If you are looking for a way to help children connect safely with classmates, friends and family, TocoMail is worth checking out. Originally designed for families to use, this app is starting to make its way into classrooms. It provides a closed network that a teacher is able to monitor. Kids can learn about digital citizenship and apply their communication skills with TocoMail.
This app gives teachers control over the contact list for each child’s account and gives students the power to write emails to anyone on their contact list. TocoMail can be used to teach students about writing in the real world as they use their English Language Arts skills to create meaningful communication between classmates. Kids can access their email using the iOS app or simply logging into the web platform.The basic plan is totally free and the upgrade is based on a subscription service.
Visit TocoMail’s website and watch their video to learn more!
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With this awesome app, teachers can scan and search books to access tons of information. Scholastic Book Wizard lets you scan the barcode or type in the title of a text to find out the Lexile level and guided reading level of a book. This app was designed for an iPhone but works on an iPad too.
Looking for lessons that help children access informational text? Check out these QR scanner scavenger hunts (they work with any mobile device).
If you’re looking for a device neutral tool for helping students study vocabulary check out Vocabulary Notebook. Accessible through their web platform, iOS app, and Android app, Vocabulary Notebook helps kids study new words at home and in school. Students can add words that they are learning and sort, categorize and filter them to stay organized. Kids can quiz themselves to see what they have learned and even hear the correct pronunciation of each word. Teachers can access information on student progress to see what words they are struggling to remember, or to send them a new word list to study.
Learning domain-specific vocabulary is an important part of the Common Core State Standards and Vocabulary Notebook can help children boost their reading comprehension. Vocabulary Notebook has worked with local universities to monitor student progress as a result of using their learning tool. Visit their website to learn more about how this web platform can help your students!
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Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love. The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade. This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.
Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads: