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Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

17 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 6.54.27 AMTeachers using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) can now gather formative reading assessment data on their iPad.  This app guides teachers through data collection as they observe, record and evaluate changes in the reading performances of their students.  It’s a great option for schools making a move to paperless reporting.

The app lets teachers access DRA2 Benchmark, Word Analysis and Progress Monitoring and EDL2 Benchmark, EDL2 Word Analysis and Spanish Progress Monitoring Assessments.  It includes automatic scoring and ongoing view of student progress that makes it easier to differentiate instruction.

Learn more about the new DRA2+ App by visiting this website!

iPad Animal Cam with Interactive Games for Students

12 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 2.26.27 PMVirry is an awesome app that students of all ages will love to explore.  It gives users access to live cams for different animals as well as tons of interactive content.  Kids can play games as they check out each animal, including lions, meerkats, giraffes, and more.

screen480x480-4Children can watch a lion move around a pen and learn about it’s feeding habits.  Students can gather information for a research project and find inspiration for persuasive writing.  Younger learners might simply make observations and ask questions about each animal.  There are lots of ways you can incorporate Virry into classroom instruction whether students are interacting with or consuming educational content.

This app is free to download and requires in app purchases to access additional content.


Essential 21st Century Skill Support: Try Hopscotch with Your Students

8 May

screen480x480 Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 12.59.30 PMPreparing students for careers of the future is absolutely essential!  Although there are many terrific coding events that highlight the importance of computer science, you can bring these skills into your classroom regularly.  Hopscotch is a free app with lots of options for student users.  It’s a great choice for introducing kids to foundational concepts, bringing game play into your instruction, and turning students into creators.

If you’ve used Hopscotch before, check out my list of 6 Free Coding Apps for Students!

Here’s a link to my favorite math and science tech-friendly, Common Core lesson plans.

Crunched for time? Hopscotch is also a great choice for after school programs, centers, or coding clubs!

QR Code Mother’s Day Activities from Scanova

7 May

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Scanova, a QR Code app for teachers, has created a set of engaging classroom activities for K-2 students, specially for Mother’s Day. Each activity has a QR Code-based answer sheet. Students need to solve questions and color the blocks of the QR Code that have the right answer. When they get all the answers right, the QR Code becomes scannable to reveal a video or song dedicated to mothers. Students can convert these answer sheets into gift cards and present them to their mothers.  Scanova_TPT_QR Code Puzzle


The activities are housed on Scanova’s TPT Store.


These fun and engaging activities are perfect for elementary class teachers looking to incorporate math and language skill practice into their classrooms.  You simply need to download and print these for your students, making them a time-saver too.
Click here to visit the QR Code Generator app by Scanova.


No More Rubber Bands: Virtual Geoboard App Update

6 May

screen480x480TScreen Shot 2015-05-06 at 2.22.08 PMhere are so many tools I used as a student that are now available virtually on iPads.  One fabulous free app that fits into this category is the Geoboard.  Forget about rubber bands snapping around your classroom.  The virtual geoboard has everything you need to teach polygons, area, scaling and symmetry.  From changing colors, overlaying figures and annotating the screen, it’s full of great features for your math classroom!

Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan and lesson plan bundle using this app!

This is also available in the Windows Store and on the Web.

Increase Student Participation with Two Terrific Name Selector Apps

4 May

screen480x480 photo-9There are so many classroom management tools that I love (here’s a list of 19!).  Two of my favorites iLEAP Pick A Student and Random Name Selector makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use one of these free apps to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions.  Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!

Check out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans where these apps could be used during discussion time!

Android users can check out this similar app on the Google Play Store.

MyScript Calculator with Handwriting Recognition to Solve Problems

3 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 1.13.49 PMThere are lots of apps that caScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 1.13.32 PM“wow” a crowd and MyScript Calculator is definitely one of them.  Write an equation (simple or complex) onto your screen and the app will use handwriting recognition software to solve the problem.  This fantastic free app can be used by students to check their work, especially order of operations.  If you’ve tried this app before update to the most recent version to access all of their great features.  You’ll need to try it to believe it!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using math apps in the classroom! 

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