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Common Core in Action: Manipulating Shapes in the Elementary Math Classroom

12 Sep

Common Core in ActionHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools.

No Rubber Bands Required

I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. It lets students pick and choose from two different boards and lots of virtual rubber bands to create shapes.

…Click HERE to read more!

K-2 Math Exercises from Happy Numbers

3 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.21 PMHappy Numbers is a terrific math web app that is designed to help elementary school students understand foundational concepts.  They have tons of great activities for teachers to use with their students and have just released a new update.  Their new topic Plus-Minus 1-100 (part 2), is designed to help students understand the concept of regrouping and exchanging.

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.45 PMThis exercise gives students an opportunity to work though two-digit addition and subtraction problems using visual models they can move across their screen.  Using a variety of objects like apples and base ten blocks, students will begin to understand the relationship between place value and operations.  Students will also have the opportunity to use a number line to model addition and subtraction with two-digit numbers.

Learn more about Happy Number’s new update on their blog or visit their website to sign up!

 

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!

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

9 Aug

If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively.  Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students.  Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom.  Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!

  1. Frolyc18 Useful Apps for 1to1 ipad classrooms
  2. Otus
  3. i-nigm
  4. iTunes U
  5. PicCollage
  6. HopScotch
  7. iMovie
  8. GRID
  9. Number Pieces
  10. GeoBoard
  11. Number Line
  12. Khan Academy
  13. iBooks
  14. Educreations
  15. MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab
  16. Tellagami
  17. Dropbox
  18. SnapGuide

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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