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Memorado for Brain Games

12 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 1.57.14 PM screen480x480Logic puzzles and brain games are a great tool for supporting critical thinking skills.  They ask students to think on their feet, pay attention to details, and make decisions based on logic and reasoning.  Memorado is an iOS app with lots of games for users to choose from.  Great for learners of all ages, this app could be used in stations throughout the day or as an enrichment activity afterschool.  It comes with plenty of free content and the option to upgrade for a personalized learning plan.

Visit the App Store to check out Memorado!

iBook: iOS Accessibility Tools

26 Dec

accessibility-230x300If you are using iPads in your classroom you’ll want to check out the amazing accessibility tools that can help all of your students interact with their device.  Jenny Grabiec is an Apple Distinguished Educator who has created a fantastic iBook that makes it simple for teachers to understand the accessibility features available on iPads.  You can download the book for free and explore these tools in iBooks on your iPad or Mac computer.

Endless Wordplay for Spelling and Phonics

25 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 5.28.57 PMscreen480x480Endless Wordplay is a new iOS app with a focus on spelling and phonics.  From the creators of Endless Numbers, Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader, this app features whimsical animations and familiar cartoon characters.  Children will work through different activities to learn letter sounds and new words.  The directions are easy to follow and would be a perfect app for intervention or a literacy station.

Free to download, Endless Wordplay comes with three lessons and access to more with additional in-app purchases!

Visit my Syllabuy store to see lesson plans for teaching ELA with iPads!

App Update: Zaption Mobile Player

9 Dec
unnamedThis past year I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Zaption.  This app gives teachers an opportunity to make videos interactive with text, images, and questions. The new Zaption mobile player app lets teachers and students watch video lessons on the go straight from their device. This free app works on any iOS device including an iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch.
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unnamed-1How does it work? Instructors create tours on a desktop or laptop computer and viewers take tours on a computer or mobile iOS device.  Instructors can then view analytics about student engagement and responses on their desktop or laptop computer.
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Download the Zaption mobile player on the App Store and learn more about Zaption’s new features by visiting their website!

 

Lesson Ideas for iPad Apps from Apple Education

4 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 9.03.55 AMApp_ExplainEverything_p6_2048x1496.480x480-75Apple Education has a series of fantastic iBooks that provide ideas and inspiration for using iPads in the classroom.  They focus on popular apps that you may have already used with students.  You’ll find ideas for collaboration, content creations and so much more.  Apple Education has iBooks all about Explain Everything, Hopscotch, SketchBook Express, StopMotion Studio and Puppet Pals HD.  These iBooks are completely free and can be downloaded to view on an iPad or Mac computer.

Follow this link to learn more about the iBooks created by Apple Education!

 

The Foos: Programming Practice for Kids

30 Nov

screen480x480-1You may have seen my posts on favorite apps for teaching coding to kids (here’s a long list).  Another one to check out is The Foos which is designed for children of all ages.  This fun and colorful app works with both iPhones and iPads.  It asks students to plug in different moves or commands for each character and press play to watch them move across the screen.Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.32.39 AM

Whether you’re gearing up for The Hour of Code or are introducing these types of apps into your computer science curriculum, The Foos is free to download and definitely worth exploring.

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ChoreMonster for Classroom Cleanup

29 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.08.23 AMscreen480x480Designed for families looking to keep their home tidy, the ChoreMonster app for iPads can also be used for classroom cleanup.  It awards points and rewards children for completing different tasks.  If you are looking to motivate younger students after center time or keep track of students performing jobs in your classroom, ChoreMonster is sure to come in handy.

This app works with just one iPad or can be set up for students in a one-to-one environment.  It’s completely free to download and doesn’t have any in app purchases.

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