Monthly Archives: October 2012

Working Together – Collaborate on Whiteboards

  Whiteboard Lite is an app that has changed the way students work in my classroom.  With a simple tap of a button, two iPads on the same wireless network can turn their screens into one.  I have students solve math problems together, each writing in a different color, talking out each step as they show their work. My room is full of math partners who connect their iPads as… Read Article →

Student Created Podcasts

I love using Khan Academy and Math Train to support lessons, but ScreenChomp has taken my use of podcasts to a new level. It’s important that students in my classroom feel successful and this app turns them into superstars. ScreenChomp allows users to record their writing and voice as they work through a problem on the screen. It captures the action taking place as students write on ScreenChomp’s whiteboard as… Read Article →

Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs

Public service announcements are a great way to turn a traditional persuasive essay writing piece into a multimedia presentation. There are lots of ways I like to use the iPad camera in my classroom and this is one of them! Check out my lesson plan on creating public service announcements in your classroom!  

Create Your Own Textbook

iBooks Author is a fantastic way to get students involved in their own learning. If you’re dedicated to providing engaging lessons for your students then creating interactive textbooks needs to go on your to do list. iBooks Author has a short learning curve, and here are just some of the things you can do: I use text from various Internet sources and alter it so the reading level is appropriate… Read Article →

Atlas Apps

Social Studies textbooks are one way to teach geography but I prefer having my students explore an atlas hands on. Zoom in and tap for more info as you virtually travel the globe with Atlas for iPad Free, World Travel Atlas Free, and My World Atlas – Free. Check out my lesson plan using these apps in the classroom!  

iPad QR Scavenger Hunt

I’ve said it before – I love using QR codes in my classroom! There are a lot of reasons: Takes students directly to a website you have chosen Eliminates frustration of typing in long web addresses (perfect for students in an inclusion class, occupational therapy, etc.) Saves time! I make QR codes using free QR code generators like Qurify and distribute them to my students as a scavenger hunt. I’ll… Read Article →

Bluster Literacy Practice

One of my favorite apps for literacy skills practice is Bluster. McGraw-Hill has lots of app but this one is free (these prices often change so download it sooner than later). It is set up for independent and partner practice and prompts the player to choose between Grades 2 – 4. I find the skills practices can be tough for my fifth graders so in my classroom we refer to… Read Article →

Idioms on iPads

Pushing students to the next level in ELA often involves an understanding of idioms. English Idioms Illustrated and Idioms Lite are two great apps that can help bring idioms (age old sayings) into modern times. Check out my lesson plan for using these apps in the classroom!

Graphic Organizers: Idea Sketch

Graphic organizers work in all subject areas and students can create their own using the Idea Sketch iPad app.  I love it for creating story maps, brainstorming and taking notes. Check out my lesson using Idea Sketch in the classroom! One more common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizer apps! Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizers in the classroom!

Countdown to November: Election Apps

If you are discussing the upcoming Presidential Election in your classroom there are lots of apps that can provide a knowledge base for your students.  They contain electoral maps, polling data, and up to date information of the campaigns. Here are a few iPad apps to choose from: NBC Politics     CNN     USA Today Whether you are discussing the math around the electoral college or debating social issues, these apps… Read Article →