Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice. Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll. This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie. it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!
Here’s my guide: Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric!
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If you love Toontastic as much as I do you have to check out Toontastic Jr. Shrek Movie Maker. Children can recreate scenes from the animated adventure or use characters from the film to make their own. This app is free to download and great for teaching students about story elements!
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for writing or retelling a story on iPads!
Word games can be a great tool for students to practice problem solving through word play. Wooords is a free app with optional upgrades that lets players build words using a set amount of letters. They’ll manipulate each one to form new words and get points based on complexity and speed.
Check out my Common Core aligned ELA lesson plans for mobile devices!
Math fluency apps are wonderful for reinforcing foundational skills. MathLands it’s full of problem solving and critical thinking games that are completely free. This app is great for students at a variety of levels.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for creating math superstars!
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A terrific app for increasing student vocabulary is ABC House. For early elementary and English Language Learners, this free app uses pictures for vocabulary acquisition. Audio and video support will help students learn words in context.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching vocabulary with mobile devices!
I’ve shared some engaging apps for students to practice math fluency and Meerkat Math is one to add to your list. The free version lets players test their addition skills at a range of levels. The quicker questions are answered, the faster the meerkat runs!
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using free apps to teach: Symmetry, Fractions, Polygons, Graphing, and more using iPads with your students!
It’s so important for students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept and screencasting is a wonderful alternative assessment. Have students take screenshots in an app like Geoboard – they can create different shapes and snap pictures of their work. Then students can import these pictures into Educreations (they’ll be automatically saved to the iPad Camera roll). Using the record and narrate features in Educreations, your students can explain what type of shape they made and list its properties. It’s a great way to hold students accountable for explaining their thinking and can even be used in a digital portfolio.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for the math classroom!
Here’s my Screencasting Guide too!
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When you’re kicking off a one-to-one iPad program even the smallest things can make a big difference. I love using reference charts in my classroom and here’s another way that you can keep students organized. The nametag on each student’s desk has the device number assigned to that child written on the upper right hand corner. This is a great companion to a cheat sheet with a class list of device numbers attached to my iPad cart for a quick reference.
Looking for ideas on how to use iPads in your classroom? Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans.
Scribble My Story is a great free app for publishing. Students can create their own story book, record their own voice, and illustrate each page. This app is easy to use, has clean, crisp graphics and extra features if you choose to upgrade.
Check out my Common Core ELA lesson plans!
Prime numbers can be tricky for students and there is a simple, free app that can help them check their work. Get Primes lets users set a range for searching prime numbers and with a quick tap it will show students if they’re on the right track.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching (polygons, factor pairs, bar graphs, symmetry, or fractions) on iPads!
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If you’re looking for a fun classroom management tool, check out Too Noisy. This app monitors the noise in a room using the microphone on an iPad. The kid-friendly graphics are perfect for keeping students informed on whether or not it is “too noisy” in your classroom!
Use this during one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
With so many great iPad math games to choose from, Pick a Path is another from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Players must decide the best way to reach a target number using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative numbers. There are many ways to get to the target and students will have to use their foundational math skills to earn points and find the best answer.
Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching math on iPads!