11 iPad Literacy Apps for Stations!

23 Nov

11Many teachers ask me what to do with just a handful of iPads.  Whether you are in a second grade classroom with two iPads, or a library with five devices you can create stations for students of all ages.

Here are a some of my favorite apps for creating stations in your classroom – add your favorites to the comments section!

  1. News-O-Matic (reading and listening with extra activities)
  2. 7 Little Words (word games)
  3. Quizzitive (vocabulary game)
  4. KidEWords (word games)
  5. Storyline Online (read aloud videos)
  6. DK Readers (read along books)
  7. SpellMania (word games)
  8. World’s Worst Pet (vocabulary games)
  9. Synopsis (flashcards with games)
  10. Vocabulary and SpellingCity (word games)
  11. Avokiddo ABC (alphabet games)

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

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Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Connecting Teacher Tutorials to QR Codes

20 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.02.12 PMScannable technology can be a powerful way for teachers to put content in the hands of their students.  I’ve talked about how easy it is to make QR codes talk with audio clips and how to make a picture pop up on your screen as soon as you scan a QR code.  Another option is to use QR codes to give students and parents easy access to tutorials.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 12.50.51 PMThis might be as simple creating a QR code that connects to a YouTube video explanation of how to solve a math problem.  You could also create your own tutorial for students using an app like ShowMe or a web based tool like PixiClip.  Just take the link to your screencast or the video tutorial you’ve found and connect it to a QR code.  When students scan the QR code they’ll go straight to a clip that helps them understand a topic.

Check out my iBook that provides tons of ideas for using QR codes in your classroom, library, or learning environment!

Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

19 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.00.50 AMBuncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.  creation canvas
Just choose your photos, select a theme, and the Wizard helps create the buncee for you.

Students can easily print their buncee creations, save them to the photo stream, or publish them on edu.buncee.com If you log into edu.buncee.com, you’ll find the iPad creations stored alongside the buncees you created on the web, ready to be shared anywhere.

Buncee for Edu is completely free – visit their site to learn more or download the app to get started!

Bigsaw Designer – Puzzle Maker for iPads

18 Nov

BigsawDesigner-icon100 BigsawDesigner-ipad-ss4Bigsaw Designer is a picture puzzle maker for iPads that lets users create their own interactive games.  Students and teachers can snap pictures with their iPad, use a picture saved in Photos, or select a picture they have found online.  Once you’ve created your puzzles you don’t have to worry about being connected to the Internet because all puzzles are available offline.

This app uses tap-based gameplay and gives teachers and students the ability to create hundreds of puzzles.  You might create puzzles for a station in your own iPad classroom or have students work together to solve puzzles together on one device.  It’s also an interesting way to show off and celebrate student artwork that you’ve snapped a picture of with your iPad.  If you’re working with younger students you’ll love the options to use a smaller number of puzzle pieces.

Learn more about Bigsaw Designer by visiting the Apple App Store!

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today
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