Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dice Games with the iPad

Kids love playing with dice-but give them dice on the iPad and they are giddy.
Today for math centers we used these fabulous dice games from The Lesson Plan Diva.  You can download her free games by clicking on the pic below.

I gave each pair of students an iPad with the free Dice app installed (there's a few of them in the app store).  It was pure center success.

My favorite part about this center is the ability to differentiate so effortlessly.
With a swipe I am able to change the amount of die each center uses.  I had some students using 2 dice and some using 3 to compare 2 or 3 digit numbers.

Try it! You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Talking Heads

It's Black History Month, so my class is doing a cool project courtesy of a great idea that I got from FETC.

First, we started our research.  I used this awesome packet with thinking maps and organizers. (Click the pic to see find purchasing info)

My students used iPads and books to research.

Then, the REALLY fun part!  The students are drawing their "person"'s head.  They are recording themselves speaking in first person telling about themselves as if they were the historical character.  We turn the video into a QR code and presto! A Talking Head!!

At the end of our research the posters will all be displayed as a museum of sorts and each student will take an iPad and scan the code to learn about each African American.

It's been so much fun, I can hardly stand it!

Friday, February 8, 2013


Have you heard of I recently had the privilege of attending FETC 2013 and I came home with a plethora of technology resources.  I immediately came back to my classroom and implemented several of them.  This is one that I couldn't wait to try. is an online collaboration tool.
You have to sign up and create a free account but your users do not.  You can password protect it. I made a simple password that my students will use for every Stixy that we create.  

When setting it up you can add pictures or prompts.  This one I used this week for my Bible lesson.  Students go to the unique web address for the Stixy you created.  They can then login with the password.  The students add sticky notes and type whatever you tell them.  

In  my Stixy above, I used it as review.  Students worked in groups  to write what they remembered about the previous day's lesson on Nehemiah.

This is a website not an app, but it does work on Safari on the iPad.  You could assign this as homework and let students add stickies from home if you don't have multiple computers in your classroom.  You could also make it a center and students could enter their responses on your classroom computer.

The beauty of this is when you refresh your browser you can see the responses in real time.

Try it, you'll like it!