My fifth graders don’t have their own account or login, but Khan Academy is still a great way to introduce new topics. We often use BrainPop and student created tutorials to learn and review the steps for solving different math problems, but Khan Academy is a fantastic resource for upper elementary, middle school and high school students. The Khan Academy app is a great way for me to preview videos while I’m on the go or use with a small group who is struggling.
If your students are making their own tutorials check out my guide ->Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric (on iPads) and Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan
I love using Khan Academy and Math Train to support lessons, but ScreenChomp has taken my use of podcasts to a new level. It’s important that students in my classroom feel successful and this app turns them into superstars.
ScreenChomp allows users to record their writing and voice as they work through a problem on the screen. It captures the action taking place as students write on ScreenChomp’s whiteboard as well as the sound of the student speaking while they write.
Students in my classroom work independently and in peers to record the steps they take to solve a math problem. Not only is this a great form of assessment (students can email you a link to their video) but it makes students feel like they have a become a master of a skill. Use ScreenChomp to achieve higher level thinking in your classroom.
Check out my lesson plan using ScreenChomp in the classroom!
Check out my guide -> Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric
One of the challenges of introducing anything new to students is allowing time for self discovery. This is especially true when using the iPad in the classroom. As the new school year approached, I knew that I wanted students working on their iPads on Day One.
In addition to introducing some apps that we will be using this year, I felt that it was important to give them some free time to explore the iPad – if only to eliminate some distractions down the line.
In my first year using the iPad with students, one feature that they loved to “explore” was the camera. I’ve used the camera with students for various activities throughout the school year but this September I decided to have them filming right away.
Working with partners students first interviewed each other asking questions such as:
What books did you read over the summer?
Did you visit any family members?
What activities got you outdoors this summer?
With their partner students filmed each other answering the questions and played their videos back to rest of their groups. Students then emailed me their videos and I hope to play these back to them at the end of the year. (Using the reverse filming option, students can also film themselves independently).
Stay tuned to hear about how the camera can be used to film persuasive commercials, book recommendations, and much more!
Check out my lesson plan using the Camera app in my classroom!
A great resource for math tutorials is MathTrain. This site has student created tutorials for all age levels that are quick and engaging. Their website isn’t iPad friendly, but they have an easy to navigate iPad app that organizes their podcasts by topic. Check it out!
Click on “Podcast” for a list of topics
A fantastic alternative to YouTube is Vimeo. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s website isn’t block by Websense on most networks and its HD quality videos look beautiful on all screens, including the iPad. In addition to its search function, the Vimeo iPad app allows users to shoot, edit and upload their own videos.
I’ve used HD videos from Vimeo when creating interactive textbooks for the iPad. This time lapse video of the Canadian Rockies is a great example of the quality of clips available on the site.
Here’s a Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Check out this Common Core lesson plan on using interactive textbooks in your classroom!
*This website isn’t censored so make sure you search and preview before sharing with students