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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

Free online math game – Fish Bowl Addition

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Internet Resources, STEM and STEAM

 
 
One fish, two fish, add up all the fish! In this interactive addition game, kids help Birdee and Cuz-Cuz total up all the fish they’ve won. Inspired by tactile addition activities, this game helps kids visualize addition without the use of manipulatives, to help early learners transition from solving problems in a concrete way to solving problems using mental addition strategies.

Free iOS App: Shadow Puppet

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in iOS Apps, Mobile Apps

 

Description

Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!

***Best Edtech of 2014. “A must-have app for elementary classrooms.” – Graphite | Common Sense Media ***

**2014 Best App for Teaching & Learning – American Association of School Librarians**
**Featured by Apple as Best App for Middle School for 5 months!**

STUDENTS CAN:
∙ Present a project or describe an experience
∙ Search Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum, maps for images to explain an idea
∙ Develop digital storytelling skills
∙ Demonstrate understanding of a concept for assessment
∙ Improve speaking skills or practice reading aloud

TEACHERS CAN:
∙ Create mini-lessons for blended learning or flipped classroom
∙ Develop more engaging prompts for assignments or discussions
∙ Provide examples of final projects

APP FEATURES:
+ Use photos and video clips from camera roll
∙ Up to 100 items per video and up to 30 minutes long

+ Built-in search for images and maps
∙ Educational Image Search: Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum of Art, British Library
∙ Maps Search: Search and clip images from maps and satellite maps
∙ Automatic image credits added to end of videos to cite sources
∙ Safe search enabled
∙ Option for administrators to disable image search

+ Record voiceover narration, add music, or both
∙ Record voiceover as you flip through your photos
∙ Choose one of our background songs or a song from iTunes library

+ Add text titles
∙ Choose font, color, size, position, and animation

+ Draw on screen and interact with your images as you record
∙ Draw with pointer tools
∙ Zoom in/out, pan, swipe between images

+ Easy sharing – no app needed to view!
∙ Send via email to parents, student, or colleagues
∙ Upload to Seesaw, iCloud, Drive, Dropbox, and more
∙ Embed on website or blog
∙ Share to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram
∙ Option for administrators to disable parental gates for sharing

+ Video export with optional HD export
∙ Automatically saves .mp4 video file to camera roll

+ 30+ activity ideas right in the app
∙ Find ideas for English, language arts, history, science, math, art, and foreign language that support the Common Core
∙ Easily adapt ideas to your students’ learning level and your curriculum

+ Pairs with Apple TV
∙ Watch and create videos on the big screen for all students to see

30+ ACTIVITY IDEAS SUPPORT COMMON CORE:
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2-4.5: Create audio recordings of stories or poems
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5-12.5: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media to express information and enhance understanding of presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6: Use technology to produce and publish writing

WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING:
“Great app. Intuitive interface. Students loved hearing/seeing their voice+words+pics. Definitely upgraded their text-only narratives.” – Mr. Garvin, 7th/8th Grade Teacher

“The students absolutely enjoy this app! It’s AMAZING to use in the classroom. It’s great to see a student sitting in the hallway listening back to her own work.” – Ms. Laidlaw, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Shadow Puppet Edu is licensed for school use. If you’re not an educator or student, please check out our other app, Shadow Puppet. 

*** We’re here to help! Contact us with any questions at feedback@get-puppet.com or tweet @puppet ***

From NASA – Educator Kit: Earth and Human Activity

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Uncategorized

Educator Kit: Earth and Human Activity
Resources for Framing Phenomena-Based Student Investigations.

For almost 60 years, NASA has observed Earth from satellites, aircraft, and the ground. These long-term global observations have contributed valuable data on our land surface, water, biosphere, and atmosphere.

This kit features NASA resources for grades K-12. These resources can support investigations that build student understanding of key Earth science concepts by incorporating NASA data and content into their investigations.