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The Smithsonian’s Civil War Mystery App

5 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 8.50.14 AMscreen480x480The Smithsonian has released a new app this year to help students learn about the Civil War.  This iPad app is perfect for middle and high school students exploring this time period and using primary source documents in their studies.  Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery takes users through the artifacts stored at the Smithsonian and presents information on themes associated with this time period.  It’s a great way to introduce students to the Civil War or build upon the knowledge they already have.  Whether this app is used to supplement traditional resources in your school or recommended as an at home extension for families with iPads, Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery can boost student engagement.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this powerful iPad app!

Teaching with mobile devices this year? Check out my Syllabuy page for more lesson ideas. 

Geography Duel for Partner Practice

4 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.29.51 PMscreen480x480-1There are a handful of geography apps that I love (StrataLogica, TapQuiz, Experience America HD, 3D Atlas) and Geography Duel is another option for students.  This app lets users quiz their knowledge of US states and countries.  It has a single player and multiplayer mode that lets students compete with a partner.  This is a great app game for students who want to boost their knowledge of geography whether they play with a classmate or independently.

Check out Geography Duel in the Apple App Store for iOS devices!

Visit my Syllabuy page to view lots of tech-friendly lessons

Creating Augmented Reality Triggers with Canva

24 Mar
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Tap on this image to enlarge it on your screen. Then scan it with the Blippar app.

Canva is a favorite app and web tool for creating classroom posters.  It is an easy to use graphic design tool that turns users into creators of amazing content.  At LitWorld this past year we’ve used Canva to make posters for interactive library spaces.  The posters alone are visually pleasing but not exactly interactive.

To make our library posters interactive we’ve turned them into augmented reality triggers.  First, I uploaded them to Blippar – a fantastic augmented reality creation tool.  Then, I layered virtual content on top of the poster like video links to songs and book recommendations.  Once the free Blippar app was loaded on every device in the library, families could scan to see augmented reality content bounce off of the page.

Combining the power of Blippar and Canva is one way to energize your library spaces!

 

News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

8 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.51.15 PM This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices.
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Students can now use their school login at home during out of school hours, including holidays and vacations.  screen480x480-1Teachers can give personalized assignments or homework straight from the app.  If you’re interested in learning more about News-O-Matic you can receive a licenses quote right by clicking this link.  If you use the code classtechtips this month you’ll receive 20% off.
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Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!
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Pixie Combines Text and Artwork for Understanding

3 Mar

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project Pixie is a fantastic creation tool for students that lets them combine artwork with text and voice recording to demonstrate understanding.  It can be used across the curriculum for students in any subject area.  Pixie is creativity software students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding.  By combining text, original artwork, voice narration, and images students can show what they have learned about any topic that they are studying in school.

Pixie-app-screenshot-tornado-project02There is an online version of Pixie called Wixie that is perfect for students working in the cloud.  Whether your school uses Windows and Macintosh computers, netbooks, iPads or Android tablets, students can use Pixie as an engaging learning tool. 

Pixie’s website includes a tutorial and lots of ideas for how to use this tool in the classroom.  Visit their site to learn more about how you can get started using Pixie with your students!

 

Create Learning Maps with Edynco

23 Feb

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Edynco is an online tool for creating learning maps.  A learning map is a version of a mind map specially designed for teachers and students.  Learning maps can include several elements (called nodes) including: title, instruction/summary and an attached resource, which can be a website, quiz, video, audio, PDF, image or document. Nodes are placed on an endless canvas and are connected to each other with branches that help visualize a learning path to follow.

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Teachers use can learning maps for lesson planning or for creating interactive lessons.  These lessons can be shared with students as a pre-class activity in a blended learning setting.  Teachers can also use a learning map as an assignment where students can create their own learning map about a specific topic individually or collaboratively as a group. Learning maps employ a variety of cognitive skills: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, creating and evaluating.

Learn more about how students and teachers can use Edynco as a creation tool by visiting their website or watching this video! 

 

iBook and App: Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

22 Feb

screen480x480The National Archives has lots of great resources for students including DocsTeach and Today’s Document.  They have a new iBook and iPad app called Congress Creates the Bill of Rights that is now available.  Both of these free resources include content that helps students understand the legislative process.  They include primary source documents and interactive features for students.

Kids can tap on the screen as they flip pages and explore how the United States Congress created the Bill of Rights.

The iBook can be viewed on iPads or Mac computers and the mobile app is designed for iPads.

 

 

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