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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.
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Happy 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.
This 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!
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!
- iTunes U
- Number Pieces
- Number Line
- Khan Academy
- MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab
TinyTap 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.
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 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.
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