Tag Archives: bulletin boards

Common Core and iPads

19 Oct

If you missed my recent presentations at EdTechNJ or the University of Delaware’s iPads in Education Conference, check them out here:

Download: Teaching Common Core Math on iPads

App Combo Projects: PaperPort and Pic Collage

17 Jul

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When I’m using iPads with my students, we often use a combination of apps to accomplish a task. For a research project on biomes, my class created posters in Pic Collage and published their reports with PaperPort Notes.  This culminating project took more than one period to complete, and their colorful, detailed reports were displayed for the whole school to see!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA with iPads!

Edit Student Work on iPads

29 Apr

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My students publish a variety of work on their iPads and use different apps throughout the writing process. When it comes to typing up their final product we often use PaperPort Notes. Before they send their work to print, I use the highlighter and marker tool to show them where edits and revisions need to be made. I write over their work, and send them back to their seats to make changes. The best part is that I can erase my notes once edits are made without losing any of the text on their page!

Are you in the middle of the writing process? Check out my common core aligned lesson plan using Grafio Lite. Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizers in the classroom!

*great for peer editing too!

Show and Explain Your Work

1 Mar


Many people think that an iPad is just for games but I can ensure you that this teaching tool is used effectively in my classroom.  I love having students show their work on a whiteboard app (and sometimes they connect their screens to work together).  Students in my class not only solve problems on their iPads but they take screenshots of their work and email the picture with an explanation of how they solved the problem.  This process is quicker than it sounds with a little practice.  It’s a great way to gather work for tech-friendly bulletin boards!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for collaborating on iPad whiteboards!

Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters

30 Jan

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You might have used a app like this to create a scrapbook page of family pictures but it can be easily used in the classroom.  Pic Collage is a free app that allows users to take multiple images and place them on a blank canvas or within borders and add text and captions.  Students in my class use pictures that they’ve taken themselves or gathered from Google Image search.  They can save their “posters” to their Camera Roll and email their work.  These make great bulletin board items!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for using this app in your classroom!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Tech-Friendly Bulletin Boards

26 Dec

photo-10 There are lots of great ways to show off student work and my bulletin boards are full of examples of how technology is used in my classroom. Some apps allow you to send work as JPEG and PDF files and I often take screenshots to capture student work.

When I print JPGs I like to change the scale to 60% or 70% that way I have room on the page to write a comment before I post this work in my classroom. Try this trick on your next bulletin board!

Here’s my how-to guide for creating tech-friendly bulletin boards!

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

26 Nov

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading or an encyclopedia entry.

After students in my class emailed their essays on deforestation in South America, I copy and pasted the text into Wordle.  Now I can display what’s trending next to a bulletin board of student work!

Wordsalad is an app that let’s you do the same thing straight from your iPad!

Try Wordle using speeches!

Try Wordle using current events!



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