Archive for July, 2011

Today’s App- First Calculator- Talking Calculator for Kids- June 19

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Today’s App is First Calculator- Talking Calculator for Kids by St. Madeleine Sophie School.

This App features fun numbers and the four basic operations.

Each number is said aloud in the voice of a child.  The operations signs are said aloud as well to foster math vocabulary.

Numbers keys are coded with a green background while operations signs appear with a blue background.  The “equals” button appears with an orange background.

Great for calculator exploration in pre-school and kindergarten.

Awesome for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers.

First Calculator- Talking Calculator for Kids is only $.99!



Today’s App- Kids Writing Pad- Mon., July 18

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Sorry about the short hiatus in “App-A Day” posts.  I’m back!

Today’s App is called Kids Writing Pad by

This App provides an opportunity to practice handwriting skills, strengthen fine motor skills, complete spelling tasks, practice shapes, and more!

A simple lined white screen provides the chance to instruct handwriting on the top, bottom, and mid lines.

We used this App to take spelling tests, practice writing our first and last names, draw shapes, trace words, etc., etc.

Kids Writing Pad is only $.99!

Two Apps Today! My Underwear! Words with Friends!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Two Apps Today!  One for kids and one for grownups!

First, for kids, today’s App is “My Underwear” by Thumb Arcade!

My Underwear is a hilarious App (I mean who doesn’t laugh at the word underwear?)!

Beautiful, original illustrations and original music!  Four games to play- finger paint your underwear, match underwear by color and shape, memory match game, and feed the hungry monsters with underwear!

My student says “I love to play My Underwear with my cousin.  We take turns.”

My Underwear by Thumb Arcade is $2.99.


An App for grownups today too!

Words with Friends HD Free by Newtoy Inc. is a fun game that can be played at any time!

This game is addictive!  It’s digital Scrabble and is played by over 20 million people!  Someone you know is already playing Words with Friends!!!

Start a game on your phone, finish days later on your iPad.  Find your friends and play a game!

Words with Friends HD Free by Newtoy Inc. is FREE (there’s a paid version for $2.99)!



Intro. to the Global Read Aloud Project with Flat Stanley!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

~Global Read Aloud Project~ Flat Stanley~

  • The Project will begin on Sept. 14th and run for 4 weeks.
  • An international group of teachers is in the planning process for the 4 week lessons.  We’ve selected the original Flat Stanley book and will select one of the follow-up Flat Stanley books.  We’ll spend 2 weeks on each book.
  • I will be modifying many of the ideas to be sure they fit our interests, needs, and abilities.  These web sites (and others) may be used for the project: VoiceThread, Wordle, Edmodo, Twitter, Wikispaces, Wallwisher, and Weebly.
  • Most of this project will be completed at school.  There will be one part of the project that I ask you to do at home.  This should take no more than one week.

– You will receive “Flat Stanley” in a bag along with a camera, notebook, and the book.

– I’d love if you could read the book nightly with your child.

– I will ask your child to take Flat Stanley with him/her to any place youtravel in that one week.

– I will ask that you help your child take pictures of Flat Stanley in these places.  If you don’t

go anywhere in that week, I would encourage you to take photos of Flat Stanley in your

child’s favorite places in your home, yard, or neighborhood or with family members.

– In the notebook that comes home, your child will have a chance to write a paragraph or

use picture icons to tell about your week with Flat Stanley.

– You will be asked to send back the bag and items when your week is

complete so that we can  use them in school to complete our


  • I will keep an update posted on the Room 5 Blog page as we complete lessons, projects, and activities.  Check the “Global Read Aloud” section or click the tag “Flat Stanley” at to see what we’re doing.



Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Big thanks to Wendy Watts at Loeschware LLC for the PROMO CODES for their Apps FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS and MY ABC TRAIN!

Teachers and parents (and all of their kids/students) all benefited from the 15 codes you provided!


Today’s App- Speech with Milo: Verbs – Mon., July 11

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Today’s App is Speech with Milo: Verbs by Doonan Speech Therapy.

First, we love the sounds and music in Speech with Milo.

Second, what a cute little mouse!

This App was created by a Speech and Language Pathologist to offer a “versatile and entertaining speech therapy tool.”

Milo, the mouse, performs “over 100 actions to help build and action word vocabulary.”

This App provides a nice way for teachers to provide language practice on days when SL therapy is not scheduled.

Speech with Milo: Verbs by Doonan Speech Therapy is only $2.99.

Today’s App- Clifford’s BE BIG With Words- Fri., July 8

Friday, July 8th, 2011

My Birthday App of the Day is Clifford’s BE BIG With Words by Scholastic Inc.

Clifford’s BE BIG With Words App is a great motivator for our students while also helping building early literacy skills.  Great practice for spelling three letter words!

Straight from the App- “Clifford’s BE BIG With Words” is a great game for kids who love Clifford and love to learn!  Building an understanding of words through alphabetic awareness is critical in cultivating reading skills in young children.”

Clifford’s BE BIG With Words by Scholastic Inc. is $3.99.

More Acronyms and Words to Know…

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

In addition to the Special Education Acronyms we’ve posted before, check out some new ones you might need to know…

iOS- i Operating System like that used on the iPad, iPod, iPhone or iTouch (I might say something like “For those iOS users…”)

Apps– short for “Applications”, as in the programs/games/software used on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or iTouch

Developers- People/companies who make “Apps” for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iTouch.

PROMO CODES– Sometimes developers give out codes to use in the iTunes store for FREE Apps.  The promo codes can be entered on the home page of iTunes by pressing “Redeem” in the upper right hand menu.

AT- Assistive Technology- This can be as simple as a calculator or picture schedule to as high-tech as an iPad or computer.

AAC- Assistive Augmentative Communication- as in an iPad used for communication, a Dynavox Xpress, a Vantage or Vantage Lite, Springboard, etc.

“Chat”- This may be listed in your child’s “collaboration time” between teachers and SLPs.  We may use “Google Chat” or an instant message system in Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

Microblogging- Using a web site like “Twitter” for small burst of information.

Blog- A Web Log or written account of activities or information.

Glog- A graphic blog like those found on




Today’s App- Word SLaPps- Thurs., July 7th, 2011

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Today’s App is Word SLaPps by Zorten.

This is an App used to teach vocabulary words specific to your child’s world.  Created by an SLP and based on Discrete Trial Teaching, the user touches the targeted image and is rewarded with visuals and/or sounds.

The App comes preloaded with color and animal categories to start.  Again, the App is customizable and more categories are available.

A great way to work on “speech and language” skills in the classroom on days when therapy is not scheduled!

Word SLaPps by Zorten is available for $2.99.

Today’s App- Math Magic- Wed., July 6th, 2011

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Today’s App is Math Magic by Anusen Inc.

Math Magic includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  GREAT for students who need receptive answer choices!  Given 4 choices as answers for a math sentence, the user chooses the correct answer by touching it.

The App provides positive reinforcement when the user answers correctly, and gives reinforcement to “try again” or “you can do it” if the user chooses an incorrect response.

Math Magic by Anusen Inc. is only $.99!