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Talking QR Codes!

23 Apr
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Try scanning this QR code :)

QR codes are such a fantastic resource for students – especially those who need a little extra support.  QR voice is a free web tool that truly makes your QR codes start talking!

You can type a sentence into the text box on their website (100 characters or less) and  QR voice will generate a QR code for you that turns your short message into an audio file.  As soon as the QR code is scanned the message will be spoken aloud for students to hear.  You can include this QR code on any activity sheet to give an instruction or reminder, provide the definition of a new word, or offer a helpful hint to struggling students.  It’s a simple tool that can go a long way!

Here are three other posts on using QR codes in the classroom:

10 Tech Tools to Boost Vocabulary

11 Apr

There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words.  With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines.  Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!

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  1. Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
  2. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
  3. Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
  4. Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
  5. Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
  6. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
  7. Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
  8. Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
  9. Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
  10. MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)

Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)

Check out these two app lists:

14 Apps for Telling Stories

31 Mar

Storytelling is such an important skill and there are plenty of ways to turn your students into storytellers using a mobile device.  These apps are perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to a wide range of activities and tasks.  Search through this list to see which app is the best fit for your class.

Check out these other lists:

Outread for Speed Reading

27 Mar

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I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology.  Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread.  Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text.  One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article.  There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!

Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:

EduGame Spotlight: SpellMania

10 Mar

imageFor a fun way to practice spelling and push students with word games check out SpellMania.  This free iPad app asks children to locate words on a grid.  A super cool feature is the ability to tap on any word to access a complete dictionary entry.  SpellMania includes three options for students: Free Play, Puzzle Mode and Time Attack.

Check out all of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!

23 Virtual Tools for Tablets (all free!)

6 Mar

A great way to capture the attention of your students is to introducethese virtual tools.  If they are bored with traditional flashcards, post-its or math manipulatives try out one of the virtual tools on our list:

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.47.25 PMMyScript Calculator (calculator)
  2. Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper)
  3. Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler)
  4. Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives)
  5. iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer)
  6. Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus)
  7. iPad Measurement Tools (ruler)
  8. SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad (dry erase board)
  9. No More Rubber Bands (geoboard)
  10. iPad Protractor (protractor)
  11. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (flashcards)
  12. iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer (timer)
  13. Fraction Calculator (calculator)
  14. Tangrams – Geometry and More (math manipulatives)
  15. Custom Flashcards (flashcards)
  16. App Update: Educreations (dry erase board)
  17. Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom (post-it notes)
  18. News Sources for the iPad (newspapers)
  19. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
  20. Fluency and Presentation Practice (teleprompter)
  21. Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard (dry erase board)
  22. Atlas Apps (atlas)
  23. Math Fluency (flashcards)

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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