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What it is: Simply Box appeals to my inner organization enthusiast.  Simply Box is a web tool that allows users to capture content from any web page and put it into a box.  I love the visual interface of Simply Box.  Inside a box is the collection of resources that you have collected from around the web.  You actually see the website (this is a huge deal for people who see a lot of websites each day),  I may not remember a website by its title or description but I will most certainly remember it by its picture.  Within a box you can rearrange websites by clicking and dragging them to a new place on the screen.    Boxes can further be organized into containers.  For example I may have a math website container with boxes inside such as virtual manipulatives, games, videos, etc.  Simply Box has a very user friendly interface that lets you drag and drop to organize containers, boxes, and materials.  Simply Box makes collaboration easy.  Send your Simply Box to another Simply Box user and each of you can comment and add to boxes.  A non-simply box user will be able to see all of the content but will not be able to add to it. How to integrate Simply Box into the classroom: Simply Box is an outstanding way to keep the online classroom resources you find organized.  Share your boxes with colleagues and collaborate about resources you find and how they might be used in the classroom.  Use Simply Box to build guided lessons for students.  Collect all the resources (websites) they need to complete a project.  Create an Internet scavenger hunt for students to complete in a safe, more controlled online environment.  Students can also use Simply Box.  Students can work together on class projects, collecting research and other materials together.  Assign Simply Box as homework and include students in the creation of the next-day lesson.  Assign a topic, the student’s job is to find a few quality websites on the subject and add them to the class Simply Box.  The next day go through the students finds as a class to learn about the new topic.  As you continue learning about the topic, new finds can be added to the Simply Box.  When it comes time to complete a project or study for a test, all of the resources are gathered in one place for students.  You could essentially create your own ‘textbooks’ with the help of students. Tips: Simply Box requires an Internet plugin to work.  If you need a tech admin to install a plugin on classroom computers or your work computer, get the request in so you can organize your school year from the start. Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Simply Box in your classroom.

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Conduit Mobile: Turn any website/blog/wiki into an app for any mobile device!

Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, Create, iPod, Middle/High School, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, web tools, Websites | Posted on 11-01-2012

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What it is: Want to see something really super cool?  You can create your very own app for multiple mobile platforms in, I don’t know, 7 minutes flat! Seriously.  Conduit Mobile makes it incredibly easy to create your own app out of a blog, class website, wiki, etc. and publish it to share with others.  It honestly could not be easier.  Type in the URL you want turned into an app. Click go. Customize and tweak to your hearts desire and publish.  That. Is. It.  Holy cow it is easy!  You all are going to look like super geniuses when you turn your classroom blogs/wikis/websites into mobile apps that parents and students can access easily from anywhere.  Better yet- turn your school website into a mobile app and then you will be super genius of the school.  That is an impressive title.  Once your app is published, you have the ability to send push notifications to your app users (field trip reminders anyone?).  You can also easily track the analytics of who is using your app.  You can even enable advertising to earn revenue in accordance with your apps installation and performance.  It never hurts to have a little extra mail money around for all those classroom supplies we buy!
How to integrate Conduit Mobile into the classroom: Conduit Mobile makes it easy to meet your students and families where they are-on mobile devices.  Make classroom content and news easily accessible by running your site through Conduit Mobile-it does all the hard work leaving you an app for Apple devices, Android, Windows mobile, bada and Blackberry.
Do your students have blogs or wikis that they have created?  Help them publish their hard work into an app.  I’m thinking this would be a really NEAT way for our Jr. High students to turn their blog ePortfolios into apps that they bring with them to high school interviews.  Now that would be impressive!  It is so easy to do, there is just no reason not to!
As a school, publish your school site as a mobile app where parents can get quick-at-a-glance information, review policies and get the latest news.
Tips:  To publish your app to the various app stores, you will need a developer certificate.  These differ depending on the app store you are aiming for.  Conduit mobile even makes this process easy, walking you step-by-step (with pictures) through the process.  Once you are connected to each app store, you can publish as many apps as you would like.  If you have a class full of students who would like to publish a mobile app, it may be worth creating a class developer license that everyone can use to publish.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Conduit Mobile in  your classroom!

Comments (6)

I just used a conduit to make an App for my school :-). It’s very straightforward. The Android app marketplace costs $25 to get into whereas Apple costs $100 plus taxes. Apple also requires a Mac for you to use to upload your app. The Android store doesn’t care what you use :-). When MIT gets the Android App Maker site up and running again, it’ll make Android development even easier. With Apple Apps…well, it’s harder.
My students LOVE the app. Creating their own would be even cooler!!

This looks cool! Keep up the good work and keep posting those kid apps when they come. You don’t mention price, platforms, etc., but I’ll explore on my own. Thanks!

I love this idea, however, even to try it out, it appears that you need to purchase an Apple Developer license ($99 per year) or a one time fee of $25 to upload the app to the Google Market Place. It’s too bad you cannot make your app free in both the Apple Store and Google Market Place without a subscription or developer license.

My name is Heather and I work for Worth Ave. Group. We’re currently holding a contest for K-12 teachers to win grants for their schools, and iPads or iPods for their classrooms. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to email me or visit the link I’ve posted below.
Have a great day!

This is true…to put in the stores you do have to register as developer.

Price: Free…until you want to publish then it costs. Platforms are mentioned above.

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