Friday, December 30, 2011

BubCap 2

Found this video of a toddler trying to press the home key on an iPad after a BubCap has been installed. While an adult can still press the button, a child is not strong enough to press it once the BupCap is installed. Where was this when I was trying to use the iPad with my special education kindergarten class? Can't wait to get it and try it with my special ed population. I know my first and second grade students are stronger than this toddler but I got the extra strength ones so I am hoping they will work and the students will be able to use the iPad with the educational games I select for them!


Are you like me? Do you share your iPad or iPhone with a toddler? Or do you share your iPad with a special education class? Then you may be just as amazed as I was to find this wonderfully simple product called BupCap. Check out this CNet video:

 I just ordered a set and I will let you know how I like them.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays from Our School District Offices

In my e-mail today I was sent a link to a holiday card created by my school district's administrative offices.  Click the link below and see how tech savy our administrators are getting. I am very excited about this and I hope for big technology happenings in the future!  My favorite part is right before the picture of the tech department... it says "Back it up." Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Principal... My Glogster Hero!

Last year I had my 4th graders do state reports on EDUGlogster and they did a super job.  This year I was planning on having the current 4th grade do a country report since their teachers wanted to do the state report project later this school year.  I figure they can cut their teeth on the country report and be all set to do the state report for their teachers. So, I went to my old Glogster accounts and low and behold it was going to cost me 99 dollars to do the same project I did for free last year.  I didn’t want to give up my 4th grade Glogster report! Enter my new principal, my knight in shining armor who is almost as much of a technology geek as I am! I go to him hat in hand and he says sure what do you need! My hero! My principal was kind enough to pay for 200 student licenses for me to share around the school. That is enough for not only the 4th grade but for at least another grade level to all do Glogster reports this year. I am very happy and excited to get started.  But I must say I am getting frustrated by the bating and switching that is going on with educational web applications. Bate and switch is the only way I can describe it, educational websites get you hooked on their free product and promise it will always be free and then a year or so later you have to pay for the same services you were getting for free. Glogster  is not the only website that has done this, JayCut went away all together... poof... gone, and it is frustrating. Now that I know I have to pay for Glogster, I will plan my budget accordingly next year. But what if Glogster is gone next year?  This year was bad enough, it threw me for a loop! Luckily, when I went hat-in-hand to my principal and begged he gave me the money for the licenses. But what happens in those school districts that do not have an extra 99 dollars hanging around? How can we fund these sites that we all use in education to keep them free? There’s got to be a way if we all put our heads together.