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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!

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!
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