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Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

18 Dec
PromoScreenLast week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original hardback copy.  The 3 Sort options make it easy for kids to find their favorites and for adults to differentiate content.  Use Series to sort books by reading level, Date to order books by year published, or A-Z to see everything alphabetically.
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Icon512_TransparentCornersEach book comes with text scaffolding features that support vocabulary development and improvement in fluency.  This includes 3 reading modes that employ the gradual release of responsibility: Auto Play, Read to Me, and Read it Myself.  Each book contains words that highlight with custom narration, tappable words and pictures, and the ability to record & share multiple tracks of your own narration.  If used in classrooms where each child has their own device, the new Reading Stats feature inside the Parents section makes it easy to track usage and engagement by keeping track of the number of books and hours read, individual words tapped, and pages turned.
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Learn more about the new Dr. Seuss Treasury app by visiting their website!

Curious Words for Visual Storytelling

17 Dec

CuriousWords_0Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile.  A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words.  The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.

CuriousWords_IconThe interface of Curious Words is clean and simple, allowing the child to focus on the visual exploration creative task.  Kids can even control the sequence of words by double tapping on a word to pick one from a list. Parents, teachers, and peers can collaborate with children in their visual exploration and creation.

Watch this video to learn more, check out some Curious Words creations, and visit their website to learn more! 

Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling

15 Dec

20141031132644-gepeto-darkblueGepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements.

GepetoWith Gepeto, kids can use characters they draw, ones they take photos of, or ones great illustrators from around the world have made for them. Gepeto empowers kids to not just be passive consumers of media but instead be active participants in making, and sharing content they invent. Their goal is to give kids, parents, and teachers easy to use, yet powerful creative tools and then see where their imaginations will take them.

Gepeto is currently crowdfunding and is looking for support from lovers of storytelling. Visit their campaign page to learn more!

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

14 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 1.33.35 PMYou may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 1.33.25 PMWith The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels.  Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature.  Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.

The TIME For Kids Classroom app has a free trial through 12/31 so teachers can check it out before signing up for the subscription service!

Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program

13 Dec
Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 6.19.24 PMEarlier this year I shared Todo Math – an engaging math app for iPads.  You can now join the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program that is taking place through December 31, 2014.  Teachers who join this pilot will have access to Todo Math and all contents (PreK – 2nd grade), 30 student accounts, and access to teacher dashboard.  With over 1,000 teachers already enrolled in the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program there are still spots left for teachers looking to try out this app with their students.
screen480x480Todo Math was designed to reach students in PreK through second grade and was developed by educators with a history of serving students with special needs.  This app goes beyond a one size fits all approach and can be tailored for individual students.  Learn more by visiting the App Store and watching their demo video.
Click here to apply for the Todo Math Classroom Pilot Program!

Dr. Seuss Treasury for 50+ Digital Books

11 Dec
Icon512_TransparentCornersThe Dr. Seuss Treasury app gives you easy access to 50+ classic Dr. Seuss books in a single, portable, digital library. Each book is a dynamic and interactive reading experience, complete with custom narration and sound effects, tappable words and pictures, and 3 reading modes that help even the youngest of readers connect with each story.
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Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.45.06 PMFind your favorites easily using the Sort feature – you can organize all 55 books alphabetically, by series/reading level, or year published. Parents and teachers can use the new Reading Stats feature inside the Parents section to track books and hours read, individual words tapped, and pages turned. Explore the app using a 7 day free trial, then subscribe and save or unlock the whole app with a one-time in app purchase.
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It’s a great deal for anyone looking to round out their classroom library, diversify the Dr. Seuss content they normally cover, and keep students engaged in learning how to read.  Check it out today!

Math Shake for Word Problems on iPads

10 Dec

SS1Math Shake is an engaging, playful app that helps students learn to solve word problems.  It contains thousands of questions which students turn into an equation by looking for keywords and clues in the problem. Once students have discovered the equation, they can use a variety of built-in learning tools such as number lines, tens frames, fraction pieces and counters to work our their answer. Teachers and parents can also use these tools to teach effective strategies.

SS3With Math Shake students can record and share their thinking by making videos about how they solved the problem. These can be saved to the iPad’s camera roll, uploaded to a student’s blog or AirDropped to their teacher. Math Shake was developed by teachers and math specialists for students aged 6-14.

Download Math Shake for free today!

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