Showing posts from February, 2014

Make it - Create Interactive iPad Games

Make It

"Make It - Create and share your own educational games and activities with anyone, anywhere" (longest name of an app ever!) is a free app for teachers or students to create their own interactive iOS presentations and games.  For each game you create, there are 8 possible slide types:   Connect (for matching)Drag to Container (for sorting)Memory (match game)Paint (for drawing)  Find Me (matching)Quiz (a single question)Fill With Letters (a question with an answer that you spell out)Text (a blank slide for instructions or information)

Be sure to tap the wrench icon for additional settings and options for each slide type.

You can use your own images from the iPad camera roll, or the app comes with some built in clip art (you can even download additional packs for free!)

Final products can be shared via email.  Students can create their own games to show what they know and trade with each other to pract…

QR Voice

QR Voice is a website to create a QR code that links to a recording of a voice.

Go to QR Voice.Type text into the top box (where it says, "say what?").Press the QR code button to the right of the text box to generate the recording.The large, white box at the bottom of the screen is where the QR code will appear after it has been generated.Use the sliding blue button in the middle to adjust how large the QR code appears.QR Voice also generates a link to the playback on the web in case the recording cannot be accessed via a QR-code scanning app.  You do not get to record your own voice, however,  although you could link to a podcast with your own voice.The voice does sound robotic but can also speak a variety of languages. It does not translate.

Use in:
ELL/Foreign language Special Services Pre-K/kindergarten classroom Great for students that cannot yet read

WeKWL - Collaborative KWL Charts!

This is a special guest post from Megan Pettit, 1st grade teacher at Cannon Elementary.  You can follow Megan on Twitter or follow her blog at  Do you have something to share?  Fill out the "Tips from our Readers" form and maybe you'll be selected as our next guest blogger!
WeKWL is a free app that transforms a traditional KWL chart into an interactive collaboration tool. The collaborative aspect of this app allows students to build off of one another and learn together. Each student can open the KWL chart in a live session and add their ideas simultaneously. 

To create a KWL chart: 
1. Enter a display name. 

2. Select the green “Create a File” button on the bottom left side of the screen. This will be your KWL chart.  Here you can choose to add an evidence column to your chart. 

3. Now your KWL chart will appear. To create a live session, where your students can collaborate, press the orange…

SAS Read Aloud - Books for Pre and Early Readers

SAS Read Aloud
SAS Read Aloud is a great, free app for pre and early readers.  The app comes with 2 books but more books can be added (for free!) from the "Bookstore" by tapping the magnifying glass in the top corner. 

Each book has 3 reading modes:  Read to Me (reads the story aloud), Help Me Read (reads the story aloud as students tap on each word) or Read By Myself.  Students (or teachers) can also record themselves reading the book.  Additional users can be added by tapping the "voices" icon so it's great even for shared iPads.

iPad as Presentation Remote with de Mobo

De Mobo is a Chrome Extension and app that work together to allow you to control web presentations with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. It is especially easy to use with Google Slides!

1. Install the de Mobo iPhone app on your iPad or iPhone. It is also available for Android.

2. Since de Mobo is a Chrome extension, you must have Google Chrome web browser installed. (I use Chrome, Firefox, and Safari - in that order - depending on what I'm doing on the web. Sometimes one browser works better than others with a particular site.)

3. Go to your Google Chrome web browser. If you just installed it, you will be prompted to log in with your Google account. If you already had it installed, you may need to go to the top right corner and log in.

4. Go to the Chrome Webstore and search for "de mobo"

5-Choice A. Install the de Mobo Chrome Extension. If you plan to use the extension wit…


Subtext is a free app for the iPad that can take books, PDFs, and Web Articles and transform them into a collaborative and social environment for your students. Using an Edmodo, Google, or Renaissance Learning login, you can create classes/groups for your students to join with their own accounts and group code.

In GCISD, all teachers and students have Google Accounts already created, so this makes using Subtext on its own quite a breeze. After adding a book or article, you can highlight a piece of text and create a discussion around it for students to respond to. You can also create assignments, quizzes, and track the progress of your students through the app.

