Archive | September, 2012

Fooducate – Health Scan

27 Sep

There are lots of apps that allow you to scan barcodes to compare prices of different products. Fooducate takes this to a new level!

When you scan the barcode of a processed food item, Fooducate connects you to information on “How Healthy” that product is – even assigning it a letter grade.

Students can use this app on a supermarket field trip or to scan items you bring into your classroom.  The Fooducate website also performs the same function. If you’re teaching a unit on healthy eating, or discussing advertising during a persuasive writing unit, Fooducate can integrate technology into your lesson.

Check out my lesson plan using Fooducate in the classroom!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Behavior Watch: ClassDojo

25 Sep

UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here.

ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative behavior.  It’s free to sign up and their app makes it easy to keep track of everything! One nice feature of ClassDojo is that you can customize the different behaviors it monitors.

Here is a screenshot of their demo to help you get a sense of how easy it is to keep track of student behavior in your classroom.


This app is also available on Android devices.

Soho Apple Store

21 Sep

Thank you for attending my presentation at the Soho Apple Store!

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iBooks Reading Guides

20 Sep
One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking.
I use iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books can be downloaded for free.  If my students are going to be reading in a book club with hard copies of a text, I’ll purchase a copy on iBooks so I can prepare a reading guide for them. Here’s how:
  • As I’m reading I’ll highlight a piece of text and add a note.  This note will be a comprehension question I think that students should be able to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
  • I can access all of these notes (comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book I stopped to record them.
  • All of these notes (comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
  • I will give this list to students at the beginning of a book club with the expectation that this will guide their reading responses and group discussions.

Highlight any word and you’ll have the option to add a note.

Press the “Share” button to email your notes.

All of your comprehension questions will be organized by chapter.

Check out my book club guide for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

What’s inside my iPad?

18 Sep

Sometimes it’s hard for visitors to my classroom to understand how students use their iPads.

I like to post a reference chart that shows off how technology is used in our classroom.  It’s also helpful for students, who are often asked about our work on iPads.

This list will grow as the school year progresses and works with any technology cart (“What’s inside my netbook?”)

Haiku Deck for Small Presentations

13 Sep

I love Keynote and use it to present information to students across the content areas.  Haiku Deck is a great alternative platform for presentations. The best part:  it’s free and student friendly!

This app allows you to create swipeable slides with a photo background and a small amount of text (…think haiku).  It has a gallery of photos to choose from, and uses words on your slide to help you find the perfect background image – you also have the option to upload your own photos.

I’ve used Haiku Deck to share KBADs, give short writing prompts and just switch it up from my usual Keynote presentations.

It doesn’t take long to make one and students can use it to create their own presentations too!

Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using Haiku Deck!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using this app!

UPDATE: There are new features that have been added to Haiku Deck that are worth checking out!  My favorite has to be the ability to add bulleted list and more text to your presentation slides – a fantastic update to one of my go-to apps!


11 Sep

There are lots of ways to browse the Internet on your iPad.  Besides the Apple Internet browser Safari (that comes built in with your iPad) one option is DiigoBrowser.  Although Safari is my go-to when using the Internet, DiigoBrowser has one feature that I find particularly helpful in the classroom.

You might have noticed the annotated screenshot included on my post about accessing archived content on ClassTechTips.  I followed a few easy steps to annotate an Internet page:
1. Bring up a website in DiigoBrowser
2. Press the gray and white starburst on the right side of the screen to access different features in DiigoBrowser
3. Choose the camera/crop icon (this allows you to drag a box on the screen to crop the part of the website you’d like to annotate)
4. Use the toolbar at the top of your screen to draw shapes, arrows, or add text
5. Decide whether you’d like to save this picture to your iPad’s camera roll or send it as an attachment in an email

1. Bring up a website in DingoBrowser
2. Press the gray and white starburst
3. Choose the camera/crop icon

4. Use the toolbar at the top of your screen to draw shapes, arrows, or add text

5. Decide whether you’d like to save this picture to your iPad’s camera roll or send it as an attachment in an email

Instead of just taking a screenshot of your iPad – which I do all the time. This tool could be used to show students where to look on a website to make directions specific and easy to follow.  Try it when guiding students through the research process, or demonstrating how to access content on a new website.

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