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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:

Cargo-Bot Programming Game

3 May

imageI’m a huge fan of apps that promote STEM concepts and here is another programming app to check out.  Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where players need to show a robot how to move by giving it a set of directions.  As they program each move, kids will see the instructions come to life on their screen.  This app gives lots of opportunities of to play and learn at the same time.  Cargo-Bot is also a cool example of an app that was designed entirely on an iPad.

Here are three more apps to check out:

SkyView Free – Explore the Universe!

1 May
 image-1As a big fan of apps that bring the world to your fingertips, I’m very excited for the new FREE version of SkyView.  With this app students can point their device towards the sky and see where stars, planets and constellations are located.  Users can access extra information on each celestial body and activate the augmented reality mode.
Whether you have students list their questions about astronomy or conduct research on a constellation of their choice – this app is a great way to grab your students attention and give them access to outerspace!

Murky Reef – iPad Apps for Early Elementary

28 Apr

scienceFor ELA, Math and Science comprehension activities, check out this series of Murky Reef iPad apps for first and second grade students.  With content aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Murky Reef engages students with high quality content as they explore an underwater world.  They’ll see jellyfish, an octopus, pufferfish and more as they work through activities that were designed with Bloom’s Taxonomy in mind.

Your students will learn about the ocean as they complete math and reading activities in Murky Reef.  Murky Reef is developed by Frolyc – the web platform that let’s teachers design their own interactive learning activities for students, learn more here.

MurkyReef_1024x1024There are six apps in the Murky Reef series including:

If you’re looking for a way to engage young learners, definitely check out this collection of apps!


iTunes U for Curriculum Resources

27 Apr

Schools across the country are using iTunes UScreen Shot 2014-04-21 at 4.14.35 PM to connect students with course material and transform the workflow of their classrooms. If you’re not in a one to one iPad school, iTunes U is still a fantastic resource. By searching through the open courses available in this app, you can locate materials to use in your classroom, brush up on a topic you’re introducing to students and show your middle and high school students ways they can become independent learners.  iTunes U courses include a variety of multimedia that will come in handy as you are planning your curriculum for this year and beyond.  Once you dive in you may be tempted to organize your own content into a iTunes U course for your classroom and students around the world!

Here are a few course from Apple Distinguished Educators that you might want to explore – make sure to download iTunes U first, then click on this link from your iPad.

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