Author: Becky Swanson

Math Learning Center Apps

The Math Learning Center is a non-profit organization that grew out of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the teaching of mathematics. They have created free apps that can be used on iPads, Chromebooks, and on the web on a computer. The district App Review Committee has reviewed and approved seven Read More …

TrueFlix and FreedomFlix – Interactive Scholastic Nonfiction Texts

Did you know that this year the district has a subscription to TrueFlix for elementary schools and FreedomFlix for middle schools? Trueflix offers dozens of nonfiction multimedia resources to supplement social studies and science,  and Freedomflix offers students a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, and events that shaped our world. Both of these resources are Read More …

App-Smashing with Book Creator

The iPad app Book Creator is one of the App Review Committee’s Recommended apps, in part for its versatility in creating books. Students as young as kindergarteners for the most part find it intuitive to make a book. Within the app, users just press the plus sign to add photos, writing/drawing, text, or sound to their Read More …

Using Skype with Students

Have you used Skype with students? If not, try it! It’s easy and a great way to connect with others. At Prospect, we have used Skype to connect with authors for several years, and have also Skyped with a service woman in Afghanistan. These were both very positive experiences. If you are looking to connect with Read More …

PARCC Readiness Activities: Keyboarding

Being an efficient typist is an important skill and students should be comfortable composing responses on the computer. Here are some activities that can help prepare our students. Keyboarding: Keyboarding prep: Use space bar with thumbs, Use shift key for capital letters, include end punctuation (K-1) Begin keyboard familiarity using ABCya Keyboarding http://www.abcya.com/keyboarding_practice.htm (K-1) Begin Read More …