1. “Vine” app: This app was a fun and creative way to show how the Arnold Graduate Department conducts their classes. Through this app, we were able to record the many teachings of different styles of dance, such as the “Washboard” and the “Stick” dance. We were also able to record each other’s lessons as we individually taught a lesson from our unit. We also able to capture those awesome moments when we as a class were learning the many different ways to be amazing dance educators.
2. “Youtube” app: This app is useful in many more ways than one. When I taught my lesson on the Harlem Renaissance, I used this app to search the type of music played during that era. I was also able to learn different styles of dance from Youtube. Also, the dance department uses this app to upload the process of our choreography during our showings for the choreographic projects class.
3. “Sketch” app: This app was a fun way to scribe dance language. We were able to draw different signs in different sizes and colors. Each sign had a different meaning, so if I drew it, someone had to perform it. We were also able to create our own mini dances using the app when we drew the order of the signs that we wanted. It was a very fun and creative way to choreograph.
4. “Alarm Clock” app: This app not only wakes me up in the morning, but it is also a great time keeper when teaching lessons. Sometimes as a teacher, we become side tracked, and this app is a great motivator to keep us on track of time. It helps us to determine how much we can get done in the allotted amount of time. It is also good for students because when they are given a certain amount of time to complete a task, the alarm clock helps them to stay on track.
5. “Safari” app: Safari, also known as the internet is useful because it is like having an encyclopedia in your hands. Whenever I did not know something, I would automatically open my Safari app and look it up. It provides access to many search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Also, I am able to accomplish my homework on the Safari app because I have access to Blackboard.
6. “Video” app: This video app was so helpful to me this semester. Because I was in my choreographed piece, I was not able to see what my dance looked like as a whole. But once I was able to record it, I saw what needed to be improved and what I liked most about my dance. I was also able to record myself improvising which is where I derived most of my material from when I began to choreograph. This app was probably one of the most helpful this semester.
7. “Common Core” app: This is a great app for educators. It helped me to create my lesson plan because I was able to guide it in the way the Board of Education wants students to learn. It shows the exact levels the students should be able to perform at a certain grade level. I consider this app the Bible for educators.
8. “Notability” app: This app is great for taking notes. I can open up a blank page and take notes or I can open up any article or PDF and take notes from there. I can highlight and cross out words. It is like having a physical notepad with pen and paper. I am also able to open up slide shows where I can study from instead of wasting numerous amounts of paper. This app is very useful when it comes to a class with a heavy work load. I can make different folders for different classes. It is more than a notepad, it is like a binder.