EdTech Tip: Preparing Students for Google Hangouts

Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more! Google Hangouts makes it easy to connect with people from around the globe, right from the classroom. Students who participate in Google Hangouts should be prepared for the experience. It is important that they understand their role, know […]

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The Brainstormer – iOS and Apple Watch Storytelling App

Next week I’ll be sharing ideas for storytelling with the Apple Watch at ISTE in Philadelphia.  One app that I’ve been excited about is The Brainstormer  which is available for iPhones, iPads, and now the Apple Watch.  With a tap of the screen users will see a new plot, subject and setting appear.  The dials […]

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4 Word Games and Phonics Tools for Tablets

As teachers explore the best uses for tablets in their classroom, there are a range of possibilities for enhancing everyday instruction.  If you have access to just a few tablets you may decide to use these mobile devices in literacy stations.  Students can sign up to visit the iPad center the same way they would […]

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Imagine Easy Scholar: Tools for Students and Teachers

Imagine Easy Scholar has terrific tools for students and teachers that can support English Language Arts instruction and used across the content areas.  Students can use the Scholar Annotation Tool (Google Chrome Extension) to highlight text directly on a website. The highlighted information is saved to a digital notecard, where they can then add more information […]

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Reading Library for Kids on iPads – EPIC!

EPIC! is a subscription-based ebook library for students.  This iPad app gives elementary-school aged readers access to thousands of books straight from their device.  Kids can set their preferences, browse the collection and earn badges for their achievements.  This engaging app is great for reluctant readers or students struggling to find a just-right book that […]

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EdTech Trend: Google Cardboard

Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more! Wearable technology, including Google Glass or the newly launched Apple Watch, has made the news for years. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe even talked about it in this TED Talk. Although wearable tech is increasingly popular for those who can afford the investment, it’s […]

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Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation!

I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen.   Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or ShowMe.  Then they […]

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Science App for DIY Experiments and Exploration

I’ve shared a handful of awesome, free apps from The Lawrence Hall of Science and here is another worth checking out!  DIY Lake Science includes hands-on activities, videos, and tons of information for students, teachers, and families.  With this app kids can explore lake science and learn by doing thanks to the easy to follow […]

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Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

Teach Your Monster to Read is a super fun, computer-based phonics game for kids.  This completely free online resource has over six hours of content for students to explore as they practice phonics skills.  It includes exercises on letters, sounds, and full sentences. This website can be used to supplement school instruction at home or […]

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7 Must-Have Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

Here’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more! The iPad is a powerful creation tool in the hands of students.  Digital storytelling activities empower children to recount moments from their own life, explain their understanding of a topic, or persuade an audience.  Across the content areas, digital […]

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