SnapGuide for How-Tos

I love learning new things and SnapGuide is a fantastic free app that you must explore! Pinterest is a great place for gathering new ideas, and SnapGuide takes this concept to a whole new level.  SnapGuide is full of how-to guides that show step-by-step instructions on how to complete a variety of tasks.  You and […]

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Rock and Mineral Identifier App

I love hands-on science activities, especially when I can integrate technology into my lesson.  Two fantastic free apps for Earth Science are Mineral Identifier and Common Rocks Reference.  These apps are full of information for students who are identifying rocks and minerals.  If you’re school doesn’t have access to hands-on materials this app can work […]

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Interactive US Electoral Map

If you want your students to grasp the political history of the US check out The States.  This free app includes electoral data from every US election.  A colorful, crisp map displays the distribution of electoral votes while providing information on the candidates in each presidential election.  It doesn’t have to be November to bring […]

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iPad Document Camera

So many teachers in one iPad classrooms love using Educreations as a SMARTBoard simulator. Another fantastic presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. This app works as a document camera and allows you to switch from a whiteboard, picture background, and camera while leaving text on the screen. It also has a laser […]

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Ready to Research: Recording Citations

The iPad is a fantastic tool for completing research, publishing, and sharing your work. There are two free apps from PERRLA that make it easy to record citations whether you’re using MLA or APA style references.  This app is perfect for elementary students completing a biography project or high schoolers writing a term paper. Check out […]

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Replace Your Dry Erase Board with a Portable WhiteBoard

My students spend a lot of time working in differentiated groups. That means that I’m constantly circulating to make sure that everyone is on task.  Sometimes I need to quickly review a skill for a group. Instead of carrying a small dry erase board (and turning my fingers different colors from messy Expo markers) I […]

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iPad Project: Resume Builder

My students aren’t quite ready to write their own resumes but there is still a place for this app in my classroom. A great way to replace or extend a biography project is to create a resume of the person you are studying.  Have students use the Pocket Mobile Resume app to demonstrate their knowledge […]

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Formative Assessment Tool

UPDATE 5/13: Understoodit is closing but here’s another similar option that let’s you take the pulse of your class during your instruction – PollEverywhere If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment […]

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Classroom Google Image Search

Students in my class use the Internet for research and are often given the task of finding a photograph or primary source document. We use Google on our iPads to locate the perfect image.  Tap on the photo on your iPad screen to save it to the Camera Roll for easy access when using other […]

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The Answer Pad: iPad Bubble Sheet

There are so many free assessment tools that I love and if you are in a 1:1 classroom you have to try The Answer Pad! The Answer Pad allows you to set up an electronic answer sheet to a test you’ve already created. Students can then “fill in” their multiple-choice answers by using the TAPit […]

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