Welcome! If you haven’t already done so, please download the following apps free before we begin.
- Book Creator (free version) by Red Jumper
- Draw and Tell by Duck Duck Moose
- Number Frames by The Math Learning Center
- Geoboard by The Math Learning Center
Apps/Sites for Reading and Listening to Reading
- Epic Books (free) – Providing access to over 10,000 books, Epic is a free iOS app or webpage for educators. Check out Epic for Educators for information about setting up free teacher/student accounts.
- Storyline Online (free) – Also an app or a webpage. Actors read books aloud. Supported by either YouTube or SchoolTube.
- Unite for Literacy (free) – a great website for beginning readers. I make a direct link to the website using the “add to home screen” feature of iPad.
- The Belkin Rockstar allows up to five students to listen with headphones at once on a computer or device.
- Invite a guest reader to read to your class via online videoconferencing such as Google Hangouts or Skype.
Apps for Word Work
- Writing Wizard (paid) – With this app practice letters, numbers and words. You can set up your own spelling lists and record your voice saying the words to be practiced.
- Word Wizard (paid) – This app reads words you spell aloud to you and asks you to spell words. You can record your own words to practice.
- Book Creator (paid) – Long and short vowels
- Camera (Comes with iPad) – Words I’ve Mastered
- iMovie (Comes with iPad) – Silent E
- Practice words on drawing apps such as
Apps/Sites for Read to Someone
- Read to someone via Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime etc. (Check my class’s experience.)
- Book Creator – take a picture of the page and then read it. Record a reading sample in the same “book” several times throughout the year to show fluency. Grade one example
- Book Creator – Makes digital books with the option of recording your voice. Create fiction, non-fiction or comics.
- Blogging – gives students an authentic audience and feedback from beyond the teacher. (Student example. Or take a photo of your writing on paper to post on your blog.)
- Check out my classroom blog with student blogs linked on right hand side.
Apps/Sites for Math
- Number Frames (free) – Use this app to show
- Draw & Tell (free) – This flexible app can be used for
- Geoboard (free)– A digital version that does away with flying elastics.
- Book Creator (paid)–
Connecting Beyond Your Classroom
Getting Started – Involve Parents First
- Parental Permission — Form my school division uses for permissions
- Show parents what you want to do
- Offer options – such as no images, pseudonyms
- Download Skype for your computer or an app for your device
- Skype “How To” Guide
- Setting up Google Hangouts
- Meeting Planner – Find the best time to connect with other time zones (or just search on Google)
- Google Hangout tutorial
Using Video Conferencing in the Classroom
- Skype an Author (scroll down for the picture book authors)
- Mystery Skype, Mystery Number Skype for six-year-olds
- One year worth of connecting my classroom
- 50 Ways to use Skype in the classroom
- Connected Classrooms community on Google+
- Other classes that tweet! Check this list of classes ordered by grade level. (Then add your class here.)
- List of primary classrooms that tweet.
- Using Twitter to Guess My Number
- Making up Addition Stories
- Eight Twitter Accounts for Kids to Follow
- Using Twitter as a Backchannel
- Ways to Use Twitter in Your Classroom
- What should my class tweet about?
- Class events
- Tweet your favourite author! Check this list to see whether he/she tweets.
- My classroom blog
- Primary (age 3 – 8) blogs sorted by blogging tool
- Elementary (age 8 – 12) blogs sorted by blogging tool
- More Blog examples (grades 2 and up)
- Edublogs and Edublogs Help
- See Saw (See Saw examples by grade level and help section)
- Examples of Blogs as Digital Portfolios
- Sign up for Skype in the Classroom and find other similarly-minded teachers there.
- Try one of the Projects by Jen.
- Make an ePals account. Sign up for someone’s project or create your own.
- The Global Read Aloud
Robots and Coding
Introducing Coding ( or Unplugged Coding)
- Try these Direction Arrows (in the style of Bee-Bot arrows)
- Small Coding Arrows with grid for individual student use
- Alphabet Coding Mat for individual student
- Printer-friendly version of Scratch Jr. coding blocks
- Code.org has multiple unplugged lesson plans
There are many, many robotic options out there (and more appearing all the time). Here are a few that have been tested by my students and work well with 5-7 years old.
- KIBO – works on batteries. No devices necessary. (Resources)
- Bee-Bot – Rechargeable. No devices necessary. (Ideas)
- Ozobot – charges via USB port on computer. No device is necessary, but value is added when combined. (Resources)
- Other available robots
- Kodable (free) Sign up as a teacher and get a class code. Create student accounts.
- Daisy the Dinosaur (free)
- Hopscotch (free – requires email address for account)
- Tynker (free) or try their website (pay version) This app requires quite a bit of reading.
- ScratchJr (free) – this app has both iOS and Android versions (Check herefor activities, curricula and assessments with ScratchJr.)
- The Foos ( free) Check out Foos resources here.
Some Curricular Connections
- Inquiry (Demonstrating Learning) about bees using robots (Dot & Dash)
- One and Two, More and Less with Bee-Bot
- Counting by 10’s with Bee-Bot
- Telling Stories with Ozobot
- Math with Dash Capture the Kingdom (could also use Bee-Bot)
- Primary Literacy activities with coding.
iBook Coding Resources
- Primary Coders: Teaching with Unplugged Activities (free) – Also explains algorithms, sequencing and loops.
- Primary Coders: Introducing Coding in Kindergarten (free) – Unplugged activities as well as introductions and suggestions for beginning apps.
- Primary Coding Adventures (free) This is an iTunesU course in iTunes.
- Introduction to Coding – Scratch Jr. Also an iTunes U course.
- Innovate With iPad by Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen is a practical, hands-on guide for using apps in creative ways in the classroom.
- Amplify by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris. Discover how you—and your students—can make the most of any technology.
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