Create Activities with Make It For Teachers 

16 Aug

MakeIt_ScreensShots_idiomes_2Make it For Teachers is a powerful tool for creating activites, books, and games for students.  As an authoring tool for the iPad it gives students and teachers the opportunity to become content creators.  Final products are compatible with PC and MAC computers and can be shared through email or a variety of social networks.MakeIt_ScreensShots_idiomes_1

If you are looking for a new storytelling tool Make It For Teachers is a dynamic app designed for educators.  You can use this app to create content for whole class lessons or individual learning activities.  It could be used for enrichment or intervention for students in elementary and middle school.  There are drawing and memory activiites in addition to quizzes to include in your creations.  With a wide range of options to customize content you’re sure to find ways to use it in your classroom!

Promote Collaboration with Drawp for School

15 Aug
Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 12.50.40 PMThe iPad is so much more than a content consumption device and Drawp for School is perfect for collaborative learning environments.  It’s a creaive tool that is easy-to-use and contains tons of great features for the classroom.  Students can work together and easily swipe across their screen to share their creations with their peers.  Drawp for School makes it simple for children to share artwork and digital assignments with other students in their class.
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Collaboration is key when it comes to higher-order thinking.  Drawp for School lets students comment and give feedback on other students work in addition to providing space for students to talk about their own creations.  Teachers can follow the progress of assignments as they are being completed and can even leave verbal feedback on a piece of student work.  Since all of the work is saved automatically, students can stay busy without having to worry about losing their work!
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If you’d like to learn more about Drawp for School visit their website and download their iPad and Android app!

Science4US Interactive Curriculum

14 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.28 PMIf you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US.  They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students.  There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.18.43 PM

Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts.  It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning.  Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices.  This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser.  Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.

Learn more about Science4US by visiting their website and checking out this video!

 

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.

In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.

Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!

 

NoteLedge for Teachers and Students!

12 Aug

NL icon new_1024NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students.  It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings.  You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen.  It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures and highlighting text.  Students can customize their notes by choosing from a selection of templates and stickers to help them stay organized.English_03

In NoteLedge, users can export their notes as a PDF file that keeps their multimedia files embedded.  The app makes it simple to share notes through email or AirDrop.  A built-in backup using Kdan Creative Cloud even syncs notes created in the app.  Another neat feature is the ability to access a browser within the app for moments when students want to locate content on the web as they take notes.

Download the free version of NoteLedge by visiting the App Store or check out their website to learn more!

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Completely FREE Management App for 1:1 iPad Classrooms

11 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 8.53.39 PMOtus is a terrific management tool for teachers in one-to-one classrooms who want an easy way to keep track of student work, provide opportunities for collaboration, and so much more.  I’ve had the opportunity to share Otus with my readers and webinar attendees and want to highlight one of the fantastic aspects of this powerful app – Otus is completely FREE for students and teachers.

With Otus teachers can keep track of participation, send notes to students, and take attendance.  They can also recognize student behavior by awarding points and group students.  The bookshelf feature lets teachers organize folders of resources to share with students – this can be done for whole class, individual, or create groups of students.  Otus gives teachers the power to create, assign, and grade assessments.  It is also simple to share these assessments with colleagues who may wish to use the same one or modify it for their students.
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Share AssessmentIn my work curating resources for teachers I’ve come across plenty of great products that have some features for free and others that ask users to sign up for a subscription.  Otus is a social enterpriseIts mission is to level the playing field by making technology easy-to-use and more affordable for all school districts. This business model means that Otus will always be free with no advertising or sales.  It’s hard to believe it but they have the funding to provide this resource to teachers completely FREE!

Visit their website to learn more!

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

9 Aug

If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively.  Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students.  Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom.  Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!

  1. Frolyc18 Useful Apps for 1to1 ipad classrooms
  2. Otus
  3. i-nigm
  4. iTunes U
  5. PicCollage
  6. HopScotch
  7. iMovie
  8. GRID
  9. Number Pieces
  10. GeoBoard
  11. Number Line
  12. Khan Academy
  13. iBooks
  14. Educreations
  15. MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab
  16. Tellagami
  17. Dropbox
  18. SnapGuide
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