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Gooru for iPad Updated to Include Progress Reports

As I wrote on Free Technology for Teachers earlier today, Gooru has dropped the beta label and added new features. Included in that list of new features is an update to the free Gooru iPad app. Now teachers using Gooru to create and share collections of educational materials can also use the iPad app to […]

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Five iPad Apps for Learning to Create Music

Last week’s post about Piano Maestro prompted a couple of people to write to me with questions about other apps for helping students learn to play music. Here are some iPad apps for that purpose. Chromatik is an iPad app that makes it fun to learn and practice new music. Chromatik offers recordings of popular songs […]

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Common Core Quest – Quizzes and Video Lessons on ELA & Math Standards

Last week OpenEd.io released an Android app called Common Core Quest. This week they have released the same excellent app on the iOS platform. Common Core Quest is a free iPad and iPhone app. The free app gives students access to hundreds of practice quizzes aligned to Common Core standards in math and language arts. […]

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Quickly Organize Leveled Reading Lists With Book Wizard Mobile

Book Wizard is a Scholastic service that allows you to create and organize book lists according to reading levels and students’ interests. Book Wizard Mobile is a free iPad and iPhone app that you can use to scan a book’s barcode to quickly discover its lexile measurement, grade level equivalent, and guided reading level. Within […]

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Piano Maestro – A Fun Way to Learn to Read and Play Sheet Music

Piano Maestro (formerly known as Piano Mania) is a neat iPad app from Joy Tunes. The new Piano Maestro app offers lessons on playing the piano. Students place their iPads on their pianos or electronic keyboards to view the lesson as they play along. The app offers challenges of varying difficulty from simple one-hand lessons […]

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5 iPad Apps for Learning About Art and Art History

One of the great things about the iPad in a classroom is that it enables students to pinch and zoom to see artworks in more detail than they would find in most text books. The following five apps allow students to do that and more. The Life of Art is a free iPad app that provides […]

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My Story – Create Multimedia Books on Your iPad

My Story is a nice iPad app for creating multimedia story books on your iPad. There are other apps that offer the same functions as My Story, but the appeal of My Story is that kids don’t have to create accounts and multiple students can use the same installation of the app. To create a […]

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NGAkids Art Zone – A Fun App for Exploring and Creating Art

NGAkids Art Zone is a free iPad app from the National Gallery of Art. The app is designed to help elementary school and middle school students explore art through eight interactive activities. After students open the app they can scroll through a gallery of paintings and drawings. Double-tapping on a drawing or painting will open […]

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Turn a Photo Into Art With Pixlr Express for iPad

Pixlr Express Plus for iPad is a free app that provides intuitive tools for cropping your pictures, fixing the light balance, removing red eyes, and changing the contrast of your pictures. Pixlr Express Plus also provides some Instagram-like filters that you can apply to your images. In the video below the community manager for Pixlr demonstrates […]

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An Excellent Free Graphing Calculator for Your iPad – Desmos

Desmos is a free graphing calculator that originally launched a few years ago as a web app before becoming an iPad app (the web app still works too). Recently, the Desmos iOS app was updated with some good features for students. First, Desmos is now properly formatted to work in landscape and portrait mode on […]

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