Apps are mostly enhanced shortcuts that optimize the website within the browser. Some apps function primarily when the device is online, but others allow users to complete offline tasks also.
Here are some benefits of using apps:
Google Chromebooks come with several apps already in place. Many of the tasks you complete on a desktop or laptop can be completed on a Chromebook with those built-in apps.
Want to create a self grading quiz? Try Forms.
Need to backup the documents on your computer? Try Drive.
Want to edit video? Try YouTube Video Editor.
Take a few minutes to learn more about built-in apps and the resources available in the chart below.
One of the things I love about preparing for technology professional development is finding new resources and ideas. Kristy and I accumulated a large number of web applications, Google resources, and integration ideas over the summer that we will share throughout the year. This post features a technology content and curation site - Common Sense Education.
Common Sense Education (formerly Graphite)
Common Sense is probably best known for its digital citizenship resources, but don't visit this site without checking out the ratings and reviews of apps, games, and websites. https://www.commonsense.org/education/reviews/all
One of the best things about being a teacher in a digital world is having so many resources readily available. This is also one of the most frustrating things. There's so much out there! How can you tell which resources are valuable and which are a waste of time? This site uses reviews based on a rubric to evaluate the learning potential of each digital learning tool. In addition to the in-depth analysis of the tools, the site provides insights from teachers on how to use them in the classroom. Reading a review is like listening to advice from a mentor with experience leveraging technology in the classroom.
Common Sense Education also has excellent lesson plans and practical ideas to incorporate a variety of teaching strategies - all with transformative technology integration in mind.
Dana Lane is a Technology Coordinator, and Kristy Graham is an Instructional Technology Specialist - both at Rivercrest School District. They are passionate about technology and learning and enjoy sharing this passion with teachers and students.