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Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

18 Aug

Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool.  It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books.  This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations.  Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.Bookopolis Promo - 920x680.png

Bookopolis - App Icon - 96 x 96If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features.  Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books.  In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year.  Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts.  Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.

Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.

In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.

Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!

 

NoteLedge for Teachers and Students!

12 Aug

NL icon new_1024NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students.  It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings.  You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen.  It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures and highlighting text.  Students can customize their notes by choosing from a selection of templates and stickers to help them stay organized.English_03

In NoteLedge, users can export their notes as a PDF file that keeps their multimedia files embedded.  The app makes it simple to share notes through email or AirDrop.  A built-in backup using Kdan Creative Cloud even syncs notes created in the app.  Another neat feature is the ability to access a browser within the app for moments when students want to locate content on the web as they take notes.

Download the free version of NoteLedge by visiting the App Store or check out their website to learn more!

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18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

9 Aug

If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively.  Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students.  Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom.  Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!

  1. Frolyc18 Useful Apps for 1to1 ipad classrooms
  2. Otus
  3. i-nigm
  4. iTunes U
  5. PicCollage
  6. HopScotch
  7. iMovie
  8. GRID
  9. Number Pieces
  10. GeoBoard
  11. Number Line
  12. Khan Academy
  13. iBooks
  14. Educreations
  15. MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab
  16. Tellagami
  17. Dropbox
  18. SnapGuide

Buncee for Student Creations

8 Aug

ad4Edu.buncee.com is a web based creation tool that makes it simple for students to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to interactive presentations and holiday cards. 

Using buncee’s digital creation canvas, you and your students can easily complete creative online projects by combining personal media, Buncee artwork and animations, and web multimedia from Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more. Edu.buncee.com also offers a classroom management dashboard to track student progress and grade their buncee creations.buncee-creation-canvas

Whether you use it for traditional learning, blended learning, or as a presentation alternative, buncee’s digital canvas allows students to spend more time creating and learning in a fun and engaging way.

Check out their website to learn more!

Healthy eBook: Keb and Cala Explore Sugar

5 Aug

Insidebookcover_sugar_finalCK-2mKeb and Cala Explore SugarWhat Is It And Why Is It So Sweet? is an engaging eBook designed for iPads that will bring healthy eating to life for children.  It follows the adventures of Keb and Cala as they explore sugar in different foods.  The whimsical animations and characters will grab your students’ attention as they learn about making healthy food choices.

photo 2Teachers can log in to Keb and Cala Explore Sugar‘s companion website to access a fully automated lesson and activity sheets that extend the concepts that are introduced in this book.  There is a Sugar Health Challenge to help teachers guide students through behavior change and think about their community.  Within the text children will find educational games, interactive quizzes and tons of healthy eating tips.  You’ll love how this eBook includes audio support for reading aloud in addition to animations and pop-ups.   

 

Check out Keb and Cala Explore Sugar on iTunes or visit their website to learn more!

 

 

ComicMaster for Graphic Novels

3 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 3.44.04 PMGraphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics.

By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of all ages can use text and animation to tell engaging stories.  You might want to give this option to students publishing personal narratives or ask them to tell a story from history instead of writing a traditional research report.

Visit their website to get started!

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