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Flippity Flashcard Creator

Flippity is an online flashcard creator that converts a Google spreadsheet into a set of flashcards.

To Create Flashcards:
Create a Google spreadsheet in Google Drive containing your information. You must use the Flippity template found at the URL above.Name the set of flashcards by naming the worksheet at the bottom of the spreadsheet.Go to File/Publish to the Web and click Start Publishing.Copy the link under Get a Link to Published Data.Paste the link in the field on the Flippity website and click Go.FAQS: To make changes to the flashcards, make the changes to your Google spreadsheet and republish. You can also set up the spreadsheet to automatically republish when changes are made.You can insert pictures and embed Youtube videos on the flashcards.Works in all browsers. Uses Java.Text on the flashcards is modifiable only using basic HTML tags.The flashcards are not private since the spreadsheet has been published, however, you control who has the link to the set o…

Into the Book Website Updated!

Into the Book
The great website for learning and practicing reading strategies has been updated!  It's no longer Flash based which means it now works on iPads!  Very exciting news.  

From my previous blog post about Into the Book:

Into the Book is a great free website for elementary students to learn and practice reading strategies. It can be used for whole class, group or individual instruction.  You'll find interactive lessons and videos for 8 different strategies (see below) as well as lots of teacher resources in the "Teacher Area".

Strategies for Learning:Prior KnowledgeMaking ConnectionsQuestioningVisualizingInferringSummarizingEvaluatingSynthesizingUsing Strategies Together

Math Slide Apps

Math Slide Apps
The free Math Slide apps are great for elementary students to practice number recognition as well as basic number facts (addition and multiplication).  The free version of each app has 10 games that can be played by 1-4 players at a time.  Students can compete against each other or try to beat their own best time.

Problems are presented in the center in a variety of formats.  

Screenshot samples from the multiplication app:

Screenshot samples from the place value to 1000 app:

Students drag number card with the correct answer to the center.  The student who gets their card to the middle first gets the point.

Students love these apps!  Try them out today!

North Texas Libraries on the Go and the Overdrive Media App

Check out an ebook or audio book (or more than one). Some titles can be burned to a CD to enjoy anytime. The service is free with a library card from a participating library or institution.

Many of the libraries in North Texas belong to this system.

Sign in using your library card. For an eBook, click Borrow to check out a title. You’ll be taken to your Bookshelfwhere you can begin reading the title in your browser or choose a download format for a mobile device.

Getting started step-by-step:

There is also an app for that!

Overdrive Media Console:
The Overdrive Media Console is a free app available for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, NOOK, Windows 8 PC and tablet, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Read and listen to eBooks and audiobooks from your library on the go or at home.



Geoboard is a free iPad app used to explore a variety of mathematical topics. In addition there is a Geoboard app for the iPhone. It is intended for the elementary and middle grades.

Students stretch virtual bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons and to make discoveries about perimeter, area, angles, congruence, fractions, and more.

Create line segments and polygons by stretching bands around the Geoboard’s pegs.Choose from 5 different band colors; 8 band colors on the iPad.Fill individual shapes with a transparent color, or use the Fill All button to toggle all the bands between filled and unfilled.On the iPad, switch between the standard 25-peg board and the expanded board with 150 pegs. The larger board makes it possible for students to create a wider variety of configurations.In addition there is a web app:

Number Pieces and Number Pieces Basic

Number Pieces and Number Pieces Basic are free iPad apps with digital manipulatives to help students develop a deeper understanding of place value, counting, addition, subtraction, grouping and multi-digit numbers. Number Pieces has additional features for older students (see below).
In addition, there is a web app available:

Number Pieces Basic:

Number Pieces:

Features of Number Pieces Basic (Intended for primary grades):
Digital manipulative pieces in ones, tens and hundreds focusing on place value, counting, addition and subtractionJoin pieces in groups of ten or break them apartChoose from three colors to identify groups or piecesRotate the manipulatives 90 degrees (both Number Pieces and Number Pieces Basic)Use drawing tools to label representations (both Number Pieces and N…

Poetry Creation Apps from

Theme Poem, Acrostic Poem and Diamante Poem

Acrostic Poem, Diamante Poem and Theme Poem are 3 more apps from the International Reading Association and  The final product from all of these apps can be "smashed" or "layered" into another app to create a more complex product.  For example... create a variety of poems, save to the camera roll and insert into an app like 30 Hands.  Record narration over each poem, save as a movie file and upload to YouTube or a blog to share with the world!
Acrostic Poems - Students type a word and brainstorm words or phrases that explain or relate to that word. Then create an acrostic poem.  The app does all the formatting. Students can save as Draft, save final product to the camera roll or email it.

Ideas for using: BiographiesFamous people, places or eventsScience vocabularyFormative Assessment strategy "First Word/Last Word&…

Free Timeline Creator App + More from


Another online resource that you may be familiar with is the amazing (  They offer 57 interactives for creating student products in all grades K-12.  You can search by grade level, topic, learning objective and more.

The problem is that their interactives only work in a web browser on a computer. They are, however, slowly creating free iOS apps of their most popular online interactives. 

