I’ve talked about all the ways I use QR codes in my classroom and it is so easy to make your own! The free iPad app QR Code Maker gives users the ability to copy and paste any URL and turn their link into a QR code. Save the QR code to your camera roll and share with students.
I have lots of QR hunts in my teacher store (here’s bundle #1 and bundle #2)
*this app works great on your iPhone too!
There are so many virtual iPad tools that I love using with my students (base ten blocks, sticky notes, geoboard, atlas, glossary, dry erase board…). One free app that can substitute a ruler is Ruler for iPad and iPhone. Have students place an item on their iPad screen or measure distance between two points they tap on the plane.
If you’re teaching students how to use measurement tools Reading the Ruler is a great free app to help students understand how inches and centimeters can be broken down into smaller pieces.
Here’s my bundle of Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for teaching math in your classroom (or check out each one individually!)
There are lots of apps I love to use to teach literacy skills: Bluster, Sticky Notes, iPrompt, Idioms, Captions, Mad Libs, Jumbled Sentences and Synonyms.
McGraw Hill has a handful of apps to teach literacy skills at the primary and elementary level: Word Wonderland (primary and elementary) and Grammar Wonderland (primary and elementary). All have lite versions that are worth checking out!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle for teaching ELA in the classroom! (Here’s bundle #2 and bundle #3!)
I like using Siri to record my conference notes and anecdotals. I’ve listed the how-to’s and reasons why I use it, but if you don’t have access to Siri there are other options. Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition app. It allows you to speak into your iPad’s microphone and watch your voice turn into text.
Try Dragon Dictation in your classroom:
- For students who need scribes
- Documenting conference notes or anectodals
- Compose emails and reminders on the go
You may have used a slide rule in the past but here are two free iPad apps that make it easy to score test and quizzes. Groovy Grader provide a percentage based on the number of questions on an exam. eGrader HD will even assign a letter grade depending on the number of questions a student answers correctly. Here are two more teacher tools that I love: Pick a Student and QuickVoice.
There are lots of great management tools on the iPad that I use in my classroom (Timers, Quickvoice, Siri).
Here are two more that I love:
Red Light, Green Light - This programmable traffic light can be less intimidating than a timer is you’re working on pacing your students and keeping them on task.
TooLoud? - Watching the decibel level change as volume increases can be a powerful tool to monitor volume in your classroom – the graph can facilitate discussion as well.
Check out this common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
I’ve been using QR codes in my classroom for scavenger hunts and as a tool for research. If you haven’t viewed my presentation on making your own QR codes and using them in the classroom, check it out here.
If I want all of my students to visit one website (especially one with a combination of characters that might be hard to type in) I’ll project the QR code onto my board and have all students scan it straight from their seats. This eliminates the printing, copying and distributing of papers and makes for a quick, easy scan for all students.
Try projecting this QR code and scanning it yourself!