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Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom

Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom
You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change up their daily routine. These apps can make everyday tasks easier, simplify what you're already doing, and maybe just inspire others to make an investment in technology at your school. Common Core MasteryConnect has designed a wonderful app to keep the Common Core State Standards at your fingertips. Navigate the app by choosing your students' grade and subject area to access detailed information about each standard. Pick a Student It's important that all students are held accountable during class discussions and everyone has a chance to speak his or her mind. Timer, Sand Timer and Traffic Light Whether you're preparing your students for state exams or feel that they need to practice their pacing and stamina, use the timer on your iPhone to keep them on task. BookLeveler Groovy Grader WordPress

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EdTech Hidden Gems of 2014 At Common Sense Graphite, we get to know the tools we review well. When great stuff comes across our desks, we try to champion it because we want teachers out there using the best of the best in edtech. Sometimes, though, the tools we like get a bit lost in the mix alongside heavy hitters like Pearson, Khan, and Google. Here's a list of some tools we've reviewed this year that we'd love to see in the hands of more teachers. Erin Wilkey Oh, Senior Editor, Education Reviews Land of Venn, App, Graphite Rating: 5

Running Records on the iPad Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.-Harry S. Truman Powerful teaching happens when teachers take information gained from observations and assessments of children’s literacy development into consideration when planning instruction. 70 iPad Apps for Elementary STEM Update 8/30/2014: Somehow duplicate entries found their way into my app list. Thanks to a tweet from @kiboser I removed them, so the list now includes 70 apps. I also added 3 paid apps I’m going to purchase via VPP this fall: Green Screen by Do Ink, Do Ink Animation & Drawing, and Stick Around. I may also later add some of these 3D visualization apps. This past summer our school district IT department erased all the iPads used in classrooms like mine to update iOS firmware and install Lightspeed “mobile manager” software to (among other things) track and facilitate app volume purchases.

50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet • Independent reading Load up your tablet with books in a reading app. Allow students to check out the tablet for the day or week for in-class use, just as they would a book from the class library. Have students sign a contract that they’ll handle the tablet properly.

Webmix Wednesday: Apps for the One iPad Classroom Recently, I was asked for app recommendations for a one iPad classroom. After compiling several recommendations, I decided this would be a perfect fit for a Symbaloo webmix! I'm sure there are other apps I might add, but these were some of the first that came to mind. One iPad Classroom by The Digital Scoop (Link for regualar Symbaloo users) One iPad Classroom by The Digital Scoop (Link for SymbalooEDU users) The Future of Education: BYOD in the Classroom As children across the nation return to school, many are going armed with their own computational tools. From laptops to tablets and smartphones, schools and universities across the globe are testing out a more dynamic learning environment, where students bring and use their choice of technologically assistive devices in the classroom. Despite the obvious benefits, the influx of mobile technology in educational systems has also provoked backlash from parents and teachers alike, similar to the BYOD backlash witnessed within enterprise IT departments in the past few years. Educational institutions are ultimately presented two options: adopt a BYOD program, embracing the technology trend, encouraging student participation, and expanding curriculum to include BYOD-driven topics, or to impose of a BYOD policy, setting rules to govern the presence and practice of these potentially disruptive devices. Welcome to the 21st Century, Parents But let's face it.

Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas Ever since I was a kid, I loathed back to school commercials. They always showed parents gleefully skipping through aisles of pencils and notebooks as the kids, sullen and dejected, sluggishly followed along. It's a scene we are all too familiar with, and one that creates a negative stigma around school. But what if that scene were flipped? What if the kids were happy and eager to get to school?

3 Good iPad Newspaper Templates for Teachers January 11, 2014 Today as I was looking for iPad apps that students can use to create classroom newspapers I stumbled upon these wonderful iPad keynote newspaper templates created by the folks in K5 Computer Lab ( this is a site that provides technology lesson plans, activities for word processing, spreadsheets and graphing for elementary school children). You can use these templates with your students to create " kid's news stories, movie reviews, music reviews, field trip reporting…etc". The files are free to download and are also compatible with iPad iWork Keynote for Macs. Click here to access the page where you can download them.

The iPad Effect: A Top-10 List » Third Graders, Dreaming Big It’s only been a few months, but I’ve already noticed some drastic changes in our classroom when the iPads roll in…. I’ve labeled these Top-10 phenomena as being The iPad Effect, as they seem to occur every Tuesday and Thursday…. 1. Fewer Water Bubbler Visits Days when there are no iPads in the classroom, students seem to ask to leave to hydrate at the bubbler far more often than they do when the iPads ARE in the classroom. Flexbooks help Georgia district keep up with math mandates A new flexbooks program will be implemented this fall in math classrooms across a suburban Atlanta school district to keep up with changing state requirements and reduce textbook costs. Henry County Schools is using Edgenuity software on newly purchased iPads in its math classrooms, nicknaming the program “flexbooks” because teachers and administrators will have the flexibility to create customizable math content for each classroom and student, says Assistant Superintendent Aaryn Schmuhl. Parents will also have access to the content online so they can help students with homework. “We’re not just putting tablets in the hands of the students,” he says.

8 Great Grading Apps for iPad After posting about some of the best gradebook tools for teachers we got an email from one of our readers asking about some grading apps for iPad. We looked into our archive and found a post that we have published almost a year ago containing some great grading apps for iOS users but because thousands of apps have been created since the posting of that list we deemed it important that we do a general scan to review the new emerging grading apps. We found quite many but we only handpicked the ones mentioned below.

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