RWT Timeline-

I've been looking for a free timeline app for a long time so I was very excited to recently learn about the RWT Timeline app.  With the app, students can create timelines by date, time or event. Multiple user accounts can be created so that students sharing iPads have their own space to save drafts if they don't finish in one class period.  The final product can be saved to the camera roll or emailed.  

Trading Cards-

I shared the awesome Trading Car…

Thinking Blocks Math Apps and Website

Thinking Blocks Interactive Website- iPad Apps-

Many of you have probably used the Thinking Blocks online interactives from Math Playground but did you know they are now free apps too?  They are an awesome resource for helping students understand how to solve word problems by using online manipulatives in a step by step manner to create concrete models of their solutions.  
Both versions (online and apps) offer word problems in 4 categories:  addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, fractions, and ratio/proportion.  
Each app is set up the same way:
1.  Students are presented with a word problem.
2.  First they use the blocks to label the known and unknown parts the problem.

3.  Then they fill in the known and unknown numbers.

4.  Finally, they solve the problem.

Check out this great resource today online at (computers only) or …

Infographics: A Creative Assessment and Attention-Getter

Infographics are intriguing.  Infographics show what our brains are programmed to see. They are bright and colorful visual representations of information presented in e-posters, printed, and digital documents that grab student attention. Additionally, they  provide a creative way to assess student learning while incorporating the 4C's: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and curation.  Check out a wall in your classroom or your bulletin board. That area in your classroom is presenting information in one place, with cutouts, colors, letters and artwork. Think of the infographic in the same way, as an informational bulletin board.

Infographics are a great instructional/learning tool. Infographics can be great instructional tools but they work best as learning tools as they incorporate most of the traditional teaching elements of research, planning, writing, and process. Teachers can create their own or find an array of infographics online to share with students on int…

Infuse Learning


Infuse Learning is a great (and free!) tool for formative assessment that works on every device.  There's no app!  Just go to the website on your iOS or Android device or computer and choose the appropriate login in the top corner.  Teachers create an account and students join the teacher's "room".  There's no need to create student accounts. 
Teachers can ask questions "on the fly" or create quizzes ahead of time.  There is a wide variety of available question types including multiple choice, true/false and even a draw response where students can work a math problem or draw a diagram.

The "Interactive Tools" give teachers even more options.  InfuseDraw allows the teacher to send a picture to the students to label or annotate and InfuseLink sends a website URL for students to simply click to go to the website. 

For more information, check out this video (if reading this via email, click this link to view the video ht…

GoneGoogle Story Builder: See Writing Come to Life!

Google has made writing and collaboration easy and fun with the GoneGoogle Story Builder.  Anybody can create a quick animated video of the writing process with the look and feel of a Google doc.  The process is simple: choose your characters and your music. Write. Then grab the link to watch and share.
Using Story Builder No login required. Navigate to and get started. You can also view some great samples before you begin.Customize and Personalize: Choose up to 10 characters that you create.You may have up to 10 dialogue exchanges of your own creation.Watch the writing process unfold as you add and edit to the conversation between characters.Create your own title.Publish and share your writing video. Ideas for Classroom UseAttention Getter: Introduce a lesson in a different wayAs a warm up activity - have students review the previous lessonHave students create a conversation between two characters.Write a new introduction or ending to a story, so…

IPEVO Whiteboard

Draw and annotate directly onto real-time video using an iPad and the Juststand, document camera or iPad camera. IPEVO Whiteboard can also be used as a whiteboard to draw onto a blank canvas using the default white background or annotate an image from the iPad photo library. In whiteboard mode, you can make a screen recording and save it to the camera roll. Multiple boards can be created. No login is required.

Add text boxes, shapes and lines to emphasize and highlight key points or parts of an imageUse different color pens and line thicknessesUndo and redo functionsPointer tool and a clear all functions toolRecord the screen In whiteboard mode and save to the camera rollSaving options: Save to the iPad camera rollSend to EvernoteEmail image

Viewpure - YouTube without the Ads


Today's post comes to us from Patrick Lollis, music teacher at Cannon Elementary.  Patrick writes: I found a great tool called Viewpure that I really like to view YouTube videos without ads, other search results, or suggested videos.
Here's how to use it:

Go to http://viewpure.comDrag the "purify" button to your browser's shortcut bar.When you locate a YouTube video that you want to use, press the button.Create your QR code to the new ViewPure page.What the button actually does is change the web address from a YouTube address like this one:
to a ViewPure address like this one:
You can use the button, or just remember what to change and do it manually.

Thanks for the tip Patrick!  Do you have a great tip to share?  Fill out the "Tips from our Readers" form on our blog or click this link:

SpeakPipe - Voice Mails for Your Blog

Do you have a class blog using Blogger, WordPress, Weebly, Tumblr or Joomla?  If you do, SpeakPipe is a cool way to connect with your readers.  SpeakPipe add a "Send Voicemail" tab to the side of your blog that readers can click to record a voice message to your class.  The free plan allows you to receive up to 20 voice messages a month (90 seconds max per message).  

To get started, just go to and create a free account.  Choose your blogging platform on the setup window and it tells you exactly what to do to put it on your blog.  Very cool!