Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Tech Tidbits and a Giveaway


Yes folks! This is my 2 yr. old using an iPad with his friends! He's actually quite good at getting in and out of the apps and using them correctly.  It amazes me how he can find the exact folder to know what game he wants to play or what story he wants to hear.  He's not alone! All of the kids in his class use the iPad.  It's a part of their curriculum...even in the toddler room!
Our students are coming to us each year with this background.  Are you ready for them?  Do you have the know-all to get them motivated and engaged in learning with all this new technology? 
I know for the past several years my summers have been filled with technology workshops and training.  I love technology! I really love using it in my classroom!  My students are constantly using iPads, iPods, and computers for reading and math. 

So today I thought I'd share with you a really fun and AWESOME app I found called, Storybook Maker.  Have you heard of it? Do you use it already in your classroom?  If not, don't take my word for it...click the picture to read more.

source: iTunes Preview
This will take reading and writing and even math to the next level in your classroom!  Imagine your students actually wanting to write!  This iPad app gives them the creative freedom to illustrate and compose all types of stories.  Letting your students compose their informative and explanatory writings with this app would be so much more appealing to them.  Students are also able to maneuver pictures to create stories of all kinds.  The possibilities are endless!
 source: iTunes Preview
The app itself is easy to follow and understand.  Stories can be animated and include sound! How cool is that? 
 source: iTunes Preview
The stories can be saved as .pdf files; however, they will lose their animation and sound.  But that's ok! Stories can also be sent to other Storybook Maker app users to read and enjoy.  And even better, stories can be published for the world to see by submitting them to the app maker's library! You can have a whole classroom of published authors this year!
 source: iTunes Preview
 source: iTunes Preview
source: iTunes Preview
My plans this year are to use this app more with math.  First grade math is all about word problems! How fun would this be to use when solving ALL of those types of word problems or make a class book of math problems? Like I said, the possibilities are endless.  I'm excited, and I'd love for you to be, too!
So...I'd like to give this app to one of my awesome followers!  It's regularly $3.99...a little pricey for some, but so well worth it when you think of how much you could use it in any classroom.
And, as promised from my last giveaway...here is the Rafflecopter.  Those of you new to this, don't let it keep you from entering.  Just follow the links and instructions and enter to win this fabulous app!
Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congratulations Jeanbeth! 
You're the lucky winner of the Storybook Maker app!  Check your e-mail for your prize!  Thanks to everyone who entered! 
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  1. I've heard about this app! My iPad is my favorite tool in my room! I'd love a chance to win it!

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  2. I'm so thrilled that you're a 'techie' in the classroom, too. I don't know what I'd do without all my gadgets. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway :)

    Preslar's Place

  3. Thanks for sharing. I have 10 ipads in my first grade classroom. I've been looking for a primary writing app.
    Julie heyjbales@sbcglobal.net


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