OctoPlus iPad Math Game

22 Mar
ImageOverlay2OctoPlus is a new iPad math game geared towards young children and students working towards grade level proficiency.  It reinforces key addition skills with interactive games.  In the Parent Zone adults can monitor their child’s progress to keep track of what they’ve accomplished.  There is even a reward system (also known as the OctoStore) where students can redeem the points that they have earned.
Photo Feb 07, 7 54 46 AMKeeping students engaged when practicing math facts can be a challenge but OctoPlus works to help students stay interested and on task.  This app covers skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards making it great for stations in the classroom or extra practice at home.  OctoPlus addresses the needs of a wide range of children including students with special needs.  It is switch-accessible and designed to improve visual attention, timing, coordination and control.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about OctoPlus!

Kahoot for Interactive Learning Activities

21 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.23.07 PMKahoot is a fantastic free tool that can be a game changer in BYOD or one-to-one classrooms.  This interactive platform lets teachers create quizzes that students answer on their device.  There are no individual logins required, all students need to do is enter the pin number of your Kahoot room, add a nickname, and start answering questions.  All questions are projected on your screen and students tap on the color and icon that matches the correct answer.

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.23.28 PMThis interactive tool is great for kicking off a lesson, providing a snapshot of student understanding, and making sure that everyone is engaged in the lesson.  Whether your elementary schoolers or fellow teachers are participating,
everyone will have a super fun time.

Visit their website to learn more!

RefMe for Citation Help

20 Mar

screen480x480Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.28.36 AMRefMe is a great iPad app for helping students understand different types of citations.  Creating work cited pages or bibliographies is an important skill that students need to develop as they move through the K-12 space into higher education.  RefMe is a great tool to introduce to students the different citation styles and where they can go to get extra support.  It’s a nice way for them to check their own work when creating citations for a research paper or report.

RefMe is a free iPad app that also works with the web version.  Check it out on the Apple App Store!

Science Today: iPad Magazine

19 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.18.16 PMscreen480x480Science Today is a terrific free app for iPads that brings quality informational text to the fingertips of your students.  Kids can read about a variety of high interest topics.  They’ll interact with a wide range of content while building their skills as nonfiction readers.  This app could be used to enhance a science lesson, provide background knowledge, or just give students a space to read about animals, ecosystems, or any topic that grabs their attention.

Whether your students are in a one-to-one classroom or you’re simply looking for content to distribute to their computer screens, Science Today is worth checking out!

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

18 Mar

9-2Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

With Poetry Month right around the corner, optimize the mobile tablets that are already in the hands of your students by giving them the chance to interact with poetry. Whether they become content consumers by reading their favorite poems or content creators as they write their own, iPad and Android tablets provide students and teachers with lots of options. This list of mobile apps will help inspire young poets and give them the tools they need to create and publish their very own poems.

Acrostic Poems (iPadAndroid - Free)

This easy-to-use creation tool is perfect for young poets. Students can choose a focus word and then decide which new words they will assign to each letter. It helps kids build an acrostic poem and easily save and share their work. It’s one of a handful of apps on this list from ReadWriteThink, which offers mobile resources for both iOS and Android devices.

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Mathspace: Step-by-Step Math Handwriting for iPad

17 Mar

Mathspace2Students can now show every line of their math work on iPad and other tablets, writing all their steps by hand on screen. Mathspace digitizes each handwritten line and grades it automatically, giving students immediate, formative feedback at every step of the way – like having a teacher at their side. This is a huge step forward from multiple choice or single-input response math questions that most students and teachers are used to seeing on digital platforms.

Mathspace1Available for Grades 6 through Algebra II, Mathspace’s powerful adaptive engine selects questions tailored to a student’s ability, creating a personalized learning path. Teachers no longer grade work, and have diagnostic tools pinpointing where their students and classes have conceptual difficulties. With over 12,000 interactive questions, instructional videos and lessons, and a points-based incentive system Mathspace makes it easy to keep students engaged.

Learn more by watching this video or download the app for free!

Edu.buncee.com for Science Fair Projects

16 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 7.29.31 AMEdu.buncee.com is a web and mobile tool for teachers and students to easily create their own multimedia content. The fun digital canvas makes it easy for students to add the power of digital media to all kinds of school projects, especially to their science fair posters.

Using buncee’s new QR code generator and design library of science stickers and animations, students can easily create digital presentations to be printed out for science fair posters, and include a QR code on the printouts for all the fair attendees to scan.  Students can enhance their proje
Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 7.29.40 AMct explanations using multimedia, and anyone who scans the QR code can view an interactive version of the printouts. They can play videos related to the experiment, listen to a student’s audio recordings, access links to online sources, and much more.

Science artwork and animations in buncee’s design library can help kids express their ideas and findings in a fun and simple way.  Young learners can even attach audio to their stickers and animations to create beakers and planets that speak. Including all these forms of media in their projects, students will learn how to study and research credible science sources online, and they will engage with the content as they create their multimedia posters.

Try creating science buncees with your students this month. Draw inspiration from these science fair project examples to get started, and check out the new science stickers to share with your students!


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