There is a beta version of Subtext for the web, which would work well for BYOD environments. Currently, it only supports using Web Articles, but more features are being developed.

There are free, public domain books that can be found for your students to use, such as Feed Books.

Jack Leonard, from Heritage Middle School, uses Su…


Blockly is a web-based, graphical programming editor. Users drag blocks together to build a simple computer application by programming “tag” blocks – no typing required. Blockly is open source and there are no 3rd party dependencies. (Not compatible with IE8).

The maze tutorial introduces students to programming.
Learn how blocks work and go together with this sample puzzle.

BatchGeo and Google Forms/Google Earth


Spreadsheets, tables in web pages or databases—anything containing location data can be pasted into BatchGeo to create a map. You can use the BatchGeo Spreadsheet Template (which is in Excel) on the BatchGeo website to enter your data, or, why not use Google Forms to collect data! Use the map to tell a story! The spreadsheet data is copied over to BatchGeo to create a pin map. When creating your map, you may choose your own options instead of using the default behavior. 

To use with Google forms:
Log into Google Drive and create a new form in GoogleHave your students enter their data (they can do this from a computer or iPad)From the response spreadsheet, select the data and copy itGo to BatchGeo and paste the data into the provided areaClick the Map Now buttonClick Save and ContinueEnter a name for the map. An email address is optional. With an email address, you will receive an embed code so you can share the map

Using the Map with Google Earth:
After the map is …

Kid's Journal

Kid's Journal
Kid's Journal is a free app that allows students to create a journal (or even multiple journals) for reflecting on their day.  Students can choose their emotion (happy, okay or crazy), their location (home, school or away) and the weather (sunny, cloudy or windy).  Then they write a short paragraph to answer the question "What did I do today?"  They can also upload a picture from the camera roll.  Individual journal entries or a range of entries can be exported to PDF and opened in a variety of other apps like Edmodo, Skitch, Evernote or Google Drive.  Another option could be to screenshot the entry and insert into an app like 30Hands for students to record audio narration.

Schoolkit Math- Great Tools for Elementary Math!

Schoolkit Math
Schoolkit Math is a great free app with lots of math tools/virtual manipulatives for elementary students.  This would be a great app to layer into other apps to have students demonstrate their learning.  They can use the tools in this app to model their thinking and then take a screenshot of their model.  Insert those pictures into another app like 30Hands or Tellagami and have the students record their thought processes.  They could also organize their pictures into a Thinking Map using the Popplet Lite app.  So many possibilities!  

Check out some of the screenshots from the app below and download it today!

Number Lines:



Ten Frame

Fraction Kit

Number Houses
 Number Tiles

Go Global with Skype, Twitter, Blogs and More!

Lots of GCISD teachers are "Going Global" with Skype, Twitter, blogs and more.  Check out some examples in this presentation Janie Stach and I did today at the annual TCEA conference.

If viewing this blog post via email, view the presentation with this link:

ChatterPix Kids

Chatterpix Kids is a free iPad app to make pictures talk.

Take a photo or use a photo from the camera roll.Draw a line to make a mouth and record your voice. Recordings can be up to 30 seconds in length and saved to the camera roll.Once in the camera roll, the recording can be used within another app.Within the app there are 22 stickers, 10 frames and 11 photo filters to use with your pictures.Use the recording to explain an idea, tell a story, read a poem and more.

GCISD Instructional Technology Resources

GCISD Instructional Technology offers several places you can go for ideas and resources.  Be sure to check them out (and bookmark them!) anytime you need tech help!

GCISD Tech Lessons
GCISD Tech Lessons has been around for many years and is constantly evolving. It began as a way to save time in computer labs by providing links to students rather than having to wait for them to type them in correctly. That can take a long time, especially with little ones! It’s a wiki site where we collect links to activities and web resources for grades K-5 (there are some middle school links as well) arranged by content area and topic.  There are also links to many websites that can be used by students of all grades.  You’ll find ideas for Daily 5 technology integration, keyboarding practice sites and resources for finding copyright free clipart and images for student projects.  There are also links to a variety of teacher resources from Thinkfinity that teachers …