Popout! The Tale of Peter Rabbit is an electronic book/app which has enough of the classic illustrations, vocal performance, soft piano background music, and story to please Beatrix Potter traditionalists AND enough interactivity to engage and enthrall the young ones just being introduced to the work of Beatrix Potter as well.
Some interactions built into the app are reminiscent of a paper-based pop-up book. There are little tabs... More →
MyScript Calculator is a free calculator app with a special feature, it is designed especially for touchscreens, providing handwriting recognition as it does its calculations! This is almost like magic. You can scrall a wide variety of mathematical operations and equations on your tablet and this app quickly translates your handwritten numerals and symbols into digital text and delivers the computations in almost real time.
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X Construction is a really fun, but challenging bridge-building simulation game/app. Students construct different length bridges in different settings, but always to allow a train of passengers to cross safely.
Scores are based on the amount of building materials remaining unused, the length of time spent building the bridge, and the amount of stress the bridge withstands.
If the structure... More →
Word Ball is a simple game. Letters float on the screen and shrink and eventually disappear as you make as many words as you can. There is no timer, it is a race to make words faster than the balls shrink. Longer words score more points so this is an encouragement to students to add prefixes and suffixes to words as they enter them into the game.
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4 Pics 1 Word is a free app from "LOTUM GmbH" which provides 4 pictures and the students are to deduce the word which all four pictures represent and then to use the provided letters to spell the one word which fits all the pictures - thus the name, 4 Pics 1 Word. This kind of word game promotes thinking and discussion in younger students as well as in students still learning or developing English... More →
Using a tablet in physical education or science as a measurement tool for measuring and recording heart rate is easy with Cardiograph by Micropinch, a free Android app. Cardiograph records your heart rate and keeps the data so you can see the rate on various and times. Each data set is automatically time and date stamped and saved into a profile. You can have multiple profiles.
How it works
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So you have one tablet, does it have any use in a busy classroom of learners with an already busy teacher? YES!
Having a limited supply of any tool or resource means we need to be even more thoughtful and intentional about how we use that tool. Here are a few ideas for integrating your tablet into the teaching and learning in your classroom, even if you only have one... More →
This British website is the home to many interactive math tools and resources which run perfectly on my Sony Xperia tablet. Many of these are available free, while an even greater selection is available by subscribing for about $15 per year. While these are described as being “Interactive Whiteboard Resources” they can certainly be used with a tablet with or without a projector. Think about... More →
There are a lot of apps out there… more than we can even begin to explore. The Google Play Store has tens of thousands… but how do we choose apps for learning? What are some criteria to help us choose apps for our students?
First things first, the app needs to provide opportunities for students to learn or practice something we value. This could be... More →