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ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary Classroom

19 Jul

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary has a large collections of SMART Board lessons for elementary school teachers.  Their Notebook lessons work with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and cover a variety of topics. Created by the same team as SuperTeacherWorksheets, ModernChalkboard has tons of resources for teachers looking to energize their SMART Board lessons.

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomThere are plenty of interactive math activities on topics that include perimeter, telling time, counting money, and fractions.  Electricity, human body, and the solar system are just a few of the science topics you’ll find. ModernChalkboard also includes interactive classroom calendars, social studies topics, grammar lessons, and early literacy.

ModernChalkboard is offering two promotions: use the code TWENTY to save $20 on individual memberships or the code SMART for $100 off a school site license membership.

You can check out a some of ModernChalkboard’s free SMART Notebook files on their site!

15 Free Apps for Math Practice

17 Jul

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Early Math App for Foundational Number Skills

13 Jul

Early Math App for Foundational Number Skills Early Math App for Foundational Number SkillsCritter Corral is a math app for early learners developed at Stanford University.  It helps children master basic math skills related to number sense.  As children move through each activity they will build their understanding of one to one correspondence, compare numbers, and estimate.  The colorful animation and characters will grab the attention of young learners as they begin to interact with different numbers.

This app is completely free and available in the Apple App Store for iPads!

StockTouch App to Access Data on iPads

10 Jul

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.54.24 AM screen480x480A fantastic way to help students make real world connections in the math classroom is the use of real world data.  StockTouch is an iPad app that presents data visualizations on stocks and trends.  With access to information and graphics students and teachers can view stock data.

If you are incorporating real world numbers into the work that you are doing with your students you’ll want to check out StockTouch for iPads.  Apple lists it as one of the Essential iPad apps for users and its classroom applications are clear.  From business courses to elementary math, students can interact with the numbers presented on the screen.

Check out StockTouch on the Apple App Store!

Wimbledon iPad App: Sports Data for the Math Classroom

6 Jul

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 9.44.55 AM screen480x480-1Using sports data in the math classroom is a great way to hook students with real world numbers. Whether you are creating word problems or graphing data, there is so much information available related to sports.  The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 app for iPads is full of data that can be incorporated into classroom instruction.  Students and teachers can access live scores as well as past results.

Depending on the task that you’ve developed for students, you can use this data to meet the expectations of your curriculum and program.  For example, Create a multiplication word problem using three numbers you located in one player’s profile or Find the difference between two players average scores for their first two matches.

Download The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 app for iPads from the Apple App Store to access tons of data for your math classroom!

Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!

29 Jun

I’m at ISTE today sharing some favorites during my poster session “Choosing CORE Math Apps for Your K-5 Classroom!”  View the presentation here:

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Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation!

19 Jun

screen480x480-1 Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.30.54 AMI’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad (here’s 23) and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen.  Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or ShowMe.  Then they can discuss what the steps they took to solve a problem and you can hear their explanation.

It’s perfect for children learning place value, addition, and subtraction, and teachers who want their students to explain their work.  Number Pieces is an iPad app but also available on web browsers making it a great choice for Chromebook classrooms.

Not teaching place value? Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using apps to teach: SymmetryFractionsPolygonsGraphingand more using iPads with your students!

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