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Tiggly Counts an iPad Math Toy!

20 Oct

Counts logoTiggly 1Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers.  These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way.  After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen.  These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.

With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play.  Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts.  Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.

Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!

Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool

15 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.57.08 AMThe Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives.  I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips.  Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms.  With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.

screen480x480Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations.  They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size.  This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas.  The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.

This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!

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!

CodeHS for Computer Science

30 Sep
rwc logoPreparing students for careers of the future is so important!  CodeHS is a comprehensive curriculum to help educators teach coding.  Their mission is to help anyone and everyone learn computer science skills.  CodeHS has tools for teaching and learning computer science in the classroom or at home – including a self-paced online curriculum.
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Karel and ClassroomCodeHS helps teachers with no coding experience teach coding by providing teacher tools and resources, as well as support from their team of computer science experts.  They offer professional development courses including “How to Teach Intro Coding.”  With CodeHS teachers can access centralized resources and save time by easily tracking student data.
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If you’ve thought about starting a coding club at your school or adding computer science to your curriculum you’ll want to check out CodeHS.  Learn more by visiting their website!

Number Frames: App for Arrays!

26 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.42.28 PMI’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard).  Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays.  They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.

screen480x480This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities.  Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers.  Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities.  They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.

Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!

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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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!

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