14 Apps for Telling Stories

31 Mar

Storytelling is such an important skill and there are plenty of ways to turn your students into storytellers using a mobile device.  These apps are perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to a wide range of activities and tasks.  Search through this list to see which app is the best fit for your class.

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American History Interactive Timeline

28 Mar

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I’ve shared some of my favorite American History apps and here is another that’s worth checking out.  American History Interactive Timeline lets users swipe through a timeline of significant events in the history of the United States.  It has a combination of primary source documents and informational text that is placed across a timeline.  This app can help children understand the sequence of events in history and introduce them to some famous figures. The first two sections of the app are free and a paid upgrade is needed to unlock the rest.

Here are two Common Core aligned QR Scanner Scavenger hunts to use with mobile devices:

 

Outread for Speed Reading

27 Mar

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I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology.  Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread.  Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text.  One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article.  There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!

Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:

Use Comics Head for Storytelling

26 Mar

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Storytelling is such an important literacy skill.  Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head.  This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity.  It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in most English Language Arts classrooms.

image002Comics Head includes lots of themes that students can use in their creations.  Whether you are working with elementary school students or looking to keep older students excited about storytelling, Comics Head is a good choice.  There are templates to help students get started as well as plenty of options for creating something totally unique.  Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Comics Head.

Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet

25 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.04.58 AMA fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary – an important part of the Common Core.  With this app children will be introduced to new words through games and an engaging narrative.  Totally free, World’s Worst Pet is worth checking out if you’re working with upper elementary and middle school students!

Here are two Common Core lessons plans for the ELA classroom:

MyScript MathPad for Equations

24 Mar

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MyScript Calculator is one of my favorite apps but middle school and high school teachers might want to check out MyScript MathPad. It can handle higher level equations including trigonometry and logarithms.  This super cool, free app turns your handwriting into numerals and solves the equations in front of your eyes.  Definitely check out this powerful math tool!

Teaching math in elementary school? Here are a few iPad lesson plans to check out!

DK Readers for Nonfiction Text

21 Mar

imageThere are tons of options for iPad friendly eBooks (here’s a long list!) and if you’re looking for nonfiction text DK Readers has you covered.  Kids can scroll through each book, identify text features, and read along with the highlighted text.  This app comes with five free books and more can be downloaded with in app purchases.

Here are two Common Core aligned lesson plans for working with nonfiction text

This app is available for Android tablets.