Famous Faces: Funny Movie Maker

This app might seem silly but there are lots of ways to use Funny Movie Maker in you classroom. Use a picture from your camera roll and insert your mouth or entire face to make the image come to life. Try reading the Emancipation Prolamation using Abraham Lincoln’s picture.  Have students replace the face of […]

Read More

More QR Scavenger Hunts!

I love using QR code scavenger hunts to introduce new topics to my students! Whether we’re getting ready to compost, about to start a unit on deforestation, or need a quick overview of topics like  Lewis and Clark, the Dust Bowl, the Trail of Tears, the Gold Rush, the Great Plains, the Bill of Rights, Amazon Rainforest, […]

Read More

Toontastic for Story Telling

Toontastic is a fantastic app you can use in your classroom.  Don’t be fooled by the cartoon graphics, this app can be used with all ages. Students create their own short stories or retell a story that they’ve read.  Each scene in the story arc requires that students draw their own setting and characters or […]

Read More

Old and New: Primary Sources in the 21st Century

I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for studying the American Revolution and industrialization.  National Archives DocsTeach and Today’s Document are two great apps for exploring American history in your classroom.  Search by topic or check daily for high quality images with detailed information on a variety of subjects. Check out my common core aligned […]

Read More

Pick a Student

There are so many  classroom management tools that I love and here’s another. iLEAP Pick A Student makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use this free app to make sure that all of your students […]

Read More

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading […]

Read More

Create Graphic Organizers on iPads with Grafio Lite

There are lots of apps I like, and Grafio Lite lets you create graphic organizers. Students can design their own graphic organizer by drawing shapes on the screen. Can’t draw a perfect circle?  The shapes autocorrect and allow you to duplicate in case you want four ovals on your graphic organizer that are exactly the same size. In addition to drawing shapes, […]

Read More

ELA Talk Bubbles

There are lots of great ways to incorporate Perfect Captions in your classroom.  I love using this app with primary source documents, but it’s also perfect for reinforcing literacy skills.  Have students create captions to record their predictions, to jot questions that they have, or write dialogue for the main character. Check out my common […]

Read More

Math Fluency

Math instruction has come to life in my classroom thanks to apps that allow my students to work together, create podcasts and identify factor pairs.  Students of all ages need to be fast with their math facts in order to be successful. Here are three math fact apps that are great for practicing fluency: FlashToPass […]

Read More

American Revolution Timeline

It’s easy for American History to come to life if you’re on iPads!  I’ve shared some great timeline apps and here’s another that’s worth checking out.  The American Revolution Interactive Timeline app let’s you travel through this period looking at artifacts and documents that tell the story of the Revolutionary War.  Students can tap and […]

Read More