Experience America HD Magazine

25 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 3.00.16 PMExperience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text.  Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks.

If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this easy to navigate app.  Full of beautiful pictures of the United States, it’s sure to pique your students’ interests.

App Update: ClassDojo’s Shared Classes

24 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.38 PMClassDojo is an app that I recommend to teachers all the time!  It’s a fantastic classroom management tool that can be used at all grade levels to keep track of student behavior data and make it easier to keep families informed. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.33 PM

This week they’ve released a new feature you’ll want to check out.  ClassDojo will now have Shared Classes so teachers can collaborate when gathering information.   For team teachers who share students or middle school teachers who see different classes throughout the day, this new update will definitely come in handy.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Practice Storytelling with Toontastic

23 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.21.23 PMI’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country.  Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue.  It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their own tales or notice story elements as they read.

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.21.39 PMDownload this app for free to access a selection of content – you’ll have the option to upgrade for more scenes if you like!

Check out my lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices!

Online Resource: Scholastic News

22 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.46.02 PMOne of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more.  It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.

Teaching with iPads this year?  Check out my ELA lesson plans!

Flickr: Creative Commons

21 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 9.09.33 AMWhether you are teaching your students about digital citizenship or looking for images to use on your own, Flickr is a fantastic resource.  This website gives users the ability to search for images that can be used for a variety of purposes without infringing on copyright.  It’s a fantastic best practice for students conducting research and can come in handy for teachers looking for images to use in a iBook they are creating.  If you design your own iBook using iBooks Author you’ll want to use images under Creative Commons licensing in case you decide to share your creation with the world.

Search through Flickr and learn more about using Creative Commons.

Want students to design their own content for an eBook?  Check out this lesson plan!

DIY Sun Science on iPads

20 Jul

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Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.07.40 PMDIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world.  Full of activities and information, this free app lets users check out the solar system.  It’s a great choice for teachers looking to bring more hands on instruction into a science unit or locate informational text to supplement a lesson.

Teaching science with iPads? Check out my lesson plans!

Explore Sound on iPads

19 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 4.57.00 PMimageLearning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.

They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them.  A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!

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