PowerUp WHAT WORKS Free Resource Library

29 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 8.35.30 AMPowerUp WHAT WORKS resources for struggling students and those with disabilities are now available in the OpenEd resource library. OpenEd is the creator of the world’s largest online collection of standards-aligned resources that I shared earlier this year.  PowerUp provides customizable materials, lesson plans, instructional strategies, videos and more to enhance learning for students with diverse needs, and to personalize learning with technology and Universal Design for Learning.

PowerUp WHAT WORKS and OpenEd screens hot 1The PowerUp resources are completely free for OpenEd users.  Teachers can use customize materials, such as instructional strategies, case studies and tech tips, to both enhance and guide lesson planning.  It provides teachers with a powerful and effective way to reach all students, including  struggling students and those with disabilities.  PowerUp can support teachers looking to  create instructional content to meet the needs of every student. It encourages the integration of technology tools to personalize instruction and translate ULD principles into practice.

Learn more about OpenEd and PowerUp WHAT WORKS resources by visiting their website!

Sphere 360 for Panoramic Picture Taking and Exploration

28 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 10.04.00 AM screen480x480Technology helps teachers bring the world to their classroom.  This includes virtual field trips that are accessible through mobile devices.  Sphere 360 is a very cool app that lets users take panoramic pictures from their iPhone or iPad.  If you’re traveling on a school break and plan to bring pictures back to your students, this is an awesome option.

In addition to letting users take panoramic pictures, it also gives you the option to search through collections of pictures.  Sphere 360 can help bring your students to landmarks and new places that connect to social studies projects or inspire them as writers.

Check out Sphere 360 on the App Store!

Here are two lists of favorite apps and websites you may want to explore:

9 EduApps for Animal Lovers

27 May

Educational apps can include games that engage students with content and resources that provide information on a topic.  These nine iPad apps are perfect for animal lovers of all ages.  Watch meerkats on a live video feed, learn about endangered species, and play games that feature favorite animals!

  1. Virry (animal cam)9
  2. ClassifyIt (animal exploration)
  3. Animal Math Games for Kids (math fact practice)
  4. WWF Together (endangered species)
  5. Plants by Tinybop (animals in ecosystems)
  6. Discovery Channel (video clips)
  7. Britannica Kids: Endangered Species (encyclopedia with multimedia)
  8. Science Today (iPad magazine)
  9. Marine Missions (oceans game)

Here are two more lists to explore:


Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer

26 May
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.39.58 PMTodo Math is a fantastic iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content.
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.39.27 PMTodo Math for the Classroom just launched earlier this month.  They are offering a FREE 60-day trial offer to teachers interested in trying out this app with their students.  It includes access to all Todo Math content for free and access to the web-based Teacher Dashboard.  The Teacher Dashboard is an online management tool that helps you monitor and easily manage up to 30 students at once.
Learn more about Todo Math for the Classroom and their free trial by visiting this website!

MadLibs: Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills

25 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.23.08 AMscreen480x480Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge.  MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students.  Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story.  It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.

MadLibs is free to download and includes tons of activities for students.  They can create stories, find support within the app, and share their final products with peers.

Here’s an Android option for MadLibs!

History Channel Apps for Multiple Mobile Devices (from Android to Apple Watch!)

24 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.59.08 PMThe History Channel is a great resource for multimedia to share with students.  In addition to their website they have a handful of of mobile apps designed for users with access to multiple types of devices.  It’s a terrific option for classrooms with different types of tablets.  You might even share this list with students and their families so they can explore history outside of school hours.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.59.29 PMThe HISTORY app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, Windows Store,

Their travel app HISTORY HERE is great for virtual field trips and available on the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store.

Ultimate History Quiz is available on the Apple App Store and for BlackBerry devices.

There are even more apps from the History Channel to check out on their website.

Check out my bundle of Common Core aligned Social Studies iPad lesson plans!

Translate Websites into Different Languages for Parents and Students

23 May

Google Translate is an amazing website that lets users translate text into another language.  With a simple copy and paste you can take a message in one language and translate it to another.  Although this tool isn’t always perfect it’s a great online resource for teachers looking to communicated effectively with families and students.  In addition to translating text, Google Translate can also work on websites.  Copy and paste the link to the website you would like translated and it will pop up in your screen with words changed to the language of your choosing.

Try it out with a current events article for students or a website with resources for parents!

Take a look:

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