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Canva – Poster Making on iPads

21 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.58.27 PMI’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads!  Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app.  You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art.  Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!

screen480x480Transform a reference chart in your classroom, have students make persuasive posters for their favorite book, or give kids a new way to add visuals to a research report.  How will you use Canva in your classroom?

Visit their website or watch the video!

Tiggly Counts an iPad Math Toy!

20 Oct

Counts logoTiggly 1Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers.  These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way.  After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen.  These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.

With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play.  Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts.  Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.

Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!

Thinkrolls for Logic and Problem Solving

17 Oct
Thinkrolls-iconThinkrolls is a terrific app for preschool and elementary school aged students that helps children develop logic and problem solving skills.  Available on the iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play stores, this app includes 180 levels and puzzles.  There is an easy mode for children ages 3-5 and a more challenging mode for students ages 5-8.  Kids will experiment with concepts like gravity, buoyancy, and friction, just to name a few.  Thinkrolls was developed to help students enhance their logic and problem solving skills.
Thinkrolls-photo-3Teachers can track the progress of up to six players on a single device, making it great for stations. Kids will interact with engaging cartoon characters as they move through each level.  Thinkrolls has a crisp, kid-friendly interface that is beautifully designed.  Kids can even listen to a soundtrack designed specifically for the app.  There are no advertisements or in-app purchases.
Watch their video then choose your app store to download: iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play

Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital

16 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.55.01 PMIt’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and a free app that makes it easy to connect digital content.  Using the iOS or Android companion app students and teachers can easily add photos, videos, audio and more to each page.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.54.51 PMThe ME Journal comes in a few different sizes and colors – they can even be customized for your school.  This is a neat way to get students to practice traditional writing and connect to digital content at the same time.  There are plenty of ways to use this as part of a daily writing routine in an English Language Arts class or a weekly record of experiments in a science class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool

15 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.57.08 AMThe Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives.  I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips.  Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms.  With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.

screen480x480Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations.  They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size.  This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas.  The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.

This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!

Try bContext to Create and Share Lessons

14 Oct
bContextbContext is a lesson creation tool for iPads that gives teachers the power to customize their instruction for students.  Teachers can record and annotate over a background or presentation they have created.  bContext gives teachers access to tools like adding pictures or shapes and changing fonts or colors, all while they record their voice and annotations on the screen.
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Screenshots bContext 2.0.001bContext lets teachers share their work publicly for free – this includes uploading final products to YouTube.  If you are a School 4 One user you can also integrate your creations with this workflow platform.  Students will be able to access files you’ve shared straight from their iPads using their School 4 One accounts.  Lessons can also be shared via social media channels or embedded into a website.
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Visit their website to learn more or download their app from the App Store!

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)
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