Spooktacular Free Friday ‘App’etizer

This week I come to you with an app, Comic Touch 2, by the makers of Comic Life. Comic Touch 2 can be used to introduce a couple of topics. Two which this app screams to use are dialogue and onomatopoeia. Comics can be a great way to showcase to students how these literary devices appear as text, as in the example below.

This app could be used to make a cover for a writing piece or even just a cover for any project.

Hmmmm, I see a comic book cover for…

Math: ‘The Adventures of Super Triangle and the League of Tangrams’


Science: ‘The Exciting, Spectacular, Amazing Properties of Water’


Social Studies: ‘Around the Community in 30 Days’


Art: ‘Meet the Artist volume 7 issue 2’


The ideas are endless… or are they… To Be Continued…

Cross-posted: http://wwp1to1.blogspot.com/2014/10/spooktacular-free-friday-appetizer.html

It’s Friday! Guess what that means…

Friday, October 24, 2014 offers a Halloween app smash for my teachers. Using Pumpkin Carver Plus and YAKiT Kids students can ‘carve’ a pumpkin on the iPad, then save it to the camera roll. From within the app, YAKiT Kids, they can place a mouth on their jack o’lantern and record themselves (30 seconds of recording time). Afterwards they can adjust the pitch of their voice, higher or lower, and save it to the camera roll. I recorded a very basic one:

What would you have your students record?

Cross-posted: http://wwp1to1.blogspot.com/2014/10/free-friday-appetizer-for-october-24.html

Free Friday ‘App’etizer

In my current district, I send out a weekly email to the teachers of the buildings I work with. Every Friday I send out a ‘free Friday Appetizer’; this is an app which is either free or temporarily free. I include a description on how this app could be used in the classroom. My department has recently started a blog. I have posted on there for topics which were geared for the 1:1 teachers, but will now start adding my weekly emails as posts. I thought this would be a great place to include them too.

Week of Oct. 17:
This week’s ‘app’etizer is Pattern Shapes, by the Math Learning Center.

I like this app because in a sense it is two apps in one.  First, students can manipulate the various geometric shapes on the screen, simply be dragging and dropping (a skill needed for PARCC).  While interacting with the shapes, they can see a relationship between them;
one hexagon is composed of a triangle, a parallelogram, and a trapezoid (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.2)   The second aspect of this app which I like is how it offers tangrams for the students to complete.
Challenge your students with Symmetry!  “Can you make a reflection of this shape?”
I hope you enjoy this app and add it to your collection of Math Tool Apps.

Cross-posted: http://wwp1to1.blogspot.com/2014/10/free-friday-appetizer-for-october-17.html

When it rains, it pours: Playing w/ Forms pt 2

Just when you thought you gained a handle on new updates… I go and read a post at the Google Drive Blog on a few more customizations you can make with Google Forms. I already posted about some that I liked; now I need to expand on a few more. First, let me go back and talk about custom banners a little bit. Everything I read up until today said the banner had to be a .jpg or .png file; totally not true, you can also do a .gif which means if you know how to create an animation, your banners can look like the example at the end of this post.

Three other features I like:

General Form Settings have two new abilities: Only allow one person to answer, which is more advanced than the setting at the end of the Form where you remove the link to submit another response. This setting seems to work from login credentials. The second option shown below, shuffle question order, will be great for a class taking a test; not every student will have the same ‘question #2’, potentially.

Advanced Settings for Questions:

 – Randomize Multiple Selections when working with a multiple choice, choose from a list, grid, or checkboxes type of question, the choices will potentially be in a different order than the person next to you.

 – One Response Per Column allows you to create a grid style question and have respondents only choose one option for each column. This could be great for surveys where you need to rate options on a chart of Least to Most Used, for example.

 – Data Validation allows you to set specific text for a response. In essence you are setting a password for the form. Make sure to have this as your first question, with a page break in between this question and all other questions.


Here is an example form with the different features listed above (Password = Password):

My Recent Playing w/ Forms

This past week, I read a post from Mr. Clay Reisler (iPaddiction) on creating custom banners and password protecting forms. This had me start playing around with Google Forms more. I love having the ability to customize items, so being able to have my own banner across the top of a page is an added extra, visually speaking. Password protecting a form is an easy way to make sure no one fills out, let’s say my mileage form, other than me. I love to have a form ‘Add to Home Screen’ on an iPad, through Safari, so I can quickly submit data. Here is an example below:

(Password is Password)

Here is how I set a password to a Google Form:

I just worked with a teacher who wanted to be able to have a Google Form for checking off student homework on his iPad (‘Add to Home Screen’). We designed the form to have two questions for each student; first, a ‘checkboxes’ question of all the potential homework subjects. Second question is a ‘paragraph’ style kind, where any notes could be typed in such as if a student didn’t do their math homework the teacher could state exactly what the assignment was. Now he can go into his spreadsheet, since each submission is date stamped, and then sort by question to see each time a particular student hasn’t completed their homework.

Last year, I started to reach out, through Google Forms, for feedback & suggestions. Every week I send out a Free Friday ‘App’etizer email with an app suggestion. I also included a link to a recommendation form where my teachers could submit an app which they enjoy using. After every morning share I send out a follow-up email with further information, a digital copy of their sign-in sheet for their records, and a link to a feedback form on how helpful my pd session was for them. Both of these forms get sent out at different times throughout the school year and I didn’t want to have to constantly check the Google Sheet, so setting up a notification email when something changes has been awesome! From within a Google Sheet, I go to ‘Tools’, ‘Notification rules…’, on the pop-up choose the settings you would like and click save. Tada!

App Resource Idea!

After using my new favorite tool, ThingLink, several times this summer (as you can/did read in a different post: ThingLink Teacher Challenge); I came up with an idea on how to use it with my iPad teachers.

I am asked for app recommendations all the time. I started to send out a Friday Free ‘App’etizer email suggesting a free app and how to use it in the classroom. But I wanted to be able to supply more resources for the teachers to refer to. I thought about including ThingLink and here is what I came up with:

Now teachers can visually see the app, get an idea of its layout from a screenshot and read a small description on how to use it. I hope to eventually add short video screencasts to it later… but that’s a project for another day.

Do you have an app recommendation? Add it here: