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Classroom management – Digital style

While there are opinions on both sides of the fence on the ease of digital resources in the classroom, no one can argue that there are tools that can make classroom management easier.  Here are a few:

Too Noisy – This app is a noise level meter.  It’s very elementariesh in it’s set up, but would make a good visual for students.

Chart Keeper – This app allows the teacher to create multiple classes and create seating charts (touch and drag so you can have custom arrangements).  The teacher can also take notes and record information about each individual student.  

Random Name Selector – In the “old” days we would write kids’ names on popsicle sticks and randomly draw one out to call on a student, group students, or choose student helpers.  Well, not anymore!  Now, I can just touch the screen on Random Name Selector and some fun music plays while a new name is selected for me.  Again – pretty elementariesh (loving this new word).  

EducreationsThis app is an interactive whiteboard.  Teachers can record a screen cast and then send to students.  They could also mirror the iPad to a larger screen and be able to walk around while demonstrating something on their iPad.  

Kaizena – This is a website (not app) that works with Google Drive to allow you to record voice comments on Google Docs.  This short tutorial walks you through the first time of setting it up and using it to grade a paper.

Blendspace – Another website that has so many possibilities.  Teachers (and students, too!) can create lessons on this site, or access hundreds of lessons already created and shared.  One video I watched was on ratios (my fifth-grade daughter was sick last week when this was taught).  It contained a video of a teacher with a side-by-side screen tutorial.  It was short (around 5 minutes), thorough, and perfect for her age group.  It would have been perfectly appropriate for anywhere in grades 4-7, but there were lessons for every age group and subject matter.

Ed Apps: A little something for everyone

Today’s post took me much longer than most.  I wanted to give one (hopefully, new) app that was content-specific.  Since I was limiting myself to just one per subject, I wanted it to be the best one.  That required more research and exploration than usual.  I hope everyone finds something new to try and use in the classroom.  As always, each underlined app is linked to the App Store for easy downloading.  Enjoy!


Special EducationSpeakAll: Especially beneficial for nonverbal children or students with autism

FACS – How to Cook Everything: This app contains recipes, basic kitchen tips, how-to techniques, and more.

Art – Let’s Create! Pottery HD Lite: Digitally throw pottery on a wheel.  The app gives you tips as you create, and even let’s you fire the project.

Music – iWrite Music: Music notation editor with a practical and intuitive interface

Science –  Science Glossary: A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies that support science education

Language Learning (Spanish, ELL, Speech/Language) – BitsBoard: Flashcards, vocabulary, and curated lessons that are adaptive to meet individual student needs.

Photography – Snapseed: Intuitive photo-editing tools

Social Studies – Sphere: Gives the user a 360˚ view of places around the world

Math – Skill Builder Numeracy: Math fact practice.  Settings allow you to limit operations and number of problems in each set.

English/Language Arts (for Elementary)-  Grammar Jammers: A must-have for elementary classrooms.  Teaches grammar through songs, videos, and games.  Also great to use with Speech/Language.

English/Language Arts (Secondary) – iLetterz: Helps boost speed of thought, spelling, and vocabulary

Physical Educaiton – Virtual Trainer: Great for PE teachers to leave for a sub to do, but also good for general use.  There are over 250 exercises.  Students can creat and log their own routines, or choose from over 120 programs.

Ag Ed – LeafSnap: App for identifying flowers and leaves by snapping a picture.  Also contains a library of high-resolution images of plant life’

All: Book Creator Free: Great way for students of all ages to create iBooks from their iPads