National Fire Prevention Week starts today and if you’re looking for an app to engage students with this important topic you’ll want to check out The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms. This app from the National Fire Prevention Association teaches fire-safety school with a kid-friendly app. Students can access the iOS or Android app and follow along with the story book. Teachers can access extra resources online including a PDF version of the tale.
Teaching students about fire prevention is an essential life skill. This straightforward and engaging app is the perfect way to introduce the topic to students. It’s a great jumping off place for conversations about making smart choices and staying safe.
ChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free.
Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment on the work of their peers and develop online learning communities. Teachers can track students progress and instantly let students see comments, corrections and feedback on assignments.
If you’re looking for a way to engage students with Common Core content you’ll want to check out Common Core Quest. Students are awarded ribbons for each Common Core Math and English Language Arts standard when they pass a level. If a student doesn’t demonstrate mastery they are directed to specific resources, like videos and games, to help them practice the skills they need to succeed at each level.
With a personalized learning plan for each student in your class, kids can work at their own level as they master content. Teachers have access to data to help plan interventions and direct their instruction. By earning badges and ribbons for successfully completing each level, student engagement and motivation is sure to increase inside and outside of your classroom. Common Core Quest is great for supporting struggling students and providing enrichment opportunities for children working above grade level. Created by OpenEd, this app gives students and teachers access to high quality learning materials.
Learn more about Common Core Quest by visiting the App Store!
School 4 One is a tool for teachers managing a one to one iPad classroom. Their learning platform can transform your workflow by placing cloud storage and feedback tools all in one place. Teachers can track their students’ performance as they address the Common Core State Standards. School 4 One makes it easy to assign schoolwork to students and collect their assignments.
With School 4 One teachers can address all aspects of the iPad workflow. It makes leveraging all of the great features an iPad offers students easier for teachers. One of my favorite things that School 4 One offers is the ability to differentiate your instruction by assigning individual assignments for students to complete with a few taps on the screen.
Synopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document. Kids can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives kids the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material. Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.
All of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read through study material on your iPad. Once each flashcard is saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created to make it easy for anyone to access and study.
I’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard). Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays. They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.
This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities. Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers. Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities. They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.