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MarcoPolo Weather Exploration App

1 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 9.49.36 PMscreen480x480MarcoPolo Weather is a terrific app for helping students understand weather patterns and climate.  This beautifully illustrated, fun app will let children explore weather and learn about temperature, cloud cover, and precipitation.  Students can control nine different weather conditions and access interactive mini-games.  MarcoPolo Weather can be used for whole class discussions on weather patterns, small group exploration at a science station, or as a companion to informational text.

Check out MarcoPolo Weather on the Apple App Store for iOS devices!

Visit my Syllabuy page for more ways to use mobile devices in your classroom


Healthy Adventure Game for iPads

30 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 9.01.35 AMscreen480x480Monster Heart Medic from The Lawrence Hall of Science (creators of DIY Sun Science and DIY Human Body) is a fantastic free app that helps student explore the cardiovascular system.  Simulating a video game, this iPad app takes students on a journey to learn about the way the heart works.  It provides lots of information on how to keep the heart healthy with colorful graphics and interesting characters to follow around.  Combining images, diagrams and informational text with important facts about the human body, Monster Heart Medic is a terrific option for science and English Language Arts classrooms.

Visit the Apple App Store to download Monster Heart Medic for iPads!

Check out my Syllabuy page to find more ideas for using mobile devices throughout your school day!

Easy Science Experiments from DIY Nano HD

29 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 4.44.09 PMscreen480x480I’ve shared some great apps from The Lawrence Hall of Science (DIY Human Body, DIY Sun Science, Monster Heart Medic) and DIY Nano HD is another free app for iPads that you’ll love.  DIY Nano HD contains easy science experiments for teachers, students and families.  Using easy to find materials children can follow along with instructions on the screen to learn about nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.  This app contains videos, images and informational text that can help students learn about expository writing styles including how-tos and step-by-step guides.

Explore this totally free app to see what you can bring into your classroom!

Visit my Syllabuy page to access tons of mobile-friendly lesson plans.

Fun with Circuits: Electronics for Kids

28 Apr

Fun with Circuits makes electronic circuits fun, simple, and accessible for children.  Designed for kids five and above, Fun with Circuits incorporates literacy skills into circuit exploration.  It combines storytelling and circuit building to engage young learners with foundational STEM skills.  Kids read a story, learn the key concepts, and make new circuits.

Collage_3Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more about the vision behind Fun with Circuits and to support this project!

17 Websites for the Social Studies Classroom

26 Apr

Here’s a recent presentation that I gave on web tools that can be used to teach social studies. It includes some wonderful websites for accessing multimedia and informational text. If you have a favorite missing from this list add a comment to this post or send a tweet to @ClassTechTips!

Visit my Events page to learn about upcoming presentations or email to schedule a school visit!
.. for K-2 Digital Curriculum

16 Apr

S4U_ClasstechtipsScience4Us is a K-2 standards-based, digital science program.  It is based on the 5E inquiry-based instructional model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.  Teachers can decide how to deliver material.  This program is flexible enough for whole group lesson, small groups or one on one instruction.  It includes embedded teacher support such as teacher guides and videos.

Science4Us was developed by the creators of Vocabulary Spelling City. It has an iPad app that makes it easy for students to access content from a mobile device. Science4Us integrates math and language arts and annual subscriptions begin at just $360 (Title I and Title III funds can also be used).

Learn more about Science4Us by visiting their website! Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

earth day school contest 2, a creation and presentation tool, is hosting The buncee Earth Day Contest. To enter, students K – 8 will be asked to create a buncee answering the question, “What could your school do to help protect the Earth?” The winners will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and bunceeEDU Plus subscriptions for their school.

Buncee’s fun digital canvas allows students to easily express their ideas, making it the perfect tool for students to present their environmental school projects. While enhancing presentation skills, the contest also helps support Next Gen Science Standard ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the day school contest 3

Judges include Science Teacher Tim McCready and employees of Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Entry ends May 15th, so check out the contest rules and have your students share their environmental projects to win!

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