I 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!
There 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 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!
The 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.
Pattern 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!
I’ve shared some of my favorite free apps from the Math Learning Center like (Number Pieces, Number Line, and Geoboard). Number Frames is a fantastic iOS and web app that helps students create arrays. They can construct frames of numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred. Students use the frames to count, represent, compare, and compute a set of numbers.
This app helps students see quantities as equal groups and draw conclusions about different quantities. Primary students will move away from one-by-one counting and find more efficient ways of interacting with numbers. Number Frames gives students and teachers lots of options for counting with numbers and examining quantities. They can even annotate the screen to demonstrate their thinking.
Learn more by visiting their website or watching this video!