Pearltrees is a nice tool for visually organizing pictures, links, and videos that you find on the web. Pearltrees are webs of the links, images, and videos that you find and organize. You can arrange and re-arrange your webs in as many ways and as many times as you like. Pearltrees has been available on the web and on iOS devices for quite a while. This week it became available as an Android app too. Click here for the Pearltrees Android app.
Regardless of whether it is used on a laptop, on an Android tablet, or on an iOS device, Pearltrees can be a good tool for students to use to visually organize their findings around a topic. The Android app for Pearltrees takes that same visual organization element and puts it on a touch screen device.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking to teachers in the Rockingham, NC school district about Google apps. The school assigned a young lady (Jordan is her name) from the student council to be my assistant for the day. We were both in the room about an hour before my presentation was scheduled to begin. Jordan and I chatted a bit and I asked her if she was excited about her school’s 1:1 Chromebook program. Jordan likes that she will have a laptop but told me that she doesn’t want to have to type her notes because she prefers to be able to hand-write, highlight, and write in the margins of her paper. That was when I told her about the Google Drive app that she can use on her phone.
With Google Drive installed on an Android device students can take a picture of anything and instantly upload it to their Google Drive accounts. Once the image is uploaded it can be accessed from any Internet-connected device. Jordan was quite excited to discover that she can get the best of both worlds now. She can still write and highlight in her notebooks, but she can also back-up those physical notebooks and access them online when she needs to.
Another use of the Google Drive app that you might want to explore is capturing images of your students’ hand-written work like math equations. Upload those images to folders in your Google Drive account and you won’t have to carry those papers back and forth from school to home or worry about misplacing any student’s work. The Three Ring App can also be used for that purpose.
Three Ring is a new free service offering free Android and iPhone apps for digitizing and organizing student work. Using the app teachers can take a picture of a student’s work and upload it to a free Three Ring account. Three Ring offers teachers a lot of organizational flexibility. You could organize artifacts by student name, class, date, or just about any other tagging system that works for you.
Three Ring could be a great way to collect hand-written work without actually collecting pieces of paper. Just go around the room snapping images of your students’ work. You can add notes to each image before and after the upload so it is possible to grade work using the notes field next to each image. A short video overview of the Three Ring app is embedded below.
H/T to Audrey Watters.Â
Dropbox is one of my favorite services for saving all kinds of files online.Â Recently, Dropbox added a new auto-sync option for images captured on your Android phone or tablet. Now when you snap a picture it can be automatically uploaded to your Dropbox account.
The Google+ Android app also has an auto-upload feature, but there are two problems with it that the Dropbox app doesn’t have. First, the Dropbox upload is not resized so the resolution you capture it in is the resolution it is saved in. Second, the images you upload to your Dropbox account are private by default.
I’ve previouslyÂ written aboutÂ how I use Dropbox to help me reduce email overload when collecting assignments from students. The Dropbox Android app has been installed on my phone and tablet since the day that I got them. The app makes it very easy to save and view the contents of my Dropbox account.
For a complete overview of the purpose of Dropbox, watch the video below.
H/T to Techcrunch.