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EduGame Spotlight: 7 Little Words for Kids

18 Jul

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A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids.  Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games.  They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
Looking for whole class ELA activities? Here are my iPad lesson plans!
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!

ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

5 Jul

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.

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Did you attend my QR Codes and Differentiated Instruction session?  Email me directly at ClassTechTips@gmail.com for resources.

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Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

3 Jul

Papermals_TSBillboard_ApplePapermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.  post_03_tablet

 

If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out.  With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app.  Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish.  To learn more visit their website or the App Store!

App Update: Common Core Mobile App

28 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.29.37 PMI’ve already shared some reasons why I love having MasteryConnect’s Common Core app on my mobile devices.  If you are new to the Common Core or are diving into a new grade level this school year you may want to check out the search feature.  It allows you to type in keywords to figure out which skills connect to different standards.  This is a great option for quickly searching through the standards while you’re on the go!Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.29.09 PM

Make sure to download this app on your iOS and Android devices!

Use Remind to Reach Parents and Students

26 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 7.01.05 AMRemind is a fantastic platform for helping teachers and schools reach students and families.  Formerly known as Remind101, this web and app based tool lets users send text messages to a large group without having to worry about collecting phone numbers or giving out their own.  Teachers can schedule messages to remind families when assignments are due or to bring in a permission slip for an upcoming trip.  It even has the ability to attach photos, documents and PDFs to messages.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 7.01.20 AMCheck out all of the exciting features Remind offers teachers – it’s totally free!

EduGame Spotlight: Quizzitive

24 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 3.36.20 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 3.36.33 PMBoosting vocabulary is important at any age and Quizzitive from Merriam-Webster is a straightforward app that will introduce students to new words.  Kids can play four different games as they learn new words and show off what they know.  The app keeps track of what words children have answered correctly and gives students easy access to their definitions.  The first two levels are completely free and you can complete an in-app purchase to remove adds and unlock 1,000 words.

You many also want to check out these word games:

Math Game to Support Common Core

21 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.42 PMThere are lots of apps that are gearing their content to address the Common Core State Standards.  Math Planet is a fantastic app that contains lots of games that will help students master Common Core math skills.  Designed for students in second through eighth grade, it allows users to try out a handful of games for free before purchasing content specific to a particular grade level.  Students can have an individual login to keep track of their performance.

Check out one of my lesson plans for teaching math with iPads!

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