Virtual School Activated

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ISB will be closed Thursday 20th October and Friday 21st October 2011.  All classroom blogs will activate a Virtual School Blog Post by 9am, Thursday morning.  Each blog can be accessed via our Inside ISB Elementary Blog.
Click on your child’s classroom teacher’s name on the right hand side of the Inside ISB Elementary Blog front page.

There are also plenty of links to a wide variety of websites full of activities and games for learning on our Home Learning Links page on Inside ISB Elementary.

Happy Virtual Schooling!

iPad Apps for the Classroom

It’s exciting to be able to use iPad2’s in the classroom this year with our Kindergarten classes.

Using LiveBinders.com, I’ve created a resource to help us, help each other keep track of the really cool apps we discover along our “iPads in the Classroom” journey.  Click on the bold link, or on the image below to get to the  iPad Apps for the Classroom LiveBinder.

iPad Apps for the Classroom

PreK-K iPads: Apps to Get Started

iReading – Stories Collection I lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

iReading – Stories Collection I lite (Free)
AppleTreeBooks™ has been inviting some of the best illustrators from across the world to create illustrated stories for us. Exquisite pictures, vivid narration as well as animation and interactive features bring you and your children wonderful stories and a brand new reading experience. We have carefully selected various stories, including well-known classic fairy tales and new original stories, to give you many options to find the ones you love. Additionally, we will continuously update the books on our online bookshelf, so that you can read our illustrated stories at any time. AppleTreeBooks™ will enables you to experience a new kind of reading and the fun that comes along with it.

Talking Tom Cat for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Talking Tom (Free)
Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. Excellent for those kids who are reluctant talkers, or for beginner EAL students learning to say words or phrases.
Pop Math Lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
PopMath Lite is the free version of the award winning PopMath.
It is a fun way for kids to practice basic math: 6 pairs of bubbles with numbers float on the screen above beautiful backgrounds. Each bubble contains a number, like 7 and 3+4: pop the right pairs! As you progress through levels, numbers increase. End of levels greet you with your time for that level, a message personalized to your performance, and the number of mistakes you did. This free version is limited to additions. The full version PopMath features additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions, including the choice to practice a given operator for even better drills. It also contains many more background images for more fun.
Learn ABC recognition, writing, and listening skills with animals. Two writing modes:
1) ALPHABET LETTERS: Write the Capital and Lower-Case letters and learning the letter recognition along with the sound.
2) WORDS: Hear the animal name, write the animal name, and learning the spelling in the process.

ABC First Phonics - Sight Words Free Lite for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Brain Counts apps – there are quite a number of lite (free) versions of the Brain Counts apps available for the iPad
iTunes
Learning over 200+ Dolch Sight Words or “High Frequency” Words will help your child learn to read better, and in most schools, it is a requirement for the kids to know these without sounding them out. The POWER in this learning tool is the ability to change the setting to fit your child’s learning level and style and design to grow with your child. Use this to design your own custom learning lesson plans.
Learn Number counting, writing, and listening skills. This game reinforces associative learning which may aid in early brain development in young kids and may help your child get a HEAD START in READING and WRITING.
ABCMouse.com Grand Canyon for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
ABC Mouse (Free)
This book is part of the next generation of interactive mobile books for kids. With unique features, engaging art, and high quality narration and music, this book will be a favorite for kids of all ages. Features of this book include:
Realistic page turning – Swipe your finger or click on a corner
Read to Me – The Book reads aloud with professional narration and music
Read with Pause – The reader turns the pages and can read along with the narrator
I Can Read It – The reader reads the book all by themselves
Glossary – Readers can select the glossary on pages to learn the meaning of difficult words through simple explanations
Clickable Search & Explore – On certain pages, kids can click on the animals that they find to hear the names of the animals read aloud.
Fun Facts – Filled with fun facts about the Grand Canyon that will educate and amaze your child. There may even be things that the parents don’t know!
Fully Produced Song – Listen to the entire Grand Canyon song as song by the award-winning ABCMouse.com team at the end of the book.
StoryKit for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
StoryKit (free)
Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life – on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train – to do something creative together.
Storyrobe for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
StoryRobe (0.99)
Amobile digital storytelling application. Create a digital story in three simple steps.
1. Choose Images/Videos
2. Record Story
3. Upload to YouTube or Email to friends
Alphabet Tracing for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Fun train, truck and worm animations come to life for children to follow, while showing the proper way to write alphabet letters and numbers.
TeachMe: Kindergarten for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
TeachMe: Kindergarten is an educational iPhone app which teaches four different age appropriate subjects to Kindergarten aged children: sight words, addition, subtraction and spelling. Subjects can be selected, set different difficulty levels, and you can even choose specific questions. The performance history for each subject can be reviewed.
Word Magic for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Word Magic (0.99)
Word Magic is designed keeping preschooler and kindergarten kids in mind. It is very ideal for kids between the ages 3 to 6. It is an excellent application for kids to have fun with words and their spelling and learn them. A picture is shown and the kids should select the missing letter for the picture. The picture for the word will be read out. There are three flavors. Based on the kids level, you can choose missing letter at the beginning or in the middle or in the last.

Licking Letters for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Jump into the pond and help your lovable friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Kids will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! (Ages 2-8)