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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!

9 Workflow Solutions for Tech-Friendly Classrooms

13 Oct

Managing a classroom of one-to-one iPads, multiple devices in a BYOD program, or reaching students through online learning at home can be a logistical challenge for teachers.  These nine tech tools are perfect for classrooms looking to stay organized while making sure students are engaged.  Some work best on iPads others on web browsers or Android tablets.

Workflow Solutions for Tech-FriendlyTake a look through the list to see which one fits best for your teaching style and the needs of your students:

  1. Drawp for School
  2. Otus
  3. Handouts
  4. ChallengeU
  5. School 4 One
  6. Frolyc
  7. Chalkup
  8. Buncee
  9. Skaffl

15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

10 Oct

15It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re doing a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph
there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents:

  1. Getty Images (photo library)
  2. Changing America (documents)
  3. DocsTeach (website from National Archives)
  4. Flickr (photo library)
  5. Shadow Puppet EDU (searchable photo library)
  6. LIFE Photo Archive (photo library
  7. Today’s Document (app from National Archives)
  8. Quotable Americans (famous quotes)
  9. Underground Railroad (documents)
  10. Met Museum (artifacts)
  11. Abraham Lincoln (documents)
  12. Congressional Moments (videos)
  13. America History Interactive Timeline (app with artifacts)
  14. DocsTeach (app from National Archives)
  15. American History Clips (videos)

Chalkup Now Available for iPhones!

7 Oct

discussionLast month I shared a fantastic course platform that has been used in K-12 and higher ed classrooms.  Chalkup makes it easy for students to collaborate, stay on task, and access course materials.  They have just released an app for iPhone users to make it simpler to keep tack of assignments and course expectations while they’re on the go.

chalkup-iphone-2With the iPhone app students can check in on assignments for all of their classes.  They can access a dashboard that outlines their tasks for the day with one glance at the screen.  There is also the option to set up notifications so that students can know when a new discussion has been started or an assignment has been posted.  One of the great new features in this app is the option for students to add their own “to-dos” to their list of things they’d like to accomplish each day.  Chalkup helps students stay organized when they are out of their desk chairs and away from their computer.

Learn more about Chalkup by visiting their website or read about their iPhone update on their blog!

Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2

6 Oct
5EngKTabletYou may have heard that one of the new features in iOS 8 is the opportunity to get a deal by purchasing a bundle of apps at once.  App companies have grouped some of their favorite apps into bundles so users can grab them all at a discount.  Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2 includes three different apps.  With hundreds of different questions they cover all topics outlined in the Common Core for each grade level.  Questions get more difficult as students work through the app based on their responses.
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3Eng1TabletThese apps push student’s critical thinking skills with a self-checking mechanism that makes sure they are spending time tackling each question.  The goal of Beyond Cats! Math Pack for K,1 & 2 is for students to go beyond multiple choice practice as they learn and review content.  Kids can choose which topics to focus on and there is even a language translation option for non-English speakers.
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Check out the bundle on the Apple App Store!
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