Augmented Reality Coloring Pages

30 Mar

After reading this articlescreen480x480-1 Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 5.03.21 PM in the New York Times yesterday I started thinking about one of my favorite coloring apps for children.  No matter how old or young you are coloring requires a combination of skills that can be applied in various situations.  Combining coloring with augmented reality is an easy way to introduce this exciting technology to students.  The colAR Mix app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a super fun choice with plenty of free options.

Students first color the pages printed out from the companion website.  Then they hold their device with the colAR app open over the page.  Within seconds their creation comes to life thanks to their colorful augmented reality trigger.

Visit colAR Mix’s website to learn more!

Mark Your Calendars! Spring and Summer PD

29 Mar
Happy Spring!This year I’ve had the opportunity to travel across the country to visit schools and talk to teachers about thoughtful ways to integrate technology into their instruction.  From California to New York, Utah to Nebraska, Tennessee to Texas, I’ve met passionate teachers who are looking to energize their lessons and engage their students using technology tools.
I have just updated my calendar with more webinars, regional, national, and international events!  I am also in the process of scheduling workshops and speaking engagements through the end of 2015.
If you are interested in booking professional development for your school, district, or organization I will happily share more information about these services.  Simply send email an email to ClassTechTips@gmail.com and we can get the ball rolling!
Have a happy, healthy, and productive spring!
Best wishes,
Monica

Tocomail Drawing Board

28 Mar
drawing board2Earlier this year I shared Tocomail, a communication tools for classrooms.   Tocomail is fun for kids and can be used in various classroom projects.  In addition to simple text communication kids can create drawings and incorporate images in their drawings.  They can send these projects to their teacher and even receive replies.
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drawing boardTocomail’s drawing board can be used during different types of communication.  This could include holiday postcards, birthday messages, greetings and for kids looking to send messages during breaks from school.  Tocomail is available on as free web-application, and on iPads and Android tablets as free app.
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Learn more by checking out Tocomail’s video or visiting their website!
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Noggin for Educational Videos

27 Mar

screen480x480-1Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.31.47 AMIf you’re familiar with the educational channel Noggin you have a good idea of the different kinds of content they provide for young viewers.  The television channel includes programs like Allegra’s Window and Oswald.  This app includes a long list of content including music for children.  Users can try out a free trial before deciding whether to sign up for the subscription.  Noggin is a great choice for brain breaks or stations in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom.

Learn more by visiting the Apple App Store!

Wonder Bunny Math Race App Series

26 Mar

Wonder_Bunny_Math_Learning_Kids_1200x627Wonder Bunny is a learning game series that covers content from preschool to third grade.  In Wonder Bunny learning games kids become teachers who help superheroes grow and learn new skills. The motivation comes from getting fun super powers and riding wacky vehicles like a flying carpet. While helping their game characters learn, kids learn math concepts and operations, all within an engaging game environment.

Wonder_Bunny_Math_Learning_1200x627Wonder Bunny series includes four math learning games for elementary school aged students. All games include thousands of math exercises and comprehensive learning analytics to monitor child’s learning.  The educational game series addresses the Common Core learning standards and each app can be downloaded individually.

Learn more about Wonder Bunny and see which app is right for your students by visiting their website!

Running Record Calculator App

25 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 1.06.10 PM screen480x480Collecting data on student progress is an important part of making decisions about intervention and how to best support the children in our classrooms.  Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering this type of assessment.  It records students as they read a passage and gives you a quick way to keep track of self-corrections and errors.  After the recording finishes you can enter the word count from the passage to calculate words per minute.

Check out Running Record Calculator in the Apple App Store or download this alternative for Android devices!

Creating Augmented Reality Triggers with Canva

24 Mar
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Tap on this image to enlarge it on your screen. Then scan it with the Blippar app.

Canva is a favorite app and web tool for creating classroom posters.  It is an easy to use graphic design tool that turns users into creators of amazing content.  At LitWorld this past year we’ve used Canva to make posters for interactive library spaces.  The posters alone are visually pleasing but not exactly interactive.

To make our library posters interactive we’ve turned them into augmented reality triggers.  First, I uploaded them to Blippar – a fantastic augmented reality creation tool.  Then, I layered virtual content on top of the poster like video links to songs and book recommendations.  Once the free Blippar app was loaded on every device in the library, families could scan to see augmented reality content bounce off of the page.

Combining the power of Blippar and Canva is one way to energize your library spaces!

 

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