WordPress

If you’re interested in starting a class website WordPress is a free site that offers you a blog format to update homework assignments, upload pictures and share links with students and their families. The WordPress app makes it quick and easy to update your blog on the go. This app works just as well on […]

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Stack the States

Stack the States in a must have app that’s fantastic for geography practice at any age. Students answer multiple choice questions and have visuals of each state as they choose their answer. There is a free version of this app that my students use on their iPad, the paid app seems unnecessary because the lite […]

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Curriculum Planning – Common Core Learning Standards

Most schools are beginning to embrace the national Common Core Learning Standards. If you haven’t heard of them or are not sure if your district is moving in this direction, learn more here. The Common Core Learning Standards are straightforward and user friendly – but you need to know them in order to plan instruction […]

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Reader View – Internet Browsing

My students conduct Internet research on a variety of topics throughout the year.  Many sites give the option of a “Reader View” that eliminates sidebars, advertisements and focuses only on the text of the website.  This is a feature that works on iPads and Laptops – try it out!

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Interactive Maps

Interactive maps can bring geography and community studies to life! Whether you are working on a screen projection to zoom in, or searching for monuments or specific regions, instructional possibilities are endless. Students can use Google street view to zoom in on the street outside their school, or look at the border between Haiti and […]

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TED Talks

TED Talks are wonderful for adults and high school students, but I use them with my fifth graders – most often in small groups to extend guided reading or book club discussions. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks they are worth checking out! Speakers are given 5 to 20 minutes to wow an audience […]

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Read Alouds and Short Text Recorder

There are some teacher tools that have changed my instruction immensely and this is one of them! QuickVoice allows you to record your voice and I use it for read alouds and test prep throughout the school year.  You can record your own voice reading a short text or picture book and play it back […]

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SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad

Educreations is a fantastic iPad app that simulates the SMARTBoard touch screen experience. You will use a regular projector and projector screen – I’m often projecting onto my SMARTBoard even though my iPad isn’t connected to it. This app allows you to use your iPad screen as a blank canvas to write on while recording […]

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Siri Speaks to Me

For Apple lovers like me the iPhone 4S was at first a mixed blessing.  I was desperately in need of a new upgrade, but initially underwhelmed with the features of the 4S. (Where was the iPhone 5 I had been dreaming of?) Siri (voice recognition software on the new iPhone operating system) has made my […]

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Current Events in the Classroom

Content can come alive in the classroom when you connect instruction to current events. Students of all ages like to feel like they have a grasp on what’s happening in the world around them and there is always a way to make curriculum-to-world connections. NBC Nightly News has an app that features up to the minute video clips on events of the […]

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