I’m excited to share some great new updates from one of my favorite assessment tools, The Answer Pad! So much more than an app, The Answer Pad lets students with access to an Internet browser input answers for formative and summative assessments. Teachers can easily transform their existing assessments into paperless exams so test results can be saved in an organized fashion. The fantastic Go Interactive feature helps teachers gather information on student understanding at any point during a lesson. In a one to one classroom, teachers can send a question out to their students and children can type in their answer, draw a picture on virtual graph paper or use any of the preloaded tools to demonstrate their understanding. There are tons of cool features that make The Answer Pad worth exploring!
The Answer Pad is free for teachers – up to eight classes and 200 students each!
The iTunes Store is full of great apps that are perfect for early elementary and preschool students, check these out!
- Learn With Homer to Teach Reading
- ABC House for Early Elementary
- Pocket Phonics for Literacy Instruction
- Early Elementary Math Practice on iPads
- Speakaboos for Storytime
- iPad Coloring Books
Geometry Pad is a fantastic free app for drawing on a coordinate plane on iPads. Draw figures, add text and identify the points on the grid. This app is great for teaching how to identify x and y values and creating your own polygons.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching geometry in your classroom.
I’ve shared some great free apps for turning your iPad into a measurement tool: protractor, reading a ruler. Measure Length – Tiny Chicken by TapToLearn is another app that’s perfect for teaching students how to use a ruler to measure inches, centimeters and millimeters. They’ll move a ruler on their screen and find the length of different farm animals – fantastic for elementary school students!
Check out one of the Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
I’ve talked about all the ways I use QR codes in my classroom and it is so easy to make your own! The free iPad app QR Code Maker gives users the ability to copy and paste any URL and turn their link into a QR code. Save the QR code to your camera roll and share with students.
*this app works great on your iPhone too!
My fifth graders don’t have their own account or login, but Khan Academy is still a great way to introduce new topics. We often use BrainPop and student created tutorials to learn and review the steps for solving different math problems, but Khan Academy is a fantastic resource for upper elementary, middle school and high school students. The Khan Academy app is a great way for me to preview videos while I’m on the go or use with a small group who is struggling.
If your students are making their own tutorials check out my guide ->Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric (on iPads) and Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan
SlideShare is a great resource for PowerPoint presentations. This website allows you to view presentations created by teachers (and all sorts of people) that may be useful for your classroom. It’s also a fantastic place to share your presentations with others.
Check out my SlideShare presentations:
- Working Together: iPad Apps that Facilitate Student Collaboration
- Free Assessment Tools for Classrooms Using One-To-One Technology
- Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom