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.
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!
The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free. My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma. One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices. If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.
This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program. It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment.
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