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A Must See – Numberlys October 20, 2012

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Remember “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom?”

You have got to experience The Numberlys…by Moonbot Studios

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This is an interactive story App for the iPad – it is worth the money. ūüôā

The Numberlys App

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Online Learning with ScootPad October 19, 2012

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I was introduced to this site by Kelly Tenkely, the author of  iLearn Technology blog.  I read her review and opinion and checked it out for myself and am now sharing it with you!  So thanks Kelly for sharing!

The site is¬†ScootPad¬†and it offers online practice for students in grades K-5 based on the Common Core Standards in Reading and Math. ¬†And….it’s free. ¬†Yes…..it’s free!

Update:  ScootPad is now offering Premium Features at a monthly rate of $4.99/classroom.  Their basic features are still FREE!  If you are interested in joining, please use this link and help out our classroom in the process with our monthly fees and hopefully someone down the road will do the same for you! The link takes you to my teacher page with ScootPad and then you click on the Sign Up button on the top. 

http://scootpad.com/60487

Then, once your account is created, go to your Settings Page, Under Profile Tab click the Referred By link and enter¬† my name – Betsy Spence – ¬†It should let you find my name at Blacklick Elementary. ¬†It’s that easy!¬† Thank you!

I am using ScootPad¬†in my first grade classroom. ScootPad¬†also has invitations for parents so they can also see their child’s progress. ¬†And remember, since this is an Internet based program…once you have established a log in for your students, they can log on at home and practice there as well. ¬†ScootPad works at their individual learning pace and your set learning achievement goals so the more they practice, not only will their skill base grow, but they will move onto other learning targets.

It is also very easy to view data on your students and create practice lessons in areas you determine they need more practice on.

ScootPad also offers homework integration.  For example your could have your students complete their reading logs online through their ScootPad account.

And yes…there is also an App for this!

This is a short video showing you some of the features of ScootPad:

 

iPads in the Classroom October 5, 2012

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I believe 100% in utilizing technology to engage my students as learners, incorporate their interests into their learning, allow for differentiation and teach/model digital citizenship.

One way I incorporate technology is with mobile devices accessing Apps.  I have been using my iPad in my first grade classroom for a couple of years now.  Prior to using my iPad I was using my iPhone with my students.

There have been many Apps through the years that my students and I have enjoyed using.

I thought I would take a moment and share some of the apps I like in the hopes you will add to my list!  Our school is looking at adding iPads into our classrooms and I would love to know what apps I might be missing!

1.  Word Wizard

    Word Wizard allows my students to build words while hearing their sounds.  It also has a spelling practice component.  

2.  Train Phonics (CVC)

Train Phonics provides sound matching with consonant-vowel-consonant words.  

3.  Lakeshore Learning Materials РI believe this company puts out quality products and have some of their software for my interactive projector.  I was elated when I discovered they are now producing Apps!

One of their Apps is Letter of The Day and we have been using it to review letters and sounds as well as handwriting to start our first grade year.  

4. ¬†For math, I discovered Apps created by Classroom Focused Software. ¬†Wow! ¬†They cover many of our number sense concepts in first grade. ¬†One of their Apps is What’s Hiding?¬†where they utilize ten-frames to practice missing addends- if I know I have 10 and 3 are shown, how many are missing? ¬†Some of their other apps are: ¬†Word Problems, Count Sort, Pattern Sets, Thinking of a Number, What Time….and that’s just to name a few!

5.  Also for math I use Hands-On Math Hundreds Chart by Ventura Educational Systems which gives you an interactive hundreds chart.  They also have an App for place value using place value blocks.

6.  For Social Studies we created a Stop Motion Animated Short (very short) film using our school map.  We used the App, iMotion HD to create this:

Our Map Movie

This is a short list compared to the amount of Apps I use…but it’s a start! ¬†Please share with me the Apps you like too!

 

 
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