Tag Archives: reference charts

Canva for Postermaking

2 Aug

What's inside my iPad?I’ve tried out a ton of apps for creating picture perfect posters.  Fellow Apple Distinguished Educator April Requard recommended that I try out Canva and it’s been a game changer!  As you get ready for back to school or simply want to show off your creativity throughout the school year this easy to use web tool is a must-try.

Check out how I transformed a chart paper into a Canva creation – I promise this took only minutes of playing around!

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Dropbox: Fill it up!

20 Feb

photo (7)I love using Dropbox  in my classroom, in fact I can’t live without it.  Dropbox is fantastic if you’re looking to conserve resources or save time making photocopies.
Here are just a few things that are in my students’ Dropboxes right now:

  • Vocabulary reference charts
  • Reader’s Theater scripts
  • Reading passages
  • Project Rubrics
  • Activity sheets that can be completed in other apps
  • PowerPoint/Keynote presentations

Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle with activity sheets that can be completed in other apps on your iPad!

What’s Trending? Try a Wordle

26 Nov

Lots of websites display images of popular search terms, tags, or keywords to show what’s trending on their site.  I love using Wordle, an online tool that takes the most popular words from a text and displays them according to how frequently they appear.  You can copy and past text from an article your class is reading or an encyclopedia entry.

After students in my class emailed their essays on deforestation in South America, I copy and pasted the text into Wordle.  Now I can display what’s trending next to a bulletin board of student work!

Wordsalad is an app that let’s you do the same thing straight from your iPad!

Try Wordle using speeches!

Try Wordle using current events!



What’s inside my iPad?

18 Sep

Sometimes it’s hard for visitors to my classroom to understand how students use their iPads.

I like to post a reference chart that shows off how technology is used in our classroom.  It’s also helpful for students, who are often asked about our work on iPads.

This list will grow as the school year progresses and works with any technology cart (“What’s inside my netbook?”)

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