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Edu.buncee.com for Science Fair Projects

16 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 7.29.31 AMEdu.buncee.com is a web and mobile tool for teachers and students to easily create their own multimedia content. The fun digital canvas makes it easy for students to add the power of digital media to all kinds of school projects, especially to their science fair posters.

Using buncee’s new QR code generator and design library of science stickers and animations, students can easily create digital presentations to be printed out for science fair posters, and include a QR code on the printouts for all the fair attendees to scan.  Students can enhance their proje
Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 7.29.40 AMct explanations using multimedia, and anyone who scans the QR code can view an interactive version of the printouts. They can play videos related to the experiment, listen to a student’s audio recordings, access links to online sources, and much more.

Science artwork and animations in buncee’s design library can help kids express their ideas and findings in a fun and simple way.  Young learners can even attach audio to their stickers and animations to create beakers and planets that speak. Including all these forms of media in their projects, students will learn how to study and research credible science sources online, and they will engage with the content as they create their multimedia posters.

Try creating science buncees with your students this month. Draw inspiration from these science fair project examples to get started, and check out the new science stickers to share with your students!

 

Powerful Primary Source Documents for iPad Readers

5 Mar

screen480x480-4 Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.45 AMPrimary source documents are powerful tools for engaging students with social studies content and informational text.  These artifacts can bring history to life for students who may feel disconnected from experiences of people long ago.  The Book of Negroes is the companion app to the multi-part television series.  It is a free download with content that covers a wide range of time and experiences.  This interactive app lets users of all ages follow a timeline, read informational text, and view documents and images.

It’s a great addition to your student’s iPad and is completely free to download.  Visit the App Store for more information!

Science4Us on the Web and App Store

26 Feb

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Science4Us is a web-based science curriculum for students in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  It
teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are offline experiments and hands-on projects. Teachers have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help prepare and plan.

Not only can students access content on the site, Science4Us has an iPad app in the Apple store that is free to download.  The iPad app gives users access to demos with all content available to Science4Us subscribers.  The app is designed for students and includes access to the interactive Science4Us curriculum, student Notebook and assignments.

Visit the Science4Us website to learn more!

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iBook and App: Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

22 Feb

screen480x480The National Archives has lots of great resources for students including DocsTeach and Today’s Document.  They have a new iBook and iPad app called Congress Creates the Bill of Rights that is now available.  Both of these free resources include content that helps students understand the legislative process.  They include primary source documents and interactive features for students.

Kids can tap on the screen as they flip pages and explore how the United States Congress created the Bill of Rights.

The iBook can be viewed on iPads or Mac computers and the mobile app is designed for iPads.

 

 

JFK Challenge App for American History

16 Feb

screen480x480The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has a new app for elementary and middle students called JFK Challenge.  This iPad app takes kids to the Apollo 11 mission to teach them about this period in American History.  Kids can take a spaceship to the moon as they explore this animated app.  Perfect for children curious about space travel or for teachers looking to engage students in a social studies lesson, this completely free app is worth checking out.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 12.05.11 PMDownload JFK Challenge from the Apple App Store for free today!

DIY Human Body for Science Activities

13 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 1.01.02 PMLast year I shared a fantastic free app DIY Sun Science that gives students access to lots of content to explore.  The Lawrence Hall of Science has a new app for iPads called DIY Human Body that includes informational text, activities and videos.

screen480x480-1Students can read about body systems and examine different diagrams.  There are video clips that show children what it’s like to visit a doctor’s office and give them extra information that translates best in this multimedia format.  Teachers and families can see different
experiments to try out at home or in school.

Visit the App Store to download DIY Human Body for free!

Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

16 Jan
Drawp Apollo Project draft-2 I’ve shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire students to create multimedia bundles.  Not only do Drawp creations help students build an understanding of particular subjects and concepts, it’s a great opportunity for having them show what they know.
Drawp Apollo 11 ProjectHere are a few ways to use Drawp in the social studies classroom:
  • Teachers can ask students to explain a historical event with a collage of photos, drawings, voice recordings and text using Drawp
  • Students can draw a portrait of a historical figure and attach a voice recording of a quote by the person
  • Kids can collaborate on projects about history using Drawp and teachers can see the flow of work between the group
  • Students can draw timelines and include photos, drawings, labels and voice recordings
Learn more about Drawp by visiting their website or gather extra ideas for social studies lessons by checking out this post!
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