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 to write a comment before I post this work in my classroom. Try this trick on your next bulletin board!
Here’s my how-to guide for creating tech-friendly bulletin boards!
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 or anectodals
- Compose emails and reminders on the go
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 and QuickVoice.
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, and save your recording to your iPads Camera Roll. Check out the clip I uploaded onto YouTube that gives a quick introduction to ClassTechTips.com!
Use Explain a Website to help show students how to navigate the websites they’ll visit in one of my common core aligned QR Code Scavenger Hunts!
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 a change of font size in the settings. Not only is this option fantastic for younger students, you might find yourself changing the settings on your iPad too!
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 has to be the option to save your screencast to your iPad’s camera roll. This makes it easy to save, send and share your Doceri video.
Try out the Common Core aligned lesson plan I created for ScreenChomp with Doceri in your classroom!
Check out my guide -> Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric
Toontastic is a fantastic app you can use in your classroom. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon graphics, this app can be used with all ages.
Students create their own short stories or retell a story that they’ve read. Each scene in the story arc requires that students draw their own setting and characters or use one of the templates included in the app. Music can be added to change the tone of the story and all cartoons can be shared with families and peers through Toontastic’s own website.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Here’s another Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!