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CyberChase Shape Quest!

14 Mar

imageIf you’re studying shapes, geometry or spatial reasoning with students try out this free app from PBS Kids.  CyberChase Shape Quest! includes games and puzzles that will help children explore these concepts.  This app connects to the PBS series and also features an augmented reality activity!

Teaching Common Core math in elementary school? Check out some of my resources!

70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

13 Mar

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact me to learn about onsite and virtual professional development.

To learn more about individual apps mentioned in this presentation, search for specific  posts using the box in the upper right hand corner of your screen or explore the archive using the drop down menu on the sidebar.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans using these apps!

Math Facts with Mad Math

12 Mar

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The App Store is full of fantastic apps for practicing math fluency (Math Vs. Zombies, Meerkat Math, Sushi Monster) and Mad Math Lite is a free app that should be added to your list of favorites.  In addition to offering flashcards on all operations, this app lets users work with decimals and negative numbers too.  Kids can write out their answer as they work through the problem before entering their response into the keypad.

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MathsRulz – Formula Guide

7 Mar

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A fantastic resource for students of all ages, MathsRulz gives kids quick access to formulas.  This completely free app includes definitions and examples for area, perimeter and more.  Students can also take a quiz to demonstrate their understanding of each formula.

Check out my math lesson plans for teaching with mobile devices!

23 Virtual Tools for Tablets (all free!)

6 Mar

A great way to capture the attention of your students is to introducethese virtual tools.  If they are bored with traditional flashcards, post-its or math manipulatives try out one of the virtual tools on our list:

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.47.25 PMMyScript Calculator (calculator)
  2. Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper)
  3. Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler)
  4. Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives)
  5. iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer)
  6. Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus)
  7. iPad Measurement Tools (ruler)
  8. SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad (dry erase board)
  9. No More Rubber Bands (geoboard)
  10. iPad Protractor (protractor)
  11. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (flashcards)
  12. iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer (timer)
  13. Fraction Calculator (calculator)
  14. Tangrams – Geometry and More (math manipulatives)
  15. Custom Flashcards (flashcards)
  16. App Update: Educreations (dry erase board)
  17. Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom (post-it notes)
  18. News Sources for the iPad (newspapers)
  19. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
  20. Fluency and Presentation Practice (teleprompter)
  21. Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard (dry erase board)
  22. Atlas Apps (atlas)
  23. Math Fluency (flashcards)

No More Grading Thanks to ScribeSense

27 Feb

scribesenseTeachers looking to quickly grade papers will be blown away by ScribeSense.  Not only will this service input the answers to multiple choice test questions but it has the ability to grade handwritten answers so short answer quizzes can be scored just as easily.  ScribeSense also provides tools to backup student data, track the performance of your class and share data with parents and students.

Since this grading system supports free-form responses teachers can design tests that are more engaging and provide meaningful results about student progress without increasing the time they spend grading papers.  ScribeSense’s goal is “to bridge the gap between old familiar paper and new digital technology.”  They take the time out of grading papers so teachers can remove an item from their ever-growing to do list.

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ScribeSense is offering a free trial to teachers this Spring so you’ll definitely want to visit their website, watch their video, and sign-up to receive more information!

Common Core with Turbo Math

25 Feb

image1Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love.  The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade.  This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.

Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads: