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Classify It! Animal Exploration

13 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.27.55 PMscreen480x480Classify It! from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has an awesome free app that helps students learn about different animals.  This multi-level app asks children to identify different organisms.  They’ll earn points as they unlock each level and answer questions.

This app is great for station work if you only have a few iPads since it lets multiple users create profiles.  Download Classify It! today – it’s free!

 

iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

iA3-Icon-1024Branchfire is giving away 2,000 free copies of iAnnotate (usually $9.99) during the back to school season.  If you’d like to win a free copy send out the following tweet: 

Hey @ClassTechTips I want to #makepaperjealous with iAnnotate! 

Just make sure you’re one of my Twitter followers so I can direct message you the promo code! You must also have an Apple ID for the US App Store. Offer good until codes run out!

Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

Create Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

4 Sep
BannerZaption is a fantastic web app that gives teachers the power to create their own video lessons using a variety of multimedia.  Combining still images, YouTube clips, and more, teachers can design the perfect video to share with their students.  They can also add interactive elements like quizzes and drawings. With Zaption content comes alive for students giving them the opportunity to benefit from hand-picked multimedia to help them learn about a particular topic.
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Gallery ScreenshotBefore diving in to create your own, you can check out what’s available on Zaption’s website.  They have a Gallery full of ready-to-use content created by teachers from around the country, and content partners like Facing History and Ourselves.  Most of their current content is focused on U.S. History and Government, but they are working to expand to other subjects in the coming months.  Zaption is easy to use and lets you access analytics that show user views and engagement.
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Zaption is completely free for Basic users, $79/yr for Pro users, and offers volume pricing for Campus licenses.  Visit their website to watch a video and learn more!

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Science4US Interactive Curriculum

14 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.28 PMIf you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US.  They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students.  There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.43 PM

Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts.  It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning.  Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices.  This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser.  Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.

Learn more about Science4US by visiting their website and checking out this video!

 

Buncee for Student Creations

8 Aug

ad4Edu.buncee.com is a web based creation tool that makes it simple for students to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to interactive presentations and holiday cards. 

Using buncee’s digital creation canvas, you and your students can easily complete creative online projects by combining personal media, Buncee artwork and animations, and web multimedia from Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more. Edu.buncee.com also offers a classroom management dashboard to track student progress and grade their buncee creations.buncee-creation-canvas

Whether you use it for traditional learning, blended learning, or as a presentation alternative, buncee’s digital canvas allows students to spend more time creating and learning in a fun and engaging way.

Check out their website to learn more!

Healthy eBook: Keb and Cala Explore Sugar

5 Aug

Insidebookcover_sugar_finalCK-2mKeb and Cala Explore SugarWhat Is It And Why Is It So Sweet? is an engaging eBook designed for iPads that will bring healthy eating to life for children.  It follows the adventures of Keb and Cala as they explore sugar in different foods.  The whimsical animations and characters will grab your students’ attention as they learn about making healthy food choices.

photo 2Teachers can log in to Keb and Cala Explore Sugar‘s companion website to access a fully automated lesson and activity sheets that extend the concepts that are introduced in this book.  There is a Sugar Health Challenge to help teachers guide students through behavior change and think about their community.  Within the text children will find educational games, interactive quizzes and tons of healthy eating tips.  You’ll love how this eBook includes audio support for reading aloud in addition to animations and pop-ups.   

 

Check out Keb and Cala Explore Sugar on iTunes or visit their website to learn more!

 

 

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