Healthy Eating with Whole Foods

Whole Foods supermarket has an app for children that promotes healthy eating. In a game that feels similar to Angry Birds, players sort a variety of healthy foods moving them across the screen to the appropriate sorting belt. Healthy eating tips are given in between each level.  This would be a great starting point for […]

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Gmail to Organize Student Work

I use Gmail for my personal email account and it is great in the classroom too. I have students send work they completed on their iPads (this works with PCs too) to a teacher Gmail account I set up in September.  Each student uses the same student Gmail account to send their work to me […]

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Art Walk

Take neighborhood walks and community studies to the next level with this exploration app!  The Meridian app lets you explore different locations – my favorite is their guide to the permanent artwork installed in the MTA system in NYC.  Either before, during or for a simulated neighborhood walk, students can explore the artwork hidden underground in […]

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Screenshots

Taking screenshots (or capturing what you see on your iPad screen) is a great way to show students step by step instructions for work you want them to complete.  It’s the same thing I did when describing how to Make Your Own Buttons for the iPad screen.  In order to capture a screenshot you press […]

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Math Tutorials

A great resource for math tutorials is MathTrain.  This site has student created tutorials for all age levels that are quick and engaging.  Their website isn’t iPad friendly, but they have an easy to navigate iPad app that organizes their podcasts by topic. Check it out!

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Tangrams – Geometry and More

Tangrams are a great way to make geometry work hands-on and engaging for students.  This ancient game has come a long way since I was in school.  It’s a great tool if you’re looking to have a discussion on polygons and angles or just want students to problem solve while working on their fine motor […]

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Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom

Click on the picture to view the presentation from today’s iPad in the NYC Schools event at the UFT headquarters.  Email or comment below with any questions.

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Internet Research: Fact or Fiction?

Internet research in any classroom can be challenging.  Students want to believe that everything they read is true.   Here are three great sites to demonstrate to students the importance of using critical thinking skills when conducting research online. Check out my bundle of Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for teaching ELA with iPads […]

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Today in History

This Day in History is a free app from World Book Encyclopedia that lists historical events that took place on a particular date.  It let’s you search any day of the year and provides a longer explanation (encyclopedia entry) of each event’s significance. Check out this common core aligned lesson plan to use in Social […]

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Summer Reading Log

Scholastic is offering a Summer Challenge for students!  Students can use the Scholastic Summer Challenge website or their Reading Timer app to keep track of their reading all summer.  The app allows students to set a timer for their reading and log their minutes each day.  For parents, the app includes tips, book lists, and […]

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