3 for Thursday

January 21, 2016

1. My Story Book Creator

My Story Book Creator School Edition is a great app to help younger students create and share their own books. They can add their own drawings and photos or stickers included in the app. Voice recording is also an option. There are no in-app purchases, ads, or additional costs. Books can be shared in a variety of ways, including exporting to Mp4 format. Teachers can set-up multiple authors on the app's "home" page.....put an iPad in your writing center and students click on their name to start a new book or edit an old one. Recently offered for free, this app is typically $3.99.

2. Want to Find More Apps?

Do you want a great way to find free apps to use in your classroom? Use App Sliced to search for apps you're interested in, check recent price drops, or get recommendations from App Sliced (must sign up for an account for this feature.)

3. YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Math

Follow these four YouTube Channels to find educational videos to support math instruction. either in the classroom or as supplemental material students can use at home for review.


PBS Math Club (approx. third grade and up)

Have Fun Teaching (more than math, geared toward primary)

Teacher Tipster (more than math)

Math Antics (longer videos, upper grades)


Students do some of their best learning while teaching others. (See this article from Edutopia.) Consider how you can use students' engagement with and love for technology to give them an audience outside your classroom. Create your own classroom YouTube channel, Wiki, Google Site, etc... where you can showcase student-created songs, skits, poems and stories that demonstrate grade level skills or concepts.

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About 3 for Thursday

Tech tips and timely topics presented for the teachers of Mashburn Elementary (and anyone they'd like to share with.) At Mashburn Elementary, Our Mission is developing deep levels of Relationships, Engagement, and Rigor.