Episode 79: Apps for Classroom Innovation with Dr. Donald White

November 22, 2015

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“Getting them (the students) outside of the four walls of the classroom is what I am passionate about.”

Dr. Donald White is the Science Content Specialist and STEM program manager for Coweta County School System in Georgia. He has been in this position for 8 years and prior to this position he was a classroom teacher who taught AP   Chemistry, general chemistry, physics and astronomy for 10 years. Additionally-

·         He serves as the board chairperson for the Coweta STEM Institute a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire students and teachers in all things STEM.

·         He serves on the Georgia Science Teachers Association Board

·         Past President of the Georgia Science Supervisors Association

·         He is married to Dr. Amanda White a teacher-librarian at an elementary school

·         And he has a daughter, Emily who is 10

 

“The ideal classroom is the real world.”

Donald and I talk about where his love for technology came from and then let that part of our conversation lead us to talking about specific apps that teachers can use to create an engaging, innovative learning environment.

Check out the Apps that Donald talks about:

Apps for Innovation

@dwhitesciguy

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Get Inspired

 

Brainsparker

App gives you “spark cards” to help kickstart your creativity

 

Oflow

Connects with Evernote to allow you to track your ideas.  Can give you a creative nudge when you’re stuck

 

Unleash Creativity

Helps you create, refine, and finish.  Resource app.


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Project Management

 

Basecamp

Group work made easier

 

Asana

Track group members progress

 

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Share Ideas and Collaborate

 

Evernote

Write, collect, present on every device, anywhere

 

Skitch

Annotate, sketch, share ideas visually

 

Google Keep

Note taking app, add lists, photos, and audio

Google Keep Tutorial

 

Google Drawings

Draw pictures, flow charts, etc. to help convey your ideas

 

Google Docs

Allows you to collaborate with anyone anywhere from almost any device

Also Sheets, Slides, and Forms

 

Padlet

Easy way to collaborate.  Backpack version available for schools

 

Capzles- Create digital content timelines

Capzles tutorial video

 

Weebly- Create free websites

Weebly for Education tutorial video

 

WeVideo  (Chrome App available) - online video editor, allows for collaboration on video creation

WeVideo tutorial

 

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“My love for technology came from the ability of that technology (gaming) to engage us.”


Donald was fun to talk with and he has some incredible information for you. Have fun checking out his list of Apps! Enjoy putting them to use in your classrooms.


Want to contact Donald?

@DWhiteSciGuy

Donald White on Google+

donald.white@cowetaschools.org

Length: 43:10

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