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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With 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).
Shadow 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.
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!
This has been an incredible year and I am looking forward to everything that 2014 has to bring! Next year I will be dedicating more of my time to working with teachers looking to integrate technology into their instruction. Take a minute to learn about some exciting things happening in 2014:
- This February I will be hosting a live, interactive, webinar series that will take place over the course of four weeks! I highly encourage ELA teachers in elementary and middle school to check out how they can use technology to align their instruction to the Common Core.
- For teachers looking to explore iPad best practices at their own pace, my course “Teach with Your iPad: Part I – Instruct, Assess, and Manage Your Classroom with a Single iPad” will remain 50% off for blog followers! Stay tuned for Part II this spring…
- Take a peek at my events calendar. Are you looking for EdTech professional development at your school? Just ask!
- This year my free iBook 25 Ways to Become a Tech-Savvy Teacher was downloaded over 1,500 times! Stay tuned for 25 MORE Ways in the next few months…
- My Teachers Pay Teachers Store is filled with iPad friendly Common Core aligned lesson plans on a variety of topics – be sure to check it out!
- In 2014, ClassTechTips.com will be posting five times a week – sign up for email notifications in the upper right hand corner of this site.
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