Apps in the Classroom – PuzzleMaker: WordSearch

Today's feature is a simple little app that lets you easily create custom Word Searches ($2.99). Teachers can throw together a puzzle in under 10 minutes, then print it out for students or upload it to Showbie for paperless distribution.

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Apps in the Classroom – Toontastic

Today’s app is a fun way of teaching your students about setting, plot, climax, resolution, and other important literary terms. Toontastic is an app that lets students create their own cartoons and animations. It is a heftier investment than many apps we cover on this blog at $19.99 (although there is a free version available for you to use to test it out), but if you want a well-made and fun app for your students to use to create some really interesting and unique projects/presentations, then it is worth the money.

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Apps in the Classroom – Book Creator

Book Creator ($4.99) is one of the most well-known and popular classroom apps utilized in schools with both 1-to-1 iPad distribution and grade level mobile iPad carts. It allows students to create their own books which can then be opened in iBooks and shared via email as an iBook or PDF file. So allow me to add my thumbs up to the already considerable pile of endorsements for this app.
Here are some ideas on how to use it…

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Apps in the Classroom – iBooks and Class Sets of Novels

Sometimes the most obvious uses for an iPad are the ones that get overlooked. If you ask teachers about one of the potential benefits of having iPads in the classroom, most will mention textbooks. How great would it be to have all of a student's textbooks on the iPad? The books will always be with them and they won't break their back carrying them everywhere.

Well this post isn't about textbooks. I'm saving that until after my school actually finalizes their textbook plans for next year, so keep an eye out for that as we approach the end of the school year. Instead, I want to focus on another thing you can use iBooks for: free class sets of novels.

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