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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.

Read this post in Spanish!

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.

Support English-Language Learners with Scannable Technology

28 Nov

TEXT HEREHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Scannable technology provides opportunities for students to quickly and easily interact with a variety of content. In a differentiated classroom, children should have access to resources and support materials that will push them toward success. This could be a tool to help them make meaning of the content being taught in a lesson, or it could be resources to help them gather background information before starting a new unit of study. Differentiation should happen for students who are approaching and exceeding grade-level benchmarks, for children who have special needs, and for English-language learners (ELLs).

ELLs can be supported by a variety of tech tools. This includes scannable technology like quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) triggers.

…Click HERE to read more!

Check out my iBook all about QR codes

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