Monthly Archives: August 2012

Show Off Technology – Student Emails

If your students are using technology in your classroom there are many ways to show off their work to visitors.  I make sure that every bulletin board in my classroom clearly demonstrates how technology is used by my students everyday. Instead of exit slips to check understanding at the end of a lesson, my students email me what they have learned and any questions they still have. Each iPad in… Read Article →

Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom

The Sticky Notes app has taken technology integration in my classroom’s Reader’s Workshop to a brand new level! This free app allows you to organize sticky notes, customize the size of the note, change the font, text color, and the “paper” color of the sticky note. In this example, the student writes the date and page number of where they stopped in their current book.  The purple notes are for… Read Article →

Let’s Talk About Captions!

I’m always looking for ways to help history come alive for my students.  The Perfect Captions app is a great way to incorporate technology in your classroom in an engaging way.  Students can add captions to demonstrate their understanding of what a fiction character or historical figure might be thinking.  They can use a picture found on the Internet, saved on a student’s iPad or taken with their iPad camera…. Read Article →

Custom Flashcards

There are lots of flashcards apps for the iPad but I when it comes to customization there is one I absolutely love! Flashcardlet by Quizlet allows students to view flashcards decks you’ve created on their iPads.  Quizlet is a free website where you can make  flashcards decks that correspond to vocabulary in any unit of study.  You choose the words and either create your own definition, or use/modify one of… Read Article →

I Can’t Live Without… Dropbox

You might have checked out my presentation on using Dropbox with the Noterize app earlier this year.  If you haven’t started using Dropbox I don’t know what to say… I can’t live without it! What is Dropbox? Dropbox is a free service that let’s you share files over a wireless network. Download the software on one computer and files can be accessed from multiple locations…including an iPad.  You can drag and… Read Article →

Healthy Eating with Whole Foods

Whole Foods supermarket has an app for children that promotes healthy eating. In a game that feels similar to Angry Birds, players sort a variety of healthy foods moving them across the screen to the appropriate sorting belt. Healthy eating tips are given in between each level.  This would be a great starting point for discussions on food and nutrition, since the game introduces foods that might be new to… Read Article →

Gmail to Organize Student Work

I use Gmail for my personal email account and it is great in the classroom too. I have students send work they completed on their iPads (this works with PCs too) to a teacher Gmail account I set up in September.  Each student uses the same student Gmail account to send their work to me (I’ve set up each student’s iPad to send and receive emails from the same account)…. Read Article →