Showing posts from November, 2013

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…