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Santa’s Home

Santa's home
“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.”
Now you can see what Santa is doing with Santa’s Home, a fun holiday app that is currently FREE!  The app is a “LIVE” feed of Santa’s house – the bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, his office/workshop, and the outside grounds. Kids can keep track of what Santa is doing up at the North Pole. I checked in on Santa a few times – first, he was in the kitchen washing his dishes, then he was on the computer checking his list, and a little after 11 PM he was in bed snoring. The app even displays the correct date and time to make it seem more realistic. The app also gives adults the option of subscribing to Santa’s newsletter. Adults can also help kids send Santa one of their drawings that he will display in his workshop. Super cute!!
Teachers – This would be a fun one to use for creative writing!! It would also be fun for teaching prediction. :)
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ABC Star – Letter Tracing

ABC Star – Letter Tracing is FREE for a limited time. Kids learn to write the upper and lower case letters of the English alphabet by tracing them. A friendly and interactive pet hatches and grows as the child practices. The app teaches uppercase and lowercase letters A-Z and numbers 0-9. Each letter or number is pronounced. Kids are guided to correctly trace over dotted lines to form each letter. They can choose their own color for tracing – yellow, green. blue, purple or pink. The app is great for preschoolers who are learning their letters as well as kindergarten and first graders who need practice.

Direct Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-star-letter-tracing/id1252191274?mt=8

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Stickyboard 2

stickyboard-2-ipad-appFREE for a limited time – Stickyboard 2, a giant whiteboard with a never-ending stack of sticky notes. If you are looking to capture ideas in your classroom or at your next meeting, check out the electronic version of this classic organizer. Unlike their paper counterparts, these sticky notes don’t fall off or get lost. And, they are more environmentally friendly. The app also features Magic Arrange which makes arranging and rearranging the notes much simpler. Entire boards can be emailed as PDF files – great for sharing ideas. Check out this fabulous tool while it’s FREE!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stickyboard-2/id466102928?mt=8&uo=4

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Earth 3D – Amazing Atlas

earth 3dOnly $.99 – Earth 3D-Amazing Atlas, an educational app about our planet. The interactive globe includes: a relief model of Earth, political and geographic maps, 1400 geographic objects, and 330 wonders of the world. As kids explore the globe they can tap on places or objects to learn more. Full descriptions are included as well as more than 900 photos. The app is very user-friendly – just a tap along the bottom accesses its different features. Kids can also explore Earth by searching for a particular place. The app can be easily be changed from a geographic map to a political map. Latitude and longitude lines can be turned on. Kids can click a button to turn on the weather. The app is full of information! It would be a great addition to any classroom – perfect for projecting on to a Smartboard.

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/earth-3d-amazing-atlas/id581911397?mt=8&uo=4

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iOrnament: draw creative geometry art

iOrnament

FREE again – iOrnament: draw creative geometry art. This educational app is the perfect blend of art and math! Kids draw strokes and the app repeats them according to the rules of symmetry. The result is fabulous ornaments with intricate designs. The app also contains an interactive pop-up book with drawing tips. Kids of all ages will enjoy creating with this app that makes mathematical theory come alive. Fabulous and fun!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iornament-draw-creative-geometry/id534529876?mt=8&uo=4

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Earthlapse

earthlapse

FREE for a limited time – Earthlapse, turns your iPad/iPhone into a window aboard the International Space Station. The app comes with 7 views of Earth (aurora borealis, a tropical storm, Canadian arm of the ISS, the cupola of the ISS, Earth & clouds, Canada & northern USA, and aurora australis) captured by NASA astronauts. It also has 8 relaxing space soundtracks. Love the music! When you touch the screen, you can control what you see with your finger. You can also enable a clock and/or worldwide weather – a nice feature if you want to use it as a screen saver. It would be great to Airplay this app on a big screen in your classroom when kids were doing creative writing about space, living on the ISS, etc. 🙂

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/earthlapse/id522003167?mt=8&uo=4

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Stage Pro

stage proFREE for a limited time – Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera, a teaching/demonstration tool for students and teachers. Stage Pro uses the iPad camera to display live videos, textbooks, student work, imported PDFs, etc. You can also use images from your photo library or the app’s free backgrounds: whiteboard, blackboard, graph paper, music, ruled, maps. Once your content is displayed, you can: sketch on it, take notes, add labels, etc. There’s even a laser pointer for you to use. Saving your work is easy with Stage Pro. With one click, you can take a screen shot that is saved to your photo library. You can also easily create video recordings with the ability to pause, resume, and/or save. Saved videos can be moved from your photo library into programs such as iMovie. There are so many ways you could use this app for classroom sharing. Pairing Stage Pro with Airplay gives you the flexibility to move around the classroom and get all of your students involved. Save $4.99 and check out Stage Pro while it’s FREE!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stage-pro-interactive-whiteboard/id714477455?mt=8&uo=4