Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Favorite Finds from TCEA

Guest Post by Rachael Hulse, 3rd Grade Language Arts and Social Studies, CES

Hey Dragons! My name is Rachael Hulse and I am a 3rd grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Carroll Elementary. I attended TCEA this year for the first time with our digital team.

Here are just a few of my Favorite Finds from #TCEA15:

Charades for Kids!
This is a really fun way to review any vocabulary words. All you have to do is put in the word list and then you are good to go! We used this for Wordly Wise and they LOVED it.

Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. They have a printed card that they hold up and rotate depending on their answer. The iPad will scan the cards and immediately give you results of what everyone answered. I have loved getting to use this with my students!

This is a flashcards and study tool that will help students to review anywhere. Students can 1) study on the go, 2) play games to study, 3) create your own flashcards or 4) study with images and audio. A great tool for all learning styles.

Post-it Plus
Use the app to capture an image of the Post-it® Notes from your work session and manipulate them digitally. Capture up to 50 notes at a time and save as a board. You can combine boards. Export boards to PowerPoint, Excel or PDF file. This would be great to use during reading/writing workshop or for exit tickets.

All the apps are free and can be used on any iOS device. The apps can be used across curriculum and are a great way to engage your students. Be sure to give them a try. 

On top of all the great learning, a few of us enjoyed getting to see the Spazmatics perform at the conference. 
Left to Right: Jenny Bowen, me, Jessi Valles

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