Caribu for Long Distance Read Alouds

24 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 9.57.28 AMYou may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2.  This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together.  Users will be able to see each other’s picture just like FaceTime as they turn the pages of a book on their screen.  screen480x480-2

This is a great app for reading buddies young and old.  It can be used in a school environment to connect readers to partners in a neighboring school or to students in another time zone. Caribu is also a great recommendation for parents looking to motivate reluctant readers at home.

Caribu comes with a couple free books and the rest are downloaded through in-app purchases.

Halloween Party App for iPads

23 Oct
Halloween_1 jugador UnidoHere’s a fun app for classrooms getting ready for Halloween!  Halloween Party App lets up to four players work together on one device to answer trivia questions related to Halloween.  Perfect for elementary schoolers, this app is also completely customizable.  I love apps that allow a couple of users to share the screen and Halloween Party app is perfect for a few kids working with one device.  Whether you add this app to a station this week or recommend it for an at home download it’s a good choice for celebrating Halloween with your students.GamePlayWithPic3
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You might decide to add your own questions to the app or add a question deck using Quizlet.com.  There is even a set of print out materials that you can download completely free.  This app is free for a limited time (10/23-10/26) so you’ll want to check it out and download today!

Create Fantastic Videos with Wideo!

22 Oct

wideo.co logoWideo is fantastic video creation tool that lets educators and students make their own tutorials, in-class presentations, and so much more.  Users create animated videos that are perfect for students of all ages.  It’s a great way to breakdown complex topics, explain an idea, or demonstrate understanding.  Not only will you get the information across to your students but you’ll grab their attention thanks to the easy to use templates for teachers.

5-tips-to-flip-your-classIn addition to watching your animation come to life, users can add different audio and sound clips and access hundreds of graphics to add to their creation.  Wideo’s Freemium Pricing Model lets users pay for the extra features they want and upload their creations to YouTube for free.  Their Startup and Pro Plan gives users a handful of extra options and there is also a new Education Discount for users who sign up for a year subscription with an “.edu” email address.

Learn more about Wideo by visiting their website and watching an animated video!


Canva – Poster Making on iPads

21 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.58.27 PMI’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads!  Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app.  You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art.  Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!

screen480x480Transform a reference chart in your classroom, have students make persuasive posters for their favorite book, or give kids a new way to add visuals to a research report.  How will you use Canva in your classroom?

Visit their website or watch the video!

Tiggly Counts an iPad Math Toy!

20 Oct

Counts logoTiggly 1Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers.  These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way.  After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen.  These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.

With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play.  Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts.  Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.

Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!

Wonderful Wireless Document Camera for All Devices

18 Oct

iziggi_slide01This year I’ve had the opportunity to try out a wonderful document camera that has tons of great features. iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera for iPad, PC and Mac lets users wirelessly stream video of documents, objects, devices and more straight from your iPad and computer.  It’s a great tool for turning your iPad into an interactive whiteboard and gives teachers and students lots of flexibility.  A huge plus is that it’s super powerful and can be used without wireless connectivity when you plug it directly into your computer.

I’ve giving away one iZiggi HD Wireless Document Camera this month – learn how to win yours!

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Thinkrolls for Logic and Problem Solving

17 Oct
Thinkrolls-iconThinkrolls is a terrific app for preschool and elementary school aged students that helps children develop logic and problem solving skills.  Available on the iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play stores, this app includes 180 levels and puzzles.  There is an easy mode for children ages 3-5 and a more challenging mode for students ages 5-8.  Kids will experiment with concepts like gravity, buoyancy, and friction, just to name a few.  Thinkrolls was developed to help students enhance their logic and problem solving skills.
Thinkrolls-photo-3Teachers can track the progress of up to six players on a single device, making it great for stations. Kids will interact with engaging cartoon characters as they move through each level.  Thinkrolls has a crisp, kid-friendly interface that is beautifully designed.  Kids can even listen to a soundtrack designed specifically for the app.  There are no advertisements or in-app purchases.
Watch their video then choose your app store to download: iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play
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