Ipad and Web Suggestions from the Current School Year

During the course of the school year, I have tried to send any info on apps or websites that might be of interest to particular staff members. Here, I have made a list with the thought that it might be good to share them with all. I would love to know if any were particularly useful to you.

Wordfoto is an app that allows you to combine words and pictures. It was used in the Frankenstein project in art this year. Students can input words of their choice as they alter the image. Great for cover designs, language arts and poetry projects

Just one of many Google lessons that matches up with specific curriculum paths

Live Binders is an app that allows the user to create a virtual binder, dropping in info on a particular subject. I am working on one on digital citizenship that I will share with the staff. See the next entry for a sample.

This is a Live Binders explanation of using Google Earth in the classroom.

Choose an app to send a postcard.
Perhaps it could be used to write a card from a character in a book or a historical figure or from a geographic spot of interest.

Great site with tech info

Reviewed on blog, Free Technology For Teachers.....Byrne writes...."
Edmodo and Common Sense Media have partnered to create a digital citizenship starter kit. This seven page PDF contains a three part lesson on digital citizenship. At the completion of the lesson you can have your students take and sign the digital citizenship. The pledge highlights some of the key parts of being a responsible digital citizen. You can see the pledge sheet below. " .....to start a new school year?
George Lucas sponsors this education site. It is a great blog to subscribe to.

This is a map of literary Great Britain. Touch the pin to learn which great book was placed there.

This is an article on the importance of play in mastering new technologies. We all need to play more!

An adaptive learning platform for Common Core standards in K. - 5

Is keyboarding dead?

How to teach digital citizenship in kindergarten

Seven white board tools...turn your IPad into a white board

Haiku deck is an intuitive app for creating simple, clear, presentations using copyright free images

Some authors use Skype to visit classrooms

This a a slide share site that shares many IPad possibilities. Some we have been mentioned before.

Another slideshow with many apps to try


LEGO language arts story starter

App that allows you to add your voice to your pictures and create a video to share through Facebook, YouTube or email

18 Thanksgiving sites for young students

Common sense media is a good clearing house for parents and teachers that reviews apps and media in general


"ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. Easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space. ThingLink is a flexible tool that is well-suited for use in the classroom."


I love Brain Pickings and look forward to it each Sunday. It does exercise my brain. I loved this piece and was astounded by the article that created a timeline of fiction that predicted future events.

This is a lovely little collection of tappable grown up stories...and they are free!

Pixels and paintbrushes....for the little guys

"Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text."


"Inspired by the Harvard Graduate School of Design‘s book, Ecological Urbanism, published in 2010, the school commissioned Portland-based interactive studio Second Story to transform the book into an iPad app. This app aims to be a resource that draws from the original text, focusing on sustainable city-building, but can also be updated with new projects and papers as needed, which is something a physical book would not be able to do. Available now for free here, the app shows how dynamic areas of study can benefit greatly from equally dynamic texts. With the world moving so fast, books can’t keep up – thus technology allows books to remain updated and relevant to our lives."

18 animations of classic literary works from Plato to Gaiman

This is the copyright free music list

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition by NCSOFT...this is a bug app

I am experimenting with an app called three ring. It might be a very easy way for grades 1 - 4 particularly to store digital portfolio material. You can use the photo gallery, camera and it also has an audio component. The teacher can insert class roster, tags and private comments. The entries can be shared with students or parents. For me, it would be an easy way to scroll through archives of student work...a visual grade book. The only flaw I see would be the ability to pass the class on to another teacher and keep building the portfolio.


From this link I see that mix book projects can be embedded on a web page...it is an easy program to use and the kids like it ...it creates books with pages that turn..there may be some other interesting links on this page

"Pass the Past is a free iPad app designed to help students review U.S. and World History. The app was built for students in Virginia, but it can be used by any student reviewing for a test on U.S. or World history. Pass the Past offers a large selection of multiple choice quizzes. Each quiz contains 25 questions that include visual prompts. There is a hint button that students can tap if they get stuck on a question. After completing each quiz, students can see their scores and see the correct answers to each question."

Learnist is a cross between Pinterest and Wikipedia. Members create boards on different topics. It has a good collection of educational tech ideas and is visually attractive.

A selection of different options for creating presentations

Project Zero
" Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education composed of multiple, independently-sponsored research projects. Since 1967, Project Zero has examined the development of learning processes in children, adults, and organizations. Today, Project Zero’s work includes investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, ethics, and other essential aspects of human learning. Our mission is to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures and in a range of contexts, including schools, businesses, museums, and digital environments."

Another favorite blog of mine...thoughtful

There are several apps done by kids discover for I would say grades 4 -6....some are free and some cost...they feature a individual topic.....Kids Discover was a great magazine several years ago........

I very much like the app this company did on color...sound sounds interesting and is free...Diane
Sound Uncovered by Exploratorium

This is a great site. It lists the tasks in tech that teachers want their students to master and charts and reviews apps that satisfy the criteria....brilliant!

This is a site to consider for directed, safe Internet research
Finds age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces
Generates quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level
Supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment

See the brochure and consider the benefits of the classroom edition