Sphero Launches SPRK Program for Classrooms

  Have you heard of a Sphero? This interactive robot brings game play to life with a smart toy that rolls, spins and races based on moves programmed by the user.  Sphero is both iOS and Android friendly thanks to the dozens of apps that help users send instructions to this smart toy.  If you haven’t […]

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Word Clouds for Predictions: Online Activity with Tagxedo

I’ve shared some ways that word clouds can be used in the classroom, and here’s another activity that works for all ages and subject areas.  Find a website that you are planning on sharing with students.  This could be an informational text on a science topic or simply a current events article. Copy and paste […]

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American History Interactive Timeline: Informational Text & Primary Sources

I’ve shared some of my favorite American History apps and here is another that’s worth checking out.  American History Interactive Timeline lets users swipe through a timeline of significant events in the history of the United States. It has a combination of primary source documents and informational text that is placed across a timeline.  This […]

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DK Readers for Nonfiction Text on iPads & Android

There are tons of options for iPad friendly eBooks (here’s a long list!) and if you’re looking for nonfiction text DK Readers has you covered.  Kids can scroll through each book, identify text features, and read along with the highlighted text. This app comes with five free books and more can be downloaded with in […]

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Watch Science Videos on iPads

Using videos in the classroom is a great way to get students excited about a new lesson, build background knowledge and make them curious about the world around them.  I’ve shared a long list of apps for streaming videos and Science Channel is another great choice for accessing clips.  This app lets you view programs […]

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70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact […]

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Use Easy Annotate with PDFs

For teachers and students looking to mark up a text on their iPad, Easy Annotate is worth checking out.  This iPad app lets users look at two PDF documents at once for side by side viewing, editing and linking.  Easy Annotate gives you the power to highlight, mark, underline, cross-out, draw, and add notes to […]

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PBS on iPads: View Video Content on Your Tablet

Use the PBS iPad app to find multimedia for your classroom! This easy-to-use app is perfect for videos and short clips. You can search, view and share the multimedia you find with students. There are lots of great resources for teachers looking to stream video content (here’s my long list) and another to add to […]

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No More Grading Thanks to ScribeSense

Teachers looking to quickly grade papers will be blown away by ScribeSense.  Not only will this service input the answers to multiple choice test questions but it has the ability to grade handwritten answers so short answer quizzes can be scored just as easily.  ScribeSense also provides tools to backup student data, track the performance […]

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American History Clips from the Ken Burns iPad Apps

Ken Burns (no relation) is a fantastic storyteller who makes powerful documentaries about the American experience.  The Ken Burns iPad app lets users access bite-sized clips from his films.  These are perfect for using in the classroom to bring life to Social Studies content. I highly recommend watching all parts of his documentary on the National […]

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