Digital Storytelling for the Holidays with!

3 Dec

storyCold weather and cocoa drinking make the holiday season a perfect time for all kinds of storytelling. With, children can develop digital storytelling skills as they craft their own original holiday stories, all while strengthening creativity and having fun!’s simple creation canvas empowers students to make their stories come to life. There are hundreds of themed backgrounds and stickers to drag and drop into their tale. The penguin stickers, winter scenes, snowball animations and more, will spark your students’ imaginations.  Kids can add drawings, photos, Google images, YouTube videos, and SoundCloud music to their creation. Students can even record their own voice to narrate their tales, so the finished buncees are perfect digital holiday gifts to share within your school or email to parents at home.

magical holidaysTeachers can start a free trial for their own private classroom, and then students can craft their stories online at or on the free Buncee for Education iPad app!

Exam Prep with Academic Help

2 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 9.18.06 AMAcademic Help is a great resource to share with students preparing for mid-year or end of term exams.  Middle school and high school students will find that Academic Help has tons of guides to help young writers.  Their website provides free writing guides and samples of different types of papers.  This includes examples of critical essays, narrative essay, application letters, and even tips for creative writing.  The resources on Academic Help are totally free and work for a range of age levels.

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There is a section of Academic Help’s site dedicated to general writing tips and do’s and don’ts for each type of writing assignment.  Teachers can use the samples on this site as mentor pieces for a writing unit or direct struggling students to Academic Help for extra examples.

Explore their website to see how they can help students prepare for exams this year!

Augmented Reality with Giving Tuesday & Shop RED on The App Store

1 Dec

IMG_1261Although you may have Cyber Monday on your mind today I wanted to share some great things that are happening this week.  You may have heard about #GivingTuesday a movement that was started to remind consumers about all of their options for donating to great causes this holiday season.

Crowdrise designed an app called The Giving Tower that lets users see just how many people have donated to different causes.  It uses Augmented Reality to help people visualize how much money has been collected.


Another option this week is to take advantage of the Apple App Store’s giving campaign through PRODUCT(RED).  When you visit the App Store you’ll see how some of your favorite apps like The Human Body by Tinybop and Paper by FiftyThree have “gone red.”  100% of the proceeds from these app downloads will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.


The Foos: Programming Practice for Kids

30 Nov

screen480x480-1You may have seen my posts on favorite apps for teaching coding to kids (here’s a long list).  Another one to check out is The Foos which is designed for children of all ages.  This fun and colorful app works with both iPhones and iPads.  It asks students to plug in different moves or commands for each character and press play to watch them move across the screen.Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.32.39 AM

Whether you’re gearing up for The Hour of Code or are introducing these types of apps into your computer science curriculum, The Foos is free to download and definitely worth exploring.

Read this post in Spanish!

ChoreMonster for Classroom Cleanup

29 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.08.23 AMscreen480x480Designed for families looking to keep their home tidy, the ChoreMonster app for iPads can also be used for classroom cleanup.  It awards points and rewards children for completing different tasks.  If you are looking to motivate younger students after center time or keep track of students performing jobs in your classroom, ChoreMonster is sure to come in handy.

This app works with just one iPad or can be set up for students in a one-to-one environment.  It’s completely free to download and doesn’t have any in app purchases.

Support English-Language Learners with Scannable Technology

28 Nov

TEXT HEREHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

Scannable technology provides opportunities for students to quickly and easily interact with a variety of content. In a differentiated classroom, children should have access to resources and support materials that will push them toward success. This could be a tool to help them make meaning of the content being taught in a lesson, or it could be resources to help them gather background information before starting a new unit of study. Differentiation should happen for students who are approaching and exceeding grade-level benchmarks, for children who have special needs, and for English-language learners (ELLs).

ELLs can be supported by a variety of tech tools. This includes scannable technology like quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) triggers.

…Click HERE to read more!

Check out my iBook all about QR codes

Monster Math for Practice on iPads

27 Nov
monster-worldMonster Math is an engaging, adaptive game for students learning math facts.  With this app children will practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as they follow the adventure narrative of the two cartoon characters.  Inspired by the Number Munchers game from decades past, this iPad app has high quality graphics and animation.
ReportsStudents start off with simple skill practice and the app provides new activities for kids based on their performance.  Children move at their own pace and receive help when they need it.  Teachers and parents can access reports that show how well students have mastered content.  Monster Math addresses second and third grade Common Core standards and is great for intervention.  Download this app for free and upgrade for extra activities.
Download the free or paid version of this app or learn more by watching the video overview!
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