Tag Archives: accessibility

23 Virtual Tools for Tablets (all free!)

6 Mar

A great way to capture the attention of your students is to introducethese virtual tools.  If they are bored with traditional flashcards, post-its or math manipulatives try out one of the virtual tools on our list:

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.47.25 PMMyScript Calculator (calculator)
  2. Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper)
  3. Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler)
  4. Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives)
  5. iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer)
  6. Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus)
  7. iPad Measurement Tools (ruler)
  8. SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad (dry erase board)
  9. No More Rubber Bands (geoboard)
  10. iPad Protractor (protractor)
  11. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (flashcards)
  12. iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer (timer)
  13. Fraction Calculator (calculator)
  14. Tangrams – Geometry and More (math manipulatives)
  15. Custom Flashcards (flashcards)
  16. App Update: Educreations (dry erase board)
  17. Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom (post-it notes)
  18. News Sources for the iPad (newspapers)
  19. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
  20. Fluency and Presentation Practice (teleprompter)
  21. Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard (dry erase board)
  22. Atlas Apps (atlas)
  23. Math Fluency (flashcards)

13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

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Book Writer for Easy Publishing

27 Jan

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Students and teachers creating eBooks should check out Book Writer.  The ease and simplicity of the intuitive interface makes this app a truly powerful tool.  Children can use Book Writer to publish stories that can be shared with their families and added to an ePortfolio.  Teachers can create books that document school trips or publish a collection of their students’ work.

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Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets you create a book right within the app by adding pictures, text, audio recording and even music.  You can export the book to iBooks for easy reading on your iPad or share it via email.  Simple and fun to use, students will love being content creators on their iPads no matter what event they are documenting or story they are telling.  Teachers will also find that this app lends itself to creating customized books to share with their students.  Book Writer is a very impressive app!

12 Free Storybook Apps for iPads

16 Jan

You can give children access to storybooks with these free iPad apps.  In this list you will see eReader platforms that include picture books and chapter books – some even let students create their own!  Whether you are using your iPad during a whole class read aloud, small group instruction, or sending kids off to read or write independently, you are sure to find something on this list that meets the needs of your students.

Storia – Your Tablet’s Virtual Bookshelf

14 Jan

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Students can be creators on their iPads by making their own screencasts and designing posters, but this device is also a fantastic eReader.  Storia from Scholastic is a wonderful choice for a virtual bookshelf.  Students can search for books at their independent level and read with support features like a glossary, audio and high quality images.  Download the first five books on your account for free!

View my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads!

This app is also available on a Android devices.

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Learn Sight Words with Endless Reader

4 Dec

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Endless Alphabet is one of my favorite apps for early learners and Endless Reader is the perfect companion!  This app helps children build sight words by spelling each one out and watching them come to life.  The first few letters are free and the whole alphabet is yours with in-app purchases.  Definitely download and try out today!

Use iPads to teach literacy! Try out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans!

Interactive Safari

22 Nov

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If you only have one or a few iPads in your classroom, interactive story apps are great for stations and partner activities.  Goodnight Safari is a beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.

Teaching ELA with iPads? Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans!

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