I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents. It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day. Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before. Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.
Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback. With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.
Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!
This app is also available on Android devices.
There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students. NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews. In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers, NPR has audio recordings that students can listen to straight from their device. Not only is this a great option for students who may struggle to follow along with the vocabulary in a news story but it also helps students grow as listeners.
Try out NPR on your iPad or Android tablet and give students a chance to listen and read to informational text!
Check out my lesson plans for ELA and current events!
Lumio Farm Factor is a fun and colorful app that helps students understand the basics of multiplication and division. Straight forward and easy to use, this iPad app is perfect for elementary school students working with number sense and operations. Students can work through different problems by moving objects across the screen and earning points for completion. There are extra features like tips to help students if they get stuck on a particular problem.
This app is free to download and offers extra levels with an in-app purchase.
Check out my lesson plans for using iPads and tablets with your students!
I love tools that turn your tablet into a content creation tool. Thinglink is a fantastic example of an app that lets users become creators. With this app teachers and students can layer information on top of any image that they like. They might find a primary source document and add questions for students to answer, or ask students to snap a picture of a text and add text, video, and links to bring a sentence to life.
Start off by choosing the picture you want to use. Then add targets to any spot on the image. Connect these targets to multimedia (text, links, video). Share the link. It’s that simple. Thinglinks can be created on iOS and Android devices or on the web. It’s a great app for BYOD (bring your own device) environments or for students to use outside of the classroom.
Add a comment with a link to a Thinglink you’ve created or tweet it to share it with your PLN!
I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources for informational text and current events and here is another website to check out. Smithsonian Tween Tribune has a collection of articles perfect for elementary and middle school students. You can easily access sports stories, national news, and more on their site. With a free login teachers can find Lexile levels for each articles in addition to lesson plans and quiz questions for students.
Learn more by visiting their website!
I’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!
Transform 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!
Managing a classroom of one-to-one iPads, multiple devices in a BYOD program, or reaching students through online learning at home can be a logistical challenge for teachers. These nine tech tools are perfect for classrooms looking to stay organized while making sure students are engaged. Some work best on iPads others on web browsers or Android tablets.
Take a look through the list to see which one fits best for your teaching style and the needs of your students:
- Drawp for School
- School 4 One