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iPads, iPod Touches, and the Common Core

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The second session I attended on Wednesday, Feb. 13th was titled “iPads, iPod Touches, and the Common Core.”  The presenter was Mindy Newell, 2nd grade teacher in Upper Sandusky.  Mrs. Newell provided links to many of the ways she’s connected including her blog page,


The most striking part of this presentation were the similarities between this presenter, me, and one of my colleagues, Melanie Broxterman whom I met on twitter.  I really enjoyed being able to hear from another educator who feels that her class, education, and educational technology are her passions.  She shared many Apps that I already use in my classroom and several Apps that are new to me that I bought during the session from the iTunes Store.


I cannot wait to share all of this information with teachers in my school.  I plan to use one of our morning PLC meetings along with email and on my blog  I also plan to share with other teachers and my PLN using twitter and my blog.  I cannot wait to connect with the presenter Mrs. Newell over twitter as well.


Being able to make this connection will help my instructional practices immensely.  I will be able to share my ideas and collaborate with a like-minded professional and this can have unlimited benefits.

Evernote for Audio Tests

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Monday morning, first session, totally useful!

I learned how to start an Evernote account and create a notebook to then store notes that I can add my voice to so that kids can have tests read aloud without having to go to the back of the room or out in the hallway to take a test with their appropriate IEP accommodations.


It was cool.

It was the first time that I felt like Evernote could work for me. I started to get excited.

You mean I can use tech to help my kids be more included? To be more independent? To help themselves?


So, here’s how:
1. Get the Evernote app on your device or desktop.
2. Set up an account. Its free.
3. Create a notebook.
4. In the notebook, create a note.
5. Give it a title.
6. Type the question in, if you want.
7. Record the question using your own voice.
8. Add a picture if you want.
9. Save it and start a new note for question 2.

The part I’m not sure about yet is how to share it to a student notebook and put it on the student iPads. I will figure that out… This weekend… I swear.

This is the review I wrote about the session for 2 credits from The U of Akron-


The first session I attended on Monday, Feb. 11th was titled “Pairing Evernote and iPods to Benefit Diverse Learners.”  The presenters were Beth Kingsley, a 3rd grade teacher, Gerri Bolin, a 5th grade teacher, and Tricia Kluener, a Technology Integration Specialist. Their presentation style included lecture, some demonstration, and then hands-on learning using the iPad App, Evernote.  Evernote is a free App and participants were able to get it from the App store during the presentation.


The three presenters shared how they use Evernote in their classrooms to record and then play “audio tests” or “tests read aloud.”  This was the most striking element for me. I could see how students could be more included and not pulled to the back of a table or even out in the hallway to get appropriate IEP accommodations.  The students could easily be part of the class with an iPad, the Evernote App, and a set of headphones.


When I share this with the staff at my school, I plan to show the power of inclusion.  I’d like to show how students can easily be accommodated in the general education classroom without ostracizing them or making them feel any different.  This will also help teachers of resource rooms to be more efficient in their practice.  Running a multi-grade resource room can be very difficult, but using audio recordings in Evernote could help.  I plan to share this with other teachers in my district and PLN by sharing my blog,, and directing users to the category “eTech Ohio 2013.”


I can’t wait to have the time to further reflect on how this will be beneficial in my classroom.  Again, it will make running a multi-grade resource room much more efficient.  It will also help me to become more familiar with the other many beneficial uses of Evernote in the classroom.



New Apps Post! 11-21-12

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

With the day off before Thanksgiving break, I’ve finally had a chance to take a look at some new apps for our class.  Check out these 3 awesome additions!  Worth the money for each and every app!

Three awesome apps from the Mobile Education Store!

Rainbow Sentences

Preposition Builder

Tense Builder

Tense Builder is an app “designed to help students learn how to identify and use correct tense forms by playing movie quality animated videos to demonstrate past, present, and future tenses” (iTunes Store).  Like other Mobile Education apps (Sentence Builder, Story Builder, etc.), Tense Builder provides the chance for students to build a sentence with the correct verb tense (based on video modeling) and then record the sentence in their own voice to provide for reading and speech fluency.  This app also provides the opportunity to track students’ progress.



Another great app is Preposition Builder by the Mobile Education Store!  Preposition Builder offers the same opportunity to complete a sentence, this time with the correct preposition (like under, in, out, etc.).  The student can complete the sentence, hear the sentence, and repeat/read the sentence back for reading and speech fluency.  This app provides animations for each preposition and provides the chance to track students’ progress as well.


