Thursday, January 31, 2013

Little Bird Tales

Little Bird Tales is an easy to use digital storytelling tool that can be used online (they do have an app also that is $2.99). Students can upload their own artwork, record their voice, add text, and projects can be shared by purchasing an mp4, emailing, embedding in your classroom website, or creating a PDF. 

Here's how it works:

You could set up accounts for individual students and have them write stories...

 or create class books, like this example:

They also have Common Core templates build in for grades K-5 when you set up a teacher account!

Looking to learn more? Here is another tutorial and other ideas to use it in your classroom. 

Are you using it with your students? Comment and share what ideas you have!


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Common Core Based Math App

By: Elementary Connection
I search for APPS daily to use, to implement or to adapt to help teach the Common Core Standards and for my students to practice the Common Core Standards on their own! When I found this app, I shouted, "BINGO! BINGO! BINGO!" This App let's you chose the Common Core Standard and grade level to practice. For once, an app that I don't have to search for ways or come up with my own ideas how to use it or integrate the Common Core! 
I hope this company makes MANY MORE! Thank you Elementary Connection!

This educational app allows children to learn, practice, and master academic concepts within the Common Core State Standards category of Number and Operations in Base Ten. The app addresses kindergarten through second grade Number and Operations in Base Ten Common Core Standards. Each level provides manipulatives or a whiteboard to aid students towards mastery of each targeted standard. The standards targeted in this app are K.NBT.1, 1.NBT.2, 1.NBT.3, 1.NBT.4, 2.NBT.1, 2.NBT.4, 2.NBT.5, 2.NBT.6 and 2.NBT.7
I highly recommend the purchase! $2.99
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Using Technology to Create Community

Recently, I found out that I will  presenting at the European Council of International Schools’ (ECIS) Technology conference. My presentation will be called Using Technology to Create Community. In preparation, I have been sharing websites that can be used to create community on my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources.  Stop by and check out my recent posts on: 

Edmodo4    storybird   image


In February, I will be asking for input on my presentation, so be on the look out for more details coming soon.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Have You Been Bumped?

Ask my students and they'll say "Yes.  I've been Bumped."  Now...of course being "bumped" isn't a good thing when you've got a hot cup of coffee in your hand or when you are traveling by plane, but if you are bumping using the Bump App, then chances are, you are being quite productive and having a good time too!

The Bump App is a free app that can be used on your mobile devices.  The App Store and Google's Play Store both offer this free app.  It works great on your smart phone and on your iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Here's how it works...when two mobile devices with the Bump App are bumped together they can share photos, files, etc.  You can also bump files from your phone to your computer.  This can be pretty useful in moving photos you take with your phone to your computer.

With Bump, you aren't actually bumping the are bumping hands that hold the devices.  

Bump is a great way to allow sharing and it is also quite fun.  Students collaborating on a project can simply bump their files over to another student in their group.

A friend takes a terrific photo and simply "bumps" it over to your device.

Bump also has an app for gaming...pretty cool stuff!

My 11-year-old son and I have just started using this to share files between our iPads and are having lots of fun with this.  My students love this too!  I'd love to hear about your bumping experiences!


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Techie Tuesday

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Teaching Academic Vocabulary

I am so excited to be writing my first post on this amazing site! My name is Jennifer Kimbrell and my blog is called Tech with Jen.

My job is to coach K-5 teachers in the integration of technology in the classroom. I have had the great fortune to work with some fabulous teachers this year in implementing 1-to-1 classrooms using iPads. Although most of the topics I discuss deal with iPads and/or SMART Boards, I do try to provide alternatives for those of you who do not have these wonderful tools! Of course, that is what I think of technology in the I do not believe we should use technology for technology sake. However, I do find that technology provides teachers and students the ability to do things not possible with paper and pencil.

With that being said, I wanted my first post to give you some ideas for teaching academic vocabulary to students using a free app called Pic Collage. Now if you have read my blog you may have heard me mention this app before. I love this app for many reasons; one you can use this wonderful tool for FREE...this is always a plus! We all love free apps! Two it is available for both iPad AND Android! Lastly, it is so simple and can be used with or without wireless connection. Although having wireless provides you with more options.

If you have read Marzano's work on teaching academic vocabulary you know that it is important to teach vocabulary in context, not in isolation! It is also important to provide students with nonlinguistic representations of the words. Using the pic collage app allows students to find pictures on the web, take their own pictures, and even pull in their own drawings that have been saved to their photo library. Students can add words, stickers, and change the background to create a collage that students can be proud of and then share their work in a variety of ways. I have used this app many times with students and have found the app to be easy and very useful!

