Fast forward two years. I scheduled another 50 in 60 webinar, but this time, it was all about mobile applications. While I am a dedicated mobile phone user, I don't use iPads for teaching and learning all that much. I knew that with over 2,500 participants registered, many attendees would expect me to talk about iPad use in the classroom, so I did what any sensible 21st century learner would, and I crowdsourced it.
What follows are the Skyperviews I conducted with my five guests.
- Laura Beals Delia, Elementary School Librarian in Burlington (MA) Public Schools
- Elisabeth LeBris, Director of Library Technology Services of Kenilworth (IL) School District
- Brad Ovenell-Carter, Director of Educational Technologies Mulgrave School in Vancouver, BC
- Emily Valenza, Visual Arts Teacher Grades K-6, Kingsley Montessori School in Boston, MA
- Meg Wilson, Technology Integrator, Avenues School in New York, NY
I posted on the edWeb.net Emerging Tech discussion forum an invitation for community members to share their favorite apps. I also asked friends and family for ideas as well. Needless to say, selecting fifty out of hundreds of recommended apps was the hardest part of preparing for the webinar.
I needed to organize my apps into lists that would help webinar participants learn more about, filter, and organize featured apps and create their own lists. For this, I turned to Joyce Valenza, who recommended edshelf.com. WOW! It was exactly what I was looking for. Here is my list of 50 - except you will note that there are actually seventy apps listed. I cheated just a little by grouping some apps together by functionality. There isn't always just one app that is better at accomplishing a tasks than all the others.
The webinar was covered by both eSchool News and Mind/Shift, which was almost as exciting as having 740 live participants, and 1,120 archive views since the live presentation! A big shout out goes to Follett for sponsoring the edWeb.net/emergingtech community, and making these webinars available for free to the education community!