App Update: Add Video To Your TinyTap

8 Jul

TinyTap - HiResTinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love.  Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design!  You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer.  Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.

Video - how to (4)A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities.  Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip.  Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip.  This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.

Learn more about TinyTap by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!

Online Resource: Edutopia

7 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 6.42.16 PMThe past year and a half I’ve had the opportunity to share some of my favorite resources and activities for teachers on Edutopia.  This website is a terrific resource for teachers looking for information and inspiration on a variety of topics.

It’s a great spot for learning about classroom management, technology integration, community partnerships and more.  In addition to tons of fantastic articles, their brand new community is perfect for sharing ideas in discussions with teachers from across the globe.

Check out the list of my articles on Edutopia and dive into the community today!



App Update: Brand New iTunes U

6 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 8.30.06 AMiTunes U is a terrific tool for creating your own course and easily distributing materials to students.  It lets teachers set up a course that can be accessed on an iPad.  Students can watch, read and listen to a variety of multimedia organized by their teacher.  It’s a great choice for flipping your classroom and keeping students on task throughout the semester.

This week Apple is rolling out new features for iTunes U that will be game changers in many learning environments.  Teachers will now be able to access the course manager directly from their iPad instead of logging into a website on a computer.  This will let them make changes and upload content including pictures and video straight from their iPad.  In private courses students will be able to participate in discussions for a collaborative learning experience.  Learn more from Apple’s official announcement or visit their iTunes U page.

ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

5 Jul

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.

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App Combo: Foldify and QR Codes

4 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 8.37.40 AMThere are lots of ways to distribute QR codes to students and I discuss a handful of tips in my Udemy course on QR codes and differentiated instruction.  This year at ISTE in Atlanta, I shared with teachers one easy way to add QR codes to three-dimensional shapes.  Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 8.49.11 AM

The app Foldify lets users create a template for a variety of three-dimensional shapes.  Instead of drawing a picture or adding family photos, I used a QR code generator on my iPad, saved the pictures to the Camera Roll, and placed them on my Folidify creation.  They are easy to assemble after your print them out and great for having students roll a dice for a mystery writing prompt or math problem.

Foldify isn’t a free app but it is definitely easy to use and a great choice for creating your own three-dimensional shapes!

Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

3 Jul

Papermals_TSBillboard_ApplePapermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to master the skills they need before entering the classroom.  post_03_tablet


If you are looking for an app to support early elementary school students who are struggling with foundational skills, or simply recommend an app to Pre-K parens, Papermals is worth checking out.  With a kid-friendly interface and bright graphics, children will love this educational app.  Papermals Pre-K is available in both English and Spanish.  To learn more visit their website or the App Store!

App Update: Happy Numbers

2 Jul

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Earlier this year I shared Happy Numbers, a wonderful website that gives teachers access to Common Core aligned activities for K-2 students.  They offer interactive math tutorials for children that can be assigned by teachers and sent to students so that they can practice content independently.
There are lots of apps and websites that offer math content for students but what I love about Happy Numbers is their clear connection to the Common Core State Standards.  They’ve recently released a new set of exercises that focus on operations with 2-digit numbers.  Since  all of the exercises are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, teachers can pick and choose which activities to assign to their students
Happy Numbers has added a bunch of new exercises you’ll want to take a look at including 16 new exercises in the “Plus & Minus 1-100″ category.  Kids can add Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.26.14 AMand subtract with a hundreds chart as well as two-digit addition and subtraction activities.  It covers a variety of Common Core State Standards including CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.5 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.7.  This category is listed at Part 1 because it focuses on operations without regrouping.  Part 2 – which is coming soon – will follow up on this work and take it to the next level.
Happy Numbers makes it easy for teachers to connect to their everyday lessons with specific exercises that match the curriculum for their grade level.  Sign up and check out what they have to offer!
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