Create Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

4 Sep
BannerZaption is a fantastic web app that gives teachers the power to create their own video lessons using a variety of multimedia.  Combining still images, YouTube clips, and more, teachers can design the perfect video to share with their students.  They can also add interactive elements like quizzes and drawings. With Zaption content comes alive for students giving them the opportunity to benefit from hand-picked multimedia to help them learn about a particular topic.
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Gallery ScreenshotBefore diving in to create your own, you can check out what’s available on Zaption’s website.  They have a Gallery full of ready-to-use content created by teachers from around the country, and content partners like Facing History and Ourselves.  Most of their current content is focused on U.S. History and Government, but they are working to expand to other subjects in the coming months.  Zaption is easy to use and lets you access analytics that show user views and engagement.
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Zaption is completely free for Basic users, $79/yr for Pro users, and offers volume pricing for Campus licenses.  Visit their website to watch a video and learn more!

K-2 Math Exercises from Happy Numbers

3 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.21 PMHappy Numbers is a terrific math web app that is designed to help elementary school students understand foundational concepts.  They have tons of great activities for teachers to use with their students and have just released a new update.  Their new topic Plus-Minus 1-100 (part 2), is designed to help students understand the concept of regrouping and exchanging.

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 3.36.45 PMThis exercise gives students an opportunity to work though two-digit addition and subtraction problems using visual models they can move across their screen.  Using a variety of objects like apples and base ten blocks, students will begin to understand the relationship between place value and operations.  Students will also have the opportunity to use a number line to model addition and subtraction with two-digit numbers.

Learn more about Happy Number’s new update on their blog or visit their website to sign up!

 

Shmoop: Learning Guides, Test Prep, and more!

2 Sep
Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.53.37 PMShmoop is an online resource for students and teachers offering a wide range of content.  Their mission is to make learning accessible, relatable and fun so that students are engaged as they interact with course material.  Shmoop provides users access to free learning guides and study tools written by teachers and experts in their fields.  They have content that is designed for elementary, middle, high school, and college students.  This includes courses on “Breaking Bad as Literature” and “Bruce Springsteen’s America.”Career Research and Decision Making
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Course content from Shmoop has been used in schools across the country.  You’ll find a whole section of their site dedicated to teachers where you can dive into Common Core and Digital Literacy resources.  Whether you share this content with your students or recommend it to parents looking to support their students at home, your kids will benefit from the variety of study tools available.
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Visit Shmoop’s website to learn more!

Long Division Practice with Tapston Math

1 Sep

tapston-ld-iconFor extra practice for long division you’ll want to take a look at Tapston Math’s app in the Apple App Store and Amazon Marketplace.  Long Division Tapston Math helps students understand the long division process.  It works with basic concepts to more challenging skills like working with remainders and decimals.  Students working through long division problems will benefit from the extra practice manipulating dividends and divisors.screen480x480

When students get stuck on a problem there are hints to help them find the correct answer.  Most of the features built-in to Long Division Tapston Math are free, the rest can be unlocked with one in-app purchase.  These extra features let users solve long division problems they’ve inputed into the app.

Check out their website to learn more or go straight to the Apple App Store or Amazon Marketplace to try it out on your tablet!

14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads

31 Aug

The iPad so much more than a content consumption device!  This year turn your students into creators using these fantastic iPad apps.  Most of the tools on this list are free and you can learn more about each one by clicking on the links below.

  1. Adobe Voice14 apps create and collaborate
  2. Book Writer
  3. Buncee
  4. ChatterPix
  5. Toontastic
  6. Drawp for School
  7. Fotor
  8. Comics Head
  9. ShadowPuppet EDU
  10. Frolyc
  11. Sphero
  12. Adobe Sketch
  13. PixiClip
  14. Sketchbook Express

Here are two more lists you might want to check out:

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Tocomail – A Gmail Client App for Students

30 Aug

_AY6ZgM7jrUTGyKyPaWhxJgPgPkD5TF0Z0D7NNo1gQwThis past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students.  They have recently launched Tocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers.  It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features.zSYrkq3a5B7qPPuBO1OwBplfgm83wjiYtbycK_6zOFs

Tocomail for Gmail lets older kids take their regular Gmail account and transform it into a colorful, personalized tool for sending messages to friends and family.  Parents also have the option to keep track of their children’s email activity through parental controls.  Tocomail for Gmail is easy to use and gives teens the opportunity to transform their email account into an instant messenger tool.

Tocomail is completely free with extra options available through an in-app purchase.  Visit their website or watch this video to learn more!

 

 

Kickstarter Project: Storyverse 3D Book

29 Aug

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If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a terrific website that gives individuals and small businesses the opportunity to raise funding to put their ideas into action. Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform that contains character driven stories.  They’re working to create an engaging product that gives kids a chance to read, play and learn on their tablet.  22060e9c18e633c3f0e35a487feab772_large

Storyverse will bring the power of storytelling straight to iOS and Android tablets.  It provides an opportunity to bring parents, teachers, and children together to read and figure out puzzles side-by-side.  Users will be able to customize characters, record their own voice, and more.  You can be one of the first ones to check out this app by supporting their Kickstarter project.

Visit the website to watch a video and learn more!

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