Tag Archives: fine motor skills

Early Elementary Math with Dexteria Dots

4 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 3.05.00 PMA fantastic app for early math education, Dexteria Dots is bright, colorful and teaches important basic math concepts.  With this iPad app your students will be asked to combine and separate numbers on their screen to practice addition and subtraction.  Dexteria Dots has four levels and when students start off they’ll be given a target number they need to reach.  Kids will then be asked to combine the numbers on their screen to count up to that number.  As students move up in each level the activites become more challenging.
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The high-quality, kid-friendly user interface introduces each number in a different color surrounded by dots.  Students will have to slice the dots to split the number into smaller pieces or draw a line to combine numbers.  The diameter of the dots is also proportional to the number value.  For example, a 4-dot is twice the diameter of a 2-dot, and so on. Dexteria Dots is a fantastic choice for teachers looking to help their students build number sense as they count, add and subtract.  Check out this visually pleasing, educational app for iPads on the App Store!

MyScript MathPad for Equations

24 Mar

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MyScript Calculator is one of my favorite apps but middle school and high school teachers might want to check out MyScript MathPad. It can handle higher level equations including trigonometry and logarithms.  This super cool, free app turns your handwriting into numerals and solves the equations in front of your eyes.  Definitely check out this powerful math tool!

Teaching math in elementary school? Here are a few iPad lesson plans to check out!

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)

Read Music with Piano Mania

11 Feb

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You don’t need a piano to bring music into your classroom thanks to this impressive app! Piano Mania by JoyTunes helps children read sheet music and understand the connection between notes on a page and piano keys.  This free app is worth checking out if you have musical students who don’t have access to a piano but want to try playing this virtual keyboard.

Aren’t teaching with music? Here are some Common core aligned lesson plans that might work with your curriculum!

Kodable to Introduce Programming Skills

7 Feb

imageCoding and programing are two important STEM skills that you can introduce to children at an early age.  Two of my favorites apps for doing just this are Hopscotch and Daisy the Dinosaur but another to add to your list is Kodable.  Kodable introduces basic programming skills to students as it pushes them to problem solve.  This colorful app is totally free!

 

iYoga for Anatomy

24 Jan

photo (18)If you’re teaching physical education or anatomy in your classroom iYoga is a neat resource to bring into discussions.  This app lets users explore how muscles contract and stretch during yoga poses and even includes practice sessions combining different poses.

Check out my lesson plans for teaching with mobile devices in your classroom!

MOMA Art Lab

22 Jan

image (91)Let your students show off their creativity with this fantastic free app from MOMA. Have kids extend a reading activity with this art app or make designs with geometric shapes. Kids can read about famous works of art before creating their own.
Studying historical figures? Check out these Common Core lesson plans.

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