Teaching with iPads

Evaluating and Exploring Apps for theCommon Core, Digital Bloom's, Whiteboards, Response Systems and Clickers

Kathy Malsbendenkmalsbenden@gmail.com

Common Core, Apps, Bloom's, & More



Two sessions in one:

This Wikispaces Menu

iPad setup and basic review

  • Settings
  • Finger sweeps
  • Accessibility
  • App Store

Before using iPad, know your intent

Common Core App

Common Core Resources

Grade Level Common Core Apps for ELA and Math

Literacy Common Core

  • Text complexity guidelines
  • Increased focus on informational text
  • Text-dependent questions requiring evidence
  • List of Literacy CCSS

Math Common Core

Unpacking the Common Core

Points to consider
  • According to Elizabeth Calhoon, an academic technology specialist at the Santa Clara (CA) County Office of Education, the best way to use apps for Common Core curriculum is not to look for apps aligned to specific standards but to find ones that encompass the "ideas of collaboration and creation [which] are far more pervasive in Common Core" than in the current paradigm. The following is a selection of apps for ELA and math, curated with help from Calhoon, that do just that.
  • Virtual Manipulatives allows instructors to create lessons around drag-and-drop "fraction bars" that can aid in lessons comparing fractions, decimals, and percentages. Free for iPad.
  • With ThingLink, students can curate a collection of photos and annotate them with multiple pieces of text, YouTube or personal video, or even Twitter handles.
  • Free for iPhone or iPad.
  • Toontastic records users as they move characters around a screen and narrate their story audibly. Photos can be imported for use in backgrounds. Free for iPad.
  • Knowmia Teach allows teachers to create short video lessons in several small steps, similar to how they might develop a slide presentation. The lessons can then be posted online. The apps records fingerstrokes and audio for later playback. Free for iPad.
  • Mindomo, a mind-mapping app, offers a real-time collaboration feature and lets users turn their maps into presentations and share them with others. Free for iPad.
  • The mobile counterpart to cloud video editor WeVideo.com, the WeVideo Uploader allows students to capture videos and photos directly on their device, import, and even begin the editing process, which can be completed online. Free for iPhone and iPad.
  • Teachers can use 3D modeling software(such as Google SketchUp) to design projects around virtual manipulatives like geometric shapes and architectural models. They can then import them into the SightSpace 3D app for mobile viewing, which can be layered over real-world environments for an augmented reality twist. There is a free version for iPhone and iPad, as well as a $39.99 version.
  • Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/07/10/7-must-know-apps-for-common-core-skills.aspx#VJu3QRH3Oh5J5ocm.99
  • See iPads in the Art Classroom wiki page for more design apps.
  • Three Apps you may not know about that demonstrate learning~Tony Vincent

Search differently when looking for apps

  • Use Common Core standards language
  • Use Common Core keywords
  • Use alternate terms
  • Search using Common Core codes

Evaluate Apps for YOUR class

Analyze App
  • Figure out what apps work and why
  • How do students react to
    • background music
    • incentives
    • multiple tasks in one app
    • skill and drill
    • open ended creation tools
    • collaborative apps
  • Let go of apps that create distractions

UDL and Common Core- Kathleen McClaskey
OS Apps and Resources for Common Core $$

Digital Bloom's Taxonomy

Learning Management Systems:

A quick guide to "why" a learning management system
Other Learning Management Systems

Free Whiteboards

Response Systems

  • Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
  • Teacher App
  • Student App

Other Resources

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