Between iTunes U, SimpleK12, Twitter, Pinterest and countless blogs, there are lots of places where you can explore a topic you’re interested in learning more about. Udemy is a platform that I’ve used to create and share two courses. In addition to an easy to navigate website, they have apps for iOS and Android devices that make it easy to take courses on the go.
Udemy has a wide range of courses full of videos you can play right off of your tablet, computer, or smartphone. So if you’re interested in anything from photography, app development, or instructional technology, you’ll want to check it out!
Here are 50% off coupons for my two Udemy courses:
Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!
Teach with Your iPad: Instruct, Assess & Manage Your Class with a Single iPad
Learning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept.
They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them. A great choice for station work in classrooms with just a few iPads!
TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love. Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design! You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer. Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities. Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip. Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip. This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.
Learn more about TinyTap by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!
ISTE was a whirlwind! I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN. It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts. Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.
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Did you attend my QR Codes and Differentiated Instruction session? Email me directly at ClassTechTips@gmail.com for resources.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with LitWorld this year – a wonderful nonprofit organization in New York City. One of the resources we’ve shared with the parents who are part of their intergenerational iPad literacy program is ReadyRosie.
ReadyRosie is a fantastic parent engagement tool that sends videos straight to parents once a day. In these short clips they’ll gather ideas for how to engage their children during everyday tasks, build their vocabulary and spark their curiosity. I’m a big believer in the power of early childhood education and thoughtful programming to decrease the “word gap.” No matter where you live or where you work with children ReadyRosie is definitely worth bringing to your community!
A silly and fun app for upper elementary students, Chicken Coop Fractions is full of high quality content. Kids can interact with fractions by playing a variety of games designed to grab their attention and get them thinking about fractions. This app comes with free access to an estimating fractions games and gives you the option to unlock a handful of other activities. If you have only a few iPads in your classroom this is a great choice for station work!
Check out the math lesson plans in my TpT store or my list of 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps!
Giving students access to high-interest topics is a great way to engage them across the content areas. If your school is in session during this year’s World Cup or you want to revisit an exciting summer event when your students arrive in September, check out the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil app for the iPad. Here are a few ideas of Common Core related activities that can be tailored to different grade levels using the informational text and statistics within this app.
- Summarize an article
- Point out nonfiction text features
- Determine the frequency of goals scored per game
- Pick out the main idea of each paragraph
- Create a graph showing each team’s performance
- Identify domain-specific vocabulary words
- Use two different articles to gather information on a day’s events
Share some ways that you could use this app with your students!
Try using baseball stats in your classroom too!