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Shadow Puppet is iOS 8 Compatible!

25 Sep
iphone-image-search-edu-700pxShadow Puppet is one of my favorite digital storytelling apps and they have big news related to the launch of iOS 8.  Their iPad app, Shadow Puppet Edu is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus.  They’ve added a few new iOS 8 specific features like the ability to save to iCloud Drive and photo browsing that mirrors the Photos app.
maps-ipad-recording-700pxShadow Puppet EDU has lots of educational features that you’ll want to check out.  The Map Search option lets kids search for and clip images from maps and satellite images to use in their videos.   Users can also add images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, Wikimedia Commons, and OpenClipart without leaving the app.  This easy image search makes video creation simple for students of all ages – there is even automatic image citation that happens at the end of each video.
Learn more by visiting Shadow Puppet EDU’s website, or download the free app and check out the 30+ activity ideas for all subject areas!

Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning

24 Sep
Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning _ScreenshotTitleis a great iOS app that will help students understand geometry.  Kids can learn and explore different types of three dimensional solids including prisms, pyramids, Platonic solids and solids of revolution.  Users can pick and choose from up to 27 unique shapes and unfold them into different net combinations.
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Screenshot3This iPad and iPhone app lets kids explore transparent surfaces and use different colors to interact with each shape.  They can highlight the vertices and edges of a prism or color selected elements of a pyramid.  Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning is easy to navigate and uses simple gesture control to zoom and rotate shapes in any direction.  This app was designed to support the development of children’s spatial imagination and teach them appropriate geometry terminology, giving teachers an opportunity to access a full set of virtual tools within one app.

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Visit the Apple App Store to download shapes on your iOS device or check out their website to learn more!

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HelloTalk Language Learning App

21 Sep
Correct Sentences 2 CorrectingWith a unique take on language learning, HelloTalk provides high school and college students with an opportunity to practice their skills in an authentic environment.  This app connects speakers from different languages who want to practice their skills.  It includes translation, text to speech, voice to text, and transliteration features. There’s also a Correct Sentences function to help each other correct grammar mistakes. All text and voice sentences can be favorited like flashcards for later review study.
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Doodle DrawIn the classroom this can be set up for use in a closed environment by locking search controls and connecting students with their peers.  Older students can participate in group chats, VoIP feee calls and search by city to practice their language learning.  HelloTalk supports a wide range of languages and is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

STOPit School Bullying Prevention Program

18 Sep

 

image008If bullying is a problem at your school or you are looking for a program to compliment a digital citizenship initiative take a look at STOPit.  It is a school program that provides tools for teachers to help them empower their students and decrease instances of bullying.  This goal of STOPit is to inspire a positive community in your school building and help schools work with all stakeholders to deter bullying behavior.

image010They offer a mobile app for students to report incidents of bullying and connect with a crisis center if they need help.  STOPit also provides a bullying incident management and reporting system for schools as well as posters and promotional items.  They even hold Cybersafe Rallies to keep students, teachers, and parents engaged in the anti-bullying movement.

Learn more about STOPit’s bullying prevention program by visiting their website!

 

12 Super Study Tools for Students

6 Sep

Are you teaching students good study skills?

Do you want to introduce mobile apps that can be used on your students’ personal devices?

You’re bound to find something on this list that can help you and your students this school year!

  1. Synopsis (flashcards)12 super study tools
  2. Shmoop (test prep guides)
  3. VocabularySpellingCity (games)
  4. EasyAnnotate (PDF viewer)
  5. NoteLedge (notetaking)
  6. Brainly (social network)
  7. Academic Help (writing guides)
  8. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards)
  9. Outread (speed reading)
  10. MathsRulz (formula guide)
  11. LifeNoted (organization)
  12. gFlash+ (flashcards)

Here are two other lists you may want to check out:

14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking

21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets

Pave the Way with ClassDojo!

5 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 9.10.45 AMClassDojo is a fantastic management tool that can truly transform student behavior in your classroom.  Their mission is to help teachers improve behavior quickly and easily.  Teachers can use ClassDojo’s website or one of their mobile apps to capture and generate data on behavior that can be shared with par
ents and administrators.

Each student will have their own monster avatar and teachers can award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time.  Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer one click is all it takes to record behavior data.  Kids can receive instant notifications and teachers can share reports with families.  ClassDojo Messaging is another cool feature you’ll want to check out.  It lets teachers communicate with parents quickly and easily – straight from a mobile device.

I’m so excited to announce the launch of a brand new video that shows ClassDojo in action!  Listen to these stories and see the benefits of this customizable classroom tool:

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Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and check out their teacher community for more stories!

 

 

Long Division Practice with Tapston Math

1 Sep

tapston-ld-iconFor extra practice for long division you’ll want to take a look at Tapston Math’s app in the Apple App Store and Amazon Marketplace.  Long Division Tapston Math helps students understand the long division process.  It works with basic concepts to more challenging skills like working with remainders and decimals.  Students working through long division problems will benefit from the extra practice manipulating dividends and divisors.screen480x480

When students get stuck on a problem there are hints to help them find the correct answer.  Most of the features built-in to Long Division Tapston Math are free, the rest can be unlocked with one in-app purchase.  These extra features let users solve long division problems they’ve inputed into the app.

Check out their website to learn more or go straight to the Apple App Store or Amazon Marketplace to try it out on your tablet!

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