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Explore Congress on iPads: Multimedia, Facts & Local Reps

24 Jul

Explore Congress on iPads: Multimedia, Facts & Local RepsExplore Congress on iPads: Multimedia, Facts & Local RepsMyCongress is an iPad app that helps students and teachers learn more about the folks that represent each state.  Users can search and bookmark different representatives.  The information with each entry includes Twitter links, video clips and information on each person’s background.

This app could be used with students investigating their local representatives or learning more about a particular part of the country.  It’s an easy reference tool for students using mobile devices.  Whether students are composing letters to a Senator as part of a persuasive writing project or creating questions for mock interviews, MyCongress is worth exploring.

Visit the App Store to download this free app!

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary Classroom

19 Jul

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomModernChalkboard.com has a large collections of SMART Board lessons for elementary school teachers.  Their Notebook lessons work with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and cover a variety of topics. Created by the same team as SuperTeacherWorksheets, ModernChalkboard has tons of resources for teachers looking to energize their SMART Board lessons.

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomThere are plenty of interactive math activities on topics that include perimeter, telling time, counting money, and fractions.  Electricity, human body, and the solar system are just a few of the science topics you’ll find. ModernChalkboard also includes interactive classroom calendars, social studies topics, grammar lessons, and early literacy.

ModernChalkboard is offering two promotions: use the code TWENTY to save $20 on individual memberships or the code SMART for $100 off a school site license membership.

You can check out a some of ModernChalkboard’s free SMART Notebook files on their site!

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel

18 Jul

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel There are lots of great educational apps from the History Channel, and I’ve shared a few I like earlier this year.  The new app Age of Explorers lets students navigate the seas alongside famous historical figures.  Completely free and plenty of fun, Age of Explorers asks students to follow the journey of different explorers from Christopher Columbus to Vasco Da Gama.  They’ll earn points and unlock new levels as they make their way across the world.

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History ChannelThis iPad app might be something that you use to grab the attention of students before kicking off a new unit of study.  You might also add it to a parent newsletter to keep families aware of games that connect to your curriculum.

Visit the Apple App Store to download Age of Explorers!

3D Cell Simulation: Videos, Models and More

12 Jul

3D Cell Simulation: Videos, Models and More 3D Cell Simulation: Videos, Models and MoreWhether you have one teacher iPad to lead a demonstration or a handful to distribute to your students, there are powerful apps for the science classroom.  Students can explore cells with the 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool app for iPads.  In addition to accessing video content, users can create their own cell image.

This completely free app is full of interactive features that will complement instruction in the biology and life sciences classroom.  The colorful diagrams and easy to navigate interface make it a great resource for students exploring core content.

Visit the Apple App Store to download 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool for free!

Explore The Berlin Wall on iPads

11 Jul

Explore The Berlin Wall on iPads Explore The Berlin Wall on iPadsIn the Social Studies and English Language Arts classroom students can benefit from visuals and interactive text to help making meaning of the past.  The Berlin Wall HD is a free iPad app that presents informational text, primary source documents and interactive maps on the screen.  Students can tap, zoom and explore this period in history.

The Berlin Wall HD is a great choice for teachers introducing this time period to students.  Whether it’s a clear part of your curriculum or something that helps students better understand a piece of historical fiction, The Berlin Wall HD is worth checking out.

Visit the Apple App Store to download the The Berlin Wall HD for free!

 

Language Arts Activities in the Science Classroom with Science4Us

8 Jul

Language Arts Activities in the Science Classroom with Science4UsCross-curricular experiences are essential for students of all ages.  We know from real world experience that science and literacy can go hand in hand. In addition to providing a complete K-2 science curriculum that meets Next Generation Science Standards, Science4Us integrates language arts activities that help children practice a number of literacy skills such as: understanding of the relationship and meanings of words and the ability to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.

By using science content to help students practice literacy skills, Science4Us is also able to give literacy an authentic context and help deepen understanding.  Through both online and printable activities, as well as integrated language arts, Science4Us can help make the most of your in the classroom or homeschooling day.

Visit their website to sign-up for a 60-day trial this summer to see Science4Us in action!

10 Apps and Online Museum Resources

6 Jun

10Finding the time and resources for on-the-ground field trips can be a challenge.  Here are ten terrific apps and websites that can help students explore museums, artifacts, and information from anywhere:

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (online search tool)
  2. Power of Poison Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (companion app)
  3. Gettysburg Battle App (virtual battlefield tour)
  4. Museums of the World (app with access to multiple museum exhibits)
  5. The Getty Museum (artifact exploration)
  6. Smithsonian Museums and Zoos (location search)
  7. Timeline: Art Museum (timeline app with artwork)
  8. Shadow Puppet EDU (search museum archives and create slideshows)
  9. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Faking It (art exploration app)
  10. MOMA Art Lab (creation and exploration app)

Here are two other lists of resources to explore:

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