You know how much I love high quality free iPad apps and there are a few new additions to the App Store that are worth downloading today! Microsoft Office has released three new apps – Excel, Word, and PowerPoint completely free to download. I’m a huge fan of Pages and Keynote but it’s great to have some new options available that will help bring all of your documents straight to your iPad. If you use Dropbox or another file storing app on your iPad you can now open Microsoft Office files using one of their three new apps – this goes for opening documents sent as an email attachment too. These apps are great for teachers working on the go or for students looking to access their work. In order to create and edit new documents you’ll have to sign up for a subscription. I don’t know if I’ll sign up for the full access since I’m such a fan of other iPad publishing options, but it’s nice to have a quick, free and easy way to open and review documents on the go – especially PowerPoint presentations.
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Storytelling is such an important skill and there are plenty of ways to turn your students into storytellers using a mobile device. These apps are perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to a wide range of activities and tasks. Search through this list to see which app is the best fit for your class.
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I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology. Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread. Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text. One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article. There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!
Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:
Storytelling is such an important literacy skill. Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head. This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity. It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in most English Language Arts classrooms.
Comics Head includes lots of themes that students can use in their creations. Whether you are working with elementary school students or looking to keep older students excited about storytelling, Comics Head is a good choice. There are templates to help students get started as well as plenty of options for creating something totally unique. Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Comics Head.
A fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary – an important part of the Common Core. With this app children will be introduced to new words through games and an engaging narrative. Totally free, World’s Worst Pet is worth checking out if you’re working with upper elementary and middle school students!
Here are two Common Core lessons plans for the ELA classroom:
MyScript Calculator is one of my favorite apps but middle school and high school teachers might want to check out MyScript MathPad. It can handle higher level equations including trigonometry and logarithms. This super cool, free app turns your handwriting into numerals and solves the equations in front of your eyes. Definitely check out this powerful math tool!
Teaching math in elementary school? Here are a few iPad lesson plans to check out!