Friday, July 3, 2015
Super-Sized Friday Freebies
The Fourth of July is almost upon us. So, this week I'm rolling the Wednesday Website and Friday Freebies post into one super sized post on free apps to check out. Most of them are geared towards elementary students, but don't click off just yet if you teach older students. Numbers 2, 6, 7 and 8 are really for everyone! Here they are:
1) Rhyming Bee is great for having students work on rhyme. There is a cute little bee holding a word. The child has to decide which flower has petals with rhyming words that match the bee's word.
2) Sleep Pillow plays loops of soothing sounds like rain and crackling fires for rest time in Kindergarten or background white noise while they work independently.
3) I Say helps students with their listening skills and auditory memory. It looks a lot like the old game, Simon Says.
4) Simoo is a lot like I Say, but with cows.
5) Spelling City is a free app that allows teachers to create assignments for students based on customized spelling lists. Students enjoy playing games with the word and completing the assignments online.
6) Class Dojo allows teachers to encourage behaviors by giving students points for meeting expectations. Parents can login to check out their child's weekly progress.
7) Remind is an app that allows teachers to send out text reminders to parents and students. The receiver cannot respond, so it cuts down on group messages that blossom out of control when everyone writes back.
8) Turboscan is a free app that allows you to take a picture of a document and convert it to a pdf. Before it converts the image, it will clean the picture up so you don't see shadows.
9) Profs' Phonics Smar-test has activities to work on the phonological skills that are the first foundations of reading.
10) Kidsdoodle is a fun app that allows students to draw and write on a black backdrop. What they create shows up in bright neon rainbow lights.
Stay tuned! I will be posting the rest of my fav summer finds in the next few weeks. If you have favorites, feel free to share them in the comments section.
Happy Fourth of July!