I hope you are having a good Thursday. I went back to work today. I enjoyed having a couple weeks off. Next week I will be off for 3 days again because I am off to the Vegas Teacher Blogger meet-up. I am super excited to meet lots of teacher bloggers!
Kristin at ITeach1:1 is having a "Tune Into Technology" linky that focuses on iPads.
I work at a school that uses technology constantly. Our middle school and high school students all use Macbooks. This past year I taught a grades 4/5 class. We used Macbooks in our classroom as well. This upcoming school year we are adding a grades 2/3 class. The 2nd and 3rd grade class is going to use iPads, so I have spent some time researching apps. I am excited for this linky to get some more ideas.
We also have been toying with the idea of whether or not the 4th/5th grade class should remain using laptops or should also use iPads. I have my students submit a lot of their assignments electronically, so that was my biggest concern about using iPads. I wanted to know my students could still submit their assignments to me without having to email everything. I do not want to have sort through a million emails. I like their assignments to be submitted all in the same place in an organized and systematic way.
This year I used Edmodo some at the end of the year. Edmodo is a great app because of its versatility. The students can use it as a planner, they can store files, they can submit assignments, and you can also use it post comments to the class. We primarily used it for the planner.
In my research for an app that allows students to submit assignments electronically, I discovered a new app called Showbie.
With Showbie, you can add classes and students. Within the classes, you create assignments. The students submit their assignments to Showbie from their iPad and everyone's submissions are organized by class and assignment. You can get the app for free, so it really seems like a great way to create a paperless classroom when you have access to iPads. I like the idea that students could take screen shots of assignments and submit those or even take a picture of an assignment done on paper and just submit the picture. I look forward to trying out Showbie this year and moving a little closer toward a paperless classroom. I think you could also use Evernote somehow to organize student assignment submissions, but I haven't figured out how yet. How do you organize electronic student assignment submissions?