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October 17, 2014

More Terrific Ways to Use One iPad or One iPhone

By Christy Crawford
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Not sure how to get everyone in your class to see what's on your iPhone or iPad? Check out my post, "10 Terrific Ways to Use One iPad or iPhone in the Classroom" for a simple step-by-step video and directions on how to make that initial connection. Learn how one $30 investment for a VGA cable can make teaching easier and learning a more whole-class experience.

    Once you have taken that first step in hooking up your device to your whiteboard or projector, there will be no stopping you. And to prove it, here are five fabulous, October-loving activities the whole class can share in. Pressed for time? Watch the video below for simple tutorials of Funny Movie Maker, Leafsnap and STOPit.

     

     

    1. Personification Was Never So Funny!

    If pumpkins could talk, what would they say? Ramp up writer's workshop with Funny Movie Maker for your iPhone or iPad. This silly app will get the most reluctant writers to start scribing quickly. Begin and end a personification lesson with this FREE app, or reward clever writers with a chance to record their text for talking pumpkins or gourds. Watch the video for a quick tutorial.

     

    2. Over-the-Top Read-Alouds

    Use Scary Sounds (FREE) to surprise your class with a the roar of a T-Rex or a velociraptor while reading Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Preset the timer on Free Halloween Sounds Pro for eerie screams, creaky doors, and howling wind during a reading of R.L. Stein's Goosebumps. Or invite parents in to be "mystery readers" while you operate the soundboard for October reading fun. While parents are there, suggest they create the same magic at home. These apps, a flashlight, and reading under the covers are priceless!

     

    3.Virtual Pumpkin Carving

    If you've estimated how many seeds are inside the pumpkin; the circumference and weight of the pumpkin; compared your answers after counting, measuring, and weighing the pumpkin; and students are still asking for more pumpkin activities, start virtual carving. With Carve-A-Pumpkin (FREE) every kid can get a turn and you won't be stuck cleaning up more pumpkin mess.

    Use one or two iPads to set up a virtual pumping carving center or hook your tablet to a smart board or projector to share pumpkin masterpieces live. 

     

    4. Investigate Fall Foliage

    Whether taking a neighborhood walk with students or collecting, sorting and pressing leaves, Leafsnap (FREE) makes identification quick and painless. Set up an iPhone or iPad equipped with Leafsnap in a science center or whip out the virtual field guide on a trip to impress nature-loving parents and students. Watch the video for a quick tutorial — you may never want to take another fall walk without the app.

     

    5. Catch A Bully

    October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. Check out my post, "What You Don't Know About Bullying," download STOPit ($3.99) for your smartphone, then use a document camera to project your smartphone for a demonstration. In less than three minutes, you can teach a kid how to anonymously send a screenshot of a cyberbully's antics to administrators or a trusted adult!

    Special thanks to New York educator Sharon Paige for introducing me to Leafsnap.

    What great apps are you using in October? Please share with our community!

     

    Join us for an exclusive video with Taylor Swift about books, and how reading and writing have influenced her.

    Not sure how to get everyone in your class to see what's on your iPhone or iPad? Check out my post, "10 Terrific Ways to Use One iPad or iPhone in the Classroom" for a simple step-by-step video and directions on how to make that initial connection. Learn how one $30 investment for a VGA cable can make teaching easier and learning a more whole-class experience.

    Once you have taken that first step in hooking up your device to your whiteboard or projector, there will be no stopping you. And to prove it, here are five fabulous, October-loving activities the whole class can share in. Pressed for time? Watch the video below for simple tutorials of Funny Movie Maker, Leafsnap and STOPit.

     

     

    1. Personification Was Never So Funny!

    If pumpkins could talk, what would they say? Ramp up writer's workshop with Funny Movie Maker for your iPhone or iPad. This silly app will get the most reluctant writers to start scribing quickly. Begin and end a personification lesson with this FREE app, or reward clever writers with a chance to record their text for talking pumpkins or gourds. Watch the video for a quick tutorial.

     

    2. Over-the-Top Read-Alouds

    Use Scary Sounds (FREE) to surprise your class with a the roar of a T-Rex or a velociraptor while reading Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Preset the timer on Free Halloween Sounds Pro for eerie screams, creaky doors, and howling wind during a reading of R.L. Stein's Goosebumps. Or invite parents in to be "mystery readers" while you operate the soundboard for October reading fun. While parents are there, suggest they create the same magic at home. These apps, a flashlight, and reading under the covers are priceless!

     

    3.Virtual Pumpkin Carving

    If you've estimated how many seeds are inside the pumpkin; the circumference and weight of the pumpkin; compared your answers after counting, measuring, and weighing the pumpkin; and students are still asking for more pumpkin activities, start virtual carving. With Carve-A-Pumpkin (FREE) every kid can get a turn and you won't be stuck cleaning up more pumpkin mess.

    Use one or two iPads to set up a virtual pumping carving center or hook your tablet to a smart board or projector to share pumpkin masterpieces live. 

     

    4. Investigate Fall Foliage

    Whether taking a neighborhood walk with students or collecting, sorting and pressing leaves, Leafsnap (FREE) makes identification quick and painless. Set up an iPhone or iPad equipped with Leafsnap in a science center or whip out the virtual field guide on a trip to impress nature-loving parents and students. Watch the video for a quick tutorial — you may never want to take another fall walk without the app.

     

    5. Catch A Bully

    October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. Check out my post, "What You Don't Know About Bullying," download STOPit ($3.99) for your smartphone, then use a document camera to project your smartphone for a demonstration. In less than three minutes, you can teach a kid how to anonymously send a screenshot of a cyberbully's antics to administrators or a trusted adult!

    Special thanks to New York educator Sharon Paige for introducing me to Leafsnap.

    What great apps are you using in October? Please share with our community!

     

    Join us for an exclusive video with Taylor Swift about books, and how reading and writing have influenced her.

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