Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge. MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students. Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story. It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.
MadLibs is free to download and includes tons of activities for students. They can create stories, find support within the app, and share their final products with peers.
Here’s an Android option for MadLibs!
There are so many classroom management tools that I love (here’s a list of 19!). Two of my favorites iLEAP Pick A Student and Random Name Selector makes sure that you call on every student in your class. Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use one of these free apps to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions. Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!
Check out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans where these apps could be used during discussion time!
Android users can check out this similar app on the Google Play Store.
NoteLedge Ultimate is the brand new version of the NoteLedge series of apps. Compared with the free version I shared last year, the new NoteLedge Ultimate features a sleek, clean look, and calendar integration with local and Google Calendar. It has a full-screen web clipper, brush tools, new file managers and more. NoteLedge Ultimate is a universal app that can users download once and have on both their iPhone and iPad.
In the classroom, NoteLedge Ultimate supports text, images, audio, video, table tools, and freehand drawing. It is an ideal tool for taking notes, organizing mixed media contents, visual thinking, and documentation. This app comes with a set of ten brushes for handwriting, drawing, coloring, highlighting, and drawing shapes. A full screen built-in browser for students and teachers to clip online contents instantly paste to notes. The web clips can also be saved in iPad photo library for other usages. Users can also add notes to their personal iOS or Google Calendar in PDF format and sync and back up notes.
Learn more by visiting NoteLedge Ultimate’s website and the Apple App Store or watch their video to see this app in action!