National Parks App: Virtual Field Trips on iPads

Whether you’re planning an outdoor excursion or just want to show off the National Parks to your students, check out National Geographic‘s fantastic free app: National Parks by National Geographic.  With tons of information (and the option to upgrade for more) this app can be used for student research or virtual field trips! It’s a great choice for students […]

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Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

Teachers in one iPad classrooms can turn their device into a document camera with lots of do-it-yourself tricks. The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.  Extra in […]

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9 Apps for After School Programs

Educators who feel limited in creativity and flexibility due to rigid curriculum can introduce engaging, educational apps into after school programming.  This part of the school day often gives students (and their teachers) more choice. During this block of time you may want to incorporate one of these apps that promotes content creation and exploration: Shutterfly […]

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Essential 21st Century Skill Support: Try Hopscotch with Your Students

Preparing students for careers of the future is absolutely essential!  Although there are many terrific coding events that highlight the importance of computer science, you can bring these skills into your classroom regularly.  Hopscotch is a free app with lots of options for student users.  It’s a great choice for introducing kids to foundational concepts, […]

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QR Code Mother’s Day Activities from Scanova

Scanova, a QR Code app for teachers, has created a set of engaging classroom activities for K-2 students, specially for Mother’s Day. Each activity has a QR Code-based answer sheet. Students need to solve questions and color the blocks of the QR Code that have the right answer. When they get all the answers right, […]

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No More Rubber Bands: Virtual Geoboard App Update

There are so many tools I used as a student that are now available virtually on iPads.  One fabulous free app that fits into this category is the Geoboard.  Forget about rubber bands snapping around your classroom.  The virtual geoboard has everything you need to teach polygons, area, scaling and symmetry.   From changing colors, overlaying figures and […]

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Learn a New Word Each Day with this Free Vocabulary Email List

Sharing new vocabulary with students is an important part of the everyday work that happens in your classroom.  If you’re looking to introduce a new word to students each day there is a free daily email that brings vocabulary to your inbox. Make Your Point is a free daily vocabulary-development email thatteaches useful, sophisticated words. […]

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Increase Student Participation with Two Terrific Name Selector Apps

There are so many classroom management tools that I love (here’s a list of 19!).  Two of my favorites iLEAP Pick A Student and Random Name Selector makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use one of these free apps […]

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MyScript Calculator with Handwriting Recognition to Solve Problems

There are lots of apps that can “wow” a crowd and MyScript Calculator is definitely one of them.  Write an equation (simple or complex) onto your screen and the app will use handwriting recognition software to solve the problem.  This fantastic free app can be used by students to check their work, especially order of operations.  If you’ve tried this […]

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Weather Safety Apps from the American Red Cross

Earlier this year I shared a First Aid app from the American Red Cross that is full of useful information and completely free. The American Red Cross also has three apps designed to support victims of natural disasters. Whether you’re studying a region of the United States or just looking to spark a discussion, these […]

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