Idioms on iPads

Pushing students to the next level in ELA often involves an understanding of idioms. English Idioms Illustrated and Idioms Lite are two great apps that can help bring idioms (age old sayings) into modern times. Check out my lesson plan for using these apps in the classroom!

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Mind Maps iPad App: Graphic Organizers with Ideament

Graphic organizers work in all subject areas and students can create their own using the Ideament app.  I love it for creating story maps, brainstorming and taking notes.  Asking students to design their own mind maps iPad creation forces them to think outside the box as they organize their thinking. Ideament (formally Idea Sketch) is a […]

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Countdown to November: Election Apps

If you are discussing the upcoming Presidential Election in your classroom there are lots of apps that can provide a knowledge base for your students.  They contain electoral maps, polling data, and up to date information of the campaigns. Here are a few iPad apps to choose from: NBC Politics     CNN     USA Today Whether […]

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Fluency and Presentation Practice: Teleprompter

We’ve all watched news anchors deliver top stories and presidential candidates give speeches, but have you ever used a teleprompter? iPrompt is a free app that turns your iPad into a teleprompter! Add text that you’ve written yourself or copy and paste a famous speech from the web. Customize the size of the text and […]

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QR Codes on the Big Screen

I’ve been using QR codes in my classroom for scavenger hunts and as a tool for research. If you haven’t viewed my presentation on making your own QR codes and using them in the classroom, check it out here. If I want all of my students to visit one website (especially one with a combination […]

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Fooducate – Health Scan

There are lots of apps that allow you to scan barcodes to compare prices of different products. Fooducate takes this to a new level! When you scan the barcode of a processed food item, Fooducate connects you to information on “How Healthy” that product is – even assigning it a letter grade. Students can use this app on a supermarket field […]

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Behavior Watch: ClassDojo

UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here. ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative […]

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Soho Apple Store

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iBooks Reading Guides

One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking. I use iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books can be downloaded for free.  If my students are going to be […]

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What’s inside my iPad?

Sometimes it’s hard for visitors to my classroom to understand how students use their iPads. I like to post a reference chart that shows off how technology is used in our classroom.  It’s also helpful for students, who are often asked about our work on iPads. This list will grow as the school year progresses and […]

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