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Vocabulary Notebook

26 Feb

iOSappIf you’re looking for a device neutral tool for helping students study vocabulary check out Vocabulary Notebook.  Accessible through their web platform, iOS app, and Android app, Vocabulary Notebook helps kids study new words at home and in school.  Students can add words that they are learning and sort, categorize and filter them to stay organized.  Kids can quiz themselves to see what they have learned and even hear the correct pronunciation of each word.  Teachers can access information on student progress to see what words they are struggling to remember, or to send them a new word list to study.

webLearning domain-specific vocabulary is an important part of the Common Core State Standards and Vocabulary Notebook can help children boost their reading comprehension.  Vocabulary Notebook has worked with local universities to monitor student progress as a result of using their learning tool.  Visit their website to learn more about how this web platform can help your students!

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Interactive Science Glossary for iPads

23 Feb

imageInteractive Science Glossary: Earth Science and Interactive Science Glossary: Life Science are two fantastic resources for the science classroom.  These completely free interactive science glossaries are a great tool for teachers and students.  With videos, diagrams and flashcards, you’ll find that these apps are great study tools.  The tutorials can also be shared with students straight from your device during whole class instruction or for small groups that need extra help.

Check out my favorite science lesson plans for teaching with iPads!

Dynamic Online Learning for Pre-K

14 Feb

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Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a fantastic online kindergarten preparatory program.  It includes play-based interactive lessons that are perfect for early learners.  Their website introduces children to key concepts in math, social studies, science, art, music and reading through hundreds of activities.  The high quality graphics and kid-friendly music make Miss Humblebee’s Academy a great choice for pre-K students.

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 8.51.01 PMChildren can access books and music in addition to the interactive lessons straight from their website.  Parents and teachers can track student progress with weekly reports that show how their children are performing.  In between lessons, kids can play puzzles and create artwork.   Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a great tool for helping children prepare for kindergarten and definitely worth checking out.  Watch their video for more information and visit their site to learn more about this subscription based educational curriculum.

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads

13 Feb

The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:

  1. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.27.50 PM
  2. Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
  3. Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
  4. Class Charts (gather behavior data)
  5. Screenshots (capture student work)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
  7. Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
  8. Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
  9. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
  10. Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
  11. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)

 

13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

+1 Record Your Work Using Doceri

24 Super Cool Free Science Apps

30 Jan

There are tons of awesome iPad apps and these 24 totally free games, tools, and resources are perfect for the science classroom.  Explore this list to see what works with your students!

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.13.19 PMiPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab experiments)
  2. WWF Animal App (life science)
  3. Smithsonian Channel for Tablets (earth science, biology, astronomy, and more)
  4. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (create your own science activities or search their library)
  5. Shout Science Interactive Storybook (history of the Scientific Revolution)
  6. National Parks on Your iPad (earth science, geology)
  7. Hopscotch for Coding (computer science)
  8. Marine Missions to Explore Ocean Science (marine biology)
  9. Daisy the Dinosaur to Teach Coding (computer science)
  10. Discovery Channel on iPads (earth science, marine biology, geology, and more)
  11. 3D Atlas for iPads (earth science)
  12. Virtual Periodic Table of Elements (chemistry)
  13. Super Stretch Yoga (anatomy)
  14. iPad Safety Apps (earth science, natural disasters)
  15. Earth Now by NASA (astronomy)
  16. Tree Exploration on iPads (life science)
  17. Ocean Science (marine biology)
  18. iPad Science Fair (physical science)
  19. iYoga for Anatomy (anatomy)
  20. Essential Skeleton 3D (anatomy)
  21. Sustainability iPad Apps (life science)
  22. Eat and Move: Health Calculator (life science)
  23. Rock and Mineral Identifier (earth science)
  24. Healthy Eating with Whole Foods (life science)

 

Class Charts to Track Behavior

28 Jan

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Class Charts is a behavior tracking technology tool that makes it easy for teachers to collect data in their classroom.  This tool can be used to create seating charts for a class that provides a visual overview of student needs.  Class Charts gives teachers the ability to track and share data on student behavior to promote collaboration with colleagues.any_device

Class Charts will automatically create seating charts for students that can be edited to fit different classroom layouts.  These seating plans highlight key data for teachers that can be printed as reports to share with parents. Teachers can even add student photographs to their virtual seating chart to help learn names and keep classroom visitors informed about student needs.  Class Charts can be accessed from a laptop, desktop or tablet’s Internet browser and it is completely free!  Visit Class Chart’s website to learn more about this product – and watch their video too!