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Sep 15

September 15, 2013

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Each year I have had iOS technology in my classroom, May arrives and I inevitably scorn myself for not recording student voices using my iPod Touch devices. I sit there in my small reading group, and I hear these amazing students reading *so* much better than when they arrived in my classroom, and I decide to record their voice…only to then realize, it would be so much more impactful if I had recorded their voice when they first arrived! Well…

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Jan 18

January 18, 2013

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Many teachers ask me, “what can I do with this ipod right now?” It’s very common to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of apps that are available on the Apple App Store when you first start exploring. Often times, teachers just need to start with the basic apps to get accustomed to the technology before diving into the pool of amazing apps that are out there. In the technology professional development class that I created, I introduce teachers…

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Jul 9

July 9, 2012

Using Khan Academy as a Resource for Differentiation

Using Khan Academy as a Resource for Differentiation

Differentiation of instruction is one of the biggest challenges that teachers face every day.  Lessons need to be able to span a wide-range of levels.  If you have to continue to review basic foundational skills for students who don’t quite understand, you risk losing the rest of the class due to boredom and disinterest.  So, lessons need to be multi-faceted so that all learners are feeling challenged. This past year I taught a 4/5 blended class, and this range was…

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Jun 28

June 28, 2012

DonorsChoose.org Makes Dreams a Reality

DonorsChoose.org Makes Dreams a Reality

I have been a registered user of DonorsChoose.org for about a year.  I had taken a look at how the site works, but I never took the time to fill out the project form and use the site for its true, meaningful purpose.  To be honest, whenever I would shop for the products that they have available for newly registered users my internet browser would kick me out or the site would time-out and I would lose the shopping cart…

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Jun 17

June 17, 2012

App Review: Stack the States

App Review: Stack the States

Stack the States is one of my students’ favorite educational applications on the iPad.  It was created by Dan Russell-Pinson and is a favorite among my students.  This game asks a variety of questions about the 50 states and really gives kids a brain workout to figure out which state is the correct answer. If a student does answer a question correctly, they are then given that state to try to stack along with other states to reach a certain…

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