Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Technology Blog Hop

Spring into Technology with Classroom Freebies!
Several phenomenal teachers, Technology Tailgate Coaches and bloggers are joining forces for an amazing classroom technology blog hop!  As you hop from blog to blog, you will visit some of your favorite blogs and discover a few new blogs too!  Each with a fabulous freebie just for you!

Thank you for hopping over!

This stop on the blog hop is a super easy and fun QR project that 3rd graders did. They are studying biographies right now, so every student is assigned a different person. To make the QR Codes, students used an audio recording website called Vocaroo. You don't need an account and it's free to use!

Each student came up with a "fun fact" about their person, and then used Vocaroo to record their fun fact. Then, they put their QR Codes on their lockers for other students to scan and learn about their person. 

On Vocaroo, you have many choices of what to do with your voice recording, such as just use the weblink, embed it, share it through a social network platform, download the file, or create the QR Code. 

Your freebie for stopping by is a quick start guide to Vocaroo for your students to use the website and make their own QR Code independently! Click here to get it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!  If you are new to my blog and liked what you see, don't forget to follow me!  The next stop on the path is  

In case you didn't start from the beginning, here is an ordered list of all participating blogs!

Kristin from iTeach 1:1
Heidi from Rakis Rad Resources
Leah from Learn With Leah
Amanda and Aylin from Learning to the Core
Kristen at Teacher Playground
Jen at Tech with Jen
Kay at A Little Tech
Melanie at I Luv Twek
Carrie and Caitlin at Table Talk with C & C
Lauren at iWonder

A special thank you to Jen at Tech with Jen for designing the blog hop button!
Interested in joining our next blog hop?  Join here

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

McGraw Hill Reading & Math Apps

Until April 26, McGraw-Hill has made some of their apps available for free, so they are now on our iPads! Here's what they're all about:

Practice using and identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives with fun games. There are several options and levels to choose from to differentiate with your students.

Practice using and identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives with fun games, with more advanced levels for the upper grades. There are several options and levels to choose from to differentiate with your students.

Word Wonderland
Practice word sorting with the wide variety of levels in these games, from short and long vowels up to Greek/Latin roots. Again, there are so many options to differentiate!

This app has levels that can be used with all grade levels! It has four math categories: math facts (+, -, x, /), algebra (solving simple equations), number sense (naming, comparing, factors, and multiples), and rational numbers (decimals, fractions, and integers). There are 3 levels for each subject as well. Did I mention differentiation?!

Don't forget we also have several of the McGraw-Hill Everyday Math apps on our iPads already also. Check them out when you get the chance!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New iPad Apps: Bricasso and Learn Money

Here are two more new apps that we have on our iPads!

Bricasso is an app that has a lot of potential! 

Basically, it is Legos on the iPad. You can choose a background for your design and use the variety of colored blocks to build whatever you want! Here are a couple examples:


While you might be saying to yourself, "this just seems like a toy", I think it would an engaging tool to use with students when studying area and perimeter. Or, it could be a fun start to a creative writing project. I first learned of the app on the Technology Tailgate, and a teacher had her students design and invent a car that did not use gas - they used Bricasso to create their cars. Here is one of iIntegrateTechnology's students' examples:

Learn Money is another new app on our iPads. 

Learn Money's content is aligned to Common Core State Standards, and is broken up into 8 different topics with lessons and quizzes: Identifying Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime), Value of Coins, Counting Coins, Quarter and Half Dollar, Money in Dollars, Making Amounts, Add/Subtract Money, and Making Change. 

Hope you check them out!

My Cute Graphics

Thanks to Emily W. for passing along this adorable clip art site! 

My Cute Graphics is an extensive online library of clipart! 
There is so much to choose from! She has general everyday clip art:

School clip art:

And even backgrounds!

This is definitely a resource I'll be visiting again!

Monday, April 15, 2013

iWonder Makeover

WOW!! Thank you so much to Erin of Creating & Designing for making over my blog! It looks fantastic.. hope you like the update also!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New iPad Apps: World Book of Animals & Number Munchers

As promised our iPads were updated over Spring Break! Here are a couple of the new apps we have:

Barb U. requested that we get this app in addition to our World Book online subscription. The app gives kids opportunities to explore, compare, rank, and quiz themselves on their favorite animals. The interactive app features hundreds of pictures, videos and animal sounds, quick facts, encyclopedia articles, an education game, and more!

Kevan requested this old-time favorite! It has various levels to help students practice multiples, factors, primes, equality, and inequality. I'm sure the kids would have a fun time practicing their math skills!

Other apps include: Grammar Wonderland, Word Wonderland, Bricasso, and Splash Money. I'll highlight them also in upcoming iWonders, but check out an iPad to play with them now if you're interested!