Monday, March 17, 2014


With this app, there is no need for rubberbands!  I loved teaching geometry, but did not love the rubberbands that would find themselves flying in the air of my classroom.  This is a free iOS app called Geoboard you can download and use when teaching geometry. I would have loved having this app in the classroom.

Students start off by selecting a colored rubberband and placing it on two pins. (see the purple one) You then "stretch" the rubberband to other pins. (see the yellow one)

The shapes created by the rubberbands can be shaded in. This is great when you start talking about composing and decomposing shapes.

If you need a larger geoboard, the app has you covered!

This app is the perfect addition for any grade level to assist with geometry discussions and learning.  This app can also be used for assessing too, with the help of a task card and the camera feature.  Have the students complete an activity using the geometry and then take a screenshot of the board. This screenshot can be emailed to the teacher OR added to a digital creation app, like Educreations, where the student can explain what they did and why.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Opposites

The Opposites is a simple, yet great app to have on your iPad. This app allows students to match opposites. Did I mention it's free?

To start off, the students select "play" and the level. The higher the level, the harder the words. According to iTunes, the harder words include words from biology, poetry, medicine, and Greek prefixes.

The students will see words float to the top of the screen. Once they find a match, they click on each word. This will turn them a different color and then pop if the match is correct.

Students can also select the dictionary and review the words from each level.  I wouldn't consider this cheating at all. After (or before) completing a level, students could select a match and create a visual for what the words mean and how they are different.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Popplet Lite

Popplet Lite is the free iPad version of the popular website Popplet.  There is a full iPad version out there, but it does cost $4.99.

Popplet is a creation app and can be used for multiple topics and subject areas.  When you open the app, you can given a blank canvas. You can start creating by clicking on the setting icon and selecting "new popple".

A popple is a bubble that can contain text, images, or drawings. Popples connect to each other by clicking on one of the four gray circles around the current popple. Each popple can be a different color. This is a good idea when more than one student is creating a Popplet.

The creation doesn't have to stay on the iPad, you can email the Popplet as a PDF or JPEG as well as save it on the iPad as a JPEG.

Popplet Lite and the web version Popplet are a must for any classroom, no matter the grade or subject area. Popplet can be a brainstorming organizer, a timeline, a presentation tool, and a note taking resource.

If you have an Apple TV or use a program to display your iPad through the projector, students can follow along with the creation and present their own Popplet.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Literacy Leveler

Literacy Leveler is normally a $4.99 app, but today (March 3rd) it is FREE!  I found this gem thanks to Apps Gone Free.

Literacy Levelers scans the ISBN code from the back of the book and provides the user with the Lexile Level, DRA, and GRL. You can search the scanned book to your library by clicking the plus sign on the upper right corner.

Why is this simple app awesome?  Think Common Core!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Common Core Standards by Mastery Connect

When I was in the classroom, I could recite just about the entire MDE frameworks. However, that is not the case today. The standards have changed!  Mastery Connect has created an app that puts the CCSS at your fingertips. The app is simply called the Common Core Standards and its FREE!

You start off by selecting which subject you want to dive into, either Math or Language Arts.

Once the subject is selected, you then pick your grade level.

Now that we have selected our subject and grade level, you can scroll through the standards.

Clicking on a standard will give you the standard.

This app is just that simple!  You have the Common Core State Standards at your fingertips - organized and ready to use. This is a good app for teachers and administrators. I would even suggest this one for parents, too!