Archive | January, 2013

Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters

30 Jan

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You might have used a app like this to create a scrapbook page of family pictures but it can be easily used in the classroom.  Pic Collage is a free app that allows users to take multiple images and place them on a blank canvas or within borders and add text and captions.  Students in my class use pictures that they’ve taken themselves or gathered from Google Image search.  They can save their “posters” to their Camera Roll and email their work.  These make great bulletin board items!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for using this app in your classroom!

This app is also available on Android devices.

iPad MadLibs

30 Jan

Screen shot 2013-01-27 at 3.55.20 PMForget about the way you completed Mad Libs as a child – there’s an app for that!  The official Mad Libs app offers 21 free stories that can be used to reinforce literacy skills.  Have students identify parts of speech and create their own fill in the blank story.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!

SnapGuide for How-Tos

28 Jan

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I love learning new things and SnapGuide is a fantastic free app that you must explore! Pinterest is a great place for gathering new ideas, and SnapGuide takes this concept to a whole new level.  SnapGuide is full of how-to guides that show step-by-step instructions on how to complete a variety of tasks.  You and your students can even create your own how-to guides using this free service!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for using this app!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Illustrate a Story

28 Jan

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There are so many great apps to have students practice storytelling and here’s another I love.  Pirate Scribble by Kidoodle is more than just a coloring book.  Students create pictures that correspond to a story that is told in sequence.  It’s a great way to reinforce literacy skills while allowing students the opportunity to be creative.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using another storytelling app I love!

Here’s another Common Core aligned lesson planusing another storytelling app I love!

Wordmover for Poem Creation

25 Jan

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This free app acts like the magnetic words you might have on your refrigerator. Created by the National Council of Teachers of English, Wordmover allows students to manipulate words on their screen. Choose from the list they’ve provided and add your own words to create phrases, sentences or poems. I think this app would be perfect for a poetry station or a challenge activity for fast finishers.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!

Rock and Mineral Identifier

23 Jan

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I love hands-on science activities, especially when I can integrate technology into my lesson.  Two fantastic free apps for Earth Science are Mineral Identifier and Common Rocks Reference.  These apps are full of information for students who are identifying rocks and minerals.  If you’re school doesn’t have access to hands-on materials this app can work as a substitution.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!

Interactive US Electoral Map

21 Jan
photo 3If you want your students to grasp the political history of the US check out The States.  This free app includes electoral data from every US election.  A colorful, crisp map displays the distribution of electoral votes while providing information on the candidates in each presidential election.  It doesn’t have to be November to bring the history ofpolitics alive for your students!
Check out a bundle of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching American History using iPads in your classroom!
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