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Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

19 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.00.50 AMBuncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.  creation canvas
Just choose your photos, select a theme, and the Wizard helps create the buncee for you.

Students can easily print their buncee creations, save them to the photo stream, or publish them on edu.buncee.com If you log into edu.buncee.com, you’ll find the iPad creations stored alongside the buncees you created on the web, ready to be shared anywhere.

Buncee for Edu is completely free – visit their site to learn more or download the app to get started!

Bigsaw Designer – Puzzle Maker for iPads

18 Nov

BigsawDesigner-icon100 BigsawDesigner-ipad-ss4Bigsaw Designer is a picture puzzle maker for iPads that lets users create their own interactive games.  Students and teachers can snap pictures with their iPad, use a picture saved in Photos, or select a picture they have found online.  Once you’ve created your puzzles you don’t have to worry about being connected to the Internet because all puzzles are available offline.

This app uses tap-based gameplay and gives teachers and students the ability to create hundreds of puzzles.  You might create puzzles for a station in your own iPad classroom or have students work together to solve puzzles together on one device.  It’s also an interesting way to show off and celebrate student artwork that you’ve snapped a picture of with your iPad.  If you’re working with younger students you’ll love the options to use a smaller number of puzzle pieces.

Learn more about Bigsaw Designer by visiting the Apple App Store!

News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

15 Nov

ipad-smph-Su8XLANews-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every day.  This translation is done by a native Spanish-speaking translator and there is even the option to listen to each article read aloud in Spanish.  

ipad-smph-QYZiqKStudents in a bilingual classroom and Spanish speaking children who are struggling to read English will absolutely love this new feature.  It’s a powerful option for students learning English and students who are learning Spanish. As the very first bilingual news app for children it is a wonderful option for classrooms where students have a variety of needs.  News-O-Matic is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

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Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

14 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 3.50.31 PMIMG_8013If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud.

At this read aloud station kids can scan the poster using Layar to access an augmented reality trigger or scan the QR code.  They’re taken to one of my favorite online video collections of celebrity read alouds.  Students can then sit and listen to a story.

This is a great option for stations in an elementary school classroom or bulletin board in a library!

Create your own using your favorite poster making tool or download mine from Syllauby!

NPR for Audio Informational Text

13 Nov

 

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There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students.  NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews.  In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers, NPR has audio recordings that students can listen to straight from their device.  Not only is this a great option for students who may struggle to follow along with the vocabulary in a news story but it also helps students grow as listeners.

Try out NPR on your iPad or Android tablet and give students a chance to listen and read to informational text!

Check out my lesson plans for ELA and current events!

USA Today for Mobile Devices

11 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 8.25.26 AMscreen480x480There are lots of options for finding news stories for your students.  If you are looking to connect them to informational text try searching for your favorite newspaper in the App Store.  USA Today is one example of a print newspaper that has a mobile application for iOS and Android devices.  Students can access articles on a wide range of subjects and view multimedia content.  Using current events as an informational text can help students learn about the world around them and capture their attention at the same time.

Check out USA Today in the Apple App Store for iOS devices or the Google Play Store for Android.

 

 

16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads

10 Nov

Here are 16 of my favorite presentation tools for teachers and students! Which ones are your favorites?

  1. Glogster
  2. Thinglink16
  3. ShowMe
  4. Popplet
  5. Zaption
  6. Haiku Deck
  7. ScreenChomp
  8. Tellagami
  9. Pic Collage
  10. SnapGuide
  11. SlideShare
  12. Nearpod
  13. Doceri
  14. Toontastic
  15. Shadow Puppet
  16. Educreations

and a few more…

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