The Case of the Cheesecake Thief!

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Procedural crime dramas are very popular and for good reason.  They use evidence and science to analyze a mystery and uncover answers – a great metaphor for what a classroom learning experience can be.  In this apptivity, we will learn about fingerprints, create digital images of our own, and then use annotation tools to help us identify the cheesecake thief!

This apptivity will chain together using the iPad’s Camera App, photo editing features, YouTube (or built in Video), Skitch, and Keynote.


Eureka! Discovering Gold

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Imagine student engagement at creating a puppet show about the Gold Rush on an iPod touch!


Students will be able to apply factual knowledge about the Gold Rush to their own Puppet Pals show using animation and dramatic dialogue and through this, demonstrate comprehension about the beginning of the Gold Rush period. Students will demonstrate understanding of a few significant people or entrepreneurs of the Gold Rush.   Examples:  Sam Brannon, John Sutter, James Marshall, and Louis Clapp.


Dressing Up Vocabulary with Storyrobe



In our school district the majority of students are English Language Learners, and building vocabulary is a very important part of the day.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure to work with a few teachers and students to help them use language in a simple, yet effective way.  The project allows students to use new vocabulary multiple times and also makes learning new vocabulary fun, as they get to use the Storyrobe, Photo Wall, and Doodle Buddy apps. More

Lovely Lady Liberty: Active Media Engagement for Young Learners

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Example Early Childhood Notes of Statue of Liberty Notes

Andrea Patrick is an exceptionally adventurous kindergarten teacher from Johnson Ranch Elementary School (Comal ISD) in Texas.  Her students use iPod touch devices for all kinds of fun learning activities.  Recently, while teaching a unit on American symbols, she found several videos that presented information in an age appropriate way.  They were short and provided important facts, as well as context and a story for each of the symbols. She downloaded the videos from her school’s video subscription service and synchronized them onto the iPods.

There was only one problem.  How would she know exactly what the students were getting from the experience?  Were they just passively consuming or were they retaining important facts and ideas? More

Dictating for Foreign Language Fluency


An essential part of improving student’s fluency in a foreign language is providing practice in speaking. However, for practice to be effective, students have to receive feedback on their pronunciation skills.  This apptivity is designed to give students an opportunity to document their fluency improvement. More

From Point A to Point B: Learning to Give Good Directions

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Even with all of today’s awesome GPS tools for navigation, there are still times when we need to be able to give good point to point directions. In this apptivity, we’ll be using the Maps and Voice Memo apps on the iPod touch to practice transferring spatial graphic directions into verbal directions. More

Making Decisions with Data: A Windy Proposition.

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One of the connections I strive to help students make is the connection between data and decision making. While there is no shortage of people who make decisions based on their intuition, tea leaves or magic 8 balls, I would much rather see choices made after a rational conversation based on data. In this iPad apptivity we will be using the computational engine Wolfram Alpha and spreadsheet application Numbers for iPad to help answer a question and communicate the results.

Literary Analysis with iBooks


In this apptivity we will look at how you can use an original ePub document in iBooks to do literary analysis. Specifically, we are going to look at song lyrics for examples of literary devices such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, personification and imagery. We’ll create our own ePub document using Pages and sync it to the iPad.

iBooks allows us to use highlighting to annotate specific examples using color coding. It also has a note feature which is useful in describing the significance of a passage. iBooks even has an email feature so you can send your notes to a peer or instructor. More

Cookie Party! Exploring Sequencing and Measurement with Recipes

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When I first saw the app Cookie Doodle, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how could a virtual cookie ever match up with a real one?! However, after playing with it for a bit, I realized that not only is it a lot of fun, but it could also be used to create a great apptivity that supported sequential thinking, measurement, fractions, and maybe even nutrition (although I don’t typically like to focus on nutrition when I get around cookies.). | how to recover deleted important files on mac for free | | bicycle team building | cheap youtube views packages More

Mapping Concepts and Communities

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Interactive maps have evolved from a novel approach to seeing the world into an standard tool for navigating and visualizing geography.  The Maps app found on all iOS devices provides students with a great way to see their community.  In this apptivity we are going to explore how to leverage the Map to locate landmarks and institutions that are important to our communities.  We will get our ideas organized by brainstorming community landmarks using a concept mapping app (Simple MindX or Idea Sketch) and then finding and bookmarking our locations using the Maps app. More

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