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19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management

20 Feb

If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind.  Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.41.46 PMRead Alouds and Short Text Recorder (manage test prep)
  2. Siri Speaks to Me (manage conference notes)
  3. WordPress (manage a class blog)
  4. Test Prep Aids for the Teacher – Pacing (manage test prep)
  5. Make Your Own Buttons (manage student iPad screens)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (manage student work)
  7. I Can’t Live Without… Dropbox (manage resources)
  8. Management Tools on the iPad (manage time and volume )
  9. Pick a Student (manage participation)
  10. Dragon Dictation (manage conference notes)
  11. Hourglass iPad Timer (manage time)
  12. Organize Your iPad Cart (manage resources)
  13. Picture Perfect Behavior (manage behavior)
  14. iPad Name Tags: What’s my number? (manage devices)
  15. Dropbox: Fill it up! (manage resources)
  16. Use Too Noisy for Volume Control (manage volume)
  17. iPad Reference Charts (manage devices)
  18. Random Name Selector (manage participation)
  19. Siri in the Classroom: Homework (manage homework)

iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer

21 Oct

image (30)There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom.  With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer).  You can even change the sounds to one of the new I iPhone ringtones!

Try using a timer to keep students on track during one of my Common Core aligned QR code scavenger hunt – great for any mobile device!

Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management

9 Jul

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“Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management”

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iPad Lab Timer for Experiments

8 Jul

image (46)Timers are great for pacing (I love Traffic Light and Hourglass!) but they can also be used by students in a science classroom.  Lab Timer is a great free app for teachers and students looking to keep track of time during experiments or trials. Easily start and stop four different clocks to make your collection of data or observations even easier!

Check out one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for the science classroom: Rocks and Minerals, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Healthy Eating, Food Pyramid

Management Tools on the iPad

7 Nov

There are lots of great management tools on the iPad that I use in my classroom (Timers, Quickvoice, Siri).

Here are two more that I love:

Red Light, Green Light - This programmable traffic light can be less intimidating than a timer is you’re working on pacing your students and keeping them on task.

TooLoud? - Watching the decibel level change as volume increases can be a powerful tool to monitor volume in your classroom – the graph can facilitate discussion as well.

Check out this common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!

Here’s another common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!

Test Prep Aids for the Teacher – Pacing

27 May

Although the New York State tests for elementary students are finished for this year, I know that I’m not the only person with test prep still on their mind.

My students always need help with pacing and it’s tough keeping kids excited about something that is stressful for everyone. I love the free iPad timer apps that help us stay aware of the time we spend reading passages and answering questions.

There are free timer apps to help students practice pacing. I often project the timer on the board like a countdown clock, working my students towards a goal. When students are practicing independently or working with partners they can set their own iPad timers to keep track of their progress.

One free timer app I like is Timer+.

Other uses for the timer:

  • Setting time limits for classroom activities
  • Monitoring everyday reading stamina
  • Share your ideas in the comment section!