One of the best apps I have had the pleasure of enjoying this summer is from the Poetry Foundation. Their poetry app allows you to search and browse select poems from around the world and through the ages. All you have to do is select themes and topics on two sliders and spin them to get randomly generated topics, like nature and passion, or compassion and relationships. It’s a quick way to remember that language is an art still curiously understood.
Blogs are really interesting windows into how others create, share and reflect on their lives. I highly recommend using Google Reader, or some other RSS feed to follow the posts of some great educators: Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher), Stephen Lazar (Outside the Cave), Terie Engelbrecht (Crazy Teaching) and Michael K. Milton (@42thinkdeep). Their posts give me the chance to learn more about pedagogy, sharpen my lesson design and implementation, share resources and overall, help me grow as a professional. Check them out!
Evernote is an app that I use just about everyday. How’s that for a plug? Since I have it on my phone, iPad and computer, I can tag just about anything – whether its a picture, a website, a Tweet, a note I made myself or an audio recording. All of the notes are sortable and are easily accessible. I’m planning on using it for my students this year too. Here’s the App Store link and here’s the link for Evernote Schools.