Mr. Kamrowski

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." –Sitting Bull


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App Tested: Zaption, EDpuzzle & EduCanon

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In the winter and spring of 2013, I piloted a one-to-one classroom using the flipped learning model.  Content lectures were recorded and assigned to students as homework.  Students then came back to class, took a short quiz to show their understandings, and worked on a higher order thinking lesson for the day in the classroom.  The process was fairly efficient and somewhat effective.  I still use video within my courses, albeit differently than I had that first year.  The flipped model and methods have since become popularized and tools to make video-based content more interactive have been produced.  Three companies that have capitalized on the popularization of this method are; Zaption, EDpuzzle, and EduCanon.

In the 2014-15 school year, I incorporated the use of Zaption and EDpuzzle in some of my classes to see how they could benefit my instruction.   I used the premium version of Zaption until the free trial expired.  I then downgraded to the basic account.  EDpuzzle has always been free and I tested EduCanon features this summer.  The following is what I learned.  Continue reading

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App Tested: Pear Deck vs. Nearpod

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With the popularity of one-to-one classrooms, and the ensuing demonizing of the lecture as a pedagogical method, software to make lectures/direct instruction more interactive have developed.  Pear Deck and Nearpod are the two software companies that have become popular in this field (You can watch their promotional/informational advertisements here and here).  Both of these apps allow a teacher to embed formative assessments, engaging activities, and teacher analytics into a slide deck.  The days of using just powerpoint, keynote, or google slides are over.

In the last few months of the 2014-15 school year, I tested the paid version of Pear Deck in my one-to-one iPad classes.   I used the premium version as a free trial.  This summer, I played with Nearpod to compare the two.  In the fall, I would like to select one of the free versions of the two as my go to software to make slide decks interactive.  The following is what I learned.  Continue reading


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App Tested: Book Creator

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Book Creator is a simple app that allows you to make ebooks on the iPad.  It has been voted as the number one book creating app for the iPad and the best educational app in the 2015 BETT awards.  It also has a stellar blog with tons of amazing ideas. Continue reading


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App Tested: ChatterPix

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ChatterPix is a fun app that allows you to take any photo, draw a line over the mouth, record a message, and create a video of the picture talking.

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App Tested: Stick Around

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Stick Around  is a unique app that “allows individuals to play, design, and share sorting and labeling puzzles.”  Co-created by Tony Vincent from Learning Hand and the makers of Explain Everything, Morris Cooke–it is an intriguing app that I recently tried in my American History Class as a review activity.  Below is a video summary of the app.

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