News-O-Matic for Current Events

There are lots of choices for current events on iPads but a kid-friendly option is News-O-Matic.  This app offers free trial issues and has articles written especially for children.  It includes videos, images and extra resources to help bring the news to life for your students! Use this app with my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan on […]

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Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms

In classrooms with just one iPad there are lots of apps that you can use to create presentations (Educreations, Doceri, ScreenChomp, Haiku Deck).  If you have access to 1 to 1 technology you have to try NearPod for presentations.  Use an old PowerPoint as a template and upload it to the NearPod website.  Add interactive […]

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Create Your Own QR Codes

I’ve talked about all the ways I use QR codes in my classroom and it is so easy to make your own! The free iPad app QR Code Maker gives users the ability to copy and paste any URL and turn their link into a QR code. Save the QR code to your camera roll and share […]

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Quotable Americans

There are lots of great free iPad apps for primary source documents and Civic Quotes combines the words of famous Americans with images that depict a period in history. It’s a great free app to find inspiration for a biography report or introduce different historical figures. Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for […]

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Endless Alphabet

UPDATE 9/10/13: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic! A fantastic free app for learning letters (and new words!) is Endless Alphabet.  This app lets students manipulate letters on the screen, tapping on each letter to hear its name.  Students spell out words too, adding to their vocabulary as they learn the names of […]

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Edit Student Work on iPads

My students publish a variety of work on their iPads and use different apps throughout the writing process. When it comes to typing up their final product we often use PaperPort Notes. Before they send their work to print, I use the highlighter and marker tool to show them where edits and revisions need to […]

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My New eBook “Swim Dive Splash”

Very excited to announce that my new children’s book “Swim Dive Splash” is now available in the iBookstore! Perfect for teaching figurative language and narrative poetry. With full audio support – it reads itself! -Practice fluency by having children read along -Alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, etc., -Great for making inferences and using pictures to support comprehension  *include […]

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Sustainability iPad Apps

One of my favorite topics to teach in the classroom is healthy eating. There are lots of great free apps to support this subject at all grade levels. Looking for a nearby farmer’s market? Try Fresh Food Finder Searching for sustainable seafood? Try Seafood Watch Exploring fruits and vegetables? Try Food Truth Here’s my Common […]

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Word Wonderland!

There are lots of apps I love to use to teach literacy skills: Bluster, Sticky Notes, iPrompt, Idioms, Captions, Mad Libs, Jumbled Sentences and Synonyms. McGraw Hill has a handful of apps to teach literacy skills at the primary and elementary level: Word Wonderland (primary and elementary) and Grammar Wonderland (primary and elementary).  All have lite versions […]

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Poems by Heart

It doesn’t have to be Poetry Month to learn a new poem! Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics teaches users how to memorize a poem. They offer two free poems to get you started and there are more available through in app purchases. Whether you’re teaching fluency, extending a biography project of a famous poet, […]

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