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PBS on iPads

28 Feb

imageThere are lots of great resources for teachers looking to stream video content (here’s my long list) and another to add to your list is PBS’s fantastic free app.  Users can access full length episodes and clips of tons of documentaries from NOVA to Frontline.  This app lets you view clips on a monitor using an AppleTV or mirroring software, or you can project it straight from your device.

Extend a Social Studies lesson with one of these activities!

No More Grading Thanks to ScribeSense

27 Feb

scribesenseTeachers 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 of your class and share data with parents and students.

Since this grading system supports free-form responses teachers can design tests that are more engaging and provide meaningful results about student progress without increasing the time they spend grading papers.  ScribeSense’s goal is “to bridge the gap between old familiar paper and new digital technology.”  They take the time out of grading papers so teachers can remove an item from their ever-growing to do list.

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ScribeSense is offering a free trial to teachers this Spring so you’ll definitely want to visit their website, watch their video, and sign-up to receive more information!

American History Clips

24 Feb

imageKen Burns (no relation) is a fantastic storyteller who makes powerful documentaries about the American experience.  His 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 Parks system but a quick few minutes might be just enough for your students.  The Innovation section of this app is free and the other sections can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Teaching Social Studies with mobile devices? Help students access informational texts with these differentiated activities!

Interactive Science Glossary for iPads

23 Feb

imageInteractive Science Glossary: Earth Science and Interactive Science Glossary: Life Science are two fantastic resources for the science classroom.  These completely free interactive science glossaries are a great tool for teachers and students.  With videos, diagrams and flashcards, you’ll find that these apps are great study tools.  The tutorials can also be shared with students straight from your device during whole class instruction or for small groups that need extra help.

Check out my favorite science lesson plans for teaching with iPads!

Chatterpix Makes Pictures Come to Life

12 Feb

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I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for taking photographs to the next level using iPads (Funny Movie Maker, Shadow Puppet) and here’s another awesome one to add to the list! ChatterPix Kids lets your students put their voice to any image whether it’s a historical figure, a character from their favorite book, or a photo of a friend.  Try having students use this app to demonstrate their understanding of the main character of a book or what they learned during a research project.

Here are two Common core aligned lesson plans that will work great with Chatterpix!

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13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

+1 Record Your Work Using Doceri

Weird But True from National Geographic

4 Feb

image (85)Whether you’re looking to give students inspiration for a science project or simply hooking kids in the beginning of a lesson, add Weird But True to your routine!  This is another wonderful app from National Geographic (National Parks, Marine Missions, Titanic Timeline). It’s a great way to start off class each day — try sharing a weird but true fact to get your students excited about the world around them.

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