I’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country. Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue. It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their own tales or notice story elements as they read.
Earlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides. The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need. On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter. Kids can scan the different choices at the top of the screen or dive into one of the main categories Guides, Samples, or Expert Help.
One new feature that Academic Help has launched is free paper editing by their experts. Anyone can submit a piece of writing – business proposal, scholarship essay – and receive feedback from experts in the field. If you or your students don’t have a finished piece of writing to share users can also ask questions. They can post a question and receive an answer, then check out the responses to other students questions.
Academic Help is a great web tool that can be accessed on any device with an Internet browser. It provides individualized help to teachers and students in addition to great resources and guides for writers of any age.
Visit their website to learn more – and start asking your own questions!
TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love. Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design! You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer. Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities. Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip. Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip. This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.
ISTE was a whirlwind! I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN. It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts. Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.
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You may have seen my post on “Talking QR Codes” and here’s another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code. RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that lets users record their voice using the microphone built-in to their computer. You can then share the link – or turn it into a QR code – so that anyone who opens the page can press play and hear a recording of your voice. Great for adding verbal instructions to a activity sheet or definitions to new vocabulary words for English Language Learners.
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Giving students access to high-interest topics is a great way to engage them across the content areas. If your school is in session during this year’s World Cup or you want to revisit an exciting summer event when your students arrive in September, check out the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil app for the iPad. Here are a few ideas of Common Core related activities that can be tailored to different grade levels using the informational text and statistics within this app.
- Summarize an article
- Point out nonfiction text features
- Determine the frequency of goals scored per game
- Pick out the main idea of each paragraph
- Create a graph showing each team’s performance
- Identify domain-specific vocabulary words
- Use two different articles to gather information on a day’s events
Try using baseball stats in your classroom too!