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In “Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom” primary teachers Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen provide a complete selection of clearly laid out engaging open-ended lessons to change the way you use iPad in the classroom.

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Connect, Collaborate and Create with Twitter in the Classroom

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of ETFO Voice.

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Course Description

In this grade two 3-D Geometry iTunes U Course, students will explore attributes of 3-D objects using concrete materials and drawings. Students will also build and construct 3-D objects and models as well as develop language to describe geometric concepts.

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One Best Thing

Discover how to keep parents informed, connect globally and link to your curriculum. This One Best Thing leads your primary classroom students through the creation of a learning network on Twitter.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Must Have Apps for My Classroom

I have many emails from teachers that are just starting to use iPads in their classrooms about what apps I would recommend.  I have to admit that the apps I loved 3 years ago are the pretty much the same ones I would recommend today.  I do need to stress that these apps alone without teacher direction and curriculum goals will not magically improve your test scores or your students writing levels.  There is a lot of thought in the way that I incorporate technology into my classroom.  My favourite apps aren't button pushing apps that help students memorize math facts or sight words.  These are apps that if used properly show student thinking.  They are apps that make assessing students knowledge and thinking very apparent.  These are apps that allow my students freedom and creativity to show what they know.

So my disclaimer is that these are my favourite apps for my classroom.  A classroom that offers a lot of choice and freedom to my students.  A classroom that is noisy, messy and full of life.  This may not be your kind of classroom.  These may not be your kind of apps.

My Top Pics Are:

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Book Creator
Free & $5.79
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Explain Everything
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Drawing Pad

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Draw & Tell HD
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Green Screen
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Popplet/Popplet Lite

Friday, April 10, 2015

Geometry iPad Activities

As I am wrapping up my geometry unit, I wanted to share some of my favourite activities I created for my kids to show their thinking.  When I told them that we were starting a new unit next week they were upset because they had so much fun learning and showing their thinking during this unit.  I hope you can find some of the following activities useful and fun!
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Here is an example of one of my student's riddles:

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If you would like to see more student examples, check out our Padlet below:

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If you are interested in more activities, download my free iTunesU course on 3D Geometry here.