Essential Skeleton 3D

There’s plenty of free “wow your crowd” apps and Essential Skeleton is one of them!  Users can manipulate a 3D skeleton, highlight different sections and read information about each bone. Multiple entry points make this a great app for students of all ages. Have your students explain what they see in one of my favorite […]

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Create Your Own QR Codes

I’ve talked about all the ways I use QR codes in my classroom and it is so easy to make your own! The free iPad app QR Code Maker gives users the ability to copy and paste any URL and turn their link into a QR code. Save the QR code to your camera roll and share […]

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Announcements! Spring/Summer 2013

Thank you for making the first half of 2013 a special one! As the school year winds down I have a few pieces of exciting news to share! If you’re looking for Professional Development on Technology and the Common Core, register for my four part webinar series beginning May 22nd – I’m excited to partner […]

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Virtual Tool: iPad Protractor

There are lots of great tools for the iPad and another to add to your list is the free Protractor app. Perfect for teaching different types of angles and a great preview for students before using the real thing.  Have students place objects or cut outs of shapes on their iPad screen to measure angles! Here’s my bundle […]

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Quotable Americans

There are lots of great free iPad apps for primary source documents and Civic Quotes combines the words of famous Americans with images that depict a period in history. It’s a great free app to find inspiration for a biography report or introduce different historical figures. Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for […]

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Endless Alphabet

UPDATE 9/10/13: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic! A fantastic free app for learning letters (and new words!) is Endless Alphabet.  This app lets students manipulate letters on the screen, tapping on each letter to hear its name.  Students spell out words too, adding to their vocabulary as they learn the names of […]

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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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