OctoPlus is a new iPad math game geared towards young children and students working towards grade level proficiency. It reinforces key addition skills with interactive games. In the Parent Zone adults can monitor their child’s progress to keep track of what they’ve accomplished. There is even a reward system (also known as the OctoStore) where students can redeem the points that they have earned. ….. Keeping students engaged when practicing math facts… Read Article →
I spend a lot of time sharing the benefits of scannable technology with teachers. QR codes and augmented reality triggers make it easy for students, teachers, and school visitors to find a web resource by using a scanning app on their device. Another option for quick website sharing is a URL shortener like goo.gl or bit.ly. By shortening a long URL you can make it easy for students, parents, or… Read Article →
If you are using iPads in your classroom you’ll want to check out the amazing accessibility tools that can help all of your students interact with their device. Jenny Grabiec is an Apple Distinguished Educator who has created a fantastic iBook that makes it simple for teachers to understand the accessibility features available on iPads. You can download the book for free and explore these tools in iBooks on your iPad… Read Article →
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: MyScript Calculator (calculator) Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper) Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler) Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives) iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer) Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus) iPad Measurement Tools… Read Article →
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. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs Student Created Podcasts Tellagami for… Read Article →
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. Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets… Read Article →
You can give children access to storybooks with these free iPad storybook 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… Read Article →
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… Read Article →
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. Download and try out today!
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!