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Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

15 Nov

ipad-smph-Su8XLANews-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every day.  This translation is done by a native Spanish-speaking translator and there is even the option to listen to each article read aloud in Spanish.  

ipad-smph-QYZiqKStudents in a bilingual classroom and Spanish speaking children who are struggling to read English will absolutely love this new feature.  It’s a powerful option for students learning English and students who are learning Spanish. As the very first bilingual news app for children it is a wonderful option for classrooms where students have a variety of needs.  News-O-Matic is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

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Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

14 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 3.50.31 PMIMG_8013If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud.

At this read aloud station kids can scan the poster using Layar to access an augmented reality trigger or scan the QR code.  They’re taken to one of my favorite online video collections of celebrity read alouds.  Students can then sit and listen to a story.

This is a great option for stations in an elementary school classroom or bulletin board in a library!

Create your own using your favorite poster making tool or download mine from Syllauby!

Babbel for Language Learning

1 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 4.19.17 PMscreen480x480If you are looking for a tool for students to practice learning a new language check out Babbel.  Similar to Duolingo – another language learning app I love – this app gives users the opportunity to work through activities to learn a new language.  Babbel has apps for iOS, Google Play, and the Windows App Store.  Users can work through interactive activities on the go straight from their mobile device.  It’s a great app for students to use to practice a language they are learning in school or lifelong learners looking to explore Spanish, French, Italian, to name a few.

Visit their website to learn more!

Post-it Plus for Digital Sticky Notes

26 Oct

screen480x480-1Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.09.37 PMThere are some great brainstorming and planning apps for iPads (sticky notes, GRID, Popplet) and a new app from the makers of Post-it Notes combines the traditional tool with a digital platform.  Post-it Plus is a super cool app that lets users snap a picture of their post-it notes and the app will recognize each individual sticky.  You can then move them around your screen and organize them into groups.  It’s a great way for kids to collect their stop-and-jots in one place whether they are using post-it notes in Reader’s Workshop or when conducting research for a writing project.

See this app in action by watching their short video or download the free app right away!

PS This works with any kind of sticky note so if you use the dollar store brand you won’t be left out :)

Caribu for Long Distance Read Alouds

24 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 9.57.28 AMYou may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2.  This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together.  Users will be able to see each other’s picture just like FaceTime as they turn the pages of a book on their screen.  screen480x480-2

This is a great app for reading buddies young and old.  It can be used in a school environment to connect readers to partners in a neighboring school or to students in another time zone. Caribu is also a great recommendation for parents looking to motivate reluctant readers at home.

Caribu comes with a couple free books and the rest are downloaded through in-app purchases.

Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital

16 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.55.01 PMIt’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and a free app that makes it easy to connect digital content.  Using the iOS or Android companion app students and teachers can easily add photos, videos, audio and more to each page.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.54.51 PMThe ME Journal comes in a few different sizes and colors – they can even be customized for your school.  This is a neat way to get students to practice traditional writing and connect to digital content at the same time.  There are plenty of ways to use this as part of a daily writing routine in an English Language Arts class or a weekly record of experiments in a science class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

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