There are lots of flashcards apps for the iPad but I when it comes to customization there is one I absolutely love!
Tangrams are a great way to make geometry work hands-on and engaging for students. This ancient game has come a long way since I was in school. It’s a great tool if you’re looking to have a discussion on polygons and angles or just want students to problem solve while working on their fine motor skills.
Here are a few free Tangram apps:
If you’re interested in starting a class website WordPress is a free site that offers you a blog format to update homework assignments, upload pictures and share links with students and their families.
The WordPress app makes it quick and easy to update your blog on the go. This app works just as well on the iPhone as the iPad. I’ve taken a quick photo at an school assembly and uploaded it with one or two sentences to the school website in a minute or two – just like sending a text with a photo.
Most schools are beginning to embrace the national Common Core Learning Standards. If you haven’t heard of them or are not sure if your district is moving in this direction, learn more here.
The Common Core Learning Standards are straightforward and user friendly – but you need to know them in order to plan instruction aligned with these new standards.
I like to avoid carrying folders and creating piles of paper as much as possible. There are free Common Core Learning Standards apps that allow you to keep these standards – for allgrades and subject areas – at your finger tips. Instead of sifting through google search results or piles of paper, a copy of the Common Core Learning Standards will always be close at hand.
This is one free Common Core Learning Standard app that I like.
This is a great resource to share with parents and students too!
Check out my Teachers Pay Teacher Store for common core aligned lesson plans that correspond to different iPad apps!
There are some teacher tools that have changed my instruction immensely and this is one of them!
QuickVoice allows you to record your voice and I use it for read alouds and test prep throughout the school year. You can record your own voice reading a short text or picture book and play it back to your students. I usually use this with my iPhone and then plug it in to speakers to play back for students.
I work with a CTT group of students whose IEPs mandate that test passages are read and reread and quick voice is a great way to record and replay short texts.
From a management perspective it’s been extremely helpful to monitor students who might get distracted, especially when practicing note taking. As your voice reads the story over speakers in the front of the room you can be at the back making sure that everyone is on task.
This app (there are many that perform the same function) allows you to label and save each recording for later use. You can pause as you’re recording if there is an interruption and pause as you play it back if you want to ask questions to the class about the story.
QuickVoice not only keeps my students engaged at the use of technology (if they know I’m recording for the first read through they are silent and still at the seats) it makes the often boring task of reading test passages aloud easier on everyone.
*this app is also available for the iPad but may be a bit more cumbersome for recording than the more portable iPhone or iPod touch
For Apple lovers like me the iPhone 4S was at first a mixed blessing. I was desperately in need of a new upgrade, but initially underwhelmed with the features of the 4S. (Where was the iPhone 5 I had been dreaming of?)