HPS Technology News
Week 8, Term 1 2014
Isn't it great that it's week 8?!
Welcome to another edition of HPS Technology News. Week 8 is here already, the Easter Eggs are in the stores and the term is wrapping up quickly.
I hope you find this fortnight's smore useful in your classroom and helps bring on those wonderful light bulb moments that we all love. 'Till next time, happy smoring!
Great Interactive Website!
Great Interactive site to support HSIE and Science topics K-6
Scholastic Strikes again!
Great new apps!
Magnetic Touch Board
This is a great app I picked up for free last week and is still currently free for a short time. This app turns your iPad into a whiteboard but with added features. Great for teaching students to develop spelling and phonics skills, students can choose a variety of features such as capital letters, lowercase letters, digraphs, complex digraphs and numbers. When students click on the first set of digraphs, they can simply click and drag the digraph they want and can then press other letters to form a word. This helps reinforce long vowel sounds and segmentation in words. The more complex collection has bossy e, silent letters and tricky combinations such as tion, igh and much more. I used this app to help support my lower spelling group with much success. In future I will also use the number section in Maths groups, as the app not only as numbers but operation symbols. An additional folder contains a tick, cross and cute icons for self reflection. So cool! Find this app in the Spelling folder.
The PE Shake
Like almost all of the HPS apps this app was free (it is usually $1) and it is a great find. The app is exactly what the title indicates; a PE app that changes when you shake the device. The app contains 100 simple and mostly equipment free games that are fun and educational to engage students during PE and Sport. If you don't like the sound of one, simply shake the device and new one pops up. I did not want to take my device outside to use it, so when I found some I liked I added it to favourites on the app so I could view it again easily. I also took a screen shot of the game so I could email and even it print it later to pop it into my program. A great buy for $1 when not on sale! Find it in the Teacher folder.
Synonym and Antonym Match
These are two different apps that are both designed by the same creator and run the same way. These apps are just as the title suggests. Within each app users can adjust settings in the main menu. Each app can have up to 4 players at a time, can play 12 - 24 tiles (or cards) and can set the level of difficulty from easy to medium and then to hard. The aim of the game is based on memory, the student taps on a tile and reads the word. The player then needs to find the matching synonym card (in Synonym app) or antonym card (in Antonym app). Play is not timed so students can take their time to consolidate skills. Find these apps in the Grammar folder.