Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice

23 Jul

Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding Practice Try the Swifty App for iPad Coding PracticeI’ve shared some of my favorite apps to teach coding skills and if you’re looking to add to your own list definitely take a look at Swifty.  This iOS app includes quick tutorials to introduce users to the Swift programing language.  From the basics to more complex tasks, this app can help students build a foundation for understanding Swift.

Swifty is free to download and lets users unlock all chapters for $3.99.  It is packed with over 200 tutorials and is a great place for students to start learning how to code.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Swifty!

Collect Your Favorite Online Classroom Resources with appoLearning

22 Jul

Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege of helping the folks at appoLearning rate and review educational apps.  Their new website has a fantastic tool for teachers that lets users group their favorite online resources – all in one place.  So if you have a handful of favorite websites, apps and videos that you love to use in your classroom you can now create collections of resources.

Collect Your Favorite Online Classroom Resources with appoLearning

Creating a collection is super easy.  After logging in to your free account, you can create a collection on a specific topic.  Then you can search through appoLearning for different websites, apps and videos related to you topic.  While appoLearning has thousands of expert-vetted resources to choose from, you can also add your own app, video, website or document by pasting in a link or uploading a file from your local drive.

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 11.12.00 AMHere’s a link to one of the collections I’ve made on appoLearning.  The topic I chose was Informational Text and I filled my collection with lots of online resources and favorite apps.  I simply searched using keywords like “nonfiction” and “current events” and a whole bunch of choices popped up.  I added the ones that I already love, and new ones I found interesting, to my collection.  Since you can add documents to your collection, I even uploaded a PDF saved on my computer.

I created a public collection so that anyone can see it.  Next time I am working with a group of teachers looking to integrate digital texts into their English Language Arts instruction, I can share the link to my appoLearning collection so they can see my favorites too.  Teachers can use appoLearning collections as they plan lessons, reflect on a unit they’ve already taught, or create a list of resources to share with parents and students.  You might decide to create a private collection that only you can view.  This is a great choice if your collection is a work in progress.

Learn more about appoLearning by visiting their website and create your own collections for free!

 

ClassDojo Groups: Monitor Participation & Collaboration

21 Jul

ClassDojo Groups: Monitor Participation & CollaborationI’m a big fan of ClassDojo and always excited to share news on updates to this powerful classroom management tool.  ClassDojo lets teachers keep track of student behavior in their classroom and keep families informed of student progress.  They’ve just launched a new feature that is perfect for teachers who encourage students to work together.  If your students are sitting in tables or working in teams you can reward participation and collaboration with the new ClassDojo Groups feature.

ClassDojo Groups: Monitor Participation & CollaborationTeachers can now award points to either an individual student or a group of students.  ClassDojo Groups can help motivate teamwork in your classroom.  This could be a table of students that sit together most of the day, a reading group that meets once a week, or a group of students who are working together on a short or long-term project.  The points that a group earns will also be visible on individual student profiles – making it easy for families to check in too.  ClassDojo Groups works on any iOS and Android device as well as any computer’s web browser.

Learn more about ClassDojo Groups by visiting their website!

 

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers

20 Jul

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad TeachersStop Motion Studio is a filmmaking app that can be used across the content areas.  Similar to the Lego movies you may have seen made by filmmakers on YouTube or claymation characters moving across the screen.  In the classroom teachers are using this app to have students demonstrate their understanding of content in lots of subject areas.

This app combines still images to make a stop motion animation film. In the Social Studies classroom students can move figurines across the screen to show a historical event in action.  In the Math classroom students can use virtual manipulatives to model the solution to a math problem.

Apple has created an iBook full of lesson ideas for teachers using Stop Motion Studio with their students.  It includes activities for Science, Social Studies, and more.

Visit the iBookstore to check out the Stop Motion Studio Ideas iBook or download Stop Motion Studio from the App Store!

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary Classroom

19 Jul

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomModernChalkboard.com has a large collections of SMART Board lessons for elementary school teachers.  Their Notebook lessons work with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems and cover a variety of topics. Created by the same team as SuperTeacherWorksheets, ModernChalkboard has tons of resources for teachers looking to energize their SMART Board lessons.

ModernChalkboard: SMART Board Lessons for the Elementary ClassroomThere are plenty of interactive math activities on topics that include perimeter, telling time, counting money, and fractions.  Electricity, human body, and the solar system are just a few of the science topics you’ll find. ModernChalkboard also includes interactive classroom calendars, social studies topics, grammar lessons, and early literacy.

ModernChalkboard is offering two promotions: use the code TWENTY to save $20 on individual memberships or the code SMART for $100 off a school site license membership.

You can check out a some of ModernChalkboard’s free SMART Notebook files on their site!

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel

18 Jul

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel There are lots of great educational apps from the History Channel, and I’ve shared a few I like earlier this year.  The new app Age of Explorers lets students navigate the seas alongside famous historical figures.  Completely free and plenty of fun, Age of Explorers asks students to follow the journey of different explorers from Christopher Columbus to Vasco Da Gama.  They’ll earn points and unlock new levels as they make their way across the world.

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History ChannelThis iPad app might be something that you use to grab the attention of students before kicking off a new unit of study.  You might also add it to a parent newsletter to keep families aware of games that connect to your curriculum.

Visit the Apple App Store to download Age of Explorers!

15 Free Apps for Math Practice

17 Jul

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