- Tellagami for Story Telling
- Film Your Own Persuasive PSAs
- Student Created Podcasts
- SnapGuide for How-Tos
- Pic Collage to Make iPad Posters
- Social Studies Slogans: Make Your Own Memes
- Toontastic for Story Telling
- Famous Faces: Funny Movie Maker
- Record Your Work Using Doceri
- iPad Project: Resume Builder
- Haiku Deck for Small Presentations
- TinyTap to Create Games
- Scribble My Story
- Show and Explain Your Work
Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students. They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice. Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll. This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie. it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!
I’ve shared some of my favorite iPad apps to practice pacing and stamina. Whether students are performing everyday tasks or in the middle of test prep, you might need a timer to help students self-monitor. The Best Sand Timer is a great free app that’s an alternative to traditional countdown clocks – try it out in your classroom!
Use this app to pace students working on one of my favorite Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
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.
It doesn’t have to be Poetry Month to learn a new poem! Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics teaches users how to memorize a poem. They offer two free poems to get you started and there are more available through in app purchases. Whether you’re teaching fluency, extending a biography project of a famous poet, or just celebrating great works – check out Poems by Heart for a poem to memorize!
SlideShare is a great resource for PowerPoint presentations. This website allows you to view presentations created by teachers (and all sorts of people) that may be useful for your classroom. It’s also a fantastic place to share your presentations with others.
Check out my SlideShare presentations:
- Working Together: iPad Apps that Facilitate Student Collaboration
- Free Assessment Tools for Classrooms Using One-To-One Technology
- Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom
I usually only recommend free apps since I’m using a class set of iPads in my classroom and don’t have access to a volume purchasing plan. But for $0.99 Explain a Website is a must have teacher tool! This app acts as an internet browser and allows you to record your actions and voice as you navigate a website. You can write all over the screen, discuss features of the website, and save your recording to your iPads Camera Roll. Check out the clip I uploaded onto YouTube that gives a quick introduction to ClassTechTips.com!
Use Explain a Website to help show students how to navigate the websites they’ll visit in one of my common core aligned QR Code Scavenger Hunts!
You may have read my post on using ScreenChomp in the classroom. Another screencasting app I love is Doceri. Although Doceri is not as user friendly as the simple layout of ScreenChomp, my fifth graders had no trouble getting over the learning curve. There are some great features Doceri has to offer that set it apart. Doceri has lots of choices for colors, shapes, and lines, but the best part has to be the option to save your screencast to your iPad’s camera roll. This makes it easy to save, send and share your Doceri video.
Try out the Common Core aligned lesson plan I created for ScreenChomp with Doceri in your classroom!
Check out my guide -> Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric
Toontastic is a fantastic app you can use in your classroom. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon graphics, this app can be used with all ages.
Students create their own short stories or retell a story that they’ve read. Each scene in the story arc requires that students draw their own setting and characters or use one of the templates included in the app. Music can be added to change the tone of the story and all cartoons can be shared with families and peers through Toontastic’s own website.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Here’s another Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!