SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

15 Sep
5_box all openSoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice vowels, and random changes in words.
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19_sng i in trash partial keybdWith SoundSwaps students can work on their auditory conceptualization skills and eliminate extra visual and auditory distractions while they focus on figuring out where within a word a sound has changed.  Students who are struggling with foundational literacy skills will benefit from the extra practice this app provides.
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You can visit Language Learning Apps’ website to learn more!
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Pre-order Announcement! New iBook on QR Codes and the Classroom

14 Sep

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I’m so excited to announce that my new iBook “Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond” is now available for pre-order!

This iBook was made to view on iPads and has tons of ideas for using QR codes to design engaging lessons that reach all learners in your classroom.  It has plenty of tips and includes over an hour of video tutorials.

Pre-order today before it goes on sale September 22nd!

Classify It! Animal Exploration

13 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.27.55 PMscreen480x480Classify It! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has an awesome free app that helps students learn about different animals.  This multi-level app asks children to identify different organisms.  They’ll earn points as they unlock each level and answer questions.

This app is great for station work if you only have a few iPads since it lets multiple users create profiles.  Download Classify It! today – it’s free!

 

Common Core in Action: Manipulating Shapes in the Elementary Math Classroom

12 Sep

Common Core in ActionHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools.

No Rubber Bands Required

I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. It lets students pick and choose from two different boards and lots of virtual rubber bands to create shapes.

…Click HERE to read more!

Syllabuy: Teacher Marketplace for Buying & Selling Lessons

11 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 2.23.05 PMIf you are selling your lesson plans online already or are thinking about getting started you’ll want to check out Syllabuy.  Now is a great time to set up a shop on Syllabuy since sellers will pay no transaction fees and earn 100% commission on shop sales until 2015.  Features for sellers include: a simple product management system, the ability to put products on sale and create coupon codes, real-time feedback on product performance, and monthly payments via PayPal. 

class tech tipsSyllabuy is a program from FundingFactory, the nation’s largest e-waste recycling fundraiser.  Although Syllabuy is still in BETA, they already have thousands of lessons, activities, worksheets and other resources in all subjects available, most of them free or very low-cost. Many of the lessons are CCSS aligned and it’s free to create an account on Syllabuy – you only pay when purchasing a resource.

You can take a look at some of the lessons on Syllabuy (like mine!), upload your own to sell, or simply explore the site to learn more!

 

 

iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

iA3-Icon-1024Branchfire is giving away 2,000 free copies of iAnnotate (usually $9.99) during the back to school season.  If you’d like to win a free copy send out the following tweet: 

Hey @ClassTechTips I want to #makepaperjealous with iAnnotate! 

Just make sure you’re one of my Twitter followers so I can direct message you the promo code! You must also have an Apple ID for the US App Store. Offer good until codes run out!

Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

Chalkup: New Rubric Feature for Quick Grading

9 Sep
chalkup-grading-driveI’ve shared some of the reasons that I like Chalkup as a platform for students and teachers.  They now have a new feature that you’ll want to check out – rubrics that make it simple to assess and grade student projects and assignments.  As educators we know the importance of using assessment tools like rubrics and making the grading process transparent for our students.  We want them to understand the expectations for the task they are being asked to complete.
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google-drive-rubricWith Chalkup teachers can grade assignments using rubrics they’ve created or ones they’ve found in Chalkup’s community.  Teachers can assign point values to different areas of the rubric to make grading a lot easier.  Responding to teacher feedback, they’ve also added Google Drive integration so that students can easily submit assignments.
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Watch this video on the new rubric feature and their teacher-created rubrics today!
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