I love applications/websites that teachers can use across their curriculum. I especially love it when teachers tell me how well that application or website is working for them because they have found it to be an essential part of their teaching.
Here are a few examples that were sent my way this week:
The first example is from a first grader in Mrs. Yoder's class using an iPod Touch and the Pic Collage application. They used the app to quickly record a nonfiction text feature with a picture and label it. This is a really good opportunity for students to see that their iPods can be a recording tool while working with a paper text. I love the idea of students studying a text and having their iPod/iPad ready to document their findings.
The second sample was sent to me by Mrs. Abbs. Her first graders used Skitch to make a synonym web. I had never really thought of using Skitch in this manner, but I can imagine that it was a fun and engaging way to study synonyms and integrate technology. I learned something from this as well since I did not know that you could use a blank canvas for Skitch instead of an image. You can also find out more about Skitch here.
The final example is from Mrs. Erexson's second grade. Here she is using Pic Collage to have students write a summary. This same task could be accomplished with applications like Pages. However, in many ways, Pic Collage meets the younger student's needs better since it is not fully featured.