Edit Student Work on iPads

My students publish a variety of work on their iPads and use different apps throughout the writing process. When it comes to typing up their final product we often use PaperPort Notes. Before they send their work to print, I use the highlighter and marker tool to show them where edits and revisions need to […]

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My New eBook “Swim Dive Splash”

Very excited to announce that my new children’s book “Swim Dive Splash” is now available in the iBookstore! Perfect for teaching figurative language and narrative poetry. With full audio support – it reads itself! -Practice fluency by having children read along -Alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, etc., -Great for making inferences and using pictures to support comprehension  *include […]

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Reading a Ruler on iPads

There are so many virtual iPad tools that I love using with my students (base ten blocks, sticky notes, geoboard, atlas, glossary, dry erase board…). One free app that can substitute a ruler is Ruler for iPad and iPhone.  Have students place an item on their iPad screen or measure distance between two points they tap on the plane. If you’re teaching students […]

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Sustainability iPad Apps

One of my favorite topics to teach in the classroom is healthy eating. There are lots of great free apps to support this subject at all grade levels. Looking for a nearby farmer’s market? Try Fresh Food Finder Searching for sustainable seafood? Try Seafood Watch Exploring fruits and vegetables? Try Food Truth Here’s my Common […]

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Word Wonderland!

There are lots of apps I love to use to teach literacy skills: Bluster, Sticky Notes, iPrompt, Idioms, Captions, Mad Libs, Jumbled Sentences and Synonyms. McGraw Hill has a handful of apps to teach literacy skills at the primary and elementary level: Word Wonderland (primary and elementary) and Grammar Wonderland (primary and elementary).  All have lite versions […]

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Eat and Move: Health Calculator

Eating healthy is important and there are lots of ways to use iPads to help students make good choices. A fun free app from 4H is Eat and Move. I consider this app a “health calculator” because users can find out the calories of common foods and how much time they’ll need to swim, dance, […]

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Manifest Destiny

There is a wonderful free app that introduces students to Westward Expansion through the famous painting by John Gast.  Manifest Destiny allows students to explore the motivations of pioneers, the struggles they faced and terrain they explored.  I love that this app centers around a primary source document and helps children think about the western United […]

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Virtual Base 10 Blocks

It seems like all teachers who have been lucky enough to get base 10 blocks guard them closely. They’re expensive and easy to lose. In many classrooms, there’s never enough base ten sets to go around. Students can be rushed through visually understanding base ten when there aren’t enough. For digital classrooms, virtual base 10 blocks can […]

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Poems by Heart

It doesn’t have to be Poetry Month to learn a new poem! Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics teaches users how to memorize a poem. They offer two free poems to get you started and there are more available through in app purchases. Whether you’re teaching fluency, extending a biography project of a famous poet, […]

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How Canadian Are You, Eh?

This fun free app, How Canadian Are You, Eh? is perfect for checking your knowledge of Canadian history, geography and pop culture.  I’ll be using it with students during our unit on Canada. Great for all ages, this app chooses 20 random questions and provides the answers once you’re finished quizzing. Check out my Common […]

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