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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

9 Jul

6 iPad Apps for Creative WritingHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don’t love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.

For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they’ve imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.

Writing Prompts for Kids ($1.99)

If your students are having trouble thinking up an idea for a story, you’ll definitely want to check out Writing Prompts for Kids. There are four buttons on the screen that kids can press to set the stage for a new story. With a tap on the screen, they can combine a random situation, character, setting and object to inspire their creative writing.

Adobe Slate (Free)

This publishing tool is perfect for…

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Wimbledon iPad App: Sports Data for the Math Classroom

6 Jul

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 9.44.55 AM screen480x480-1Using sports data in the math classroom is a great way to hook students with real world numbers. Whether you are creating word problems or graphing data, there is so much information available related to sports.  The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 app for iPads is full of data that can be incorporated into classroom instruction.  Students and teachers can access live scores as well as past results.

Depending on the task that you’ve developed for students, you can use this data to meet the expectations of your curriculum and program.  For example, Create a multiplication word problem using three numbers you located in one player’s profile or Find the difference between two players average scores for their first two matches.

Download The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 app for iPads from the Apple App Store to access tons of data for your math classroom!

Scoodle Jam Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers

5 Jul

Scoodle Jam Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers Scoodle Jam Lesson Ideas for iPad TeachersScoodle Jam is an interactive whiteboard app that lets students connect their screens.  It’s a dynamic app that has tons of uses in the classroom.  Students can collaborate on projects and work together to on a variety of activities.  They can access graphic organizers and different types of paper tailored for tasks designed by teachers.

Apple has created an iBook full of lesson ideas for teachers using Scoodle Jam with their students.  It includes activities for Literacy, Math, and more.

Visit the iBookstore to check out the Scoodle Jam Lesson Ideas iBook or download Scoodle Jam from the App Store!

MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch

4 Jul

MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple WatchRecently I shared some of my favorite apps for the writing process and here’s another to add to the list.  MindNote is a mind mapping app for iPads that lets users organize their ideas.  It can be used for a variety of tasks including character mapping, story brainstorming, and study support.  You might have students color code their outline to match a specific task or give students the freedom to organize their thinking as they conduct research or respond to a prompt.

MindNote is also available for the Apple Watch letting users view their iPad creations on their wrist.

Visit their website to learn more or download MindNote from the App Store!

25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process

1 Jul

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session 25+ iPad Apps for Integrating Technology into the Writing Process! View the presentation here:

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7 Apps for Student Creators

30 Jun

7 Apps for Student CreatorsHere’s a preview of my post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.

Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.

There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.

Book Creator

What better way to have students show their understanding of a topic than to write a book about it? Using Book Creator, students from kindergarten through high school can…

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Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!

29 Jun

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session “Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!”  View the presentation here:

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