DIY Sun Science on iPads

20 Jul

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Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 5.07.40 PMDIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world.  Full of activities and information, this free app lets users check out the solar system.  It’s a great choice for teachers looking to bring more hands on instruction into a science unit or locate informational text to supplement a lesson.

Teaching science with iPads? Check out my lesson plans!

Explore Sound on iPads

19 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 4.57.00 PMimageLearning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.

They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them.  A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!

EduGame Spotlight: 7 Little Words for Kids

18 Jul

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A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids.  Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games.  They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
Looking for whole class ELA activities? Here are my iPad lesson plans!
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!

Engage and Collaborate with Chalkup

17 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.38.57 AMChalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students.  This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students.  Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups.   Both teachers and students can track upcoming assignments and participate in discussions on course material.

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Chalkup is being used in classrooms across the country including Texas A&M University, UCLA, and in K-12 learning environments.  It’s a fantastic way to support students in the time they are outside of the classroom.  You’ll give them a space to work through assignments with their classmates and give you the opportunity to easily grade assignments submitted through the platform.

Check out their website and video to learn more!

Fotor App for Easy Photo Editing

16 Jul
Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.03.01 AMFotor Photo Editor gives users the power to edit photos easily.  Students can resize, crop, and rotate photos.  There is also the option to add effects, frames, texts and stickers to an image.  You could use this app to have students edit pictures that they took using their device during a school trip or after completing a science experiment.
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Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 10.02.49 AMInstead of just snapping a handful of pictures during a school event, ask children to pick their favorite two or three images to tell a story.  Using Fotor Photo Editor your students can enhance each picture before sharing it with their class or placing it in a digital portfolio.  This app is easy to use and gives students lots of options.
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Fotor Photo Editor is free to download and contains in-app purchases for extra effects.  It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but optimized for iPhone.  Check out their iOS or Android apps or visit their website to learn more!

Students Can Get Expert Advice from Academic Help

15 Jul

academichelp.net-logoEarlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides.  The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need.  On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter.  Kids can scan the different choices at the top of the screen or dive into one of the main categories Guides, Samples, or Expert Help.

One new feature that Academic Help has launched is free paper editing by their experts.  Anyone can submit a piece of writing –  business proposal, scholarship essay – and receive feedback from experts in the field.  If you or your students don’t have a finished piece of writing to share users can also ask questions.  They can post a question and receive an answer, then check out the responses to other students questions.  academichelp.net-chapters

Academic Help is a great web tool that can be accessed on any device with an Internet browser.  It provides individualized help to teachers and students in addition to great resources and guides for writers of any age.

Visit their website to learn more – and start asking your own questions!

Shadow Puppet EDU for Digital Storytelling

14 Jul
blog-puppet-eduShadow Puppet is one of my favorite apps for digital storytelling and now they have a new version designed specifically for classroom use.  All of the original great features that allow students to bring still images to life by recording their voice over a slideshow have been enhanced for students.
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With Shadow Puppet EDU videos creations can now be up to 30 minutes long and include 100 slides of pictures.  Users have the ability to add images from NASA, Flickr Creative Commons, and the Library of Congress’ archive without leaving the app.  This high-quality app was  chosen by The American Association of School Librarian as a 2014 Best App for Teaching and Learning.
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Completely free for classroom use, Shadow Puppet EDU is a great choice for teachers looking to integrate multimedia into a variety of activities!  Learn more about Shadow Puppet EDU by visiting their website.
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