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22 Gigs of Free Cloud Storage!

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I love blogging! Following other blogs is a great way to get tips, tricks and to learn new things! I just read up on one of my favorite blogs and found out about Copy.com. I am now a proud owner of 22 gigs of free cloud storage. That is HUGE!

If you’d like to get a free 5 gigs of cloud storage, just use this link! It’s only for a limited time, so don’t delay! You get 15 gig for just signing up, an additional 5 gig by using this referral link (I get 5 gig more as well!) and another 2 gig if you link your twitter account. If you’d like to found out even more about how this process works, please visit this blog post, where I found this awesome information, along with step-by-step directions!

Here’s a quick informational video about Copy.com (Once again, thanks to Steve Lai’s amazing blog post)

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Explain Everything

If I had to choose just one favorite creation app, it’d have to be Explain Everything. My husband, Kevin Misiano, is using Explain Everything to create his flipped class videos. Here is his YouTube channel. He is using Explain Everything to make his flipped lesson videos that his pre-calculus students watch as homework.

Kevin started using Explain Everything way before I started using apps. He kept talking about it, so I knew I had to give it a try. I ended up using it to create video tutorials for AIM Language Learning’s online teacher training. I was looking for a way to create a video using screen shots and Explain Everything had everything I needed for the tutorials. It was extremely easy to use and edit. I normally use iMovie and I was reluctant to take the time to learn about Explain Everything. After I figured it out, though, my only regret was not having tried it sooner.

I immediately thought of how I could use this with my children for some fun with French. The first creation is called “Mimi la souris” and you can read more about this project here or simply check out the project below.

Currently, my four and five-year-olds are helping me create an alphabet project about one of their favorite books. What I really love about Explain Everything is the ability to work on the very portable iPad. This gives flexibility, especially when creating with young children. I can meet them on the floor in their bedroom and they can help add slides and sound with ease. As you work within the app, it autosaves and it is not “bulky” to open or save. Only at the end when you are completely finished will it take some time, just as all videos do.

To see a tutorial I made with this amazing app, check out this blog post. I have not even begun to scratch the surface as to what Explain Everything can do for my children and students. I cannot wait to see what else we will use it for!

If you’re interested in a screen casting tool for your iPad, then look no further!

Check out this tutorial to see more about how it works…and enjoy!!!!

Click here for another blog resource for Explain Everything.

Today’s French Freebie: Stella & Sam

Today’s freebie choice is called Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure. It is available in English and French.

Take a look:

It’s free today. To learn how I find out about these great freebies, check out this previous blog post.

I think the kids are really going to enjoy this app. It’s interactive and fun. It will definitely peak their interest about the stars and constellations.

The only wish I had for this app on first sight is French subtitles. I prefer my children to see the written word along with the dialogue. They aren’t quite literate yet, but I still like them to get used to seeing the words as they listen. My favorite type of subtitles (or writing on a “page” in a story app) highlight the proper word as it is being read aloud. I wish there were more apps with this feature! It’d probably be even better if you could turn that feature on/off according to the level of learner.

At any rate, this app looks like a good freebie catch! Enjoy! 🙂

Content Creation Apps

Creation apps are perfect for making fun experiences with other languages!
The “Sunny Earth” kids love Sock Puppets and PuppetPals. We have also used Explain Everything and Voicethread. We will be checking out the other apps mentioned in this blog for sure!

teachingwithipad.org

The trend in the past year of iPad usage is slowly moving towards using the iPad as a creation device, as opposed to just a consumption device. More and more people I know are creating great material with iPads. Outside of the education spectrum, however, I still know a lot of people who just use their iPads for surfing websites, checking email, and playing games. I bumped into an old friend that I had not seen in years, and noticed he had the latest Blackberry smartphone, the z10. I asked him how he liked it, and how it compared to an iPhone. He told me that he also had an iPhone and an iPad, but that he only does “real work” on his Blackberry. The stigma is still there. Will it be there another year from now?

This is a screenshot of the content-creation apps folder for our class…

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