Thursday, January 31, 2013

An iBook from the Great Perhaps

“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.” ― John GreenLooking for Alaska

“For she had embodied the Great Perhaps--she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes"  ― John GreenLooking for Alaska

Confession time, my latest obsession is with John Green's writing.  His books are insightful, wise, and utterly brilliant.  However, this post is not about John Green or his novels but about a heavenly iBook titled  Hot Apps for HOTS by Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker. Lest it seem misleading, Hot Apps for HOTS is an educational book featuring free apps to use to engage Higher Order Thinking Skills in the classroom. I use the quotes as a metaphor hoping this iBook with all its adventurous possibilities will lead your classroom to grander maybes.

Lisa and Yolanda have smartly assembled this book with fun tasks related to cooking, tapping into the secret foodie in all of us. Each task utilizes one or two free apps and includes thoughtful, easy to follow instructions. They list the goal of each task and the level of Bloom's Taxonomy it incorporates. With minor effort and imagination it is easy to see how you could take their tasks and recreate appropriate ones for your curriculum at your grade level. They are that transferable!

In short, Hot Apps 4 HOTS is free and uses free apps in educationally sound, easily interchangeable, engaging ways. Teachers at all grade levels that have access to iPads in their classrooms are missing out on an invitation to a great perhaps if they do not download and add it to their bag of tricks.

Screenshots were taken directly from Hot Apps for HOTS and annotated by moi. 


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