Monthly Archives: December 2012

Classroom Google Image Search

Students in my class use the Internet for research and are often given the task of finding a photograph or primary source document. We use Google on our iPads to locate the perfect image.  Tap on the photo on your iPad screen to save it to the Camera Roll for easy access when using other apps. Search for images to use in apps when making memes, creating funny faces, or… Read Article →

The Answer Pad: iPad Bubble Sheet

There are so many free assessment tools that I love and if you are in a 1:1 classroom you have to try The Answer Pad! The Answer Pad allows you to set up an electronic answer sheet to a test you’ve already created. Students can then “fill in” their multiple-choice answers by using the TAPit app or The Answer Pad website. The best part of this assessment tool might be… Read Article →

Tech-Friendly Bulletin Boards

There are lots of great ways to show off student work and my bulletin boards are full of examples of how technology is used in my classroom. Some apps allow you to send work as JPEG and PDF files and I often take screenshots to capture student work. When I print JPGs I like to change the scale to 60% or 70% that way I have room on the page… Read Article →

Dragon Dictation: Voice Recognition

I like using Siri to record my conference notes and anecdotals.  I’ve listed the how-to’s and reasons why I use it, but if you don’t have access to Siri there are other options. Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition app.  It allows you to speak into your iPad’s microphone and watch your voice turn into text. Try Dragon Dictation in your classroom: For students who need scribes Documenting conference notes… Read Article →

Easy Memes for Every Subject

I’ve discussed how much I love HaikuDeck as a presentation tool and the way I’ve used it to create memes with my students.  There are lots or free apps that make it even easier to create memes (I like Mematic), and I’ve started using them across subject areas. Have students…. write a riddle for math over a picture of Albert Einstein pose a science question over an image of Marie… Read Article →

Bring the World to Your Classroom

Traveling this holiday season? I love to take pictures when I’m on vacation, especially of landmarks or places I’m studying with my fifth graders. Students will be more engaged during a lesson about Mayan culture when they see a picture of you standing in front of Chichen Itza. Take your travel photos to a new level by using the Tourwrist app. It allows you take a 360 degree panoramic view… Read Article →

Simple Grading Tools

You may have used a slide rule in the past but here are two free iPad apps that make it easy to score test and quizzes.  Groovy Grader provide a percentage based on the number of questions on an exam.  eGrader HD will even assign a letter grade depending on the number of questions a student answers correctly. Here are two more teacher tools that I love: Pick a Student… Read Article →

Explain a Website

I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan.  But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool!  This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you navigate a website.  You can write all over the screen, discuss features of the website,… Read Article →

Easy to Read: iPad Accessibility

One of the great things about using an iPad in the classroom is the ability to change settings to meet the needs of your students.  I work with fifth graders on a class set of iPads and my students type in the Notes app and send a lot of emails. One quick fix I’ve made to make it easier for them to read what they’ve typed on the iPad is… Read Article →

Record Your Work Using Doceri

You may have read my post on using ScreenChomp in the classroom.  Another screencasting app I love is Doceri.  Although Doceri is not as user friendly as the simple layout of ScreenChomp, my fifth graders had no trouble getting over the learning curve.  There are some great features Doceri has to offer that set it apart.  Doceri has lots of choices for colors, shapes, and lines, but the best part… Read Article →