Online Resource: Scholastic News

22 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.46.02 PMOne of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more.  It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.

Teaching with iPads this year?  Check out my ELA lesson plans!

Flickr: Creative Commons

21 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 9.09.33 AMWhether you are teaching your students about digital citizenship or looking for images to use on your own, Flickr is a fantastic resource.  This website gives users the ability to search for images that can be used for a variety of purposes without infringing on copyright.  It’s a fantastic best practice for students conducting research and can come in handy for teachers looking for images to use in a iBook they are creating.  If you design your own iBook using iBooks Author you’ll want to use images under Creative Commons licensing in case you decide to share your creation with the world.

Search through Flickr and learn more about using Creative Commons.

Want students to design their own content for an eBook?  Check out this lesson plan!

DIY Sun Science on iPads

20 Jul

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Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.07.40 PMDIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world.  Full of activities and information, this free app lets users check out the solar system.  It’s a great choice for teachers looking to bring more hands on instruction into a science unit or locate informational text to supplement a lesson.

Teaching science with iPads? Check out my lesson plans!

Explore Sound on iPads

19 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 4.57.00 PMimageLearning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.

They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them.  A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!

EduGame Spotlight: 7 Little Words for Kids

18 Jul

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A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids.  Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games.  They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
Looking for whole class ELA activities? Here are my iPad lesson plans!
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!

Engage and Collaborate with Chalkup

17 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.38.57 AMChalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students.  This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students.  Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups.   Both teachers and students can track upcoming assignments and participate in discussions on course material.

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Chalkup is being used in classrooms across the country including Texas A&M University, UCLA, and in K-12 learning environments.  It’s a fantastic way to support students in the time they are outside of the classroom.  You’ll give them a space to work through assignments with their classmates and give you the opportunity to easily grade assignments submitted through the platform.

Check out their website and video to learn more!

Fotor App for Easy Photo Editing

16 Jul
Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.03.01 AMFotor Photo Editor gives users the power to edit photos easily.  Students can resize, crop, and rotate photos.  There is also the option to add effects, frames, texts and stickers to an image.  You could use this app to have students edit pictures that they took using their device during a school trip or after completing a science experiment.
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Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.02.49 AMInstead of just snapping a handful of pictures during a school event, ask children to pick their favorite two or three images to tell a story.  Using Fotor Photo Editor your students can enhance each picture before sharing it with their class or placing it in a digital portfolio.  This app is easy to use and gives students lots of options.
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Fotor Photo Editor is free to download and contains in-app purchases for extra effects.  It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but optimized for iPhone.  Check out their iOS or Android apps or visit their website to learn more!
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