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Thinglink for Interactive Images

29 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.17.19 AMI 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!

Online Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

27 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.48.38 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.52.36 PMI’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!

 

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!

9 Workflow Solutions for Tech-Friendly Classrooms

13 Oct

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.

Workflow Solutions for Tech-FriendlyTake a look through the list to see which one fits best for your teaching style and the needs of your students:

  1. Drawp for School
  2. Otus
  3. Handouts
  4. ChallengeU
  5. School 4 One
  6. Frolyc
  7. Chalkup
  8. Buncee
  9. Skaffl

Popplet: Graphic Organizer for iPads and Web Browsers

12 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 6.58.32 PMscreen480x480Graphic 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!

 

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)

SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

8 Oct

image001If 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.

slide2SNAP 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!

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