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Udemy Apps for On-the-Go Learning

26 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 11.55.27 AMBetween iTunes U, SimpleK12, Twitter, Pinterest and countless blogs, there are lots of places where you can explore a topic you’re interested in learning more about.  Udemy is a platform that I’ve used to create and share two courses.  In addition to an easy to navigate website, they have apps for iOS and Android devices that make it easy to take courses on the go.

Udemy has a wide range of courses full of videos you can play right off of your tablet, computer, or smartphone.  So if you’re interested in anything from photography, app development, or instructional technology, you’ll want to check it out!

Here are 50% off coupons for my two Udemy courses:

Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

Teach with Your iPad: Instruct, Assess & Manage Your Class with a Single iPad

Experience America HD Magazine

25 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 3.00.16 PMExperience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text.  Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks.

If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this easy to navigate app.  Full of beautiful pictures of the United States, it’s sure to pique your students’ interests.

Practice Storytelling with Toontastic

23 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.21.23 PMI’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country.  Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue.  It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their own tales or notice story elements as they read.

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.21.39 PMDownload this app for free to access a selection of content – you’ll have the option to upgrade for more scenes if you like!

Check out my lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices!

DIY Sun Science on iPads

20 Jul

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Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.07.40 PMDIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world.  Full of activities and information, this free app lets users check out the solar system.  It’s a great choice for teachers looking to bring more hands on instruction into a science unit or locate informational text to supplement a lesson.

Teaching science with iPads? Check out my lesson plans!

Explore Sound on iPads

19 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 4.57.00 PMimageLearning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.

They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them.  A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!

EduGame Spotlight: 7 Little Words for Kids

18 Jul

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A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids.  Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games.  They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
Looking for whole class ELA activities? Here are my iPad lesson plans!
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!

Fotor App for Easy Photo Editing

16 Jul
Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.03.01 AMFotor Photo Editor gives users the power to edit photos easily.  Students can resize, crop, and rotate photos.  There is also the option to add effects, frames, texts and stickers to an image.  You could use this app to have students edit pictures that they took using their device during a school trip or after completing a science experiment.
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Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.02.49 AMInstead of just snapping a handful of pictures during a school event, ask children to pick their favorite two or three images to tell a story.  Using Fotor Photo Editor your students can enhance each picture before sharing it with their class or placing it in a digital portfolio.  This app is easy to use and gives students lots of options.
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Fotor Photo Editor is free to download and contains in-app purchases for extra effects.  It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but optimized for iPhone.  Check out their iOS or Android apps or visit their website to learn more!
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