Lastly, the app I’ve been searching for, Rainbow Sentences!  This app is “designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues.”  Nouns, verbs, and prepositions are all color coded to provide to improve understanding of sentence order.  There are 168 illustrations in this app for sentence creation and provide color coded words for added visual support.  Sentences can be recorded for added reading and speech fluency.  I can’t wait to use Rainbow Sentences on Monday!


20 Favorite Apps in 2011!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

There are a ton of Apps we love in Room 5.  But when I stopped to think of which Apps we used the most for instruction purposes this year, I came up with this list of 20.  I am sure the kids would have a different list (scroll to the bottom of the list for some “kid choices”).

Our 20 Most Favorite Apps for Instruction in 2011

1. ABC Magnetic Alphabet (on sale now for $1.99) is the #1 most used App in our classroom.  We use it for letter identification, spelling, making words, assessments, and more!

2. Angry Octopus ($7.99) is an interactive social story that can be used for deep breathing and anger management along with listening comprehension!

3. Answers: YesNo HD ($2.99) was designed for easy communication with nonverbal students. We love that it’s customizable for more than just Yes/No responses.

4. Autism Xpress (FREE!) is an App we used daily in circle time.  This App shows 12 different emotions visually.  Some are great fun too… Gassy? “Excuse me.”

5. Cookie Doodle ($.99) is so much fun! Plus, it helps with following directions, sequencing, measurement, functional vocabulary and more!

6. Cute Math ($1.99) provides up to 7 different games for basic number sense concepts like counting, number identification, sequencing, addition, and subtraction. We like the Baby Penguins the best!

7. Everyday Mathematics Monster Squeeze ($1.99) is great for social skills like taking turns AND number sense (greater than, less than, number identification).

8. K-3 Sight Words ($.99) has eliminated the need for rings of flashcards in our room!  We use this App twice monthly for each student to assess their sight word reading.

9. Learning A-Z Leveled Books and Libraries – LAZ ($6.99 per library, $1.99 per book) has helped eliminate some of the printing, cutting, and stapling that we hate from the Reading A-Z books that we LOVE!  Almost every level is now an App and highlights vocabulary, provides additional photos, and gives comprehension and higher level thinking questions at the end of each booklet.

10. Math Magic ($.99) is a nice tool for kids that need receptive responses/ answer choices.  This game practices basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, but gives 4 answer choices as responses.  It also provides feedback to the user.

11. Proloquo2Go ($189.99) is the communication App that has made it possible for one of our students to communicate!  We love it and how easy it is to customize!  He loves the option to type on a keyboard or use picture symbols.

12. I Learn with Poko: Seasons and Weather HD ($2.99) is a ton of fun and helps with functional skills like identifying the clothing you wear in the winter, spring, summer, and fall!  It even provides some calendar skills and following directions as well!

13. See.Touch.Learn. (Free with in-app purchases) is a great vocabulary builder for our kids.  They need to wait, listen to directions, wait for directions, identify objects or words and more!

14. Sentence Builder for iPad ($5.99) is designed to help kids build grammatically correct sentences.  My goal with this App to get my kids to slow down long enough to actually look at a picture and give a sentence about it. :)  Eventually we’ll work on the grammar part.

15. Story Builder for iPad ($7.99) is worth every penny!  This App has helped my kids who HATE to write to develop stories and record them.  We even use our recordings to then sit down and write a four sentence story! Love this one!

16. Tell Time- Little Matchups Game (FREE!) helps kids tell time by matching analog and digital clocks with verbal prompts. You can even record your own voice for reinforcement!

17. Wood Puzzle HD ($1.99) is great for fine motor skills when you turn on the option to use two hands and rotate each puzzle piece!  Also nice for colors, shapes, problem solving, holidays… My kiddos LOVE this one! Updated for each holiday!

18. Word Magic ($.99) is a nice game for phonics skills like short and long vowel sounds, beginning, medial, and ending sounds, and blends.  We also use this one for assessment.

19. Write On ($1.99) is nice little tracing/write App that also provides animals names and sounds.

20. ANY books by Oceanhouse Media or the Ruckus Media Group!

Oceanhouse Media has the Mercer Mayer books, Dr. Seuss Books, AND Little Monkeys!  They also provide sale prices for events on Facebook and Twitter which make their books so affordable.  Plus, the kids love them!

Ruckus Media Group has a great variety of books read by celebrities like Meryl Streep!  They also provide tons of sales including one right now where net proceeds are going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Awesome!


