FriendStrip Comic Creator

Perfect for children who love to “strike a pose” this app presents kids with scenes from a comic strip.  They can act out each scene, snap a picture and create a customized story.  FriendStrip Comic Creator is a wonderful app for teaching children about telling a story in sequence and has plenty of free options […]

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App Update: Educreations

There are lots of reasons that Educreations is one of my favorite iPad apps and a new update has added a fantastic feature that I never knew I always wanted! Now users can swipe up and down on the screen to increase the white space available to them instead of having to add a new slide. […]

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Tune Train for Music Creation

Tune Train is a wonderful free app that children can use to create their own music.  By manipulating different objects on the screen kids can find harmony, pitch and rhythm.  Complete with a teacher’s guide, this free app is perfect for musical stations in an elementary classroom. Not teaching music? Try out one of my […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs iBook for iPads

There are lots of ways to read books on iPads or create your own).  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs allows children read an interactive storybook by themselves, with help, or simply listen to it read aloud.  Children need to experience read alouds regularly. This iPad app is a great way to empower students to […]

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Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard

One of the most memorable parts of my experience at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Austin this past July was using virtual whiteboard apps to find people with similar interests.  We wrote out a topic of interest on our favorite whiteboard app and silently walked around a room to see whose screen looked like […]

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Pizza Fractions a Visual Math Game

If you’re looking for a simple app to teach parts and wholes, Pizza Fractions is for you!  With three different levels and straightforward instructions, you’ll find that this app is perfect for early elementary school students or children who need a little extra help naming fractions. Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan […]

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iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer

There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom.  With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer).  You can even […]

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Common Core and iPads

If you missed my recent presentations at EdTechNJ or the University of Delaware’s iPads in Education Conference, check them out here: Download: Energize ELA Lessons with iPad Apps that Align to the Common Core Download: Teaching Common Core Math on iPads

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Printing Tip: Try Reader View

I love having students use reader view when looking at a text from an Internet browser.  Another great way to use this tool is when you’re printing out content from the web to share with students.  Informational text is such an important part of the Common Core and I use current events in my classroom […]

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App Combo: iMovie and Doceri

Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students.  They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice.  Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll.  This means you can […]

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