"I’m assuming you’ve seen at least one of the eight Harry Potter films. In the films, one everyday magical experience is that photos are always moving as if they were video screens, even though they are ‘printed’ on paper. Newspaper photos act out the news event as film too, whilst you walk down the road reading. It seems so magical and yet, like so many things these days , there’s an app for that!"
"We have seen plenty of word collage creators online in the past. Word collages help you get a better understanding about the words that show up more often in a piece of text. Word Collage for iPad is a pretty cool application that helps you create your own word collages fast. Just enter some text or a URL, and the app does the rest for you."
"Phonics Studio is a free iPad app that has received glowing reviews from speech-language pathologists. The app provides more than 2,500 flashcards that students can use to practice pronouncing more than 200 sounds. After opening the app students select a letter from the alphabet then a sound. Each sound has a collection of flashcards. To practice pronunciation students can listen to a recording and then create their own recordings (open the preferences panel to turn on the built-in recordings). The person working with a student can mark the student’s recording correct or incorrect."
`As I somewhat overtly stated in the last post, I now reside as an Ed Tech at Westlake HS. While I am still acclimating to the size of the campus and getting to know the staff and students, I did have a chance to drop in on a few classrooms piloting a mobile-friendly seating solution. Interested in gleaning initial findings from both the teachers and the students, I gathered a bit of anecdotal and pictorial data. The complete article can be found on the Eanes WHS WIFI blog but I will share a few of the highlights here.``
"Math and I don’t get along. While we are civil out of necessity, I make it a practice not to do math in public. It just never turns out well. I think our disharmony can be traced back to the early beginnings of our relationship when my second grade teacher would smack our knuckles with a ruler if we used our fingers when adding. I was terrified of her and I soon became terrified of math. It’s been a rocky road ever since.
So how ironic that my 100th blog post (insert big fanfare here!) is about math. I don’t want my students to be afraid of math, nor do I want them to share the same ambivalent feelings I have."
"If you’re looking to reduce your paper trail, keep parents in the loop and find more efficient ways to manage your students’ behavior, there are apps to help you do it. Below are some of the best apps to help teachers manage their classroom. The list has been generously created and shared with us by MaryGrove College."
(Actual standard in bold; my “parent friendly revision” in italics) 2.OA.1- Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and...
Brush Bots. Posted on November 21, 2011. Filed under: SWEET Projects |. Brush Bots are great little robots to build with groups of children in the 2nd – 4th grade age range. Pictures and ordering information can be found at the following ...
These texts were specifically chosen by Booksource to support instruction based on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
"I'm not sure if I've ever written about this particular app, but it is one of my all time favorites for 1st graders (or 2nd and 3rd graders), it is called, iDiary. It's a $1.99 in the app store but in my opinion, so worth the cost. If you are in a 4-5 iPad classroom, the app will allow you to put up to 6 students on the app. From iTunes: " iDiary for kids is a daily journal at its core- kids can express themselves periodically: writing, drawing, decorating entries with stickers. They can easily navigate to their old entries and explore their past musings or post entries for future events through an intuitive calendar navigation system""
"More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success."
"Elementary readers–both early, emerging, and independent–are all likely familiar with Dr. Seuss.
From the sing-song meter and mesmerizing cadence, to the outrageous narratives that keep readers engaged, Dr. Seuss books are a staple for elementary school class libraries, and children’s bookshelves at home.
Bringing him into the 21st century are reading apps–usually digital versions of books with mild interactivity added on. Listly user Katherine Page Burdick has gone through the trouble of linking to each of these apps on the iTunes app store, and further separating them by independent reading level. Brilliant! If you agree, give her a follow on Listly letting her know."
"Whether you’re in a one-to-one iPad classroom or have access to a cart that you share with other teachers, it’s important to establish routines early in the school year to manage these devices in your classroom.``
"Combine one of my favorite educators (the Teacher Tipster) with one of my favorite topics (subitizing), throw in some engaging technology, and I'm 100% sold! The Tipster's new app, The Subitize Tree, is for the iPad only and costs a whopping $0.99. Money well spent, trust me!"
One of my 2nd grade teachers asked me for a fun way to showcase her students' persuasive writing about trees and Arbor Day. I showed her the Puppet Pals App ($2.99 upgrade to the Director's Pass) and she was hooked!
If you really want to see your kids be leaders and get excited, partner them with some younger children. We had the best time today reading with our 2nd grade friends. Two weeks ago, my kiddos worked to create QR codes to ...
"When the second grade students in Courtney Woods class were studying places tourists like to visit, they wondered how they could get more people to visit their small Canadian town of Bathurst. Their teacher knew this was a great idea and discussed with the class the importance of sustainable tourism. The class decided they wanted to help Bathurst become more of a tourist attraction and do so in part by connecting to the larger world so more people would know to come to their great home... The end result was phenomenal."
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