Tag Archives: Lesson Plans

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:

Explore Shakespeare on iPads

19 Mar

imageExplore Shakespeare from Cambridge University Press is a wonderful app for teachers and students working with these classics.  Users can see pictures from different productions, tap on different lines of dialogue for clarification, and even listen to audio performances. This app lets you sample a few different selections before purchasing individual plays.

Here are some lessons for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!

Write About This! Prompts

18 Mar

image (1)A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This.  Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration.  This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.

Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:

Grammaropolis for ELA

11 Mar

imageA wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources.  The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.

Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:

Chatterpix Makes Pictures Come to Life

12 Feb

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I’ve shared some of my favorite apps for taking photographs to the next level using iPads (Funny Movie Maker, Shadow Puppet) and here’s another awesome one to add to the list! ChatterPix Kids lets your students put their voice to any image whether it’s a historical figure, a character from their favorite book, or a photo of a friend.  Try having students use this app to demonstrate their understanding of the main character of a book or what they learned during a research project.

Here are two Common core aligned lesson plans that will work great with Chatterpix!

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Aesop’s Fables Go Mobile

3 Feb

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The Library of Congress has a variety of apps including some great choices for virtual field trips.  Aesop for Children is an interactive ebook app that’s makes it easy and fun for kids reading these tales for the first time or teachers sharing them with their students.  This is a great app if you only have one iPad or access to a few to create reading groups.

Have students retell a story with one of my favorite Common Core aligned lesson plans!

This app is also available on Android devices.

24 Super Cool Free Science Apps

30 Jan

There are tons of awesome iPad apps and these 24 totally free games, tools, and resources are perfect for the science classroom.  Explore this list to see what works with your students!

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.13.19 PMiPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab experiments)
  2. WWF Animal App (life science)
  3. Smithsonian Channel for Tablets (earth science, biology, astronomy, and more)
  4. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (create your own science activities or search their library)
  5. Shout Science Interactive Storybook (history of the Scientific Revolution)
  6. National Parks on Your iPad (earth science, geology)
  7. Hopscotch for Coding (computer science)
  8. Marine Missions to Explore Ocean Science (marine biology)
  9. Daisy the Dinosaur to Teach Coding (computer science)
  10. Discovery Channel on iPads (earth science, marine biology, geology, and more)
  11. 3D Atlas for iPads (earth science)
  12. Virtual Periodic Table of Elements (chemistry)
  13. Super Stretch Yoga (anatomy)
  14. iPad Safety Apps (earth science, natural disasters)
  15. Earth Now by NASA (astronomy)
  16. Tree Exploration on iPads (life science)
  17. Ocean Science (marine biology)
  18. iPad Science Fair (physical science)
  19. iYoga for Anatomy (anatomy)
  20. Essential Skeleton 3D (anatomy)
  21. Sustainability iPad Apps (life science)
  22. Eat and Move: Health Calculator (life science)
  23. Rock and Mineral Identifier (earth science)
  24. Healthy Eating with Whole Foods (life science)