EdTech Roundup 2-26-12: Text Helpers, Infographics, and Google-Proofing

Posted by Nancy on Tue, Feb 28 2012

Editor’s note: Guest contributor Nancy Barlow regularly blogs at The Teacher Geek. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

For Students Who Struggle With Text

Paul Hamilton, who writes the Free Resources From the Net For Every Learner Blog, has compiled a list of 10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing. These apps and resources would be helpful for students with dyslexia, processing, writing, or any other aspect that may make working with text in a traditional way difficult. Most of these apps are free or low-cost and are available on iOS (Apple) devices.

Students Can Present Data Through Infographics

Did you know that the Oxford English Dictionary added the word infographic in 2011? Over at the EdTech Toolbox, Greg Swanson offers a helpful post on 10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics. Infographics can be used as an exercise in visual literacy, where students can present data in a meaningful, visually interesting ways. Check out his list here.

Google-Proof Your Students' Answers

These days, any student can grab a basic answer to a homework or test question by "googling" it. John Sowash of the Electric Educator blog, writes an insightful article that reminds educators to "Google-proof" their questions by focusing on the higher end of Bloom's taxonomy. This is a slightly older article, but it's more relevant that ever as more schools embrace BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approaches to technology. Read his thoughts here.

App Of the Week: Camera Sim

Photography teachers, this is for you! This app, which simulates the controls of a digital SLR camera, allows you to practice taking photos on a virtual subject by playing with the different settings. It's available "straight" on the Camera Sim website, but also available as an app for the iPad. 



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