The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free. My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma. One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices. If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.
This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program. It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment.
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TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love. Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design! You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer. Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities. Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip. Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip. This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.
iTunes U is a terrific tool for creating your own course and easily distributing materials to students. It lets teachers set up a course that can be accessed on an iPad. Students can watch, read and listen to a variety of multimedia organized by their teacher. It’s a great choice for flipping your classroom and keeping students on task throughout the semester.
This week Apple is rolling out new features for iTunes U that will be game changers in many learning environments. Teachers will now be able to access the course manager directly from their iPad instead of logging into a website on a computer. This will let them make changes and upload content including pictures and video straight from their iPad. In private courses students will be able to participate in discussions for a collaborative learning experience. Learn more from Apple’s official announcement or visit their iTunes U page.
ISTE was a whirlwind! I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN. It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts. Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.
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There are lots of ways to distribute QR codes to students and I discuss a handful of tips in my Udemy course on QR codes and differentiated instruction. This year at ISTE in Atlanta, I shared with teachers one easy way to add QR codes to three-dimensional shapes.
The app Foldify lets users create a template for a variety of three-dimensional shapes. Instead of drawing a picture or adding family photos, I used a QR code generator on my iPad, saved the pictures to the Camera Roll, and placed them on my Folidify creation. They are easy to assemble after your print them out and great for having students roll a dice for a mystery writing prompt or math problem.
Foldify isn’t a free app but it is definitely easy to use and a great choice for creating your own three-dimensional shapes!
Papermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten. For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills. Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.
If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out. With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app. Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish. To learn more visit their website or the App Store!