Tag Archives: Internet

SnapGuide for How-Tos

I love learning new things and SnapGuide is a fantastic free app that you must explore! Pinterest is a great place for gathering new ideas, and SnapGuide takes this concept to a whole new level.  SnapGuide is full of how-to guides that show step-by-step instructions on how to complete a variety of tasks.  You and your students can even create your own how-to guides using this free service! Check out… Read Article →

Ready to Research: Recording Citations

The iPad is a fantastic tool for completing research, publishing, and sharing your work. There are two free apps from PERRLA that make it easy to record citations whether you’re using MLA or APA style references.  This app is perfect for elementary students completing a biography project or high schoolers writing a term paper. Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app in the classroom!

iPad Project: Resume Builder

My students aren’t quite ready to write their own resumes but there is still a place for this app in my classroom. A great way to replace or extend a biography project is to create a resume of the person you are studying.  Have students use the Pocket Mobile Resume app to demonstrate their knowledge of a historical figure’s personal information, experience and education, while choosing contemporaries to act as… Read Article →

Formative Assessment Tool

UPDATE 5/13: Understoodit is closing but here’s another similar option that let’s you take the pulse of your class during your instruction – PollEverywhere If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students.  As you speak,… Read Article →

Classroom Google Image Search

Students in my class use the Internet for research and are often given the task of finding a photograph or primary source document. We use Google on our iPads to locate the perfect image.  Tap on the photo on your iPad screen to save it to the Camera Roll for easy access when using other apps. Search for images to use in apps when making memes, creating funny faces, or… Read Article →

Easy Memes for Every Subject

I’ve discussed how much I love HaikuDeck as a presentation tool and the way I’ve used it to create memes with my students.  There are lots or free apps that make it even easier to create memes (I like Mematic), and I’ve started using them across subject areas. Have students…. write a riddle for math over a picture of Albert Einstein pose a science question over an image of Marie… Read Article →

Explain a Website

I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan.  But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool!  This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you navigate a website.  You can write all over the screen, discuss features of the website,… Read Article →

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

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… Read Article →

Social Studies Slogans: Make Your Own Memes

You’ve seen them in emails, on Facebook, even the Today Show features memes that have gone viral.  Students can create their own memes using Haiku Deck on their iPads. Follow these steps: Create a new presentation and choose a theme Add an image from your camera roll to set as the background Add your slogan and format the text so it works with your image Check out my common core… Read Article →

iPad QR Scavenger Hunt

I’ve said it before – I love using QR codes in my classroom! There are a lot of reasons: Takes students directly to a website you have chosen Eliminates frustration of typing in long web addresses (perfect for students in an inclusion class, occupational therapy, etc.) Saves time! I make QR codes using free QR code generators like Qurify and distribute them to my students as a scavenger hunt. I’ll… Read Article →