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Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

10 May

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.54.05 PMTeachers in one iPad classrooms can turn their device into a document camera with lots of do-it-yourself tricks. The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.  Extra in app purchases let you unlock other features but Stage has lots of options for teachers who want to make use of free tools.

Whether you have just a teacher iPad or are in a one-to-one classroom, this app provides plenty of choices for teachers looking to display and annotate student work.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching with iPads!

KONGcart Bundle and Blended Learning

15 Mar


2013-12-06-02.11.49This year I’ve shared some of the reasons why the KONGcart bundle is a great option for tech-friendly classrooms.  As more and more teachers explore blended learning models they are looking for classroom solutions for lowering the cost of implementation.  In a blended learning model educators combine face-to-face learning experiences with tech-based instruction.  Teachers can focus time and energy on personalized instruction.


Schools thinking about the best way to utilize resources in a a blended learning model should check out the KONGcart bundle.  It included a Casio LED projector, Anchor Audio speakers with a wireless mic, and can even be shared between classrooms.  The products in the bundle have a long shelf life that will eliminate the extra costs associated with replacing old hardware.  It can even be used in small group instruction since it is so mobile.

Learn more about the KONGcart bundle by visiting their website!



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MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand

21 Dec

ape_stand_141113_0082Earlier this year I shared MONKEYmount 280 a very cool stand that works with any tablet, including iPads.  With this stand you can turn your iPad into a document camera without having to invest in a new piece of technology.  It can be used with an HDMI projector or flat screen to mirror what is happening on your iPad screen.  This can even be done wirelessly so that students can easily follow along with each tap and swipe on your iPad screen.

MNKYmnt portrait modeIf you’re looking for a last minute gift for your favorite teacher or looking for a new addition to your classroom in 2015 you’ll definitely want to check this out.  Teachers can easily pivot and rotate their device to get the perfect view.  It makes it simple to show off a page from a book using your iPad camera or accessing an app at eye level while managing the students in your class.

Learn more by visiting their website!

AirPlay in the iPad Classroom

21 Apr

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I love my Apple TV and even brought it into my classroom to try out last year.  My goal was to use the mirroring feature to project my iPad screen without being tethered to the projector.  A great alternative to using an Apple  TV is Reflector which can be downloaded to your laptop.  It’s super easy to use and perfect for an iPad classroom!

When your computer is hooked up to a projector and your iPad is on the same wireless network you can simply mirror your iPad screen using the same AirPlay technology on an Apple TV.  A very cool feature is the ability to mirror more than one iPad screen.  You can show multiple iPad screens of student work, or in a collaborative team teaching classroom, both teachers can show off their iPad screen to the class at the same time.  The download for Relfector isn’t free – like most of my tips – but I definitely think it’s worth it!

Check out my online course for teaching with one iPad!

Images in Your QR Codes!

28 Aug

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You’ve probably heard by now all of the ways I love to use QR codes in my classroom (scavenger hunts, with a projection screen, in the garden, to name a few!)

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.

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WatchUp to Customize Current Events

8 Feb

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There are lots of great ways to explore current events and I’ve shared some great free apps for accessing multimedia informational text.  One of my favorite news apps that I use at home and school is Watchup.  This free app allows you to create your own news program by choosing short clips from different news sources (EuroNews, AP, PBS, etc.).

I love customizing any tool to fit the need of my students and Watchup is a fantastic free app that allows you to do just that!

Use this app with my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan on current events!


Documentaries for the iPad

4 Feb

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If you’re looking for a good resource for documentaries, SnagFilms is a fantastic app.  Completely free, with no requirement to sign up, SnagFilms offers a great variety of award winning documentaries.  Whether you’re looking to extend a lesson, kick off a unit or just learn more about a topic before teaching, you’ll want to check out this fantastic free app!

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app in the classroom!

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