QR Codes in the Garden

There are so many ways to use QR codes and I’ve been excited to see them in my travels the last few months! On my walk to work and recent trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, I’ve seen QR codes pop up in garden plots so visitors and pedestrians can scan and […]

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App Combo Projects: PaperPort and Pic Collage

When I’m using iPads with my students, we often use a combination of apps to accomplish a task. For a research project on biomes, my class created posters in Pic Collage and published their reports with PaperPort Notes.  This culminating project took more than one period to complete, and their colorful, detailed reports were displayed for […]

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ARBasketball: Must See to Believe!

I’ve shared some apps that seem too good to be true and ARBasketball – Augmented Reality Basketball Game is definitely one of them. AR stands for Augmented Reality, and that’s where the basketball hoop comes in. Download the app to your iPad, print out the PDF file on their website and hold your iPad over […]

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Virtual Periodic Table of Elements

If you’re looking for a quick reference tool for a science classroom, here are two options for the periodic table. NOVA from PBS has an interactive app that includes video clips and an option to build each element. Oresome Elements has a game where players match the symbol to the element. Both apps are free […]

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Congressional Moments

The Library of Congress has an excellent new app to help students learn about primary source documents.  With video clips, quizzes and a gallery to explore, the Congressional Moments app will support American History teachers as they gather resources for their classroom. Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching with primary source documents on […]

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Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management

Thank you to the close to 800 people who joined my SimpleK12 webinar! “Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management” Download the presentation or Sign up for an upcoming webinar!

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iPad Lab Timer for Experiments

Timers are great for pacing (I love Traffic Light and Hourglass!) but they can also be used by students in a science classroom.  Lab Timer is a great free app for teachers and students looking to keep track of time during experiments or trials. Easily start and stop four different clocks to make your collection […]

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iPad Coloring Books

Two fun apps for virtual coloring books are Hello Crayon and Hello Color Pencil.  Great for students practicing fine motor skills and teachers looking to offer children a creative outlet.  Draw on a blank page, use one from their coloring books, or take a picture and color on top of it. Children can save and […]

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DK Quiz

With over 100 free quizzes and thousands of questions, DK Quiz is a great app to test general knowledge on a wide range of subjects.  Whether you’re studying rocks and minerals, capitals, or the Aztecs, there are lots of quizzes in the DK Quiz app that can be used as enrichment activities or lesson extensions! […]

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Museum Exploration on iPads

I’ve taken plenty of amazing field trips with students (one of the great things about teaching in NYC!) but I’m always amazed by the number of virtual possibilities. There are lots of fantastic free apps that bring a museum to your fingertips and the Life of Art takes another spin on it. By focusing on […]

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