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Free apps and web resources for the week! -Don't miss out on these!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Free apps for today:
Math Splat - ** FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! ***

** Previously ranked in the top 3 educational apps in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada & New Zealand ** 
Math Splat is a simple number based app aimed at helping the user improve their mental math abilities. Each level consists of a +, -, x and ÷ game. Once these have been completed the final game of the level is unlocked which must be completed for the next level to be unlocked. 

The app is suitable for all abilities as the user can choose between easy, medium and hard questions.

Everyday Mathematics Equivalent Fractions app for iOS by By McGraw-Hill School Education Group is free today (Normally $1.99) (It has been free in the past... if you have not grabbed it, now may be the time.) 

Other IOS apps and tools:

If you haven't checked out the CardClutter app and you teach Math, many middle school teachers are saying it's a must!

Educators Recommend Bloom's Taxonomy-Aligned Apps - A list created by fellow educators. 

Some Great Web Tools:

Google Storybuilder anyone?   This is a great little web app, that could be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.  Have student collaborate on a short story... or tell your story.   Short resource article. 
In order to make your Google story follow these steps:

1. Add your characters
2. Create your Story
3. Give your story a title and add soundtrack


Create a book from Wikipedia articles, with the Book Creator tool in Wikipedia. 

Want some feedback on a lesson you just taught?? Take a video of yourself teaching, upload it and get your peers or coach to review it remotely -  this free iCoach app will do just that. 

EmergingEdTech’s 2013 Free Education Technology Resources eBook is a nice free resource.  (PDF Format) 

The GEDB Online Learning Platform has a lot of nice free online tech classes/tutorials.  5 Powerful But Little-Known Ways To Use Your Apple iPad, is a recent addition to their list.  These classes are a great free resource for teacher, students and parents. 

Want a review game before a test? Pre-created jeopardy templates or create your own: https://jeopardylabs.com/

Learn Twitter - Free Twitter 101 eCourse for Parents & Educators -If you are an educator and not using Twitter, you are simply missing out.  (If you follow the right people & educational organizations and groups... it will be the best informational source you will ever experience!) 

Lesson Plans for Teaching Computational Thinking - via Free Technology for Teachers - series of lessons for designed to help middle school and high school students explore mathematics and science concepts.

Google Sketchup Resources - Free to schools
The Sketchup program (Used to be owned by Google) is free to schools... a CAD/Modeling program.  (This program is currently being used by Barry Pedley  in the MiddleSchool.)

WUDWORX library of SketchUp plugins and tools for working wood.  https://sites.google.com/site/wudworx/

sketchUcation is a site with a lot of Sketchup resources and plug ins. http://sketchucation.com/

Welcome to Extension Warehouse - The best place to find and install add-ons for SketchUp! These are divided into categories too.  Includes a 3-D printing section too! 

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