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App Update: Add Video To Your TinyTap

8 Jul

TinyTap - HiResTinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love.  Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design!  You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer.  Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.

Video - how to (4)A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities.  Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip.  Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip.  This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.

Learn more about TinyTap by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!

ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

5 Jul

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.

Fill out this form to learn more about booking a school visit or guest speaker for your next event!

Did you attend my QR Codes and Differentiated Instruction session?  Email me directly at ClassTechTips@gmail.com for resources.

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Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

3 Jul

Papermals_TSBillboard_ApplePapermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.  post_03_tablet

 

If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out.  With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app.  Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish.  To learn more visit their website or the App Store!

App Update: Happy Numbers

2 Jul

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Earlier this year I shared Happy Numbers, a wonderful website that gives teachers access to Common Core aligned activities for K-2 students.  They offer interactive math tutorials for children that can be assigned by teachers and sent to students so that they can practice content independently.
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There are lots of apps and websites that offer math content for students but what I love about Happy Numbers is their clear connection to the Common Core State Standards.  They’ve recently released a new set of exercises that focus on operations with 2-digit numbers.  Since  all of the exercises are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, teachers can pick and choose which activities to assign to their students
Happy Numbers has added a bunch of new exercises you’ll want to take a look at including 16 new exercises in the “Plus & Minus 1-100″ category.  Kids can add Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.26.14 AMand subtract with a hundreds chart as well as two-digit addition and subtraction activities.  It covers a variety of Common Core State Standards including CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.5 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.7.  This category is listed at Part 1 because it focuses on operations without regrouping.  Part 2 – which is coming soon – will follow up on this work and take it to the next level.
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Happy Numbers makes it easy for teachers to connect to their everyday lessons with specific exercises that match the curriculum for their grade level.  Sign up and check out what they have to offer!

Math Game to Support Common Core

21 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.30 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.56.42 PMThere are lots of apps that are gearing their content to address the Common Core State Standards.  Math Planet is a fantastic app that contains lots of games that will help students master Common Core math skills.  Designed for students in second through eighth grade, it allows users to try out a handful of games for free before purchasing content specific to a particular grade level.  Students can have an individual login to keep track of their performance.

Check out one of my lesson plans for teaching math with iPads!

Chicken Coop Fraction Games

20 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.15.32 AMA silly and fun app for upper elementary students, Chicken Coop Fractions is full of high quality content.  Kids can interact with fractions by playing a variety of games designed to grab their attention and get them thinking about fractions.  This app comes with free access to an estimating fractions games and gives you the option to unlock a handful of other activities.  If you have only a few iPads in your classroom this is a great choice for station work!Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.16.01 AM

Check out the math lesson plans in my TpT store or my list of 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps!

7 World Cup iPad Activities

18 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.24.28 AMGiving students access to high-interest topics is a great way to engage them across the content areas.  If your school is in session during this year’s World Cup or you want to revisit an exciting summer event when your students arrive in September, check out the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil app for the iPad.  Here are a few ideas of Common Core related activities that can be tailored to different grade levels using the informational text and statistics within this app.

  1. Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.24.43 AMSummarize an article
  2. Point out nonfiction text features
  3. Determine the frequency of goals scored per game
  4. Pick out the main idea of each paragraph
  5. Create a graph showing each team’s performance
  6. Identify domain-specific vocabulary words
  7. Use two different articles to gather information on a day’s events

Share some ways that you could use this app with your students!

Try using baseball stats in your classroom too!

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