Seesaw Journal: A Tool for English Language Learners

Last month I shared Seesaw, a new app from the makers of Shadow Puppet that provides a quick and easy way to capture student work.  Seesaw Journal lets students snap a picture of their work and record their voice.  It provides a unique way for children to interact with what they’ve learned and demonstrate their understanding […]

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CueThink for Dynamic Math Problem Solving on iPads

  CueThink is an iPad app designed to improve students’ math problem­ solving skills.  The platform is centered around a “thinklet,” a showcase for student problem­ solving.  This video vignette captures the steps each student takes as they solve a problem and can be shared with the teacher and classmates. CueThink provides a framework for critical thinking […]

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Math Comics from Yamie Chess

Yamie Chess is a math learning resource that supports elementary and middle school students.  You might be familiar with their board game that helps students learn math skills while playing chess.   Working with both U.S. chess masters and math educators, Yamie Chess has created a set of comic books for students that are used to […]

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Haiku Creation on iPads and Android Devices

Learning how to write a haiku poem can be challenging for students young and old.  Poets have to follow a set of rules in order to get it just right.  There is a terrific free app that makes it easy for students to compose their very own haiku poem. Use this interactive app with students […]

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Master Vocabulary and Key Concepts with Trading Cards

Learning domain specific vocabulary and remembering key concepts can be challenging for students of all grade levels.  There is so much content they are exposed to in every subject area that providing kids with study tools can help them boost their comprehension. Trading Cards is a fun free app that asks students to think deeply about historical […]

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Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App

If you’re looking to motivate student poets in grades K through 12 you’ll want to check out Diamante Poem in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  This interactive app can help students understand how to create this special type of poem.  ReadWriteThink offers a variety of lesson plans for teachers to use with […]

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Introducing K-1 Equations with Online Pan Balance

I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Happy Numbers and their great resources for elementary school students.  They have recently released a pan balance feature to help K-1 students understand equations.  This online tool makes it simple for teachers to introduce a concept that young children can find challenging. … This virtual tool […]

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9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD

Here’s a preview of my new post on PD for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! Many schools across the country have professional development days built into their calendar and regularly send teachers to sessions related to their discipline or passion. These are great opportunities to collaborate with staff members in […]

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Book Writer One – A Creation Tool for iPads

Last year I shared the app Book Writer which helps students publish their own work.  Book Writer has a simple and intuitive interface that makes it easy for users of all ages to create their very own multimedia enhanced book.  Students and teachers can add video, audio and text to the screen to make a […]

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Fantastic Student iBook: My Pet Monster

There are so many fantastic ways to turn your students into content creators on an iPad.  Apple Distinguished Educators Jason Sand and Robyn Torry brought second graders and eleventh graders together to create a whimsical iPad storybook.  Their iBook My Pet Monster combines the work of each group of students and is a great example of […]

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