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Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads

8 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 9.45.53 AM National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students.  This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences.  They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history.

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Here are a few other National Geographic apps that might fit into your curriculum:

Geography Exploration with StrataLogica

4 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 9.57.11 AMimage-1Geography is an important part of any grade’s Social Studies curriculum and StrataLogica can help students explore the globe.  With information layered on top of maps and diagrams, there is tons of content to dig into.  You can skip logging in and explore the app without an account if you wish.  Not only will this free app help you teach children important map skills, it’s full of useful information for both educators and their students.

Explore more Social Studies topics with my QR Scanner Scavenger hunts!

Access a Museum Collection from Your Web Browser

2 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.22.09 AMI’ve shared tons of resources to bring museums to your students’ fingertips (AMNH, MOMA) and here is another to add to the list.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has given the public access to almost 400,000 items in their collection!  Some of the artwork and artifacts are currently on display while others in this online resource are packed away in storage.

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You can connect these items to a Social Studies unit or simply use a piece of artwork as inspiration for a writing assignment.  Whether you decide to check out this fantastic resource during a unit on poetry or to enhance a biography, there are tons of primary sources and beautiful artwork to share with students of all ages!


Here are a few lesson plans for teaching with primary source documents!





Cosmos – Explore Space on iPads

1 Jun
 Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 5.51.00 PMimage-3Whether you tuned in for this multi-part television series or are simply looking for science resources for your class, Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey is a great app for teachers.  There are articles and clips from the program that may just fit into your curriculum or connect to a book you are reading to your students.  The index makes it very easy to search for content.  This app is completely free and contains high quality graphics.
Looking to explore informational text with your students? Check out one of my QR Scanner Scavenger Hunts!

6 Free Apps to Teach Coding Skills

17 May

Image-1I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for teaching coding skills to students.  From early elementary through high school, each one has a place in the hands of students holding a tablet.  Whether you incorporate these apps into a lesson in math or science or provide time during an after school program for children to develop problem solving skills, you’re sure to find one on this list that meets the needs of your students!



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Looking for more of my favorite apps?  Search the calendar or archive in the sidebar or check out this list:

24 Super Cool Free Science Apps

Brainfeed Educational Videos

13 May

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 11.04.55 AMVideos are a powerful teaching tool for grabbing students’ attention and helping them visual abstract concepts.  Brainfeed has a fantastic app with tons of free content for streaming educational videos.  There are clips on the environment, the human body, and even geometry.  A subscription lets users access the entire library, but this app has plenty of content for you to view with the free download.

IMG_1018Check out some of my favorite lesson plans for teaching with iPads!


Abraham Lincoln on iPads

7 May

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 3.22.27 PMAnother great app for teaching American History or exploring a biography, Abraham Lincoln Interactive is a fantastic choice for using with students.  In addition to a photo gallery and slideshow of quotes, this interactive textbook lets kids access video and see primary source documents.  The first few chapters of the book are free and an in app purchase unlocks all content.

Here are two lesson plans that can be used in a Social Studies classroom:

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