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Monster Math for Practice on iPads

27 Nov
monster-worldMonster Math is an engaging, adaptive game for students learning math facts.  With this app children will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as they follow the adventure narrative of the two cartoon characters.  Inspired by the Number Munchers game from decades past, this iPad app has high quality graphics and animation.
ReportsStudents start off with simple skill practice and the app provides new activities for kids based on their performance.  Children move at their own pace and receive help when they need it.  Teachers and parents can access reports that show how well students have mastered content.  Monster Math addresses second and third grade Common Core standards and is great for intervention.  Download this app for free and upgrade for extra activities.
Download the free or paid version of this app or learn more by watching the video overview!

MyBackpack for Early Learning on iPads

25 Nov
unnamedMyBackpack is a new iPad app that let’s students access Waterford Early Learning software from an iPad.  With this app children ages four and younger can can sing and read along with interactive nursery rhymes.  Older students can read, listen and sing along with 16 traditional tales books and 35 reading, math and science songs.  Kids can practice and drill their math skills with the game Mental Math.
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unnamed-1There are more than half a million students already using Waterford Early Learning software and MyBackpack is available for the general public too, letting them gain access to select curriculum straight from an iPad.  With MyBackpack students can access supplemental lessons for the classroom and home.
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Download MyBackpack for iPads and check out the learning activities for your students!

Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

19 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 10.00.50 AMBuncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard also makes it a simple to share photos of classroom activities.  creation canvas
Just choose your photos, select a theme, and the Wizard helps create the buncee for you.

Students can easily print their buncee creations, save them to the photo stream, or publish them on edu.buncee.com If you log into edu.buncee.com, you’ll find the iPad creations stored alongside the buncees you created on the web, ready to be shared anywhere.

Buncee for Edu is completely free – visit their site to learn more or download the app to get started!

Multiply and Divide with Lumio Farm Factor

9 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 8.09.09 PMscreen480x480-2Lumio Farm Factor is a fun and colorful app that helps students understand the basics of multiplication and division.  Straight forward and easy to use, this iPad app is perfect for elementary school students working with number sense and operations.  Students can work through different problems by moving objects across the screen and earning points for completion.  There are extra features like tips to help students if they get stuck on a particular problem.

This app is free to download and offers extra levels with an in-app purchase.

Check out my lesson plans for using iPads and tablets with your students!

Showbie for Workflow Management

31 Oct

screen480x480Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 2.31.26 PMI’ve shared a list of some great workflow solutions for iPads and here’s another one you should check out!

Showbie lets teacher share files with their students and makes it easy for children to submit their work.  The kid-friendly user interface is perfect for K-12 students.  It’s a great tool for keeping your classroom organized whether you’re in a one-to-one learning environment or sharing a set of iPads with other teachers in your building.

Visit Showbie’s website to learn more or watch this video!

Thinglink for Interactive Images

29 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.17.19 AMI love tools that turn your tablet into a content creation tool.  Thinglink is a fantastic example of an app that lets users become creators.  With this app teachers and students can layer information on top of any image that they like.  They might find a primary source document and add questions for students to answer, or ask students to snap a picture of a text and add text, video, and links to bring a sentence to life.

Start off by choosing the picture you want to use.  Then add targets to any spot on the image.  Connect these targets to multimedia (text, links, video).  Share the link.  It’s that simple.  Thinglinks can be created on iOS and Android devices or on the web.  It’s a great app for BYOD (bring your own device) environments or for students to use outside of the classroom.

Add a comment with a link to a Thinglink you’ve created or tweet it to share it with your PLN!

ShowMe for Screencasting

25 Oct

screen480x480-3Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 10.05.53 AMThere are a handful of screencasting apps that I absolutely love (Educreations, ScreenChomp, Doceri) and here is another free app you’ll want to check out.  ShowMe is an easy to use screencasting tool that lets users record their voice as they write on the screen. It’s a great way for teachers to create tutorials to share with their students or for kids to demonstrate their understanding.

ShowMe lets users draw diagrams, import images, and upload their creations for free.  You might want to share the link of a tutorial by turning it into a QR code that can be attached to a bulletin board or placed on an activity sheet!

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