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Book Writer One – A Creation Tool for iPads

28 Jan
Icon-512Last year I shared the app Book Writer which helps students publish their own work.  Book Writer has a simple and intuitive interface that makes it easy for users of all ages to create their very own multimedia enhanced book.  Students and teachers can add video, audio and text to the screen to make a fantastic product that is easy to share.
The new update to Book Writer includes a presentation feature that gives students a chance to show off what they’ve made.  Their new app Book Writer One is free to download and designed for education institutions.  The kid-friendly interface lets young students tell their own stories, document a field BWScreenshot1-2501
trip, or explain what they’ve learned.  Teachers can also use this app to make picture books to share with their students.
You can learn more on their website or download their app on your iPad!


Grammarly: A Fantastic Grammar Checking Tool

26 Jan

Types of Error Alerts If you’re look for a way to support your students as writers or simply would like an extra tool to check your own work, you’ll want to check out Grammarly.  It is an automated grammar checker web application that is already used by over four million people around the world.  Grammarly helps users detect grammar errors in their writing, detect plagiarism, and use better vocabulary words.

Grammarly DashboardIn addition to their website where you can type, copy and paste, or upload a file, they’ve recently launched a Google Chrome extension that can grammar check everything from emails to Facebook comments.  Grammarly is currently working on Firefox and Safari plugins will be released later this year.  Some teachers are using Grammarly to help grade student work while students use it as a writing aid. They learn from Grammarly’s feedback and improve their writing.

Learn more about Grammarly by visiting their website!


SNAP! Digital Lesson for Guided Reading

21 Jan

video1SNAP! Learning has a digital solution for managing guided reading groups in your classroom.  Perfect for any type of tablet, teachers can first launch the program on their device then pick the grade level, lesson and study guide they would like to access.  The app helps students build background knowledge on a topic through visuals and interactive activities.

sgr_promo_2With SNAP! Learning students can work on learning new vocabulary words from stories they read and answer questions to demonstrate their comprehension.  The graphic organizers included within this app will help students keep track of events in a story and while giving you insight into their mastery of key content. There are 130 books in K-6 content covering history, science, and language arts.  It includes built-in fluency, comprehension, and multiple choice assessments as well as cloud-based storage, trackable assessments and built-in data collection.  SNAP! Learning works on iPads, Android tablets, interactive whiteboards, or the web and has a touch and view glossary for complex words, and voice over directions for each page.

You can request a demo of their product and learn more by visiting their website!

Co-Create Multi-media Notebooks with bindrs

19 Jan

BindrInsideIf you are looking to create multi-media notebooks with your students you’ll definitely want to check out bindrs.  This completely free tool supports group projects and is as simple to use as a paper notebook.  It utilizes social media channels like Facebook and Twitter to help bring students together to create, update and share projects.  All of their work and chats are private and safely storied in one place.

BuddyChatTeachers can follow the whole group’s project and give feedback throughout the process.  It’s accessible on all devices including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones.  Instead of sending lots of emails to one another students and teachers can work together all in one place.

Check out bindrs by visiting their website, or search for “bindrs” on Facebook.  You can even contact the bindrs team for support with a trial at your school!

Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!

Create Theme Poems on Your Tablet

13 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 1.15.07 PMscreen480x480-2Theme Poems is another terrific app available for iPads and Android tablets from the International Reading Association.  Elementary school students can choose from a variety of themes and create a poem that takes a shape related to a specific topic.  It’s a great tool to use in small groups or stations when exploring poetry with your students.  They can work in pairs to bring their writing to life and save the final creations straight to each device.

Learn more about this completely free app by visiting their website or check out another favorite from the people behind ReadWriteThink!

Not teaching poetry? Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!

Easy Timeline Creator for Tablets

4 Jan

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 9.22.44 PMscreen480x480-1If you like the online resource ReadWriteThink you’ll want to check out some of their mobile apps including Timeline.  This app is available on both iPads and Android tablets and makes it easy for students to create timelines.  With this totally free app kids can chart the events of a story or demonstrate their understanding of important moments during a period in history.  It’s a dynamic app that lends itself well to a variety of tasks.

Check out their website to learn more or read about one of their other mobile apps like Alphabet Organizer!

Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!

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