February 11, 2014
Last week I received five Apple mini iPads to use in my classroom. My district does not provide funding to pay for apps so all apps I select are free. These are the apps that I’ve loaded so far.
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Merriam Webster is the official dictionary for my school district. My favorite part is that the app includes pronunciation and will ‘pronounce” the word.
- GoodReads – In years past, I have taught my students to use GoodReads to manage their reading. My favorite part is the ISBN barcode scanner.
- Edmodo – To supplement my classroom teaching, I use Edmodo. It’s one of my favorite sites.
- YouTube – Let’s be honest, there are times when I want students on YouTube. We found great videos of commercials for our media literacy unit.
- ClassDojo – I use ClassDojo to monitor class behavior. My district now requires that students receive a letter grade for behavior (A, B, C, or F). ClassDojo provides a rationale for behavior evaluation.
I need to find a good QR code scanner.
What would be some other good apps for middle school language arts?