curricula.
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App Cataog
App that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video. Create a scene with a character/avatar, add your dialogue, share or save. The paid version offers more options.
Very engaging way for students to share their learning through story telling. Can be useful for learners who do not speak or present easily, offering a way to differntiate assessment.
All Curricula.
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Free
App creates and shares interactive images, with embedded information, links, etc.
Create interactive maps, story boards, etc., by embedding links within photos. Allows students to communicate in new ways, describing connections between ideas that was much more difficult in other apps. Can use it as a way to offer differentiated assessment.
All Curricula.
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Free
Social media platform that allows you to share 140 character messages.
Great way to open up your classroom to share learning and success with parents and colleagues.
All Curricula. Communication.
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Video App
O365
App where teachers can create video channels to upload and share videos. Available to LDSB users. Privacy settings can be set to limit access to channels. Upload not supported through iPad.
Great place to showcase and store video resources created by and for your students. You can create your own channel for your class where students can also have permission to upload videos.
Communication.
All Curricula.
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Yammer
O365
Office 365 social networking app. Provides private or public groups for networking within our Board.
Great safe site for students to learn about Digital Citizenship and Leadership. Offers the chance to network with other classes as well. Teachers can create their own classroom channels for dicsussion. Harness the power of social media to engage students.
Communcation.
All Curricula.
20160201_15452_24.pngYouTube
Free
Site for posting videos. Can create private channels where your students can collaborate and share out of the public view. Lots of educational content here also.
Can showcase and store video resources created by and for your students. Site for guided research. Addresses for resources could be translated into QR codes for swift access.
Communication.
All Curricula.



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