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15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)

Inspire Students to Become Game Creators with Tynker

9 Oct

 

Tynker LogoComputer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school.  Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out!  It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects.  As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun creating projects.  This includes games, quizzes, and animations that can explain a math or science concept.

TYNKER boys collaborating hardware (2)With Tynker kids can enhance their own learning while creating learning experiences that can be shared with others.  Tynker uses a fun and game-like approach that will grab the attention of your students right from the start.  They provides an easy introduction to programming with interactive self-paced courses.  Tynker is perfect for schools that have adopted a PBL (project-based learning) model.

Visit their website to learn more!

 

Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2

6 Oct
5EngKTabletYou may have heard that one of the new features in iOS 8 is the opportunity to get a deal by purchasing a bundle of apps at once.  App companies have grouped some of their favorite apps into bundles so users can grab them all at a discount.  Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2 includes three different apps.  With hundreds of different questions they cover all topics outlined in the Common Core for each grade level.  Questions get more difficult as students work through the app based on their responses.
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3Eng1TabletThese apps push student’s critical thinking skills with a self-checking mechanism that makes sure they are spending time tackling each question.  The goal of Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2 is for students to go beyond multiple choice practice as they learn and review content.  Kids can choose which topics to focus on and there is even a language translation option for non-English speakers.
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Check out the bundle on the Apple App Store!

Free App to Teach Fire Safety Skills

5 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 9.23.16 AMNational 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.

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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.

Download The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms for iOS and Android devices or visit their website to learn more!

Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

1 Oct

ExploreChallengeU 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.Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.56 AM

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.

Learn more about ChallengeU by visiting their website or watching this video

Gamify Student Learning with Common Core Quest

29 Sep

Common Core Quest ImageIf 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!

Transform Your Workflow with School 4 One

28 Sep

Segmented WorkflowSchool 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.

DifferencesWith 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.

Learn more about School 4 One by visiting their website or watching this video!

 

 

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