Explain a Website

I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan.  But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool!  This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you […]

Read More

Easy to Read: iPad Accessibility

One of the great things about using an iPad in the classroom is the ability to change settings to meet the needs of your students.  I work with fifth graders on a class set of iPads and my students type in the Notes app and send a lot of emails. One quick fix I’ve made […]

Read More

Record Your Work Using Doceri

You may have read my post on using ScreenChomp in the classroom.  Another screencasting app I love is Doceri.  Although Doceri is not as user friendly as the simple layout of ScreenChomp, my fifth graders had no trouble getting over the learning curve.  There are some great features Doceri has to offer that set it […]

Read More

Free Assessment Tools for Classrooms Using One-To-One Technology

If you weren’t one of the 200+ attendees of my live webinar, you can still check out my presentation: Download the Presentation

Read More

Famous Faces: Funny Movie Maker

This app might seem silly but there are lots of ways to use Funny Movie Maker in you classroom. Use a picture from your camera roll and insert your mouth or entire face to make the image come to life. Try reading the Emancipation Prolamation using Abraham Lincoln’s picture.  Have students replace the face of […]

Read More

More QR Scavenger Hunts!

I love using QR code scavenger hunts to introduce new topics to my students! Whether we’re getting ready to compost, about to start a unit on deforestation, or need a quick overview of topics like  Lewis and Clark, the Dust Bowl, the Trail of Tears, the Gold Rush, the Great Plains, the Bill of Rights, Amazon Rainforest, […]

Read More

Toontastic for Story Telling

Toontastic is a fantastic app you can use in your classroom.  Don’t be fooled by the cartoon graphics, this app can be used with all ages. Students create their own short stories or retell a story that they’ve read.  Each scene in the story arc requires that students draw their own setting and characters or […]

Read More

Old and New: Primary Sources in the 21st Century

I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for studying the American Revolution and industrialization.  National Archives DocsTeach and Today’s Document are two great apps for exploring American history in your classroom.  Search by topic or check daily for high quality images with detailed information on a variety of subjects. Check out my common core aligned […]

Read More

Pick a Student

There are so many  classroom management tools that I love and here’s another. iLEAP Pick A Student makes sure that you call on every student in your class.  Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use this free app to make sure that all of your students […]

Read More

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading […]

Read More