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
Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report. Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more. Popplet is a terrific app for iOS devices that is also available on web browsers. Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text and multimedia. They even have the option to customize colors and layout.
Try out Popplet Lite for free on iPads or visit their website to learn more about what you and your students can do using Popplet in the classroom!
If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP. It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading. There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of words and sentences and how ideas are developed over a text. Students will focus on sequence and arrangement of sentences as they dive into grade level passages.
SNAP Learning also offers a Guided Reading program that includes books and lesson plans to help teachers who are providing instruction on comprehension and oral fluency skills. This program includes over 130 books for students in kindergarten through first grade which can be accessed on tablets. Giving students access to digital text is an important as they’ll be expected to read from this medium more and more in the future. I like how SNAP Learning offers tools that promotes 21st century skills and makes it easy for teachers to distribute to students.
Visit their site to request a demo of SNAP’s Close Reading Portfolio or get a quote for your school!
I’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard). Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays. They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.
This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities. Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers. Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities. They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.
Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!