Between 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 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.
I’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.
Download 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 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.
Learning 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!
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.
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!