Tag Archives: fluency

Outread for Speed Reading

27 Mar

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I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology.  Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread.  Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text.  One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article.  There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!

Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:

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)

Common Core with Turbo Math

25 Feb

image1Turbo Math Sea Buddies is an engaging and colorful iPad app that children will love.  The underwater math games help students practice math topics aligned to the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through third grade.  This app supports multiple user profiles, provides tons of free lessons, and access to even more if you upgrade.

Here are a few of my favorite lesson plans for teaching Common Core Math with iPads:

Math Bingo for Math Facts

18 Feb

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A terrific game for practicing operational fluency, Math Monsters Bingo is another great app from TaptoLearn (Math Vs. Zombies, Measure Length – Tiny Chicken).  With this app, players will answer addition, subtraction, multiplication or subtraction problems and choose the answer on the bingo board.  Math Monsters Bingo has a few different levels – just skip the Facebook login and your kids will be ready to go!

Have your kids mastered their math facts? Here’s a lesson for turning your students in superstars!

Animal Math Games for Kids

17 Feb

image (99)Animal Math Games for Kids is a super fun app for early learners that will help them work on counting, number sense and patterns.  This app is bright, colorful and aligned to kindergarten Common Core Standards.  Free to download and play, this app offers some upgrades to unlock the full version.

Working with numbers in your classroom? Here are a few of my favorite Common Core lesson plans for teaching math in grades 3-6!

Splash Math on Android!

29 Jan

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I’ve shared some of the reasons why Splash Math is a fantastic app for elementary school students practicing math skills – and now Splash Math Grade 1 is available on Android.  With the same great adaptive assessment, scratch pad, and interactive features, this app includes thirteen chapters, all containing questions that align to the Common Core State Standards.

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Children will interact with each problem, including moving the hands on a clock and drag and dropping answers into the correct place.  Great for school or at home use, Splash Math Grade 1 is full of color and will definitely grab your child’s attention.  Some of the topics covered in this app are place value, addition strategies, time and money – all perfect for first grade students.  If you are using Android tablets in your classroom, definitely check out Splash Math Grade 1 in the Google Play Store and in the Amazon App Store for Kindle users!

Did you know that Splash Math has been downloaded over 4 million times? For fun math practice online, visit their website!

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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