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
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

Subscribe to “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” weekly podcasts!

Podcast RSS Feed

iTunes Podcast Link

Receive an email alert whenever a new Speed of Creativity podcast is published!

If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, consider subscribing to Wes' free, weekly newsletter. Generally Wes shares a new edition on Monday mornings, and it includes a TIP, a TOOL, a TEXT (article to read) and a TUTORIAL video. You can also check out past editions of Wes' newsletter online free!

Did you know Wes has published several eBooks and "eBook singles?" 1 of them is available free! Check them out! Also visit Wes' subscription-based tutorial VIDEO library supporting technology integrating teachers worldwide!

MORE WAYS TO LEARN WITH WES: Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard! Follow Dr. Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wes' Facebook page for "Speed of Creativity Learning". Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Show With Media: What Do You Want to CREATE Today?"

On this day..

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Made with Love in Oklahoma City