If you would like to learn more ways in which you can use the pic collage app in your classroom, you may be interested in my new series of apptivities I am writing. The first in the series is called "Teaching Academic Vocabulary through Pictures". Even if you do not have access to tablets, there are ideas for doing the same activities in the computer lab or without technology. Handouts have been created for those without the available technology. Hope you find this helpful! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

FREE Common Core Worksheet Resources

Can't believe it took me so long to find these two Common Core Resources! I am sure I am the last one to know about them, but if NOT- you need to check them out right away!
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Friday, January 25, 2013

2 Digit Regrouping in Many Techie Ways

I have been teaching 2nd grade for 17 years! Each year, I have tried a different approach to teach 2 digit subtraction with regrouping to supplement our Saxon Math series! I am amazed that just when I think I have found the "BEST PRACTICE", the following year-it doesn't work out as well! So yet again, this year I have researched for more ideas, catchy phrases & songs, bought more hands on manipulatives & containers (with my own money) and came up with a new twist :) 
This year it's SPAGHETTIOS!
I bought 1 for each student! 98cents per can (WALMART)!
It must truly show my age or how I ate when I grew up, but some of my students hadn't even heard of them or eaten them before. I had to show them the commercials on You Tube so they understood the phrase- Uh Oh Spaghettios. 

Quick Sneak Peek VIDEO to Uh Oh Spaghettios!
After several days using different materials and supplies, students did grasp the concept of borrowing and ungrouping, but it's a struggle each year to get them to remember TO DO IT on their own! 
 SPAGHETTIOS have helped us this year! The students love to say UH OH Spaghettios when they need to regroup. When practicing on dry erase boards without manipulatives, students move the can of Spaghettios from the right side of their desks to the left side of their desks as a reminder to borrow! They even use the cans when completing dittos on their own. I smile while I watch the students move the cans on their desks while completing papers with both regrouping and NO regrouping problems. It has helped them to remember when to borrow and when NOT to borrow. Hopefully, next week when they take their  cans home- they will still say- UH OH Spaghettios and remember to borrow!  
 Can't wait for our tasting party!
So pleased with my purchase! We use base ten blocks, money, and these 10s and 1 pieces on the dry erase mats for both addition and subtraction. I use plastic veggie trays to store the pieces. Will need to get a picture for u!

Here is a PACK that I created to help my students with 2 digit subtraction with regrouping. It is also available as a SMART BOARD NOTEBOOK File. 
Common Core Standards

I have found so many cute sayings/songs over the years, but students seem to get more caught up on remembering the chant or song than why I want them to sing it.  So far this year, students have been remembering this chant! I am hoping the more we say it- the more they remember & it becomes habit!

This is a poster, but we used an identical SMART BOARD notebook lesson to show each step hands- on. 

Students used these slides to practice borrowing and ungrouping. 

We used these slides whole group, but we will use them again individually for quick practice or for assessment.

Obviously we did not use this Pack all at one session. Next week we will learn how to check our answers which is required for the Common Core. 

Assessment Tool

We will be tasting the Spaghettios and describing them to practice adjectives. 

 Click HERE to purchase 30 paged $2.00 Pack.
Click HERE for FREE Smart Board File. 
(Sorry graphics from are not permitted on Smart Board Files!)

This is my ALL time favorite MATH App to use for instruction and for students to use to practice on their own! 

 Learn Addition and Subtraction with regrouping the natural way.

* Solve the regrouping problem as you would with a pen and paper. Do carryovers and borrows by writing them over the problem with your finger. 

* Two and three digit questions presented.

* You can set the number of questions and the time to solve the questions in the setting area.

* Be ahead of the curve with this simple yet powerful learning app.

Here are 2 other Great Apps for 2 digit subtracting with regrouping! They both have GREAT options!

Subtraction ! ! is a great way to learn and practice subtraction. From simple 1-digit problems to more advanced multi-digit problems, Subtraction ! ! will provide the user the necessary guidance and practice to master subtraction.
This is a great app to use for differentiating instruction. Students work through levels. 

Math-tastic is a set of apps specifically focused on the needs of kids learning math.

Learning math takes focus and Math-tastic is built from the ground-up to provide a focused framework for reinforcing the fundamentals of math while having some fun.

Math-tastic Subtraction is focused only on teaching subtraction. Starting from single digit subtraction, kids can work their way up through ten levels of subtraction mastery. Math-tastic allows the student to write their own answer on the iPad's touch screen, allowing the student to work through the problem on their own. Once they have written out their answer, they can then enter the answer for instant feedback.

Every answer is saved, so you and your math student can review questions and answers later. 

These are GREAT Apps for students to use for APPLICATION to apply what they have learned by teaching/showing a concept. Unfortunately, these apps are only for the iPad so we do not use them as often as I would like. I do not have enough iPads for everyone so students just use the camera app on our class iPod Touches to record a friend explaining/teaching how to complete a 2 digit subtraction problem with regrouping. If you have many iPads- you must use SCREEN CHOMP! It's a wonderful tool! 

Our Favorite Online 2 Digit Subtracting 


In this game, students will practice subtracting two-digit numbers. They will earn 10 points for each correct answer and lose 5 points for each incorrect answer. They will also get 5 bonus points each time they score a goal.

Click on the denominations in the cash drawer so that they add up to the correct answer. Some answers might have multiple correct choices. For instance, 1 dollar can be selected by clicking on the 1 dollar bill, or by chosing 4 quarters, or even 10 dimes. Click on the reset button to put the money back in the register and start over again.

Shoot ghosts- correct answer

Great game to practice single digit subtraction

Do you have any great 2 digit subtraction with regrouping ideas? If so, please leave me a comment! I loved to try them!
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