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Gingerbread Man App Smash

Apps, iPad, Technology

We created a class gingerbread story this week.  We used our iPads and app smashed our way through the process. Step 1: Students were greeted with a pile of craft materials.  They were asked to create gingerbread people. Many students wanted a template to cut out, but I didn’t provide one and simply encouraged to them to do their best!  We used: construction paper glue sticks, wet glue, and hot glue yarn pipe cleaners pom poms buttons beads feathers foam…

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Bloomz: 1 App, 9 Tools

Apps, Bloomz, Parent Communication

Bloomz.  Visit your nearest app store and download it right now!  I’m not kidding!  Your teaching-life will be changed.  Forever. Prior to using Bloomz I: wrote classroom newsletters wrote classroom notes/updates mass emailed parents individually emailed parents mass texted parents individually texted parents managed an 11-step process for scheduling P/T conferences secured volunteers through a 3-step process secured classroom items through a 3-step process wrote blog posts to classroom site Bloomz {it’s free} has revolutionized the way I communicate with parents.  Using Bloomz…

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Classroom Library Apps

Apps, Book Bins, Book Leveling, Classroom Library

“I want to level and organize my classroom library.  Which apps are best for classroom libraries?” I’ve noticed this question surface a lot this summer. Library Thing houses my library catalog.  It contains information about book levels, book categories.  It’s also searchable (which is VERY handy when I’m looking up books to see if I have it or whether it’s one I usually get from the public library).  I’ve been using LibraryThing for years. It’s been around for a long time…

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Parent Communication App Review

Apps, Bloomz, Parent Communication

My goal for next year is to increase and strengthen parent communication. I wanted to find an app that would meet the following goals: Allow me to share photos, links, and messages. Allow parents to respond to messages. Allow me to message/share with a few select or all parents. Allow me to schedule events and notify parents of the events. Sync scheduled events to my Google Class Calendar. Allow me to schedule Parent/Teacher conferences. Share volunteer and wish list opportunities. Work…

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