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Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and More

2 Aug

Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreCreative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreThere are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing.  You can find some of my favorites here.  Creative Writing Prompts is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing.  This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to write on a regular basis.

Creative Writing Prompts is a great choice for students who need extra support to stay focused.  It’s also a useful option for English Language Arts classes that are looking to give students support as they gather ideas.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this iOS app!

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

31 Jul

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson IdeaHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level.  There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students.  One of my favorite activities for getting students thinking about their reading includes the use of the fantastic, free iPad app ChatterPix Kids.

ChatterPix Kids lets students take a picture, slice open the mouth, and record their voice talking through the image.  In the reading classroom you can…

 

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Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

26 Jul

Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video ConnectionLots of teachers use Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime to connect with other classrooms, guest speakers or special guests.  Kindoma Storytime is a very cool app that educators and families can use to connect readers.  With this iPad app two users can connect their screen and read stories together.  Complete with a webcam and built in library of books, Kindoma lets two readers connect their screen and share a story together.
Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

This app could be used in the classroom to connect book buddies from near or far.  Students can engage in choral reading, partner reading or just follow along as a story is read aloud to them.  It’s also a great app to recommend to families looking to make the most of mobile devices at home while incorporating a read aloud into their everyday routine.

Check out Kindoma Storytime’s website to learn more about this powerful iPad app!

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary Classroom

19 Jul

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomModernChalkboard.com has a large collections of SMART Board lessons for elementary school teachers.  Their Notebook lessons work with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and cover a variety of topics. Created by the same team as SuperTeacherWorksheets, ModernChalkboard has tons of resources for teachers looking to energize their SMART Board lessons.

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomThere are plenty of interactive math activities on topics that include perimeter, telling time, counting money, and fractions.  Electricity, human body, and the solar system are just a few of the science topics you’ll find. ModernChalkboard also includes interactive classroom calendars, social studies topics, grammar lessons, and early literacy.

ModernChalkboard is offering two promotions: use the code TWENTY to save $20 on individual memberships or the code SMART for $100 off a school site license membership.

You can check out a some of ModernChalkboard’s free SMART Notebook files on their site!

4 Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words

15 Jul

4Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more!

A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career. Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and demonstrate understanding, including domain-specific vocabulary words when reading, writing, speaking and listening about a particular topic.

Many web tools can help to support students as they expand their vocabulary, particularly students who benefit from audio and visual support. Combining traditional vocabulary practice with web tools is a great way to motivate students of any age — especially those who are more inclined to use web tools as part of their study routine.

Quizlet

With Quizlet, teachers and students can easily create flashcard decks and word lists for their own use or to share with others. As students assign definitions to each word, the site searches through…

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Explore The Berlin Wall on iPads

11 Jul

Explore The Berlin Wall on iPads Explore The Berlin Wall on iPadsIn the Social Studies and English Language Arts classroom students can benefit from visuals and interactive text to help making meaning of the past.  The Berlin Wall HD is a free iPad app that presents informational text, primary source documents and interactive maps on the screen.  Students can tap, zoom and explore this period in history.

The Berlin Wall HD is a great choice for teachers introducing this time period to students.  Whether it’s a clear part of your curriculum or something that helps students better understand a piece of historical fiction, The Berlin Wall HD is worth checking out.

Visit the Apple App Store to download the The Berlin Wall HD for free!

 

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

9 Jul

6 iPad Apps for Creative WritingHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don’t love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.

For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they’ve imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.

Writing Prompts for Kids ($1.99)

If your students are having trouble thinking up an idea for a story, you’ll definitely want to check out Writing Prompts for Kids. There are four buttons on the screen that kids can press to set the stage for a new story. With a tap on the screen, they can combine a random situation, character, setting and object to inspire their creative writing.

Adobe Slate (Free)

This publishing tool is perfect for…

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