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Tocomail Online Communication Tool for Kids

5 Jun
New Mail openTocomail provides fun and safe online communication for kids. Kids can use Tocomail to send messages to family members and friends, and it is great as classroom communication service. Since I first wrote about Tocomail, a lot of new options have been added. This includes single click audio and video messaging, texting, and updated interface. With Tocomail kids can send emails and text messages and use a drawing board with a lot of fun tools. Kids can use it to draw and send picture messages including holiday or birthday postcards and greetings.
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Tocomail_Web_Mailbox-2Tocomail is available for free on the desktop on iPhones, iPads and Android phones/tablets. With simple yet effective parental controls no message will get to or from the child unless it is coming from a safe contact or was approved by parent or teacher. Tocomail also detects profanities and bullying patterns, quarantines such messages and immediately notifies parent or teacher.  With summer break approaching, Tocomail can help students stay in touch with their friends and practice digital literacy skills.
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Learn more by visiting Tocomail’s website!
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Kinedu Baby Development App: Build a Foundation for Future Learning

1 Jun

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 5.31.20 PMIMG_1868Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico about the power of educational technology.  While visiting the campus I met the folks behind Kinedu, an exciting baby development app that supports foundational learning.  Although ClassTechTips.com mainly focuses on PreK-12 educational technology I wanted to share this very powerful iPhone and iPad app.

Kinedu offers families videos and information to help them interact with their young children through educational activities.  The clips are engaging and helpful for parents looking for ideas on how to boost their children’s cognitive skills.  Kinedu is free to download and offers extras with a subscription service.

Visit Kinedu’s website to learn more!

FluentU for Language Learning

30 May

5.learnIf you are a language teacher you’ll want to check out FluentUFluentU helps you teach a language with music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. It’s a fast and effective way to incorporate authentic content and cultural immersion into your language learning lessons. As a web based tool with a companion iPhone app it makes learning mobile when students are on the go.

3.watchFluentU lets students watch a video with interactive captions – students can tap on any word to look it up to see useful pictures, definitions, and example sentences. It turns videos into interactive language learning lessons and games. Scenes from movie trailers become questions that help students learn grammar and conversational phrases. FluentU is available for learning Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English and features for assignments and progress tracking will also become available in the next few months.  

Visit 
FluentU’s website or watch this video!

Sphere 360 for Panoramic Picture Taking and Exploration

28 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 10.04.00 AM screen480x480Technology helps teachers bring the world to their classroom.  This includes virtual field trips that are accessible through mobile devices.  Sphere 360 is a very cool app that lets users take panoramic pictures from their iPhone or iPad.  If you’re traveling on a school break and plan to bring pictures back to your students, this is an awesome option.

In addition to letting users take panoramic pictures, it also gives you the option to search through collections of pictures.  Sphere 360 can help bring your students to landmarks and new places that connect to social studies projects or inspire them as writers.

Check out Sphere 360 on the App Store!

Here are two lists of favorite apps and websites you may want to explore:

MadLibs: Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills

25 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.23.08 AMscreen480x480Engaging 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!

History Channel Apps for Multiple Mobile Devices (from Android to Apple Watch!)

24 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.59.08 PMThe History Channel is a great resource for multimedia to share with students.  In addition to their website they have a handful of of mobile apps designed for users with access to multiple types of devices.  It’s a terrific option for classrooms with different types of tablets.  You might even share this list with students and their families so they can explore history outside of school hours.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.59.29 PMThe HISTORY app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, Windows Store,

Their travel app HISTORY HERE is great for virtual field trips and available on the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store.

Ultimate History Quiz is available on the Apple App Store and for BlackBerry devices.

There are even more apps from the History Channel to check out on their website.

Check out my bundle of Common Core aligned Social Studies iPad lesson plans!

Increase Student Participation with Two Terrific Name Selector Apps

4 May

screen480x480 photo-9There 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.

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