Archive | December, 2012

Classroom Google Image Search

31 Dec

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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 writing captions.

The Answer Pad: iPad Bubble Sheet

28 Dec

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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 the ability to assign a Common Core Standard to each question. That way when a student answers a question I know if they’ve mastered each skill. Students can also show their work using a scratch pad on the app before submitting their answer. Watch their tutorial for a complete breakdown – this is a must have for a 1:1 classroom!

Tech-Friendly Bulletin Boards

26 Dec

photo-10 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!

Dragon Dictation: Voice Recognition

24 Dec

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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 anecdotals
  • Compose emails and reminders on the go
This app is available on Android devices.

Easy Memes for Every Subject

21 Dec

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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 Curie
  • summarize the main idea of a text over a snapshot of a book’s cover

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan that would be perfect for this app!

Bring the World to Your Classroom

19 Dec
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Lincoln Memorial.

Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Lincoln Memorial. (This one I found in the app!)

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 of any location and upload it using your iPhone or iPad.

If you’re not planning a trip to the Washington Moniment anytime soon, that’s fine too! TourWrist allows users to upload their pics and it’s easy to search and share them in your classroom.

Simple Grading Tools

17 Dec

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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.