School librarian and technology integration mentor
I teach ages: 1 to 5
An easy to use app for annotating PDFs on your iPad. You can highlight, type, draw, add comments, underline, add stamps, and sign documents. Documents can be printed, emailed, or opened in several different programs with embedded (editable annotations, signatures, and form fields) or flattened annotations. There is also a PC version of this resource.
A great resource for finding appropriate apps by age or subject. They also feature free apps and write thoughtful reviews to help you make good choices when looking for apps.
John and Hank Green have created some amazing, humorous, and engaging videos about U.S. history and science. They will make you laugh, learn, and think about what you thought you knew in a fresh way. Some of the jokes are a little inappropriate for elementary students, but teachers could preview and show excerpts, if needed. It’s really too good not to watch… even if it’s just for getting some great ideas of how to present your lessons in more interesting ways. This is what I would want my flipped instruction to look like.
Great, free documentaries on a wide range of topic. They are free and do not require a login to use. Not everything is suitable for students, so I wouldn’t put this on student iPads. It’s a great addition to a teacher iPad. You can connect your iPad to a projector and share the documentaries with the entire class. They also have a Website.
This app deliverson its promise to help you “get in touch with your government.” It begins with options for finding Congress members by your current location, zip code, or their party affiliation. For each Representative and Senator, you will find a biography, recent news (including YouTube channels and Twitter feeds), and links to their Website and contact information.
Read the entire U.S. Constitution, read biographies about the signers, and view paintings depicting important events in the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. This app includes easy access by article and amendments. Users can also add their own notes.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation sponsors this website, which features professional and well-known actors reading children’s books. Stories begin with an introduction by the actor, then images of the book are displayed while the book is being read. There are about 25 stories available. Some stories are deleted, which is a negative aspect of this resource.
This eBook platform is used by Encyclopedia Britannica to deliver high quality full-text ebooks.
Wirelessly mirror your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch screen to any Mac or PC. The device must be allowed on your network, which can be a problem on some school networks. With your PC connected to a projector, you can teach from your iPad to demonstrate how to use apps, teach lessons, and hand the iPad to students to solve problems and contribute to the lesson from their seat.
Easy to use story creator that can include multiple pages, animation, and audio. There are lots of built in backgrounds and characters that can be resized and posed in multiple positions. You can also add your own background pictures, text, and audio. Students do not need an account to use it. A share button lets you save to iTunes, send vis email, or print.
Blyve is a free live blogging site that allows you to chat in real time. Teachers can use this site while showing a video to keep students engaged in the content. You can push polls and questions to the students and moderate their responses. Students can also push questions (with or without moderation depending on settings). When the teacher creates a Blyve event, a code is generated for students to use to access the live blog. Events can be set to start at a determined time, or manually started when ready.
Multiflow is a challenging app for practicing times tables. It is good for remediation and advanced thinking as it includes reverse operations and timed challenges. It allows you to choose difficulty levels and numbers to practice.
This is a fantastic tool for developing student writing skills. It can be used in any subject area. Students can use this tool to demonstrate understanding of content, to teach others, to extrapolate ideas to new situations while developing writing and communication skills.