Drawp for School Thanksgiving Teacher Promo

26 Nov

tumblr_inline_nfkd3lVQjJ1red99fDrawp for School is a fantastic app for creation, collaboration and workflow.  I recently shared Drawp with teachers during a school visit in Tennessee and you may have seen my post on how it can be used for managing workflow.

They are offering $15 off a one year unlimited subscription from November 24th to November 30th.

All you have to do is follow the steps outlined on their blog to receive this special discount.  Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 9.54.49 AMVisit their website to learn more about Drawp for School and this special promotion!

 

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MyBackpack for Early Learning on iPads

25 Nov
unnamedMyBackpack is a new iPad app that let’s students access Waterford Early Learning software from an iPad.  With this app children ages four and younger can can sing and read along with interactive nursery rhymes.  Older students can read, listen and sing along with 16 traditional tales books and 35 reading, math and science songs.  Kids can practice and drill their math skills with the game Mental Math.
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unnamed-1There are more than half a million students already using Waterford Early Learning software and MyBackpack is available for the general public too, letting them gain access to select curriculum straight from an iPad.  With MyBackpack students can access supplemental lessons for the classroom and home.
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Download MyBackpack for iPads and check out the learning activities for your students!

ClassDojo’s New Privacy Policy

24 Nov
IScreen Shot 2014-11-23 at 9.37.01 PM‘ve shared some of the reasons that I love ClassDojo and their Messenger app.  It’s a terrific behavior management program that can be adapted for any classroom.  In addition to offering lots of ways to customize data collection, it gives teachers an opportunity to build communication with parents and help students stay on track.
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screen480x480Although ClassDojo collects lots of information on students for teachers to use they’re not a data company.  They’ve implemented a new policy that will begin in January 2015 where all student records will automatically be deleted after one year.  This way teachers can use the app but none of data will follow students around.  This is a great move by a company that is showing how important it is to be respectful of user information no matter how young or old!
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Read more about ClassDojo’s new privacy policy on their site!

11 iPad Literacy Apps for Stations!

23 Nov

11Many teachers ask me what to do with just a handful of iPads.  Whether you are in a second grade classroom with two iPads, or a library with five devices you can create stations for students of all ages.

Here are a some of my favorite apps for creating stations in your classroom – add your favorites to the comments section!

  1. News-O-Matic (reading and listening with extra activities)
  2. 7 Little Words (word games)
  3. Quizzitive (vocabulary game)
  4. KidEWords (word games)
  5. Storyline Online (read aloud videos)
  6. DK Readers (read along books)
  7. SpellMania (word games)
  8. World’s Worst Pet (vocabulary games)
  9. Synopsis (flashcards with games)
  10. Vocabulary and SpellingCity (word games)
  11. Avokiddo ABC (alphabet games)

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

 

Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Connecting Teacher Tutorials to QR Codes

20 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.02.12 PMScannable technology can be a powerful way for teachers to put content in the hands of their students.  I’ve talked about how easy it is to make QR codes talk with audio clips and how to make a picture pop up on your screen as soon as you scan a QR code.  Another option is to use QR codes to give students and parents easy access to tutorials.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 12.50.51 PMThis might be as simple creating a QR code that connects to a YouTube video explanation of how to solve a math problem.  You could also create your own tutorial for students using an app like ShowMe or a web based tool like PixiClip.  Just take the link to your screencast or the video tutorial you’ve found and connect it to a QR code.  When students scan the QR code they’ll go straight to a clip that helps them understand a topic.

Check out my iBook that provides tons of ideas for using QR codes in your classroom, library, or learning environment!

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