Tech-Friendly Bulletin Boards

There are lots of great ways to show off student work and my bulletin boards are full of examples of how technology is used in my classroom. Some apps allow you to send work as JPEG and PDF files and I often take screenshots to capture student work. When I print JPGs I like to […]

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Dragon Dictation: Voice Recognition

I like using Siri to record my conference notes and anecdotals.  I’ve listed the how-to’s and reasons why I use it, but if you don’t have access to Siri there are other options. Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition app.  It allows you to speak into your iPad’s microphone and watch your voice turn into […]

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Bring the World to Your Classroom

Traveling this holiday season? I love to take pictures when I’m on vacation, especially of landmarks or places I’m studying with my fifth graders. Students will be more engaged during a lesson about Mayan culture when they see a picture of you standing in front of Chichen Itza. Take your travel photos to a new […]

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Simple Grading Tools

You may have used a slide rule in the past but here are two free iPad apps that make it easy to score test and quizzes.  Groovy Grader provide a percentage based on the number of questions on an exam.  eGrader HD will even assign a letter grade depending on the number of questions a […]

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Explain a Website

I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan.  But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool!  This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you […]

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Easy to Read: iPad Accessibility

One of the great things about using an iPad in the classroom is the ability to change settings to meet the needs of your students.  I work with fifth graders on a class set of iPads and my students type in the Notes app and send a lot of emails. One quick fix I’ve made […]

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Free Assessment Tools for Classrooms Using One-To-One Technology

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Famous Faces: Funny Movie Maker

This app might seem silly but there are lots of ways to use Funny Movie Maker in you classroom. Use a picture from your camera roll and insert your mouth or entire face to make the image come to life. Try reading the Emancipation Prolamation using Abraham Lincoln’s picture.  Have students replace the face of […]

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Pick a Student

There are so many  classroom management tools that I love and here’s another. iLEAP Pick A Student 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 this free app to make sure that all of your students […]

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What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading […]

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