Monthly Archives: April 2014
Do you smell that? Take a deep breath….Ahhh…..Yep, that’s the smell of summer. Well – the smell of “almost-summer”. The school year is winding down, we’re thinking about how we’ll be spending those glorious summer months with our family and friends – it’s a thing of beauty! You’ve done so much work this year – heck we all have! And we deserve some TLC, for sure! In the spirit of all things “summer” to come, I’ve put together a little “Teacher Appreciation” giveaway, if you will. Of course, this one’s just for the ladies (sorry guys, although you should enter for that special lady in your life).
I just became an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails (super simple to do, by the way). Jamberry Nail wraps come in 350+ designs – I’m sure you’ve seen them come across your feeds already! Just to be clear – they’re not false or press-on nails, nor are they nail stickers. They are vinyl nail wraps that adhere to your nail when heat is applied. The best part? They last 1 – 2 weeks on your fingers and up to 6 weeks on your toes and they don’t chip like nail polish does.
So with the summer season fast approaching, upcoming events like weddings, family reunions, and manys-a-day lounging on the beach (a major job perk) why wouldn’t you want to take a few minutes for a little pampering, after the year you’ve put in! Think of it as a well-deserved pat on the back just from me 🙂
So, on to the giveaway!
We all know how important it is to integrate technology into our classrooms when we can. That’s why I’m so happy to have George Campbell, a freelance writer specializing in various topics including education, to supply me with a helpful blog post on 5 TOP apps for middle school teachers! Please be sure to add your own favourites by commenting on this post!
1- Science Glossary (Free)
Science Glossary is an app which offers students a comprehensive glossary of scientific terms, as well as a collection of succinct biographies of famous scientists. Simply enter a scientific term and the app provides an easy to understand definition as well as additional scientific terms related to the topic which was searched. Teachers and students can also use the app to connect with the educational website; Vision Learning. The website promotes itself as a “free digital resource for teaching and learning science”, so all you need to get started is an Internet connection! This combination of the Science Glossary app and the Vision Learning website enables both teachers and students to access detailed science learning modules in order to further supplement studies and stimulate scientific curiosity!
2- GoSkyWatch Planetarium – the astronomy star guide ($3.99)
With the GoSkyWatch app students can explore the universe from the palm of their hand! This app presents over 200 high resolution images of planets and deep sky objects in day, sidereal and time lapse animation. Students can immerse themselves within images of constellations, boundaries and star patterns as well as comprehensive information on the various planets, stars, comets, constellations, galaxies and DSO ephemeris data. This app also informs students of the current moon phase calendar as well as sunrise and sunset times, enabling them to extensively expand their knowledge of the universe.
3-Mental Maths (Free)
Mental Maths is an app is created by educational agency Maths Doctor. They provide a series of educational resources which are centered around the principle that; “every leaner is an individual with their own needs, abilities, strengths and weaknesses”. Subsequently, both their website and app endeavour to offer children multiple methods through which they can enjoy expanding their mathematical knowledge. To use the Mental Maths app, students simply select a maths topic and are presented with a related question. There is no time limit whilst they work out the solution in their head, then swipe the screen to reveal the answer. If students get the answer wrong, they are able to try again as many times as they wish until they confidently understand the mathematical principle. What’s more, the app hosts a built-in percentage tracker so that teachers can monitor their students’ progress and challenge their newly developed knowledge with an end of topic test. As a result, this simple yet creative app offers a fun and interactive medium through which your students can overcome any mathematical obstacles!
4-History: Maps of the World (Free)
History: Maps of the World provides a great resource for developing your students’ historical and geographical knowledge. Using the app, you can gain exclusive access to 178 historical maps from across the world, all of which display the source of each map as well as highlighting any geopolitical and geographical shifts which have occurred over time. Within the app, maps are grouped by category or era, or alternatively can be located via a keyword search. Each map is accompanied by a wealth of information which details its rich historical significance. This facilitates an innovatively visual method through which you can educate your students about major historical, social and regional changes.