For the Love of Apps

                                               

 
So I am linking up with Second Grade Shenanigans about one of my all time favorite things apps. I am an absolute apple addict.  Love everything apple!!!!  My iphone has been my best investment and most used apple product so far. I have had my iphone since last November when I had a monumental birthday 11-11-11.   My dream would be to have about 5 ipads for my classroom full time so I could do some absolutely cool things with them. Our school let us use 5 ipods and 1 ipad only 1 day a week (of course they are the older ones with no cameras, definitely need a camera) and my students loved using this technology.

So to share my favorite app.  I don't think I can pick one favorite. Most all the apps we use are FREE because our school does not have extra money to buy apps. I am always looking for new creative apps that we can use in the classroom. I just happen to find an awesome app yesterday and it is my new favorite app. It was free for a limited time, but I would say would be worth the 99¢.


iFunFace I downloaded it and have been playing with it and making some fun videos It reminds me of the website we used to use called Blabberize. We stopped using it because it became to complicated and you can only have so many videos on and your space is used up. We used it to make these projects in the past http://www.southadams.k12.in.us/webpages/agoodwin/president.cfm?subpage=1053695 I am excited to use it again this year with our important poems.  I also am thinking of lots of other ideas for it.






 
Here is a link to the free template we use for our important poems.  Based on The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown.  Enjoy!  Even if you don't get the app you can still get the template.
 
 
 
My students loved to use apps to practice skills but they also loved to use them to create projects. They enjoyed creating and sharing their projects with our classroom.  It was exciting to see how they light up when their project was being shared.

 
 Doodle Buddy is a free app that can be used in many ways.  We used it to practice spelling words during Daily 5.  We used it to publish some describing poems during our Poetry Unit.  You can download a free template on my Teachers Pay Teachers store
 
 


I love apps that make a little video.  Talking News App is also free.  Check out what the videos we made in class with it http://ilive2learnilove2grow.blogspot.com/2012/03/talking-news-app.html If you have some time check out my app ideas in Find it Quick in the sidebar on the left.  You will find some samples of projects with Doodle Buddy and Talking News along with lots of other ideas.



I also want to recommend an awesome website and app to help you get lots of other app ideas. Techchef4u I found it last year and love searching for new ideas with apps to use in the classroom. I also have this app on my iphone and love it.

4 comments:

  1. These are great ideas! I wish I had iPads for everyone too. Some day. Thank you for visiting me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am so with you on having iPads for everyone or at least some in my room every day!

      Delete
  2. Can't wait to check these out! I am quickly becoming an apple addict as well! ;) Thanks for linking up!

    Hope

    ReplyDelete
  3. Has anyone written a grant to try and get ipads? My credit union gives away grant money to educators here, but I have never written one so I am not sure how to do it. I would love to get even one ipad for my room from this! If you have any ideas, please let me know.

    ReplyDelete





Pin It button on image hover