When I first started teaching English with 1:1 iPads, I was really jealous of the science and fine arts teachers. They had all of the most engaging apps, and I was left with a lowly word processor and an instant thesaurus. Fortunately, so much has changed. I now have the flexibility to duck in and …
"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.
Here are some free apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out!"
"ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement, and improve student behavior quickly and easily, with no painful data entry. ClassDojo also lets you communicate student progress with parents and students. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Here is a list of some excellent features ClassDojo offers to its users. Click here for a downloadable PDF documents of these features."
With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.
"I was recently contacted by a teacher who has just received a new iPad to use for the rest of the year before her students receive them in the fall. She was seeking recommendations for free spelling apps. Here are five that I pulled from my archives."
The iPad has changed how we play games, watch videos, consume (and even create) content and and stay up-to-date with email and social networks. But even if you’re happy with how your iPad performs already there may well be a number of features and apps you wished you’d known about sooner.
"Blended learning is a potentially powerful way of mixing the power of asynchronous access with face-to-face facilitation and instruction.
It’s this mixing of old and new that makes it tempting for many schools and districts wanting to dip their toes in the water of eLearning and far-reaching technology access while still depending on the expertise and training of human teachers."
"I loving using Keynote, both on the Mac and the iPad. Keynote is a powerful presentation tool where students can show off knowledge of a subject. There are many web-based presentation tools I love, but Keynote has some really cool features that really resonate with students. For this project, 2nd graders used Keynote to illustrate and animate the letters in their first names. Here are some helpful tips if you do this project with your kiddos!"
"The iPad comes pre-loaded with apps that can be used to carry out the basic functions of teaching. However, most (if not all) teachers who want to improve their teaching experience will be looking for more specific apps to tailor to their individual needs."
"It’s no secret that I love using QR codes in my classroom, but this year I’ve been trying to incorporate more student-created QR code activities. I recently made an inference activity I’ve been doing for years more interactive by turning it into a student-created QR code bulletin board.
After having some fun with this inference riddle website, my students created their own inference riddles in a similar fashion. I had them type their riddles in Powerpoint and then generate a QR code with their top-secret answer. To generate the QR code, they went to QRStuff.com and clicked the “Plain Text” option. Then they typed their answer in the text box and clicked “Download QR Code.” The last step was to drag the QR code into their Powerpoint presentation."
"In our class this year, we have been blessed with four available iPads for the kids to use this year during our Math Centre time.
However, I have been told by many of my students that they have gone home that night and downloaded many of the games! I was shocked! A good surprised kind of shocked that is. I know it is technology and it is more prevalent in our culture and society and especially schooling now that it has been and is still growing, but the fact they had enough fun during Math class to spend their own personal time at home to download a game was astounding! It was also very rewarding and made me realize how much fun Math has become during our Math Centres!
For you parents or fellow teachers who are looking for some good apps (these do cost a little bit, but are worth it!) here are some maybe you can get your kids to work on their numeracy skills at home on your very own iPad devices. "
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