There are so many great screencasting apps that I use in my classroom. Tellagami is a fantastic free iPad app takes it to another level by allowing users to create their own avatars and place themselves anywhere they’d like (I’m “standing” in my classroom now.) If you’re flipping your classroom, leaving a message for students to play when you’re pulled out for a meeting, or just looking to start off… Read Article →
There are so many tools I used as a student that are now available virtually on iPads. One fabulous free app that fits into this category is the Geoboard. Forget about rubber bands snapping around your classroom. The virtual geoboard has everything you need to teach polygons, area, scaling and symmetry. Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app! Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle that… Read Article →
It’s important for all students to use math vocabulary when describing how they’ve solved a problem. Math Terms Glossary is a free app that students can use to access definitions of math terms. Most entries include pictures and a Spanish translation of the definition. Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan bundle for teaching math on iPads!
I love using Dropbox in my classroom, in fact I can’t live without it. Dropbox is fantastic if you’re looking to conserve resources or save time making photocopies. Here are just a few things that are in my students’ Dropboxes right now: Vocabulary reference charts Reader’s Theater scripts Reading passages Project Rubrics Activity sheets that can be completed in other apps PowerPoint/Keynote presentations Check out my Common Core aligned iPad… Read Article →
Biographies are a great way to get students excited about Social Studies. People HD provides information on different historical figures, a timeline of their life and famous quotes. The list could be more diverse, but I think it presents a great opportunity to have students research and create their own entry. Here’s a Common Core aligned lesson planthat is perfect for biographies! Check out this Common Core aligned lesson plan… Read Article →
I love using sports in my classroom and if you’re teaching economics you’ll want to check out Financial Football. This free app includes lessons for middle and high school students and a football game to test their skills. It’s a fun way to introduce your students to financial literacy! Not teaching economics? Check out my Common Core aligned bundle of Social Studies lesson plans for other iPad apps!
I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for learning US geography and world geography but there are lots of great geography game apps out there to try. TapQuiz Map is a free geography game app that tests your knowledge of the globe. The player can focus on one region of the world at a time and see what countries and US states they can locate on a map. It even quizzes… Read Article →
If you use rubrics to grade student work you have to try ForAllRubrics! Once you set up your class list, this website allows users to import rubrics they’ve already made, or easily create new ones. Open the site on your iPad and with a few taps you’ll have projects graded in no time. It’s easy to access previous grades, print out data, and it’s free for teachers! Here’s a Common… Read Article →
There are lots of great ways to explore current events and I’ve shared some great free apps for accessing multimedia informational text. One of my favorite news apps that I use at home and school is Watchup. This free app allows you to create your own news program by choosing short clips from different news sources (EuroNews, AP, PBS, etc.). I love customizing any tool to fit the need of… Read Article →
There are lots of great apps for teaching literacy to your students and here’s another to try out in your classroom. In Find Synonym the user unscrambles letters to spell out a synonym for the word presented. It includes definitions for each word and you can even unlock the antonym level if you answer enough questions. Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!… Read Article →