Tag Archives: iPad education

Talking QR Codes!

23 Apr
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Try scanning this QR code :)

QR codes are such a fantastic resource for students – especially those who need a little extra support.  QR voice is a free web tool that truly makes your QR codes start talking!

You can type a sentence into the text box on their website (100 characters or less) and  QR voice will generate a QR code for you that turns your short message into an audio file.  As soon as the QR code is scanned the message will be spoken aloud for students to hear.  You can include this QR code on any activity sheet to give an instruction or reminder, provide the definition of a new word, or offer a helpful hint to struggling students.  It’s a simple tool that can go a long way!

Here are three other posts on using QR codes in the classroom:

Check out my Udemy course: Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

Code Academy for Kids

22 Apr

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I absolutely love apps that teach basic programming skills to children! It’s such an important computer science skill that can be easily introduced at an early age. With Code Academy your students can work through basic coding exercises thanks to the straightforward activities within this app. Kids are sure to get hooked on coding once they can started moving from one task to another.  Whether you introduce this app as part of an elective or after school program or just suggest it to parents as an at home STEM extension, Code Academy is worth exploring!

10 Tech Tools to Boost Vocabulary

11 Apr

There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words.  With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines.  Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!

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  1. Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
  2. Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
  3. Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
  4. Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
  5. Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
  6. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
  7. Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
  8. Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
  9. Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
  10. MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)

Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)

Check out these two app lists:

YoouKids to Manage Videos for Students

8 Apr

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YouTube is a terrific resource for teachers looking for content to share with students.  There are tons of videos that will reinforce key concepts and help kids get excited about what they are learning in the classroom.  Since there are plenty of videos on YouTube that are not kid-friendly, YoouKids has developed an iPad app that helps teachers organize which clips they want to share with their students.

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Teachers use their existing Google/YouTube account to create and maintain playlists directly on YouTube, that contain only the educational videos they want their students to see.  With a one-time set up, kids can open up their YoouKids app on their iPad and access only the videos that have been hand picked by their teachers.  This app provides a safe space for students to watch educational videos chosen by their teachers.  Instead of sharing links of YouTube videos with students, teachers can simply add new videos to their own playlists on YouTube.  The video clips will sync automatically to student’s iPads. Learn more about YoouKids by visiting their website and watching this video!

K-12 teachers or school technology directors who are implementing 1:1 iPad programs, can contact YoouKids at hello@yooukids.com to receive help with starting a pilot program at their schools.

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!

14 Apps for Telling Stories

31 Mar

Storytelling is such an important skill and there are plenty of ways to turn your students into storytellers using a mobile device.  These apps are perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to a wide range of activities and tasks.  Search through this list to see which app is the best fit for your class.

Check out these other lists:

Use Comics Head for Storytelling

26 Mar

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Storytelling is such an important literacy skill.  Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head.  This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity.  It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in most English Language Arts classrooms.

image002Comics Head includes lots of themes that students can use in their creations.  Whether you are working with elementary school students or looking to keep older students excited about storytelling, Comics Head is a good choice.  There are templates to help students get started as well as plenty of options for creating something totally unique.  Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Comics Head.