MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch

Recently I shared some of my favorite apps for the writing process and here’s another to add to the list.  MindNote is a mind mapping app for iPads that lets users organize their ideas.  It can be used for a variety of tasks including character mapping, story brainstorming, and study support.  You might have students […]

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The Common Core and Digital Skills Development

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a powerful set of expectations for student learning that has been adopted by districts across the country. One of the phrases associated with this document is college and career readiness. As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to […]

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7 Favorite Creation Apps for Student Creators

Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must. Which creation apps are your favorite? Students who are “making” to demonstrate their […]

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Sneak Peek: Otus Plus Web Platform and New Features

I’m excited to share with you a sneak peak of the learning management system (LMS) from Otus Plus.  The redesigned Otus web-based platform is now live and brings the power of the iPad app to web browsers.  This LMS is adaptable to different teaching styles and perfect for one-to-one classrooms.  This new web-based platform, and updated […]

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TinyTap Insights: Analytics for Teachers

Earlier this year I shared TinyTap, a fantastic creation tools for teachers and students.  They’ve just launched Insights, a data management tool to leverage your favorite TinyTap lessons into quantifiable teaching resources. TinyTap was designed to give teachers the power to create interactive lessons for students. They now give teachers the tools to see real-time analytics. This includes […]

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Imagine Easy Scholar: Tools for Students and Teachers

magine Easy Scholar has terrific tools for students and teachers that can support English Language Arts instruction and used across the content areas.  Students can use the Scholar Annotation Tool (Google Chrome Extension) to highlight text directly on a website. The highlighted information is saved to a digital notecard, where they can then add more information […]

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Virtual Base 10 Blocks: Endless Manipulatives and Annotation!

I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen. Virtual Base 10 Blocks Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or . […]

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Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

What does reading instruction look like in your classroom? The website Teach Your Monster to Read includes resources for students learning how to read. With these free phonics games for kids you can introduce students to a variety of reading skills, or include this website in a list of resources for families. On this website […]

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7 Must-Have Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

The iPad is a powerful creation tool in the hands of students.  Digital storytelling activities empower children to recount moments from their own life, explain their understanding of a topic, or persuade an audience.  Across the content areas, digital storytelling apps can help students connect with a real audience and a chance for them to […]

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Splash Math Summer Program: Summer Slide Prevention

As teachers and families kick off summer vacation it’s important to think about how students will continue to grow their skills over their break from school.  Splash Math offers an online summer program designed to help students maintain their math gains and prepare for the upcoming school year.  Their award winning eight week review program includes a Common Core […]

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