I love my Apple TV and even brought it into my classroom to try out last year. My goal was to use the mirroring feature to project my iPad screen without being tethered to the projector. A great alternative to using an Apple TV is Reflector which can be downloaded to your laptop. It’s super easy to use and perfect for an iPad classroom!
When your computer is hooked up to a projector and your iPad is on the same wireless network you can simply mirror your iPad screen using the same AirPlay technology on an Apple TV. A very cool feature is the ability to mirror more than one iPad screen. You can show multiple iPad screens of student work, or in a collaborative team teaching classroom, both teachers can show off their iPad screen to the class at the same time. The download for Relfector isn’t free – like most of my tips – but I definitely think it’s worth it!
Check out my online course for teaching with one iPad!
Place value can be a challenging concept for early learners just starting to group ones into tens and tens into hundreds. iGet Math: Base 10 gives students space to explore counting, addition and subtraction. Kids can count and combine objects, alter equations and notice relationships between numbers. This app is a great choice for kids developing an understanding of counting and cardinality, as well as foundational number sense and operation skills.
iGetMath: Base 10 lets kids flick and pick up objects to move them across the screen to change the balance of an equation. Children can customize the backgrounds and tap the screen to hear a number as they count blocks. This app addresses Common Core State Standards, contains eight skill levels to choose from, and lets teachers see student progress. Learn more about iGet Math: Base 10 by watching this video or visiting their website!
There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words. With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines. Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!
- Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
- Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
- Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
- Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
- Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
- gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
- Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
- Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
- Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
- MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)
Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)
Check out these two app lists:
Teachers working with elementary school students will want to check out Happy Numbers to support Common Core Math instruction. Happy Numbers has interactive activities directly aligned to the K – 2 standards. Children will move objects across their screen as they learn to count, bundle groups of tens, practice addition, and more. The activities address the math concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards and give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a traditional math lesson.
Happy Numbers lets teachers set up their own account with logins for each students. There are lots of math activities to choose from and teachers can pick which ones their students have access to. Happy Numbers makes it easy to find activities that align to your curriculum and keeps track of student progress. Happy Numbers can be accessed from any device with a web browser!
A fantastic app for early math education, Dexteria Dots is bright, colorful and teaches important basic math concepts. With this iPad app your students will be asked to combine and separate numbers on their screen to practice addition and subtraction. Dexteria Dots has four levels and when students start off they’ll be given a target number they need to reach. Kids will then be asked to combine the numbers on their screen to count up to that number. As students move up in each level the activites become more challenging.
The high-quality, kid-friendly user interface introduces each number in a different color surrounded by dots. Students will have to slice the dots to split the number into smaller pieces or draw a line to combine numbers. The diameter of the dots is also proportional to the number value. For example, a 4-dot is twice the diameter of a 2-dot, and so on. Dexteria Dots is a fantastic choice for teachers looking to help their students build number sense as they count, add and subtract. Check out this visually pleasing, educational app for iPads on the App Store!
The Math Learning Center has some fantastic free apps (Geoboard
and Number Line
) including the newly released Math Vocabulary Cards
. This app includes card sets for grades K-2 and 3-5. Users can select which cards they want to study by category or individually. The cards are automatically sorted in random order and users can hide and reveal one or more sections of each card. This means that they can practice quizzing themselves using the math term, example or definition.
Math Vocabulary Cards is easy to navigate and definitely kid-friendly. With this app your students can review definitions for geometry, measurement, and money terms – just to name a few. Kids can also view terms and definitions in English or Spanish. The Common Core State Standards expects that students are able to use math vocabulary to explain their thinking. Math Vocabulary Cards is the perfect choice for helping students become stronger math students. Visit their website to learn more.
This app is also Android friendly since it can be accessed online using an Internet browser.
MyScript Calculator is one of my favorite apps but middle school and high school teachers might want to check out MyScript MathPad. It can handle higher level equations including trigonometry and logarithms. This super cool, free app turns your handwriting into numerals and solves the equations in front of your eyes. Definitely check out this powerful math tool!
Teaching math in elementary school? Here are a few iPad lesson plans to check out!