Connect to other students who have the Whiteboard Lite app open on their iPads
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 they discuss problem solving strategies and stay engaged in their work.
If your school has one wireless network, you can even connect iPads across campus.
Check out my lesson plan using Whiteboard Lite in my classroom!
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 well as the sound of the student speaking while they write.
Students in my classroom work independently and in peers to record the steps they take to solve a math problem. Not only is this a great form of assessment (students can email you a link to their video) but it makes students feel like they have a become a master of a skill. Use ScreenChomp to achieve higher level thinking in your classroom.
Check out my lesson plan using ScreenChomp in the classroom!
Check out my guide -> Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric
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 these “grades” as “levels.”
Practice skills like: rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, word roots, homophones, and adjectives
Check out my lesson plan using Bluster in the classroom!
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.
The free version provides illustrations for idioms starting with A and B – you’ll need to upgrade to access the rest
This app acts like a database of idioms, easy to search and navigate
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!
I’ve been using QR codes in my classroom for scavenger hunts and as a tool for research. If you haven’t viewed my presentation on making your own QR codes and using them in the classroom, check it out here.
If I want all of my students to visit one website (especially one with a combination of characters that might be hard to type in) I’ll project the QR code onto my board and have all students scan it straight from their seats. This eliminates the printing, copying and distributing of papers and makes for a quick, easy scan for all students.
Try projecting this QR code and scanning it yourself!