Social Studies Slogans: Make Your Own Memes

You’ve seen them in emails, on Facebook, even the Today Show features memes that have gone viral.  Students can create their own memes using Haiku Deck on their iPads. Follow these steps: Create a new presentation and choose a theme Add an image from your camera roll to set as the background Add your slogan […]

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News Sources for the iPad

Current events have an important place in my classroom and I’ve said it before – there are a lot of great apps to help your students explore the world around them. Here are a few news apps for the iPad that are worth trying out in your classroom: Check out this common core aligned lesson […]

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Titanic Timeline

National Geographic has a fantastic app that shows the construction of the Titanic over time.  Building Titanic allows you to scroll across a timeline and view the different stages in which the Titanic were built.  This app could be used to discuss timelines or analyze primary source documents (there are lots of photographs spread throughout […]

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Complete Student Work and Reduce Paper

One thing I love about using iPads in my classroom is the ability to reduce paper how much paper we consume.  I fill my class Dropbox with graphic organizers and activity sheets and have my students complete them on their iPads. PaperPort Notes is a great app for importing PDF files from Dropbox and adding text. […]

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Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs

Public service announcements are a great way to turn a traditional persuasive essay writing piece into a multimedia presentation. There are lots of ways I like to use the iPad camera in my classroom and this is one of them! Check out my lesson plan on creating public service announcements in your classroom!  

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Create Your Own Textbook

iBooks Author is a fantastic way to get students involved in their own learning. If you’re dedicated to providing engaging lessons for your students then creating interactive textbooks needs to go on your to do list. iBooks Author has a short learning curve, and here are just some of the things you can do: I […]

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Atlas Apps

Social Studies textbooks are one way to teach geography but I prefer having my students explore an atlas hands on. Zoom in and tap for more info as you virtually travel the globe with Atlas for iPad Free, World Travel Atlas Free, and My World Atlas – Free. Check out my lesson plan using these […]

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iPad QR Scavenger Hunt

I’ve said it before – I love using QR codes in my classroom! There are a lot of reasons: Takes students directly to a website you have chosen Eliminates frustration of typing in long web addresses (perfect for students in an inclusion class, occupational therapy, etc.) Saves time! I make QR codes using free QR […]

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Countdown to November: Election Apps

If you are discussing the upcoming Presidential Election in your classroom there are lots of apps that can provide a knowledge base for your students.  They contain electoral maps, polling data, and up to date information of the campaigns. Here are a few iPad apps to choose from: NBC Politics     CNN     USA Today Whether […]

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Fluency and Presentation Practice: Teleprompter

We’ve all watched news anchors deliver top stories and presidential candidates give speeches, but have you ever used a teleprompter? iPrompt is a free app that turns your iPad into a teleprompter! Add text that you’ve written yourself or copy and paste a famous speech from the web. Customize the size of the text and […]

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