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Word Clouds for Predictions

7 Apr
Check out this word cloud for ClassTechTips.com

Check out this word cloud for ClassTechTips.com

I’ve shared some ways that word clouds can be used in the classroom, and here’s another activity that works for all ages and subject areas.  Find a website that you are planning on sharing with students.  This could be an informational text on a science topic or simply a current events article.  Copy and paste the website URL into the online tool Tagxedo.  This website will create a word cloud using text from that website.

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TocoMail for Class Email

4 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 2.38.41 PMIf you are looking for a way to help children connect safely with classmates, friends and family, TocoMail is worth checking out.  Originally designed for families to use, this app is starting to make its way into classrooms.  It provides a closed network that a teacher is able to monitor.  Kids can learn about digital citizenship and apply their communication skills with TocoMail.

IMG_0614This app gives teachers control over the contact list for each child’s account and gives students the power to write emails to anyone on their contact list.  TocoMail can be used to teach students about writing in the real world as they use their English Language Arts skills to create meaningful communication between classmates.  Kids can access their email using the iOS app or simply logging into the web platform.The basic plan is totally free and the upgrade is based on a subscription service.

Visit TocoMail’s website and watch their video to learn more!

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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