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Caribu for Long Distance Read Alouds

24 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 9.57.28 AMYou may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2.  This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together.  Users will be able to see each other’s picture just like FaceTime as they turn the pages of a book on their screen.  screen480x480-2

This is a great app for reading buddies young and old.  It can be used in a school environment to connect readers to partners in a neighboring school or to students in another time zone. Caribu is also a great recommendation for parents looking to motivate reluctant readers at home.

Caribu comes with a couple free books and the rest are downloaded through in-app purchases.

Halloween Party App for iPads

23 Oct
Halloween_1 jugador UnidoHere’s a fun app for classrooms getting ready for Halloween!  Halloween Party App lets up to four players work together on one device to answer trivia questions related to Halloween.  Perfect for elementary schoolers, this app is also completely customizable.  I love apps that allow a couple of users to share the screen and Halloween Party app is perfect for a few kids working with one device.  Whether you add this app to a station this week or recommend it for an at home download it’s a good choice for celebrating Halloween with your students.GamePlayWithPic3
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You might decide to add your own questions to the app or add a question deck using Quizlet.com.  There is even a set of print out materials that you can download completely free.  This app is free for a limited time (10/23-10/26) so you’ll want to check it out and download today!

Canva – Poster Making on iPads

21 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.58.27 PMI’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads!  Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app.  You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art.  Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!

screen480x480Transform a reference chart in your classroom, have students make persuasive posters for their favorite book, or give kids a new way to add visuals to a research report.  How will you use Canva in your classroom?

Visit their website or watch the video!

Tiggly Counts an iPad Math Toy!

20 Oct

Counts logoTiggly 1Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers.  These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way.  After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen.  These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.

With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play.  Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts.  Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.

Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!

Thinkrolls for Logic and Problem Solving

17 Oct
Thinkrolls-iconThinkrolls is a terrific app for preschool and elementary school aged students that helps children develop logic and problem solving skills.  Available on the iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play stores, this app includes 180 levels and puzzles.  There is an easy mode for children ages 3-5 and a more challenging mode for students ages 5-8.  Kids will experiment with concepts like gravity, buoyancy, and friction, just to name a few.  Thinkrolls was developed to help students enhance their logic and problem solving skills.
Thinkrolls-photo-3Teachers can track the progress of up to six players on a single device, making it great for stations. Kids will interact with engaging cartoon characters as they move through each level.  Thinkrolls has a crisp, kid-friendly interface that is beautifully designed.  Kids can even listen to a soundtrack designed specifically for the app.  There are no advertisements or in-app purchases.
Watch their video then choose your app store to download: iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play

Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital

16 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.55.01 PMIt’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and a free app that makes it easy to connect digital content.  Using the iOS or Android companion app students and teachers can easily add photos, videos, audio and more to each page.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.54.51 PMThe ME Journal comes in a few different sizes and colors – they can even be customized for your school.  This is a neat way to get students to practice traditional writing and connect to digital content at the same time.  There are plenty of ways to use this as part of a daily writing routine in an English Language Arts class or a weekly record of experiments in a science class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool

15 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.57.08 AMThe Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives.  I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips.  Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms.  With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.

screen480x480Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations.  They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size.  This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas.  The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.

This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!

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