1. There is an app for iPads that allows you to create fonts! It is called iFont Maker for iPad. You all might have already known this, but Mrs. Stanford just told me about it! I don't have an iPad so I can't tell you anything about it, but she created a font of touchpoint numbers and has it free in her TpT store. Click HERE . to get there, but come back because you are going to want to read the rest of this!
2. Stick Pick- Do you use Popsicle sticks with names on them in your classroom? In my room, we call them Fair Sticks because I explain to them how they help us be fair and give everyone a turn. Well, now you don't have to write names on sticks and frown in disgust as your Sharpie bleeds into the wood and the names become all fuzzy! There's an app for that! It is available in the iTunes Store,currently for $2.99.
You enter your students' names, give it a shake, and out pops a stick. Drawing names is not all it does. During the setup, you choose a category of questions you want to focus on for each student. If you choose Bloom's you also choose the level you want for that student: knowledge, comprehension, application, etc. Rather than Bloom's, you can choose Bloom's Revised (the verbiage is different). If you have a English as a Second Language learner, there is a category for that too! Choose from beginning all the way to advanced. Or, if you don't want the question prompts, you can choose 'stick only'. Once a stick is drawn (by tapping the screen or shaking your phone), you can mark it as used or put it back in the can for another shot. It even sounds like you are dropping a stick in a tin can! This is a really cool app! It is compatible with iPhones iOS 3.2 & higher, iPads, and iPod Touch.
3. ClassDoJo- An awesome behavior management tool for the classroom. You set up your class online. Once your class is in place, you log in to the website on your phone, save the link to your homescreen, then use your phone like a remote to add and subtract points. This.Is.So.Cool! You can be in the cafeteria, see a child pick up a piece of trash and right then and there give her a point for helping others. Or if you see a child out of his seat, click Out of Chair. When you get back to the room, display the website for the class (projector, monitor, whatever you use) and they will see what they have. There is even an option to email the behavior reports to parents. The website is very user friendly and has fun little avatars to represent students.
4. Dialmycalls.com- Record a message via phone or upload, create a list of number to call, & pick a time and date to send the calls. Bam! That's it. Remind all your parents about the field trip or picture day in a matter of minutes, without getting stuck talking to that one parent...ha! Seriously, this is a cool website. I haven't personally used it, but I'm agonna. Of course there are packages to buy and fancy upgrades, but we are teachers and we like free. Well get this, you can make up to 25 calls per week for FREE! Check it out, but come back because I've got a few more little gems for ya.
5. Kikutext.com- The slideshow below does a great job explaining it. IMO, the best part is that you can do it through the computer. You don't see the parents numbers (although you have them somewhere) and they don't see yours (if that matters to you). Me- I just ordered 250 cards from Vista Print (For $10! Hurry and jump on that special if you need cards) and put every form of communication possible on them! Click HERE to receive $5 off your Vista Print order, because I love my readers!
View more PowerPoint from Kikutext
7. ScootPad- Practice Common Core reading and math skills online for FREE! I learned about this one today from Kate from EduKate and Inspire. She is one of the writers at Technology Tailgate.
Both are great blogs. Click on of the buttons below to read more!
8. Edmodo- I am going to be honest, I have signed up for this, but have not fully explored it. When you log in, it looks a bit like Facebook (to appeal to kids, I guess). I THINK you have to have a district code. Not 100% sure, but I think you do. I found a short, voiceless, & painless video that highlights some of the features, like a gradebook, calendar, polling options, etc. In my opinion, this would be better for older students than younger.
9. That's all I've got! I hope you found something that you can use!
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