Illustrate a Story

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…

Wordmover for Poem Creation

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…

Rock and Mineral Identifier App

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…

Interactive US Electoral Map

If 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…

Picture Perfect Behavior

There are lots of ways to create a classroom culture that rewards positive behavior. I love using the camera on my iPad to record “Picture Perfect” behavior. When I’m ready to start a lesson I want my students sitting up straight, with a pencil on their desk, and their iPads flipped over to prevent any distractions.…

Math History Timeline

There are lots of great free timeline apps for the iPad and I’ve shared some already (American Revolution and Titanic).  IBM’s Mind of Modern Mathematics is a fantastic interactive timeline with illustrations, primary source documents and information on important moments in the history of math.  It includes biographies of famous mathematicians and vintage videos on…