Bluster Literacy Practice

One of my favorite apps for literacy skills practice is Bluster. McGraw-Hill has lots of app but this one is free (these prices often change so download it sooner than later). It is set up for independent and partner practice and prompts the player to choose between Grades 2 – 4. I find the skills […]

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Idioms on iPads

Pushing students to the next level in ELA often involves an understanding of idioms. English Idioms Illustrated and Idioms Lite are two great apps that can help bring idioms (age old sayings) into modern times. Check out my lesson plan for using these apps in the classroom!

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Mind Maps iPad App: Graphic Organizers with Ideament

Graphic organizers work in all subject areas and students can create their own using the Ideament app.  I love it for creating story maps, brainstorming and taking notes.  Asking students to design their own mind maps iPad creation forces them to think outside the box as they organize their thinking. Ideament (formally Idea Sketch) is a […]

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Countdown to November: Election Apps

If you are discussing the upcoming Presidential Election in your classroom there are lots of apps that can provide a knowledge base for your students.  They contain electoral maps, polling data, and up to date information of the campaigns. Here are a few iPad apps to choose from: NBC Politics     CNN     USA Today Whether […]

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Fluency and Presentation Practice: Teleprompter

We’ve all watched news anchors deliver top stories and presidential candidates give speeches, but have you ever used a teleprompter? iPrompt is a free app that turns your iPad into a teleprompter! Add text that you’ve written yourself or copy and paste a famous speech from the web. Customize the size of the text and […]

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iBooks Reading Guides

One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking. I use iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books can be downloaded for free.  If my students are going to be […]

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Haiku Deck for Small Presentations

I love Keynote and use it to present information to students across the content areas.  Haiku Deck is a great alternative platform for presentations. The best part:  it’s free and student friendly! This app allows you to create swipeable slides with a photo background and a small amount of text (…think haiku).  It has a […]

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DiigoBrowser

There are lots of ways to browse the Internet on your iPad.  Besides the Apple Internet browser Safari (that comes built in with your iPad) one option is DiigoBrowser.  Although Safari is my go-to when using the Internet, DiigoBrowser has one feature that I find particularly helpful in the classroom. You might have noticed the […]

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BrainPop

Whether you’re a subscriber or not, the BrainPop app for the iPad (and the website for PCs) is a fun and interactive learning tool for students of all ages.  The website as well as the BrainPop app, is full of video explanation on a variety of topics as well as quizzes that monitor students’ understanding […]

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Show Off Technology – Student Emails

If your students are using technology in your classroom there are many ways to show off their work to visitors.  I make sure that every bulletin board in my classroom clearly demonstrates how technology is used by my students everyday. Instead of exit slips to check understanding at the end of a lesson, my students […]

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