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Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

Shadow Puppet is iOS 8 Compatible!

25 Sep
iphone-image-search-edu-700pxShadow Puppet is one of my favorite digital storytelling apps and they have big news related to the launch of iOS 8.  Their iPad app, Shadow Puppet Edu is now compatible with iOS 8, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus.  They’ve added a few new iOS 8 specific features like the ability to save to iCloud Drive and photo browsing that mirrors the Photos app.
maps-ipad-recording-700pxShadow Puppet EDU has lots of educational features that you’ll want to check out.  The Map Search option lets kids search for and clip images from maps and satellite images to use in their videos.   Users can also add images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, Wikimedia Commons, and OpenClipart without leaving the app.  This easy image search makes video creation simple for students of all ages – there is even automatic image citation that happens at the end of each video.
Learn more by visiting Shadow Puppet EDU’s website, or download the free app and check out the 30+ activity ideas for all subject areas!

Microsoft Office is FREE for iPads

1 Apr

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You know how much I love high quality free iPad apps and there are a few new additions to the App Store that are worth downloading today!  Microsoft Office has released three new apps – Excel, Word, and PowerPoint completely free to download.  I’m a huge fan of Pages and Keynote but it’s great to have some new options available that will help bring all of your documents straight to your iPad.  If you use Dropbox or another file storing app on your iPad you can now open Microsoft Office files using one of their three new apps – this goes for opening documents sent as an email attachment too.  These apps are great for teachers working on the go or for students looking to access their work.  In order to create and edit new documents you’ll have to sign up for a subscription.  I don’t know if I’ll sign up for the full access since I’m such a fan of other iPad publishing options, but it’s nice to have a quick, free and easy way to open and review documents on the go – especially PowerPoint presentations.

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70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

13 Mar

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact me to learn about onsite and virtual professional development.

To learn more about individual apps mentioned in this presentation, search for specific  posts using the box in the upper right hand corner of your screen or explore the archive using the drop down menu on the sidebar.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans using these apps!

Scholastic Book Wizard

3 Mar

imageWith this awesome app, teachers can scan and search books to access tons of information.  Scholastic Book Wizard lets you scan the barcode or type in the title of a text to find out the Lexile level and guided reading level of a book.  This app was designed for an iPhone but works on an iPad too.

Looking for lessons that help children access informational text? Check out these QR scanner scavenger hunts (they work with any mobile device).

13 Gotta-Have iPad Presentation Tools

6 Feb

This list includes some of my favorite ways to use the iPad for student (and teacher) presentations.  Whether you decide to have students make their own Tellagamis or try using SlideShare for PowerPoint inspiration, these 13 tips will change the way you see iPads as a way to create and give presentations in your classroom.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.58.42 AM

  1. Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
  2. Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
  3. Student Created Podcasts
  4. Tellagami for Story Telling
  5. Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
  6. SnapGuide for How-Tos
  7. SlideShare for Presentations
  8. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms
  9. Organize Thinking in a GRID
  10. App Combo: iMovie and Doceri
  11. Toontastic for Story Telling
  12. App Update: Educreations
  13. Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

+1 Record Your Work Using Doceri

Slideshows with Shadow Puppet

15 Jan

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 11.03.59 PMShadow Puppet is an amazing app that is perfect for students of all ages.  Children can take still images and bring them to life with narration using this story telling tool.  Shadow Puppet lets users zoom into pictures as they narrate a slideshow.

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There are lots of ways to use this app in the classroom and Shadow Puppet features some great ideas on their Pinterest page and blog.  Students can describe what they learned during a field trip using pictures they’ve taken with their mobile device, or document the steps they took during a science experiment with a combination of images and narration.

This app is a must have for teachers looking for a creative way to have their students tell a story or recount events from an important school event.  Try including your Shadow Puppet creations in your students’ digital portfolio!

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