Friday, February 14, 2014

Augmented Valentine's Day

Our Valentine's Day party was pretty typical: First we played Valentine Jingo (like bingo), ate too many cookies, and then exchanged our cards. But....Today's party ended like no other! Using the Heart Cam app my students got to take a look at what a real heart looks like. This clever app uses augmented reality to create the illusion of an open chest cavity and a beating heart. Using the printed trigger page, the students were initially shocked at what they saw, but then had fun zooming in and taking a good look at what their own heart might look like.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Awesome Math App - Count & Grow by Urbn;Pockets

I love Count & Grow! It's a great math app by Urbn;Pockets that my students use during math rotations to help build their math fact fluency. Check out the tutorial I created:

  This app is different because it's not just fact recall. Students must use higher order thinking skills, number decomposition, and fact families to solve the fact. They are given the sum (whole) and it's up to them to come up with the addends (parts).  I also like that there is not just one right answer. Students will discover different ways to make the same number. They will also learn how to use more than two numbers because the more numbers they use, the faster they will win the round! This app is excellent "drill for skill" practice!

*Redemption codes provided by Urbn;Pockets, but opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fun Maps for Kids and Layar App

I just received my new personalized classroom Interactive Fun Map from Fun Maps for Kids!  I can't wait to hang it in a low spot in the classroom so my students can enjoy learning about the world using Layar - an augmented reality app.
I added a personalized title at no extra cost!
Using the Layar app on our iPads, the students will learn about the world's continents, landmarks, and animals. There are over 80 interactive objects on the map. When they click on an object, audio and video appear right on the screen! This map has arrived just in time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. We will be talking about the athletes and the different countries they represent. This map will make an excellent companion to our class discussions. 

click on the 3-D images and learn! 
According to the Fun Maps For Kids website, new content will be introduced monthly so the map will constantly evolve and students will continue to learn new and exciting information about the world.

  *This map was purchased. All opinions are my own.