Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom

The Sticky Notes app has taken technology integration in my classroom’s Reader’s Workshop to a brand new level! This free app allows you to organize sticky notes, customize the size of the note, change the font, text color, and the “paper” color of the sticky note. In this example, the student writes the date and […]

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Let’s Talk About Captions!

I’m always looking for ways to help history come alive for my students.  The Perfect Captions app is a great way to incorporate technology in your classroom in an engaging way.  Students can add captions to demonstrate their understanding of what a fiction character or historical figure might be thinking.  They can use a picture […]

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Custom Flashcards

There are lots of flashcards apps for the iPad but I when it comes to customization there is one I absolutely love! Flashcardlet by Quizlet allows students to view flashcards decks you’ve created on their iPads.  Quizlet is a free website where you can make  flashcards decks that correspond to vocabulary in any unit of […]

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I Can’t Live Without… Dropbox

You might have checked out my presentation on using Dropbox with the Noterize app earlier this year.  If you haven’t started using Dropbox I don’t know what to say… I can’t live without it! What is Dropbox? Dropbox is a free service that let’s you share files over a wireless network. Download the software on one […]

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Art Walk

Take neighborhood walks and community studies to the next level with this exploration app!  The Meridian app lets you explore different locations – my favorite is their guide to the permanent artwork installed in the MTA system in NYC.  Either before, during or for a simulated neighborhood walk, students can explore the artwork hidden underground in […]

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Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom

Click on the picture to view the presentation from today’s iPad in the NYC Schools event at the UFT headquarters.  Email or comment below with any questions.

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Internet Research: Fact or Fiction?

Internet research in any classroom can be challenging.  Students want to believe that everything they read is true.   Here are three great sites to demonstrate to students the importance of using critical thinking skills when conducting research online. Check out my bundle of Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for teaching ELA with iPads […]

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Summer Reading Log

Scholastic is offering a Summer Challenge for students!  Students can use the Scholastic Summer Challenge website or their Reading Timer app to keep track of their reading all summer.  The app allows students to set a timer for their reading and log their minutes each day.  For parents, the app includes tips, book lists, and […]

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Curriculum Planning – Common Core Learning Standards

Most schools are beginning to embrace the national Common Core Learning Standards. If you haven’t heard of them or are not sure if your district is moving in this direction, learn more here. The Common Core Learning Standards are straightforward and user friendly – but you need to know them in order to plan instruction […]

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Reader View – Internet Browsing

My students conduct Internet research on a variety of topics throughout the year.  Many sites give the option of a “Reader View” that eliminates sidebars, advertisements and focuses only on the text of the website.  This is a feature that works on iPads and Laptops – try it out!

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