Create Graphic Organizers on iPads with Grafio Lite

There are lots of apps I like, and Grafio Lite lets you create graphic organizers. Students can design their own graphic organizer by drawing shapes on the screen. Can’t draw a perfect circle?  The shapes autocorrect and allow you to duplicate in case you want four ovals on your graphic organizer that are exactly the same size. In addition to drawing shapes, […]

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ELA Talk Bubbles

There are lots of great ways to incorporate Perfect Captions in your classroom.  I love using this app with primary source documents, but it’s also perfect for reinforcing literacy skills.  Have students create captions to record their predictions, to jot questions that they have, or write dialogue for the main character. Check out my common […]

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American Revolution Timeline

It’s easy for American History to come to life if you’re on iPads!  I’ve shared some great timeline apps and here’s another that’s worth checking out.  The American Revolution Interactive Timeline app let’s you travel through this period looking at artifacts and documents that tell the story of the Revolutionary War.  Students can tap and […]

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Social Studies Slogans: Make Your Own Memes

You’ve seen them in emails, on Facebook, even the Today Show features memes that have gone viral.  Students can create their own memes using Haiku Deck on their iPads. Follow these steps: Create a new presentation and choose a theme Add an image from your camera roll to set as the background Add your slogan […]

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News Sources for the iPad

Current events have an important place in my classroom and I’ve said it before – there are a lot of great apps to help your students explore the world around them. Here are a few news apps for the iPad that are worth trying out in your classroom: Check out this common core aligned lesson […]

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Titanic Timeline

National Geographic has a fantastic app that shows the construction of the Titanic over time.  Building Titanic allows you to scroll across a timeline and view the different stages in which the Titanic were built.  This app could be used to discuss timelines or analyze primary source documents (there are lots of photographs spread throughout […]

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Complete Student Work and Reduce Paper

One thing I love about using iPads in my classroom is the ability to reduce paper how much paper we consume.  I fill my class Dropbox with graphic organizers and activity sheets and have my students complete them on their iPads. PaperPort Notes is a great app for importing PDF files from Dropbox and adding text. […]

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Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs

Public service announcements are a great way to turn a traditional persuasive essay writing piece into a multimedia presentation. There are lots of ways I like to use the iPad camera in my classroom and this is one of them! Check out my lesson plan on creating public service announcements in your classroom!  

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Create Your Own Textbook

iBooks Author is a fantastic way to get students involved in their own learning. If you’re dedicated to providing engaging lessons for your students then creating interactive textbooks needs to go on your to do list. iBooks Author has a short learning curve, and here are just some of the things you can do: I […]

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iPad QR Scavenger Hunt

I’ve said it before – I love using QR codes in my classroom! There are a lot of reasons: Takes students directly to a website you have chosen Eliminates frustration of typing in long web addresses (perfect for students in an inclusion class, occupational therapy, etc.) Saves time! I make QR codes using free QR […]

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