This podcast is an audio recording of Jessica Asbury and Daniel Wessel’s presentation, “iPad: A Tool for Differentiation” at the MACE Conference on March 4, 2011. The recording is initially a little hard to listen to because the audio from played videos in the session compete with the presenters, but STICK WITH IT! This was a FANTASTIC session and you’ll want to hear everything Jessica and Daniel had to share. Jessica is a 1st grade teacher at Lansing Elementary School, and Daniel is the technology director for Lansing Public Schools. Refer to the podcast shownotes for links to referenced apps, a link to my text notes from this session, and (coming soon when I find it) a link to an iPhone-recorded version of the video shared at the start of this presentation.

Show Notes:

  1. My text notes from this session, “iPad: A Tool for Differentiation
  2. Favorite Apps shared in this session:

Free App Tracker (free)- Lists all the current discounted or free apps
PowerTeacher(free)- allows you to access PowerTeacher from iPad
Dropbox(free)- allows you to save at school computer and access on iPad
On This Day(free)- Tells you important historical information about dates
• Discovery Ed( free)- allows you to access your United Steaming account
Google (free)- voice activated search engine
• AR Finder ($2)- find the level for most books
eCove General (free)- teacher tools such as Bloom’s checklists and hand raising counters
Student- Language Arts
Story Chimes ($1-$2 each) – stories for children to listen to or read themselves
• iReading ($2 each)- more stories to listen to or read
A Story Before Bed ($30 yearly subscription)- read stories to your class using webcam
Hangman(free)- traditional Hang Man game
Story Kit(free)- make your own electronic book
StoryBuddy ($6)- make your own electronic book
Wordventure (free)/Mad Lib (free)- grammar practice
Word Quiz (free)- record your voice giving spelling test and student’s type answers
AccelaStudy (free)- vocabulary practice
Miss Spell (free)- commonly misspelled word practice
Chicktionary (free)- use letter to make words against the clock
• Free Spelling Practice Apps- Graffiti, Dragon Dictation, Draw, PegLightSketchmaniaPuzzleBaby ($3), Glitter DrawGlow Draw,Audio NoteWhiteboard ($5), Light SignalsASL-American Sign Language ($1)
Teach Me Kindergarten and First Grade ($1 each) – sight words, math skills, phonics, tracks progress
• Time Reading K-12 ($2)- Fluency stories leveled K-12, tracks progress
Sentence Builder ($4)- match the words to pictures to generate and read
Story Builder ($4)- record your answers to the questions asked on photo to hear your own story
Tales to Go (Free)- huge listening library with no tape player mess
Sock Puppets (free)- plan a story, act it out and record the voices
Voices 2 ($1)- record students reading to practice fluency then change their voice 30 different ways
Read Me Stories (free)- books read out loud with words, adds a new book each day it is used
Textropolis (free) – build a city by piecing together words
Grammar Up (free)- practice reading tests 10 ten grammar areas
LAZ Level Library ($7each)- sets of 12 books on given level. Reading A-Z Levels AA-Q
Math
Coin Jar ($1)- practices estimation and coin counting
Tell Time ($2)- practices analogue time skills
Bubble Clock Time ($1)- pop the bubbles to practice telling time
• Math Spin (free)- addition facts
Make Change ($1)- practice in giving correct change
• UnderSea Math ($2)- addition and subtraction practice
Pizza Fractions ($1)- comparing fraction practice, 4th grade
Motion Math ($1)- fun ball dropping game to practice fractions
Kids Math 1st through 4th grade ($2 each)- leveled math practice
Easy Chart HD ($1)- gather and easily graph information
Pattern Recognition Prek-1st ($1 each)- make, name and continue patterns
Everyday Mathematics by McGraw Hill ($2 each)- fun games to practice facts, and fractions
Rocket Math (free)- practice money, shapes, and facts in outer space with rocket designed by you
Sum Stacker ($1)- build stacks to equal correct totals, can practice with number words, Spanish, roman numerals, dice, etc.
Strategy & Creativity
Faces iMake (free)- design faces using imagination
iChess Lite (free)- play a game of chess with partner or against computer
Four In A Row (free)- Connect Four
Tangram Pro ($1)- great for both the left and right side of brain
Cut the Rope ($1)- fun problem solving
• Lego Creations (free)- visual and spatial
Lemonade Tycoon (Free)- build your empire one glass at a time
• RoboFree (free)- plan how to move your robot to the right ending spot
Monster Mix and Match ($2)- promotes critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, design monster for fun writing assignment
Social Studies and Science
United States Puzzle Map ($1)- race to beat the best score on puzzle of USA, has other maps, too
Stack the States ($1)- answer trivia to play a Tetris like stacking game with the states
Google Earth (free)- maps
Planets (free)- space
Science Glossary (free)- user friendly and easy to read
Science Facts (free)- for the brainy fact finder, the info will amaze
Solar Walk ($3)- explore space with amazing pictures that will capture anyone’s interest
Geo Walk ($1)- explore the world through amazing images, just click the city
Star Walk ($3)- hold up to the sky to line up the stars and see the constellations.
Magic School Bus ($8)- Explore the ocean with interactive book, really neat!
Brain Pop (free)- watch a new educational movie a day
Oregon Trail ($1)- figure out how to survive while traveling west

Special Education
Proloquo2go ($190)- assistive communication that includes augmentative and alternative communication, easy to use.
Model Me Kids (free)- videos for modeling social skills
Language Builder ($4)- record ESL students talking about the given photograph
E Touch English Lite (free)- great for building ESL vocabulary
eCove SPED (free)- timers, checklists, counters and scales.
English for Kids (free)- teach English using this Rosetta Stone style leaning game
Play2Learn ($2)- available in several languages, click pictures to hear the word

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  • http://www.siglersite.com/blog James Sigler

    Thanks for this just-in-time podcast and links. I included many of the apps listed to finish writing a grant for an iPad for my classroom. I wish I could have about 6 for my classroom instead of 1. Great to work on reading in small groups. I also included to Splashtop app to turn the iPad into an interactive whiteboard. Just sent it in today.

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