Category Archive: App Reviews

Breathing Anchor Charts

I finally had a chance to try an idea this summer during our literacy summer school and wanted to quickly share before the new year. We use anchor charts all the time –… Continue reading

Making Personal Learning Goals with List Apps

Around February, I started following Kristi Mraz’s new blog, Kinderconfidential. Granted, I teach fifth grade, but reading about the little-people-world often gives me insight to where it all started for my “big kids”.… Continue reading

Digital Corkboard: A Game-Changer for Readers

We all love it when our students use post-its as they read. It is a powerful way for readers to make connections about the characters or topics. We also depend on it to… Continue reading

A Fresh Approach to Fostering Digital Writers

I met Troy Hicks (@hickstro) at the Literacy for All Conference in November and he asked how I was redefining my writing instruction now that I had the iPads. After talking with him… Continue reading

Developing Vocabulary through Acting and Photography

My new “APPsession” is an app called WordFoto. Simply take a photo and choose 2-3 words that would be embedded in the entire photo. The photos look artistic and can be either shared… Continue reading

iNotebooks: Make Note-taking Engaging and Formative!

Aside from a writing journal, a student uses a notebook typically to take down notes so they can refer back to them later as a resource. In some schools, teachers are taking notebooks… Continue reading

Enhance Reading Workshop with Popplet

Popplet is one of my favorite apps to use now for Reading Workshop. Available online at AND as an app for IPads. It takes very little time to set it up for… Continue reading

Everyday Apps for Everyday Math

iPads are like the GPS. We were totally fine with just computers and road maps. But now that we have it, there’s no chance of turning back. Whether it is with one iPad… Continue reading