Scrolling through my feedly reader I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to write on for our free choice blog. There are so many great articles that I read and others that I saved to read for later, but nothing was really grabbing my attention. While mindlessly scrolling through facebook (guilty pleasure) I came across an article an educator friend of mine shared “Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps”.
Some of the tech tools mentioned in this article have been shared in our tech tool presentations in our ECMP 355 class such as KAHOOT and LITTLE BIRD TALES, but there are also many other great ones that haven’t been shared that I think would be really beneficial as a teacher. Here are a few of my favorite tech tools from this list and why.
Lego Movie Maker: Students can create their own stop motion video out of lego, by building a scene and then capturing it with an iPad or iPhone. It’s easy to add and delete frames, add a soundtrack, and even change the color filter. This app is a huge hit in our house! Both my 8 and 3 year old son love to create scenes using their lego figures. This tool could be easily incorporated into the curriculum. It is IOS compatible and it’s completely free! Who doesn’t love lego?!
EPIC! is the leading all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books, now including thousands of read-to-me and Audio books. With the rise of technology in classrooms and the popularity amongst younger generations this app could be incredibly helpful in encouraging kids to read! This app is free for educators and available for parents for a low monthly fee. To learn more go to www.getepic.com or download the app on your iphone! This app is another popular hit in our house as our boys love the convenience of being able to read whenever and whereever on our smart phones.
Seesaw: Is a studen- driven digital porfilio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share waht they are learning at school. There is also an app for parental access so that parents can see what their child is learning at school. I think this app would be a fantastic addition to any classroom as it gives studens a sense of control while encorporating technology into the classroom. This app came highly recommended to me by an educator friend.
Above are just 3 of my many favorite apps. A few others include:
ABCYA which is free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.
Tellamagi is a fun, new way to share animated messages. Customize your character. Change its mood or outfit. Record your voice or add dialogue. Then share your Gami video.
Scratch teaches basic coding by allowing you to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share them on the web.
Class Dojo This tool is a fun and easy way to keep track of student behavior, allowing teachers to take attendance quickly and give positive or negative reinforcement, depending on a child’s actions that day. Each student gets a critter. I was introduced to this app last year when my son’s teacher used it. While it is not one of my personal favorites, my son really enjoyed it and his teacher found it useful.
There are many other greats apps listed on “Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps” please take a look and tell me which ones are your favorite or leave me a comment with other apps that you love that aren’t listed above!