Tocomail – A Gmail Client App for Students

30 Aug

_AY6ZgM7jrUTGyKyPaWhxJgPgPkD5TF0Z0D7NNo1gQwThis past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students.  They have recently launched Tocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers.  It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features.zSYrkq3a5B7qPPuBO1OwBplfgm83wjiYtbycK_6zOFs

Tocomail for Gmail lets older kids take their regular Gmail account and transform it into a colorful, personalized tool for sending messages to friends and family.  Parents also have the option to keep track of their children’s email activity through parental controls.  Tocomail for Gmail is easy to use and gives teens the opportunity to transform their email account into an instant messenger tool.

Tocomail is completely free with extra options available through an in-app purchase.  Visit their website or watch this video to learn more!

 

 

Kickstarter Project: Storyverse 3D Book

29 Aug

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If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a terrific website that gives individuals and small businesses the opportunity to raise funding to put their ideas into action. Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform that contains character driven stories.  They’re working to create an engaging product that gives kids a chance to read, play and learn on their tablet.  22060e9c18e633c3f0e35a487feab772_large

Storyverse will bring the power of storytelling straight to iOS and Android tablets.  It provides an opportunity to bring parents, teachers, and children together to read and figure out puzzles side-by-side.  Users will be able to customize characters, record their own voice, and more.  You can be one of the first ones to check out this app by supporting their Kickstarter project.

Visit the website to watch a video and learn more!

TheO SmartBall for Active Learning

28 Aug

SmartBall 2Designed for elementary school-aged children and special education students, TheO SmartBall enhances learning in the classroom with physical activity and engagement.  TheO SmartBall can provide an opportunity for self-directed learning, and is a simple way to introduce technology into a variety of learning environments.

Physical Apps logoAll  you have to do is download one of the Physical Play apps available in both the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. There are lots of games to choose from (access a complete list here).  Insert your device into TheO SmartBall and see how each app uses motion and acceleration sensing along with music, sound effects and voice to provide a unique learning experience for your students.  It’s great for working on listening skills, helping students learn to work together, and of course keeping kids active throughout the school day.

Learn more by visiting TheO SmartBall’s website or watching this video!

 

 

News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

27 Aug

NOM_HD_iconSharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the world around them.  With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.unknown

Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools.  It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading.  News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.

Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

Fall Announcements, Special Offers, and a Quick Favor!

26 Aug

Fall Announcements-2As you get ready to head back to school I want to share some news, special offers, and ask for a quick favor!

  • Over the next few months I’ll be visiting Nebraska, Utah, Tennessee, and New Jersey to share some of my favorite activities for using iPads with students!  If you’re interested in professional development or workshops learn more here
  • I’m offering my course “Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!” for 50% off – read more Stay tuned for my interactive iBook on QR Codes this fall!
  • If you’re looking for lesson plans for your iPad classroom, visit my TpT Store to see over 100 products! Sign up to follow my blog and receive a free lesson plan.

I need your help!

I have submitted a proposal to SXSWedu and need your votes to help remove to the next round!  The website asks you to create an account (I’ve never received spam/emails from them) and then give a thumbs up (and comment if you like) to my proposal.  The votes help my fellow ADE and I move to the next round so if you have 2 minutes to spare I would greatly appreciate it!

Feel free to reach out by email, on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to ask questions, share your favorite apps, or say hello!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful school year! Monica

Use ZipGrade to Grade Assessments

25 Aug

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeAs you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade.  It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

School 4 One: Smooth iPad Workflow

24 Aug

screen480x480-2School 4 One is a fantastic platform that helps teachers manage workflow in their one-to-one iPad classrooms.  It was designed to make managing classrooms with multiple devices easier for educators.  Teachers can share files and assignments with students who can then annotate those documents from within the app and send the final product back to their teachers.  Teachers can then assign grades to each piece of work and leave personal feedback for individual students using audio and visual tools.

screen480x480-1The user-friendly interface of School 4 One lets teachers easily track student progress and see which areas their children need intervention.  With this platform teachers can figure out who needs extra help so that they can make informed decisions about their instruction.  School 4 One also has pr made content in a few different subject areas that teachers can access and share with students.

Check out their website to learn more!

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