Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation!

19 Jun

screen480x480-1 Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.30.54 AMI’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad (here’s 23) and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen.  Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or ShowMe.  Then they can discuss what the steps they took to solve a problem and you can hear their explanation.

It’s perfect for children learning place value, addition, and subtraction, and teachers who want their students to explain their work.  Number Pieces is an iPad app but also available on web browsers making it a great choice for Chromebook classrooms.

Not teaching place value? Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for using apps to teach: SymmetryFractionsPolygonsGraphingand more using iPads with your students!

Science App for DIY Experiments and Exploration

18 Jun

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.54.27 PMI’ve shared a handful of awesome, free apps from The Lawrence Hall of Science and here is another worth checking out!  DIY Lake Science includes hands-on activities, videos, and tons of information for students, teachers, and families.  With this app kids can explore lake science and learn by doing thanks to the easy to follow do-it-yourself experiments.

screen480x480-1In the classroom, DIY Lake Science can be used as inspiration for science fair experiments or to supplement an activity on ecosystems.  With multimedia support this app can grab the attention of your students while they learn a variety of science concepts.

Download DIY Lake Science for FREE from the App Store, or check out one of these similar science apps for students:

Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

17 Jun

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 9.01.00 AMTeach Your Monster to Read is a super fun, computer-based phonics game for kids.  This completely free online resource has over six hours of content for students to explore as they practice phonics skills.  It includes exercises on letters, sounds, and full sentences.

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 9.01.18 AMThis website can be used to supplement school instruction at home or incorporated into literacy stations.  You might use Teach Your Monster to Read with struggling students or children who need a boost with phonics.

Visit Teach Your Monster to Read’s website to learn more!

7 Must-Have Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

16 Jun

Digital Storytelling Apps for iPadsHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!


The iPad is a powerful creation tool in the hands of students.  Digital storytelling activities empower children to recount moments from their own life, explain their understanding of a topic, or persuade an audience.  Across the content areas, digital storytelling tasks can provide a real audience for students and a chance for them to capture their own voice.

On iPads there are a variety of apps that turn students into creators and storytellers.  Students can use these apps independently to tell their own story or with a partner to create collaboratively.  You’ll want to outline a task, provide scaffolding where needed and give students space to be creative.  Each app on this list has exciting and unique features that can be tailored for a wide range of learners.

Shadow Puppet EDU

With this narrated slideshow app students can…

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Splash Math Summer Program: Summer Slide Prevention

15 Jun

Summer Slide InfographicAs teachers and families kick off summer vacation it’s important to think about how students will continue to grow their skills over their break from school.  Splash Math offers an online summer program designed to help students maintain their math gains and prepare for the upcoming school year.  Their award winning eight week review program includes a Common Core aligned diagnostic assessment before and during the program and a personalized practice schedule for each student based on the diagnostic assessment.

Students will review skills from their current grade and practice key skills from the grade they’re entering in the fall.  It is designed so students can work through activities for just ten minutes a day and move through the program. Once they finish up the program students are awarded a certificate of completion.  Teachers can sign up their students or families can sign up their children individually

Summer PostLearn more about Splash Math’s summer program for teachers and families by visiting their website!

Tips & Tricks for Attending an Education Conference

14 Jun

Tips & Tricks-2Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more!

An education conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn best practices, hear about new trends and meet like-minded educators. Many organizations hold conferences that focus on a specific aspect of education. This could include social studies, English Language Arts, technology, project based learning, and many more. Once you find the type of conference you would like to attend, there are things that you can do to make the most of your experience. This includes having a plan before you arrive, staying flexible during the event, connecting and networking with other educators, using social media as a back channel and identifying what you want to bring back to your school.

Make a Plan

Before you head to the conference, think about your goals for attending the event. What is it that you are looking to get out of your time there? Are there any types of people you want to connect with or topics you would like to learn about? You don’t have to wait until…

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Brainspace: Augmented Reality Enhanced Print Magazine

13 Jun
Brainspace Summer 2015I’m a huge fan of augmented reality and want to share a magazine that is using this technology to engage readers. Brainspace is an educational print magazine that is interactive with iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and Android smartphones. The pages come to life with extra content for 8-14 year old students as soon as they scan with the augmented reality app Blippar.
To get an idea of what this looks like in action, watch the triceratops on the cover of their latest issue by clicking this link.  You can help motivate young readers to explore traditional print resources and give them a way to engage using technology. This magazine includes math, language, french, history, chemistry, biology, and geography content just to name a few.  Brainspace is a Parents’ Choice Awards Gold Medal Recipient and a great resource for informational text.
Learn more about Brainspace by visiting their website!
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