App Ideas

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Need some new open ended apps for your students to use across content areas? I experimented with two apps this week and was very pleased with the students' work. First, a very easy to use presentation app that you should consider using at your iPad station is Haiku Deck. If you are familiar with the website, then you will know all about this app without using it. If you are not familiar with, have no fear! It is super easy to use. I worked with two super speller 1st graders this week who were studying words with "vowel buddies" and needed an extra challenge. Check out their creations:

Haiku Deck could be used with any content area. It is just a simplified Keynote/Powerpoint tool that you can use on the iPad with younger children (older children love it too!) Here is a quick video tutorial:

  Haiku Deck from Julie on Vimeo.

Another pretty cool and even easier app you can use in your classroom across content areas is Sticky Notes. Students can create "sticky notes" that I call "posters" with vocabulary terms and visuals. This week I used this in a 1st grade class as word study support. Check out this Short O sticky note:
February 27, 2014
Have your students make a sticky note about plant parts, place value, Greece and Rome, geometry, etc.! Here is a quick video tutorial:
Sticky from Julie on Vimeo.


  1. Julie,
    I love all your tech ideas! Going to 1:1 next year, I am trying to sign out the ipad cart as often as possible to get ready! I will be visiting your blog A LOT!!!!
    Rockin Resources Blog

    1. Awww thank you! That is SO exciting that you are going 1:1. Thanks for stopping by :)