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Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Halloween Party App for iPads

23 Oct
Halloween_1 jugador UnidoHere’s a fun app for classrooms getting ready for Halloween!  Halloween Party App lets up to four players work together on one device to answer trivia questions related to Halloween.  Perfect for elementary schoolers, this app is also completely customizable.  I love apps that allow a couple of users to share the screen and Halloween Party app is perfect for a few kids working with one device.  Whether you add this app to a station this week or recommend it for an at home download it’s a good choice for celebrating Halloween with your students.GamePlayWithPic3
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You might decide to add your own questions to the app or add a question deck using Quizlet.com.  There is even a set of print out materials that you can download completely free.  This app is free for a limited time (10/23-10/26) so you’ll want to check it out and download today!

Drawp for School: A Collaborative Classroom Tool

3 Oct
Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.48.54 AMStudents of all ages need to learn to work together and there is a fantastic app that promotes collaboration in elementary school classrooms.  Drawp for School is a powerful app for tablets that works on both iPads and Android devices.  It’s easy-to-use and contains tons of great features for promoting a collaborative learning environment in your classroom.  Students can work with their peers by easily swiping across their screen.  This action lets them share their creations with anyone in their class.
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Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.48.59 AMThe Common Core State Standards places an emphasis on collaboration and providing real world learning experiences for your students.  Drawp for School gives kids an opportunity to work with their classmates whether they simply share their work or leave feedback through voice stickers as an alternative to traditional peer editing.  If you’re looking for a way to manage the workflow of your one-to-one tablet classroom, Drawp for School is worth checking out!
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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!

Create and Share Activities with ChallengeU

1 Oct

ExploreChallengeU is an online educational platform that allows teachers to create and share learning activities. Teachers can make content available to students anywhere at anytime, and ChallengeU is compatible on all devices and completely free.Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.56 AM

Teachers can upload different file types and student questions all in the same activity. Students can then hand in assignments in the form or videos, audio, pictures and a handful of other file types. They can even comment on the work of their peers and develop online learning communities. Teachers can track students progress and instantly let students  see comments, corrections and feedback on assignments.

Learn more about ChallengeU by visiting their website or watching this video

14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads

31 Aug

The iPad so much more than a content consumption device!  This year turn your students into creators using these fantastic iPad apps.  Most of the tools on this list are free and you can learn more about each one by clicking on the links below.

  1. Adobe Voice14 apps create and collaborate
  2. Book Writer
  3. Buncee
  4. ChatterPix
  5. Toontastic
  6. Drawp for School
  7. Fotor
  8. Comics Head
  9. ShadowPuppet EDU
  10. Frolyc
  11. Sphero
  12. Adobe Sketch
  13. PixiClip
  14. Sketchbook Express

Here are two more lists you might want to check out:

18 Useful Apps for 1-to-1 iPad Classrooms

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

App Update: Brand New iTunes U

6 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 8.30.06 AMiTunes U is a terrific tool for creating your own course and easily distributing materials to students.  It lets teachers set up a course that can be accessed on an iPad.  Students can watch, read and listen to a variety of multimedia organized by their teacher.  It’s a great choice for flipping your classroom and keeping students on task throughout the semester.

This week Apple is rolling out new features for iTunes U that will be game changers in many learning environments.  Teachers will now be able to access the course manager directly from their iPad instead of logging into a website on a computer.  This will let them make changes and upload content including pictures and video straight from their iPad.  In private courses students will be able to participate in discussions for a collaborative learning experience.  Learn more from Apple’s official announcement or visit their iTunes U page.

Tocomail Launches Bullying Filter

14 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 8.24.12 AMLast month I featured a new tech tool that allows children to email safely.  TocoMail provides a closed network for student email that teachers can monitor.  This includes controlling contact lists so students can write emails only to their classmates.  With TocoMail students can learn about digital citizenship and English Language Arts skills.  Kids can practice writing emails as they collaborate with their peers on projects or simply share feedback or ideas.

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TocoMail has recently added a bullying recognition filter that is worth checking out!  The filter checks each student’s email for keywords and contextual phrasing that may signal bullying.  If TocoMail identifies a pattern of bullying, the email is redirected to the Quarantine box so teachers have to approve it before it is sent out.  TocoMail is addressing the concerns of teachers and parents who are noticing an increase in how bullying takes place through digital communication. Learn more about TocoMail by visiting their website!

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