Archive | November, 2012

Old and New: Primary Sources in the 21st Century

30 Nov

I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for studying the American Revolution and industrialization.  National Archives DocsTeach and Today’s Document are two great apps for exploring American history in your classroom.  Search by topic or check daily for high quality images with detailed information on a variety of subjects.

Check out my common core aligned lesson using this app in the classroom!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson using history apps in the classroom!

One more common core aligned lesson using history apps in the classroom!

This app is available on Android devices.

Pick a Student

28 Nov

There are so many  classroom management tools that I love and here’s another. iLEAP Pick A Student makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use this free app to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions.  Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!

Check out this common core aligned lesson where this app could be used during discussion time!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson where this app could be used during discussion time!

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

26 Nov

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading or an encyclopedia entry.

After students in my class emailed their essays on deforestation in South America, I copy and pasted the text into Wordle.  Now I can display what’s trending next to a bulletin board of student work!

Wordsalad is an app that let’s you do the same thing straight from your iPad!

Try Wordle using speeches!

Try Wordle using current events!

 

 

Draw Your Own Graphic Organizer

23 Nov

Graphic organizers work in all subject areas.  There are lots of apps I like, but Grafio Lite allows you to design your graphic organizer by drawing the shapes on your screen.  Can’t draw a perfect circle? Me either. The shapes autocorrect and allow you to duplicate in case you want four ovals on your graphic organizer that are the same size.

Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using this app!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizers in the classroom!

ELA Talk Bubbles

21 Nov

There are lots of great ways to incorporate Perfect Captions in your classroom.  I love using this app with primary source documents, but it’s also perfect for reinforcing literacy skills.  Have students create captions to record their predictions, to jot questions that they have, or write dialogue for the main character.

Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using this app!

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

*I have students email me their work, I print it out, and it goes straight on my bulletin board

Math Fluency

19 Nov

Math instruction has come to life in my classroom thanks to apps that allow my students to work together, create podcasts and identify factor pairs.  Students of all ages need to be fast with their math facts in order to be successful.
Here are three math fact apps that are great for practicing fluency:

Check out my common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!

One more common core aligned lesson plan for teaching math with iPads!

American Revolution Timeline

16 Nov

It’s easy for American History to come to life if you’re on iPads!  I’ve shared some great timeline apps and here’s another that’s worth checking out.  The American Revolution Interactive Timeline app let’s you travel through this period looking at artifacts and documents that tell the story of the Revolutionary War.  Students can tap and explore primary sources while swiping through the years of the American Revolution.

Here’s a common core aligned lesson using this app in the classroom!

Check out my common core aligned lesson using timelines in the classroom!

One more common core aligned lesson using primary sources in the classroom!

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