iTunes U Course: Array City in Keynote

I am excited to share my new iTunes U course called Array City in Keynote!

Keynote is my favorite tool for both iPad and Mac. I just love figuring out new ways to use it and I get inspired by seeing something on paper and thinking about how I can bring it to life with Keynote. So, I decided to create a course with one of those ideas and I hope you will think it’s as fun as I do. I saw a lesson on Pinterest that had students making arrays with buildings, but they were using construction paper and glue. I thought it would be cool to take that idea and use the shape tool in Keynote, thus, Array City for Keynote was born!

Using Keynote (iOS), students have the ability to connect the real world to math by constructing large city buildings with the shape tool in Keynote. This is a fun and engaging way to demonstrate knowledge of multiplication & arrays and allows students to be creative while using technology. So much more than just math standards are addressed with this lesson! I hope you’ll subscribe to my course and check it out! The course is for teachers to replicate this idea or lesson with their students. All you need is an iPad with iTunes U, then click on this link to download the course! Thanks in advance for giving it some love! 🙂

https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/array-city-in-keynote/id1024001059

iTunes U Course: Array City

iTunes U Course: Array City

Create a Custom Bingo Game and Play on Your iPad or Computer

If you’re at all like me, then you like to play bingo. I have used bingo as a teaching tool for as long as I can remember. I recently stumbled upon an online bingo creator that allows the user to create a game, distribute the URL to students, and have them play on their device. The easiest way to distribute the game is to create a QR Code (my favorite QR code generator is www.goqr.me). Students will scan the code and open up the bingo game on their iPad. If they are using a computer, you can distribute the URL for the game however you wish (I would publish the link on my site or distribute URL via Air Drop). Once students open the bingo game, they TAP on the square (iPad) or CLICK in the square (computer). The great thing is that it is very rare to have two users with the same bingo cards, as they are randomly sorted so that a whole class can play the game and have one unique winner. Bingo is a great game to play for reflection on a particular unit of study, math facts, definitions (they have to know the definition of the word if they call out “Bingo”). Even adults enjoy playing bingo as a reflection tool for professional development or have parents participate in a bingo game for open house. The possibilities are endless. Now, let’s go through the steps in creating your own bingo game.

1. Go to www.bingobaker.com

2. Click to add a title and click in each box to add text. Press generate when you are finished adding text.

3. This is one of their examples for Addition Bingo…this is what it will look like when you are finished. The URL you will want to distribute is where the red arrow points and says, “Play Online.” Even though each participant uses the same URL, it will generate a new bingo card in random order each time.

4. Other features include a call list, the option to clone and edit a game, and an option for saving a game for editing by creating an account. I always just keep the URL handy and have never created an account.

5. This is what the game looks like from the participants point of view. (The yellow squares reflect the participant clicking on the square if it is called)

Hope you have fun playing this game in your classroom!

I’m BAAAACCCKKK!!!!

Hello, friends! I have been away from blogging and posting technology integration ideas for the past year as I truly set out to follow my career dreams. I left my teaching job for a year to work for the best company in the world where I had the great ability to “Think Different.” As I reflect on my year away, I can only be grateful for such an amazing experience where I was able to make a difference in the lives of many teachers and students. To follow the pursuit of your dreams and go in a direction to where you truly feel led, is both scary and exciting. I am happy to announce that I will be going back and working with students to redefine what’s possible when learning is paired with technology! So excited for what lies ahead and I know that this is just the beginning of a great year filled with possibilities! Stay tuned for more educational technology integration ideas for the K-5 classroom!