Organize Thinking in a GRID

I’m a huge fan of graphic organizers (you might have realized by now!) and GRID by Binary is truly a fantastic choice for students.  With a combination of text, images and more, this app allows users to organize their thinking around a topic using squares on a grid.  Customize the size and color of your […]

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Discovery Channel on iPads

It doesn’t have to be shark week for you to find great content from the Discovery Channel.  Whether you’re looking for clips of new shows that can hook your students when kicking off a new unit, or a way to connect your instruction to current environmental issues, check out their free iPad app! Here are […]

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3D Atlas for iPads

There are lots of great apps for searching the globe, and a great 3D tool is Atlas by Collins.  Zoom in to their satellite view of the Earth and access more information about countries, cities and states.  The satellite globe comes free with the app and more detailed maps can be purchased within the app. […]

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QR Codes in the Garden

There are so many ways to use QR codes and I’ve been excited to see them in my travels the last few months! On my walk to work and recent trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, I’ve seen QR codes pop up in garden plots so visitors and pedestrians can scan and […]

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Virtual Periodic Table of Elements

If you’re looking for a quick reference tool for a science classroom, here are two options for the periodic table. NOVA from PBS has an interactive app that includes video clips and an option to build each element. Oresome Elements has a game where players match the symbol to the element. Both apps are free […]

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Congressional Moments

The Library of Congress has an excellent new app to help students learn about primary source documents.  With video clips, quizzes and a gallery to explore, the Congressional Moments app will support American History teachers as they gather resources for their classroom. Here’s a Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching with primary source documents on […]

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iPad Lab Timer for Experiments

Timers are great for pacing (I love Traffic Light and Hourglass!) but they can also be used by students in a science classroom.  Lab Timer is a great free app for teachers and students looking to keep track of time during experiments or trials. Easily start and stop four different clocks to make your collection […]

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DK Quiz

With over 100 free quizzes and thousands of questions, DK Quiz is a great app to test general knowledge on a wide range of subjects.  Whether you’re studying rocks and minerals, capitals, or the Aztecs, there are lots of quizzes in the DK Quiz app that can be used as enrichment activities or lesson extensions! […]

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Museum Exploration on iPads

I’ve taken plenty of amazing field trips with students (one of the great things about teaching in NYC!) but I’m always amazed by the number of virtual possibilities. There are lots of fantastic free apps that bring a museum to your fingertips and the Life of Art takes another spin on it. By focusing on […]

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Changing America on iPads

There are so many great apps that can be used to access primary source documents, and the Smithsonian’s Changing America app should be added to your list. It includes images related to the Civil War and quotes written by people who lived through the period. Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching […]

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