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MyBackpack for Early Learning on iPads

25 Nov
unnamedMyBackpack is a new iPad app that let’s students access Waterford Early Learning software from an iPad.  With this app children ages four and younger can can sing and read along with interactive nursery rhymes.  Older students can read, listen and sing along with 16 traditional tales books and 35 reading, math and science songs.  Kids can practice and drill their math skills with the game Mental Math.
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unnamed-1There are more than half a million students already using Waterford Early Learning software and MyBackpack is available for the general public too, letting them gain access to select curriculum straight from an iPad.  With MyBackpack students can access supplemental lessons for the classroom and home.
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Download MyBackpack for iPads and check out the learning activities for your students!

11 iPad Literacy Apps for Stations!

23 Nov

11Many teachers ask me what to do with just a handful of iPads.  Whether you are in a second grade classroom with two iPads, or a library with five devices you can create stations for students of all ages.

Here are a some of my favorite apps for creating stations in your classroom – add your favorites to the comments section!

  1. News-O-Matic (reading and listening with extra activities)
  2. 7 Little Words (word games)
  3. Quizzitive (vocabulary game)
  4. KidEWords (word games)
  5. Storyline Online (read aloud videos)
  6. DK Readers (read along books)
  7. SpellMania (word games)
  8. World’s Worst Pet (vocabulary games)
  9. Synopsis (flashcards with games)
  10. Vocabulary and SpellingCity (word games)
  11. Avokiddo ABC (alphabet games)

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

 

Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

19 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.00.50 AMBuncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.  creation canvas
Just choose your photos, select a theme, and the Wizard helps create the buncee for you.

Students can easily print their buncee creations, save them to the photo stream, or publish them on edu.buncee.com If you log into edu.buncee.com, you’ll find the iPad creations stored alongside the buncees you created on the web, ready to be shared anywhere.

Buncee for Edu is completely free – visit their site to learn more or download the app to get started!

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today

News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

15 Nov

ipad-smph-Su8XLANews-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every day.  This translation is done by a native Spanish-speaking translator and there is even the option to listen to each article read aloud in Spanish.  

ipad-smph-QYZiqKStudents in a bilingual classroom and Spanish speaking children who are struggling to read English will absolutely love this new feature.  It’s a powerful option for students learning English and students who are learning Spanish. As the very first bilingual news app for children it is a wonderful option for classrooms where students have a variety of needs.  News-O-Matic is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out @News_O_Matic in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

 

 

 

Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

14 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 3.50.31 PMIMG_8013If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud.

At this read aloud station kids can scan the poster using Layar to access an augmented reality trigger or scan the QR code.  They’re taken to one of my favorite online video collections of celebrity read alouds.  Students can then sit and listen to a story.

This is a great option for stations in an elementary school classroom or bulletin board in a library!

Create your own using your favorite poster making tool or download mine from Syllauby!

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