SnapGuide for How-Tos

I love learning new things and SnapGuide is a fantastic free app that you must explore! Pinterest is a great place for gathering new ideas, and SnapGuide takes this concept to a whole new level.  SnapGuide is full of how-to guides that show step-by-step instructions on how to complete a variety of tasks.  You and […]

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Picture Perfect Behavior

There are lots of ways to create a classroom culture that rewards positive behavior. I love using the camera on my iPad to record “Picture Perfect” behavior. When I’m ready to start a lesson I want my students sitting up straight, with a pencil on their desk, and their iPads flipped over to prevent any distractions. […]

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Organize Your iPad Cart

A lot of teachers have asked about the best way to organize their iPad cart.  I am lucky to work in a 1:1 school with a cart of iPads that stay in my classroom. I label student iPads with numbers and names to make access and organization quick and easy.  The labels stay on the […]

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iPad Document Camera

So many teachers in one iPad classrooms love using Educreations as a SMARTBoard simulator. Another fantastic presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. This app works as a document camera and allows you to switch from a whiteboard, picture background, and camera while leaving text on the screen. It also has a laser […]

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Ready to Research: Recording Citations

The iPad is a fantastic tool for completing research, publishing, and sharing your work. There are two free apps from PERRLA that make it easy to record citations whether you’re using MLA or APA style references.  This app is perfect for elementary students completing a biography project or high schoolers writing a term paper. Check out […]

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Replace Your Dry Erase Board with a Portable WhiteBoard

My students spend a lot of time working in differentiated groups. That means that I’m constantly circulating to make sure that everyone is on task.  Sometimes I need to quickly review a skill for a group. Instead of carrying a small dry erase board (and turning my fingers different colors from messy Expo markers) I […]

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Formative Assessment Tool

UPDATE 5/13: Understoodit is closing but here’s another similar option that let’s you take the pulse of your class during your instruction – PollEverywhere If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment […]

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Thesaurus Reference Tool

If you’ve used Dictionary.com you know that it’s easy for students to switch to the thesaurus feature – it’s just as simple on their iPad app.  Download the Dictionary app for quick access to definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. Teaching ELA? Here are some of my favorite Common Core aligned lesson plans! This app is available for Android […]

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Classroom Google Image Search

Students in my class use the Internet for research and are often given the task of finding a photograph or primary source document. We use Google on our iPads to locate the perfect image.  Tap on the photo on your iPad screen to save it to the Camera Roll for easy access when using other […]

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The Answer Pad: iPad Bubble Sheet

There are so many free assessment tools that I love and if you are in a 1:1 classroom you have to try The Answer Pad! The Answer Pad allows you to set up an electronic answer sheet to a test you’ve already created. Students can then “fill in” their multiple-choice answers by using the TAPit […]

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