The best app to use in the classroom? The camera

Teaching the Teacher

DSC_0181When other teachers find out I’m Apple Distinguished Educator, I’m often asked if I’ve got a killer reading, spelling, writing, maths app recommendations.

There’s almost a sense of a let down when I say the app that my students and I use most in my classroom is the camera.

Yet when in the course of the day that’s the one we go to first.

Kids will be using video to ‘show what they know’

  • talking through a maths strategy
  • recording themselves read to check for fluency
  • creating stop motions of spelling words
  • videos in response to book.

The photography function enables the children to capture what they see, progress, observations  as well as adding photos to the class flickr account which they often share with their parents back home The photos can be used and remixed for other purposes.

As a teacher I’m forever using my camera snapping pictures of…

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