QR Codes in the Garden

There are so many ways to use QR codes and I’ve been excited to see them in my travels the last few months! On my walk to work and recent trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, I’ve seen QR codes pop up in garden plots so visitors and pedestrians can scan and […]

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App Combo Projects: PaperPort and Pic Collage

When I’m using iPads with my students, we often use a combination of apps to accomplish a task. For a research project on biomes, my class created posters in Pic Collage and published their reports with PaperPort Notes.  This culminating project took more than one period to complete, and their colorful, detailed reports were displayed for […]

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Congressional Moments

The Library of Congress has an excellent new app to help students learn about primary source documents.  With video clips, quizzes and a gallery to explore, the Congressional Moments app will support American History teachers as they gather resources for their classroom. Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching with primary source documents on […]

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DK Quiz

With over 100 free quizzes and thousands of questions, DK Quiz is a great app to test general knowledge on a wide range of subjects.  Whether you’re studying rocks and minerals, capitals, or the Aztecs, there are lots of quizzes in the DK Quiz app that can be used as enrichment activities or lesson extensions! […]

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Museum Exploration on iPads

I’ve taken plenty of amazing field trips with students (one of the great things about teaching in NYC!) but I’m always amazed by the number of virtual possibilities. There are lots of fantastic free apps that bring a museum to your fingertips and the Life of Art takes another spin on it. By focusing on […]

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Changing America on iPads

There are so many great apps that can be used to access primary source documents, and the Smithsonian’s Changing America app should be added to your list. It includes images related to the Civil War and quotes written by people who lived through the period. Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching […]

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iPad Safety Apps

The American Red Cross has three apps designed to support victims of natural disasters. Whether you’re studying a region of the United States or just looking to spark a discussion, these apps will come in handy. Show your students how to prepare and stay safe with the tips they share: Hurricane Tornado Earthquake Wildfires Check […]

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Monet on iPads

I’ve shared some great apps for teaching art history and the Monet 140+ app is perfect for focusing on one artist.  With high quality images, a biography, timeline and detailed information about each painting, there’s a lot to explore in this free app! This app can also be used as a multimedia, interactive informational text. […]

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History Channel iPad Apps

The History Channel has lots of options for exploring the past on mobile devices.  You can view clips of shows and specials on the History Channel app on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Check out my bundle of Common Core aligned Social Studies iPad lesson plans! This app is also available on Android devices.

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iPad Reference Charts

One of my favorite reference charts is taped to my classroom’s iPad cart, and the other is prominently displayed in the front of the room. My students email their classwork throughout the school year and this chart helps them remember what to do before hitting send: There are plenty of lessons you can email in […]

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