Ready Now!… Timetabler
My newest app called Timetabler is now ready for sale in the app store. This app is aimed at helping educators to organise the weekly timetable. Once the classes and specialist subjects have been entered by the user, the app is able to schedule classes so that they do not clash. The user is able to manually manipulate the timetable to move classes around. The app includes the ability to block and lock cells and an auto shuffle function.
Stay tuned for more details. Here is a link for a sneak peek…
Writer’s Hat – New Upgrade
Now with the ability to edit word lists!
The Writer’s Hat is my first app for iPhones and iPads. For me this has been a really exciting journey! This app is aimed at educators and classrooms although it could easily used for family fun, camp activities and party games.
As a teacher and Assistant Principal I have many years of experience in teaching literacy to young children. Often students are asked to write a creative piece of work but are left scratching their heads for ideas. The Writer’s Hat app allows students to have four basic elements of their story selected randomly for them. For example they can be given a word for What, Where, Who and When. They then must include each of their words somewhere in the story. Often it is a springboard of random words that can be all it takes to allow the mind to think creatively.
How Could It Be Used in a Classroom?
After being provided with the four words, students could be asked to do a few minutes of planning using a graphic organiser, and then 10 or so minutes of “lightning writing.” They may then use this piece to develop a creative piece or they may store it away in their “Writer’s portfolio” to come back to another day, should they so wish. Often our best ideas grow upon us slowly. After a few hours, days or weeks of mulling them over, a really good idea may develop. This is why I like the idea of a Writer’s Portfolio or Scrapbook, ideas can be scrapped or developed at a later date.
Also in the Writer’s Hat app is the Word Box. Students are presented with a noun, verb, adjective and adverb upon pressing a button. Each word is selected randomly from the app’s database. Creative teachers will develop many a great use for this app.
I would love to hear your ideas. Share your thoughts on using this app to develop creative writing and thinking skills with your students.
Kids Write Text Types
This app investigates various writing genres, or text types and provides the structure, an example and planner for each one. The user is then provided with many writing prompts, or ideas for each of the text types. View a video cast to see how it works!
It even includes online texts such as blogging, commenting, email and tweeting. All the usual text types are also included.
Do you teach, coach or organise groups of people? Do you need to organise them into smaller groups for different tasks or activities. It’s now quick and simple, allow ‘Team Picker’ to randomly divide your list into groups of 2,3,4 or 5s.
‘Team Picker’ allows you to set up separate lists for team picking. Handy for teachers or group leaders who teach or lead many different classes or groups. Add names to each list and save the list for future use. Then each lesson choose the list or class of people or students you are working with, tell ‘Team Picker’ how many people you want in each group, and ‘Team Picker’ will randomly select the groups for you.
Special features of ‘Team Picker’:
– Many lists/classes can be created
– Lists can be named and saved
– Select the group numbers for class to be divided into
– Click the button to instantly reveal the teams
– Nominate male or female (pink/blue) and tell ‘TeamPicker’ if there are to be more of one gender than another. (This feature could be used for options other than gender, for example to spread A and B grade players evenly throughout the groups. Experienced team members could be pink and less experienced could be blue, etc.)
– The ability to ensure that certain students/group members are not placed in the same group.
Watch the video to show how it works.