5 Additional Apps My Kiddos Would Add to the List-

Five Little Monkeys by Loeschware ($.99 ) is very cute, great for motivation, fun, and can be used for counting, colors, movement, vocabulary, and more!

Thomas Game Pack ($2.99) is one of our favorites! I am constantly amazed at the way the kids can navigate the train tracks and put together the puzzles!

Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels ($4.99) is great if you love Thomas!  Can you tell we love Thomas?

FirstWords: Animals ($1.99) is also a big favorite of ours!  One kiddo asks for this App all day long!  He loves letters AND animals!

Create a Car ($.99) is a big favorite of two students.  Fun that you can choose all the parts of the car and put it together and start the engine!


Take Advantage of the BIG APP SALES This Weekend!

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

WOW!  There are so many App Sales this weekend!  Be sure to take advantage!!!


Jump Rope with Dash & Ditto is FREE this weekend!


Partial Sums Addition is FREE!

Partial Differences Subtraction is FREE!

PictureBook is FREE!

iDoodleCard is FREE!

Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure is FREE until Oct. 3rd!

Go Go Mongo! Is FREE this weekend only.

I have 4 PROMO CODES for the App Big Top Circus by Loeschware.  First come, first serve. 😉


My Underwear is on sale for $.99!

Speech with Milo: Verbs is $.99 this weekend.

Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook is $.99.

Olivia Acts Out is on sale this weekend for $.99.

BRAND NEW APP!!!  My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle Teacher for a Day is $.99 (will be $3.99 soon!).

The Velveteen Rabbit is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Johnny Appleseed is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

John Henry  is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Tom Thumb is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Goldilocks, told by Meg Ryan, is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Steadfast Tin Soldier is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

The Three Little Pigs, told by Holly Hunter, is $.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Moo, Ba, La, La, La! is $1.99 this weekend (usually $2.99).

The Going to Bed Book is $1.99 this weekend (usually $2.99).

Blue Hat, Green Hat is $2.99 this weekend (usually $3.99).

Zoo Train is $.99 this weekend!

Penelope the Purple Pirate (iPhone version that works on iPad) is only $.99 this weekend!

Alphabet Letter and Number Sequencing– Space Aliens is $.99 (usually $1.99).

1~100 is $.99 this weekend (usually $1.99).

Discover Dinosaurs is $.99 this weekend (usually $1.99).

Preschool Find and Match Alphabet Letters & Numbers is $.99 (usually $1.99).

Dash & Ditto’s Playground is $.99 this weekend.

What Are You Eating? is $.99 (from $1.99).

Fred, the Talking Doghorse is $.99!

Amber, the Talking Fairy Princess is $.99 (usually $1.99).

Who Is That Little Kid? is $.99 from $1.99.

A Hug and a Kiss is $.99 this weekend from $1.99.

I Have to Go! is $.99 (from $1.99).

It’s Great Being Little is $.99 (from $1.99).

iReward is 40% off at $2.99!

My Pictures Talk- Video Modeling Tool is 40% off at $2.99.

Bunny Run: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes is $.99.

Auracle- The Trees Grin Beside Me is $.99.

Auracle- Winter Is... is $.99.

Auracle- Red Riding Hood is $.99.

Auracle- Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty is $.99.

4th of July- Auracle is $.99.

Splash Math- 3rd grade summer workbook is on sale for $3.99 (get the iPhone App that works on iPad).

Splash Math- 1st grade worksheets is on sale for $3.99 (iPhone version compatible on iPad).

Splash Math- 2nd grade summer workbook is on sale for $3.99 (iPhone version).

Faces iMake is 50% at $1.99.

Kidoodle Pirate Scribblebeard is 50% off at $1.99.

Discover Your Body HD is only $.99.

World of Goo is 80% off at $.99.

New iPad Start Up Page!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Check out our new iPad for Beginners page used in PD in our district!

BBHCSD (Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District) iPad Page!

We Love Those iPads!

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

August 2011

THANK YOU to the Ruckus Media Group!

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

A BIG THANK YOU to Holly at the Ruckus Media Group (@RuckusMedia)!

Holly has gifted Room 5 with the Interactive Story Book Apps of The Velveteen Rabbit and Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul!

Once we get back to school and use the Apps, we will be sure to review them right here on this page!




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!


New! App A Day!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Inspired by the blog CGregoryRun, I will now be posting an “App A Day” for the readers of this Room 5 Blog!  Check the section called “App A Day!”

Here are some other places I like to find great Apps:

Moms With Apps

Apps for SLPs

App Recommendations for Students with Autism

i Education Apps Review