Shmoop: Learning Guides, Test Prep, and more!

2 Sep
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.53.37 PMShmoop is an online resource for students and teachers offering a wide range of content.  Their mission is to make learning accessible, relatable and fun so that students are engaged as they interact with course material.  Shmoop provides users access to free learning guides and study tools written by teachers and experts in their fields.  They have content that is designed for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.  This includes courses on “Breaking Bad as Literature” and “Bruce Springsteen’s America.”Career Research and Decision Making
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Course content from Shmoop has been used in schools across the country.  You’ll find a whole section of their site dedicated to teachers where you can dive into Common Core and Digital Literacy resources.  Whether you share this content with your students or recommend it to parents looking to support their students at home, your kids will benefit from the variety of study tools available.
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Visit Shmoop’s website to learn more!

Long Division Practice with Tapston Math

1 Sep

tapston-ld-iconFor extra practice for long division you’ll want to take a look at Tapston Math’s app in the Apple App Store and Amazon Marketplace.  Long Division Tapston Math helps students understand the long division process.  It works with basic concepts to more challenging skills like working with remainders and decimals.  Students working through long division problems will benefit from the extra practice manipulating dividends and divisors.screen480x480

When students get stuck on a problem there are hints to help them find the correct answer.  Most of the features built-in to Long Division Tapston Math are free, the rest can be unlocked with one in-app purchase.  These extra features let users solve long division problems they’ve inputed into the app.

Check out their website to learn more or go straight to the Apple App Store or Amazon Marketplace to try it out on your tablet!

14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads

31 Aug

The iPad so much more than a content consumption device!  This year turn your students into creators using these fantastic iPad apps.  Most of the tools on this list are free and you can learn more about each one by clicking on the links below.

  1. Adobe Voice14 apps create and collaborate
  2. Book Writer
  3. Buncee
  4. ChatterPix
  5. Toontastic
  6. Drawp for School
  7. Fotor
  8. Comics Head
  9. ShadowPuppet EDU
  10. Frolyc
  11. Sphero
  12. Adobe Sketch
  13. PixiClip
  14. Sketchbook Express

Here are two more lists you might want to check out:

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Tocomail – A Gmail Client App for Students

30 Aug

_AY6ZgM7jrUTGyKyPaWhxJgPgPkD5TF0Z0D7NNo1gQwThis past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students.  They have recently launched Tocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers.  It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features.zSYrkq3a5B7qPPuBO1OwBplfgm83wjiYtbycK_6zOFs

Tocomail for Gmail lets older kids take their regular Gmail account and transform it into a colorful, personalized tool for sending messages to friends and family.  Parents also have the option to keep track of their children’s email activity through parental controls.  Tocomail for Gmail is easy to use and gives teens the opportunity to transform their email account into an instant messenger tool.

Tocomail is completely free with extra options available through an in-app purchase.  Visit their website or watch this video to learn more!

 

 

Kickstarter Project: Storyverse 3D Book

29 Aug

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If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a terrific website that gives individuals and small businesses the opportunity to raise funding to put their ideas into action. Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform that contains character driven stories.  They’re working to create an engaging product that gives kids a chance to read, play and learn on their tablet.  22060e9c18e633c3f0e35a487feab772_large

Storyverse will bring the power of storytelling straight to iOS and Android tablets.  It provides an opportunity to bring parents, teachers, and children together to read and figure out puzzles side-by-side.  Users will be able to customize characters, record their own voice, and more.  You can be one of the first ones to check out this app by supporting their Kickstarter project.

Visit the website to watch a video and learn more!

TheO SmartBall for Active Learning

28 Aug

SmartBall 2Designed for elementary school-aged children and special education students, TheO SmartBall enhances learning in the classroom with physical activity and engagement.  TheO SmartBall can provide an opportunity for self-directed learning, and is a simple way to introduce technology into a variety of learning environments.

Physical Apps logoAll  you have to do is download one of the Physical Play apps available in both the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. There are lots of games to choose from (access a complete list here).  Insert your device into TheO SmartBall and see how each app uses motion and acceleration sensing along with music, sound effects and voice to provide a unique learning experience for your students.  It’s great for working on listening skills, helping students learn to work together, and of course keeping kids active throughout the school day.

Learn more by visiting TheO SmartBall’s website or watching this video!

 

 

News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

27 Aug

NOM_HD_iconSharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the world around them.  With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.unknown

Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools.  It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading.  News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.

Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

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