Teacher and Blogger Anne Gardner writes about the Literactive website for early readers. If you are a primary teacher or even preschool or kindergarten, be sure to check it out. http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2013/11/have-you-seen-literactive-wow.html
This is a great article with links to lots of other articles about using Whiteboards in the Classroom. It is written by teacher and tech guru Danny Nicholson. Here’s the link: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2014/01/new-school-new-whiteboard-help-advice/
This app looks awesome for all reading teachers. Created by teachers and available for just 99 cents. Download it for your iPhone or iPad. Here is more info:
This is a wonderful collection of apps for classroom teachers from StoryKeepers. Most of these apps are free and can be used in the classroom for a variety of purposes including creative writing, video producing and assessment purposes. Just use your imagination and let your students use their imagination!
For all of you wonderful kindergarten teachers. Of course, many of the apps listed could also be used for other ages.
The use of QR codes in classrooms is growing rapidly. They can be used for so many different things!! Here is a video that can help you get started using QR codes. I especially like the idea of having kids make an audio recording of themselves and then creating a QR code of the recording. People can scan the code to listen to the report. Very Cool!
My second graders love the website www.coolmathgames4kids.com It is loaded with fun math games and logic games. The website has a dark background with bright neon colors. Very appealing to kids. The current favorite game of the boys in my class is “Sticky Ninja Academy”. How can you go wrong with a name like that?
Have I mentioned how much I love www.internet4classrooms.com ?! This is a great place to start when looking for games to play on your interactive whiteboard or student computers. Everything is broken down by grade level, skill, or common core standard. Instead of doing a random internet search, start your search on this website.
This is a fabulous article with links to many tools that are recommended by other teachers. I had heard of many of them, but a lot of them are new to me. Check it out!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to listen to some Irish Music. This was a last minute idea so I had nothing prepared. I pulled out my cell phone and went to my Pandora app. In less than a minute my second graders were dancing to Irish music and having a great time. If you are ever in need of music in your classroom, don’t forget about Pandora!