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Monday, April 29, 2013

How's Your Connection?

I speak to teachers all over the country, in big cities and in small towns. Because I talk a lot about ed tech these days I hear many teachers complaining about how slow their Internet service is at school. Recently, at a SMART board seminar I was running in New Jersey fro Staff Development for Educators (SDE), we talked about ways around this problem when it comes to using videos on SMART boards. Just the other day I came across an article from the folks at Tech & Learning magazine titled: BYOT: No Internet Access, No Problem. I've linked it here for you. Check it out and get your brain juicing about how to integrate technology without relying on the Internet. Pretty good stuff!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pass the Poetry Please!

April is National Poetry Month and, although I'm a bit lat in getting it to you I wanted to share an app I came across in another blog I read: Free Technology for Teachers. It called the Josephine Hart Poetry App and is free for now. Here's the description from the App Store. Read it then check it out. What a great way to get your students interested in poetry!

Great poetry read aloud by great actors.

The Poetry App will draw you into a parallel universe of over 100 poems from sixteen of the greatest poets of all time, accompanied by video and audio narrations from over 30 world class actors and performers including Juliet Stevenson, Bob Geldof, Simon Callow, Dominic West and Roger Moore.

For the poetry lover - enjoy a wide selection of great poems, chosen by Josephine Hart and explained through her essays and introductions.

For the poetry novice - explore the power of poetry through the narrations of world-class actors.

Features:
Read poetry from 16 of the greatest poets through the ages
Listen and watch powerful narrations by over 30 world class actors and performers
Read in-depth introductions and essays by Josephine Hart on each poet and their poems
Create your own poems with the ability to record your own narration
Share everything through Email, Twitter and Facebook
New favorites library – allows you to download audio and videos for viewing without and Internet connection. Download your favorite poems and take them with you anywhere.

Remember, however, that not everything is what it seems and additional content has been hidden throughout the app such as Bob Geldof readings and interviews with Josephine Hart and Jeremy Irons.