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14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads

31 Aug

The iPad so much more than a content consumption device!  This year turn your students into creators using these fantastic iPad apps.  Most of the tools on this list are free and you can learn more about each one by clicking on the links below.

  1. Adobe Voice14 apps create and collaborate
  2. Book Writer
  3. Buncee
  4. ChatterPix
  5. Toontastic
  6. Drawp for School
  7. Fotor
  8. Comics Head
  9. ShadowPuppet EDU
  10. Frolyc
  11. Sphero
  12. Adobe Sketch
  13. PixiClip
  14. Sketchbook Express

Here are two more lists you might want to check out:

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

TheO SmartBall for Active Learning

28 Aug

SmartBall 2Designed for elementary school-aged children and special education students, TheO SmartBall enhances learning in the classroom with physical activity and engagement.  TheO SmartBall can provide an opportunity for self-directed learning, and is a simple way to introduce technology into a variety of learning environments.

Physical Apps logoAll  you have to do is download one of the Physical Play apps available in both the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. There are lots of games to choose from (access a complete list here).  Insert your device into TheO SmartBall and see how each app uses motion and acceleration sensing along with music, sound effects and voice to provide a unique learning experience for your students.  It’s great for working on listening skills, helping students learn to work together, and of course keeping kids active throughout the school day.

Learn more by visiting TheO SmartBall’s website or watching this video!

 

 

Fall Announcements, Special Offers, and a Quick Favor!

26 Aug

Fall Announcements-2As you get ready to head back to school I want to share some news, special offers, and ask for a quick favor!

  • Over the next few months I’ll be visiting Nebraska, Utah, Tennessee, and New Jersey to share some of my favorite activities for using iPads with students!  If you’re interested in professional development or workshops learn more here
  • I’m offering my course “Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!” for 50% off – read more Stay tuned for my interactive iBook on QR Codes this fall!
  • If you’re looking for lesson plans for your iPad classroom, visit my TpT Store to see over 100 products! Sign up to follow my blog and receive a free lesson plan.

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Feel free to reach out by email, on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to ask questions, share your favorite apps, or say hello!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful school year! Monica

Use ZipGrade to Grade Assessments

25 Aug

iPhoneWithTestsLeftLogoZipGradeAs you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade.  It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine.  This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam.  After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests.  Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.

ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo.  After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year.  Download the app or visit the website to learn more.

The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!

School 4 One: Smooth iPad Workflow

24 Aug

screen480x480-2School 4 One is a fantastic platform that helps teachers manage workflow in their one-to-one iPad classrooms.  It was designed to make managing classrooms with multiple devices easier for educators.  Teachers can share files and assignments with students who can then annotate those documents from within the app and send the final product back to their teachers.  Teachers can then assign grades to each piece of work and leave personal feedback for individual students using audio and visual tools.

screen480x480-1The user-friendly interface of School 4 One lets teachers easily track student progress and see which areas their children need intervention.  With this platform teachers can figure out who needs extra help so that they can make informed decisions about their instruction.  School 4 One also has pr made content in a few different subject areas that teachers can access and share with students.

Check out their website to learn more!

Quick Flashcard Creation with Synopsis

23 Aug

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I’ve shared a handful of great study tools and Synopsis is one to add to your list.  It’s an iPad app for students that lets users open up and read any PDF document and create notes by highlighting different sections of the text.  Kids can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. This free app helps users summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted to its own flashcard there is no need to buy flashcards or type and create your own.

flashcardAll of these flashcards can be created on the go, as you read through study material on your iPad.  Once each flashcard is saved, they can be viewed on your smartphone so it’s easy to study from anywhere. Teachers and students can even share the flashcards they have created to make it easy for anyone to access and study.

Learn more about Synopsis by visiting their website or watching this video.

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!
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