If you update a class blog that contains information on each night’s homework try using Siri! By using this feature in combination with the WordPress iPhone app, simply “tell” Siri the homework and update your classroom blog with a quick tap on the screen.
There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom. With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer). You can even change the sounds to one of the new I iPhone ringtones!
When you’re kicking off a one-to-one iPad program even the smallest things can make a big difference. I love using reference charts in my classroom and here’s another way that you can keep students organized. The nametag on each student’s desk has the device number assigned to that child written on the upper right hand corner. This is a great companion to a cheat sheet with a class list of device numbers attached to my iPad cart for a quick reference.
Visualead is fantastic site that let’s users combine QR codes with images. You can upload any picture that you want and place your QR code right on top of it. Not only is it a great way to energize traditional black and white QR codes, adding images can help students distinguish between QR codes in different subject areas or lessons. This is perfect for younger students or English Language Learners. Whether you choose a picture of a globe for a Social Studies website or a number to match up to a question on an activity sheet, you’ll find lots of times to add images to your QR codes!
Users can create QR codes for free using Visualead or upgrade to have even more options.
Geometry Pad is a fantastic free app for drawing on a coordinate plane on iPads. Draw figures, add text and identify the points on the grid. This app is great for teaching how to identify x and y values and creating your own polygons.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan for teaching geometry in your classroom.
A lot of teachers have asked about the best way to organize their iPad cart. I am lucky to work in a 1:1 school with a cart of iPads that stay in my classroom.
I label student iPads with numbers and names to make access and organization quick and easy. The labels stay on the iPad case and I’m careful not to block the speakers or any other buttons. I cover the paper labels in packaging tape to increase their longevity. When I call students to remove or return their iPads from the cart I’ll often say, “All odd numbers,” “Even numbers only” or something that reinforces math skills at the same time. I also put labels at the bottom of each slot so that the students can tell just by looking down into the cart exactly where each iPad belongs.
Here’s a reference chart I place on my iPad cartto show off the work going on in my classroom!
I like using Siri to record my conference notes and anecdotals. I’ve listed the how-to’s and reasons why I use it, but if you don’t have access to Siri there are other options. Dragon Dictation is a free voice recognition app. It allows you to speak into your iPad’s microphone and watch your voice turn into text.
Try Dragon Dictation in your classroom:
- For students who need scribes
- Documenting conference notes or anectodals
- Compose emails and reminders on the go
You may have used a slide rule in the past but here are two free iPad apps that make it easy to score test and quizzes. Groovy Grader provide a percentage based on the number of questions on an exam. eGrader HD will even assign a letter grade depending on the number of questions a student answers correctly. Here are two more teacher tools that I love: Pick a Student and QuickVoice.
Here are two more that I love:
Red Light, Green Light - This programmable traffic light can be less intimidating than a timer is you’re working on pacing your students and keeping them on task.
Check out this common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Graphic organizers work in all subject areas and students can create their own using the Idea Sketch iPad app. I love it for creating story maps, brainstorming and taking notes.
Check out my lesson using Idea Sketch in the classroom!
One more common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizer apps!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson plan using graphic organizers in the classroom!
UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here.
ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative behavior. It’s free to sign up and their app makes it easy to keep track of everything! One nice feature of ClassDojo is that you can customize the different behaviors it monitors.
Here is a screenshot of their demo to help you get a sense of how easy it is to keep track of student behavior in your classroom.