Tune into Technology Linky: iPads

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Tune into Technology linkup!  This week we are sharing how we use iPads in the classroom.  If you are fortunate enough to have iPads, we’d love to hear about any must-have apps or management tips you have.  You can link up at the end of this post or over at Learning to the Core.
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This year my students and I became infatuated with augmented reality.  If you're unfamiliar with AR, it essentially allows you to make images interactive by creating another layer—or “overlay.”  The first AR project we tried was a biography research project.  My students created “auras” of themselves speaking in the first person about the famous person they researched.  Each video was attached to a photo of that person, so when people held an iPad up to the photo, the video would magically appear.  You can read more this project and see a video of what it looked like here. 

My 4th graders also used AR to display their human body system iMovie projects.  In the picture below, you can see my students at the bulletin board watching iMovies about the various body systems.  You can read more about this project and see a couple videos of it in action here.

Here’s an example of a teacher-created AR bulletin board/science center.  After our field trip to the local zoo, I made some auras of various animals we observed.  The students watched the videos and recorded the physical and/or behavioral adaptations they observed.  Click here to see a video of this center in action.

The only app I’ve used for augmented reality is Aurasma, and it’s worked well for me.  Erin Klein has some great examples as well as tutorials if you’re interested in trying AR.

One of my kiddos’ favorite apps, Cyperchase Shape Quest, has an augmented reality aspect to it.  They have to use spatial reasoning and modeling to “patch” the path so the animals can get across.  As you can see in the picture, my student is holding the iPad over the game board, which makes it come to life.  All you have to do is print out the game board and hold the iPad up to it.. then watch the magic unfold!  This app has two other games included and it is FREE, so I highly recommend checking it out.

Chicken Coop Fraction Games was another app that we loved.  It has an estimating fractions game that’s free and super engaging.

Oh No Fractions is free app for which students have to determine whether the fraction on the left is greater than, less than, or equal to the fraction on the right.  I like that it gives the option of showing a visual model of the fractions if needed.

Marble Math Lite: Multiplication is unique in that students actually have to tilt the iPad so they could roll the marble around the board and come up with the solutions.

If you’ve been following my blog, then you probably know that we get a lot of use out of QR code scanning apps on the iPads.  I frequently put up scavenger hunts and I-Spy activities to get my students up and moving around the room.  
There are tons of free QR code scanning apps when you search in the app store, but one of my favorite free ones is i-nigma.  Next week's Tune into Technology theme is QR codes, so I will share more then.. but if you want to try an activity for free in the meantime, click on any of the images below.





  1. I love all the possibilities of Augmented Reality!!!
    Can't wait to try some of the math apps... love a free app!
    I have shared several of your QR code activities with our teachers! Too fun!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun 

  2. I'm your newest follower on Bloglovin! I wish I had seen about this link up earlier! Love it! I’m gearing up for a big giveaway on my blog on August 11 - come stop by so you don’t miss it!!
    Beyond The Gradebook