Art Walk

Take neighborhood walks and community studies to the next level with this exploration app!  The Meridian app lets you explore different locations – my favorite is their guide to the permanent artwork installed in the MTA system in NYC.  Either before, during or for a simulated neighborhood walk, students can explore the artwork hidden underground in […]

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Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom

Click on the picture to view the presentation from today’s iPad in the NYC Schools event at the UFT headquarters.  Email or comment below with any questions.

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Today in History

This Day in History is a free app from World Book Encyclopedia that lists historical events that took place on a particular date.  It let’s you search any day of the year and provides a longer explanation (encyclopedia entry) of each event’s significance. Check out this common core aligned lesson plan to use in Social […]

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ESPN Map Madness

UPDATE: This app is no longer available in the app store.  In the meantime check out this great map app! A great game for getting students excited about United States geography is the ESPN Map Madness app. Using clues like team logos and home courts, this app asks you to pinpoint on a map the location of […]

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Stack the States

Stack the States in a must have app that’s fantastic for geography practice at any age. Students answer multiple choice questions and have visuals of each state as they choose their answer. There is a free version of this app that my students use on their iPad, the paid app seems unnecessary because the lite […]

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Reader View – Internet Browsing

My students conduct Internet research on a variety of topics throughout the year.  Many sites give the option of a “Reader View” that eliminates sidebars, advertisements and focuses only on the text of the website.  This is a feature that works on iPads and Laptops – try it out!

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Interactive Maps

Interactive maps can bring geography and community studies to life! Whether you are working on a screen projection to zoom in, or searching for monuments or specific regions, instructional possibilities are endless. Students can use Google street view to zoom in on the street outside their school, or look at the border between Haiti and […]

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TED Talks

TED Talks are wonderful for adults and high school students, but I use them with my fifth graders – most often in small groups to extend guided reading or book club discussions. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks they are worth checking out! Speakers are given 5 to 20 minutes to wow an audience […]

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SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad

Educreations is a fantastic iPad app that simulates the SMARTBoard touch screen experience. You will use a regular projector and projector screen – I’m often projecting onto my SMARTBoard even though my iPad isn’t connected to it. This app allows you to use your iPad screen as a blank canvas to write on while recording […]

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Current Events in the Classroom

Content can come alive in the classroom when you connect instruction to current events. Students of all ages like to feel like they have a grasp on what’s happening in the world around them and there is always a way to make curriculum-to-world connections. NBC Nightly News has an app that features up to the minute video clips on events of the […]

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