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Easy Annotate: Simple & Dynamic PDF Tool

6 Sep
Easy Annotate: Simple & Dynamic PDF Tool Easy Annotate is a fantastic iPad app that gives teachers and students a simple and dynamic way to interact with documents.  Users can upload PDF documents to Easy Annotate for side-by-side editing.  Easy Annotate lets students highlight, write, and take notes all over documents.  It’s a great choice for researchers and readers interacting with text on their mobile device.
Easy Annotate: Simple & Dynamic PDF ToolWith Dropbox and Google Drive support, Easy Annotate can be used in classrooms using a variety of workflows.  There is support for creating notes in RTF format and an integrated web browser with download support for PDF documents.  Easy Annotates includes automatic conversion of Microsoft Word, Pages, Numbers, and Excel files to PDF when opening them in the app.
Learn more about Easy Annotate by visiting their website or download their app on the Apple App Store!

Online Resource: National Geographic Kids

18 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.03.49 AMNational Geographic has a handful of apps for students including Weird But True, National Parks, Underground Railroad, and Marine Missions.  In addition to these great choices for tablets, their website National Geographic Kids is a terrific resource for students and teachers.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.04.14 AMNational Geographic Kids has games, articles, pictures and more for kids of all ages to explore.  It can be used to incorporate informational text or multimedia into a whole class lesson.  Students can also dive into the resources on the site to answer their own questions or conduct research projects.

Check out their website to see everything that is available for your students!

How-To: Link Images to QR Codes

6 May

QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them!  If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.

1. Do an Internet search to find the perfect picture 

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2. Right click on the picture and choose “Copy Image URL”

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3. Paste the Image URL into a QR code generator 


4. When students scan the QR code they’ll be taken straight to the picture – not a website with text, advertisements or other links to click on.

Looking for more tips for using QR codes with students? Check out my Udemy course: “Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Energize and Differentiate Your Lessons” (50% off)

American History Clips

24 Feb

imageKen Burns (no relation) is a fantastic storyteller who makes powerful documentaries about the American experience.  His iPad app lets users access bite-sized clips from his films.  These are perfect for using in the classroom to bring life to Social Studies content.  I highly recommend watching all parts of his documentary on the National Parks system but a quick few minutes might be just enough for your students.  The Innovation section of this app is free and the other sections can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Teaching Social Studies with mobile devices? Help students access informational texts with these differentiated activities!

Smithsonian Channel for Tablets

21 Jan

image (92)I’ve shared some of my favorite educational programing for iPads and Smithsonian Channel is another worth checking out. Easy to navigate with a large variety of content, this free app has something for everyone.  Hook students during a science or social studies lesson or help them build prior knowledge before exploring a new book.

Here are some of my Common Core aligned lesson plans!

This app is available for Android tablets.

gFlash+ to Build Study Skills

13 Jan

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Students of all ages can benefit from the study skills they’ll develop when using gFlash+ a free flashcard app for iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android devices.  gFlash+ lets users create and edit their own set of flashcards right from within the app without any limits or restrictions. You and your students can even add images from your camera or photo library, or a voice recording to each card.  If you are savvy with Google Docs, gFlash+ gives users the option to upload a spreadsheet they’ve created and turn this information into flashcards.  Teachers can also share flashcard sets with their entire class via email.

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The latest version of gFlash+ includes a Matching Game study mode, an improved user interface, and full support for iOS 7.  In-app purchases allow users to download decks from StudyStack or Quizlet.com, remove ads, and access a premium library of cards from McGraw-Hill, Barron’s, and other educational publishers.

The clean, easy to navigate interface makes this free study tool worth checking out!

15 Free Apps for Streaming Video Content

9 Jan

You might be looking to keep children up to date on current events, help them build prior knowledge, or simply make connections to the world around them.  With these free apps (for iOS and Android devices) you can stream videos straight from your device to share with students!

BONUS: Try out Frolyc to send video based lessons to your students’ iPads!

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