My Favorite Apps

Many people have been asking me for a list of my favorite apps to use in the classroom. Some of the following apps we use on a daily basis and some are only used occasionally or at certain times in the curriculum. This list is a work in progress and I am always looking for great apps to use in my classroom. Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite apps are!!

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Math Planet- Third Grade  Free

Geoboard by the Math Learning Center Free

Sushi Monster Free

Khan Academy Free  

LEGO Movie Maker Free (Great for having students show thinking in math. I also like to have students use it to show perimeter and area)

*Screen Chomp Free (Can be used for teachers or students and across subjects)

*Educreations Free with in-app purchases (Can be used for teachers or students and across subjects)

*ShowMe Free (Can be used for teachers or students and across subjects)

*Explain Everything $2.99 (Can be used for teachers or students and across subjects)

*These apps are similar in use. Some are easier to use than others. Some are free up to a certain point and then cost money. Decide for yourself which one works the best and which is not for you!

Mathtopia Free with in-app purchases

Addition and Multiplication Number Bubbles $1.99

IXL Free app

Book Creator $4.99- there is also a free version where you can make one book (We use Book Creator for our Interactive Math Journal)

Shadow Puppet EDU Free (One of the most amazing apps for creating presentations!! We use shadow puppet to make quadrilateral riddles, link math to real world situations, etc.)

Xtra Math $4.99 or Free on the Website

Number Chase Math Vs. Zombies Free

Pizza Fractions 1 Free

Reading Apps

Epic! Unlimited Books for Kids Free for educators and librarians

Voice Record Pro Free (Good for recording fluency)

Raz-Kids Free app

Haiku Deck Free (Great for making vocabulary presentations/slides)

Book Creator $4.99- there is also a free version where you can make one book (We use Book Creator for our Interactive Reading Journal)

iMovie Free on most new Apple Devices or $4.99 (We use iMovie to create book reviews, summarize stories, show sequence, etc.)

Shadow Puppet EDU Free (One of the most amazing apps for creating presentations!! We use shadow puppet to make listening centers, present summaries, sequence events, present research, etc.)

Telestory Free (Write, direct, and star in your own TV show. We use it to do story retell)

Toontastic Free (Storytelling, story retell or summary)

GarageBand $4.99 (Some teachers use this app to record fluency and make up songs about learning.)

Digital Portfolios and Learning Management

SeeSaw: The Learning Journal Free (Also has a parent app where parents can access their student’s portfolio!)

Google Drive Free (My students automatically have a Drive due to their email addresses)

Handouts Free (Amazing app for assignment distribution and digital portfolios)

Google Classroom Free (Great for assigning students Google Forms, and specific websites for research. I also assign writing assignments through Google Docs on Classroom)

Other Great Apps

Remind: Safe Classroom Communication Free (I use this app to communicate with parents)

i-nigma QR Code Reader Free (By far the best and easiest QR code reader)

Skitch Free

iTunesU Free

Klikaklu Free (for a time)

Spelling City Free

NASA Free

Typing Race Free

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Baby Steps- Take 1

You’ve gotta walk before you can run right?? Not if you’re my daughter! That girl went from crawling to running within minutes and hasn’t stopped running since! Though my daughter doesn’t care much for walking, baby steps are the way to go when integrating technology into the classroom. This is the first of a series of posts that I am unnamed-1working on called Baby Steps: Integrating Technology in the Classroom.

Last week I spent some time working with a few teachers in my district getting ready for our 1:1 ipad roll out next year. Before Spring Break, all teachers received an iPad Air 2 as the first phase of the roll out. The idea is to get them familiar with the iPad so that they are more prepared for next year. Although I am very excited about it…some are more reluctant.

Even though my classroom is currently using technology for many parts of our day, it has been quite a long road to get to this point. This year is the first year that I have had significant access to a class set of iPads. At the beginning of the year it was quite the struggle both for the students and for myself. I had to spend a lot of time reading other teacher’s tech blogs, following edtech on Facebook and Twitter, and staying up late (after the kids were asleep) to try new apps on my iPad before introducing them in the classroom.

When I did introduce apps to the class at the beginning of the year, we started with fun substitution apps as an option for a fast finisher. I feel that it is very important for students to get time to have fun and play before getting down to the nitty gritty. When they finished with their work or at the end of the day when we had some free time, they were able to go on a math app like Mathtopia+, Math Planet, or Addition and Multiplication Math Bubbles. These apps gave them time to get used to the iPad, learn some basic iPad skills, and how to troubleshoot when/if something goes wrong. These apps were so popular that my students still play them six months later!

What are some of your favorite substitution apps? Please leave a comment! I would love to learn about some new apps!

Next on Baby Steps-Take 2 I will be talking about iPad management. How to manage 30 students and 30 iPads at the same time.

Until next time,

Heather

Announcement!

I am super excited to announce that I am the first official ambassador for the Handouts App!! YAY!!! I love to share their wonderful app with every teacher that I talk to and spread the word! If you are in Southern Oregon and you are going to the Southern Oregon Ed Tech Summit next Friday, make sure to come to my Handouts session!! Also, if you haven’t already checked it out, I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago about Handouts. You can read it here.