Archive for September 2012

Finally after three years of teaching I get my one wish, “to have technology in my classroom!” Yes, I have an e-reader but it is very difficult for children to see the TV from across the room. Well I just received great news that I will be receiving a projector next week. I figured with that news and the new release of the iphone 5, I better explore some educational apps to use in my classroom. I found a few good ipad apps that will help every teacher and engage students! This apps are a great time-saver!

<—— Dropbox

Dropbox is like having an external drive everywhere you go. You can access any of your files, documents, pictures, etc… over a wireless network. The best part about it, is that it is free. Why is it perfect for teachers? How many times do we need to access our lesson plans at home and forget our USB drives in our classroom? With Dropbox you set up an account on your PC, I pad and phone and you can access anything you need from anywhere, as long as there is wireless access. This app is a must need!

<—– Evernote

Evernote is a free app and website that allows you to take notes, snap pictures, create files, voice recordings, to-do lists, grocery lists and so much more. You can access your saved files on the go! Need to find that website you loved, not a problem. You can save it and click on it when you need it. This app allows you to organize everything you need as if you had your own personal binder.

 <—- Book Retriever

The Book Retriever app is like having your own librarian at the palm of your hands. This app allows you to scan and run an inventory of your entire classroom library. Not only can you organize your classroom library but you can also find the Guided reading levels, lexile, Accelerated reader, reading counts and DRA for each book. Students can “check out” a book by using the app and teachers can notify parentsvia Book Retriver. This app is amazing and only $.99!!

<—- Stick Pick

What if I said, you can say goodbye to those name popsicle sticks used for calling on children in the classroom. With this new app you can say goodbye to those ugly sticks and say hello to Stick Pick. On this app you set up your class, or multiple classes and you are able to randomly call on your students. Not only does it keep your students engaged, but it makes your life a lot easier too!

<—- Common Core

We all know what the importance of the new Common Core standards and we also know how big the curriculum is to carry around in paper form. With this app you can access all the common core standards by grade level so that way you can do your plans in the comfort of your own home without hauling around all your paperwork.

<—- Airscketch

Airsketch is like having an interactive whiteboard right from your i-pad. Pull up a website, write on your i-pad and it shows up straight on the webpage. You can set up your ipad to a projector and have the children see what you are drawing on your i-pad.


Edmodo is a wonderful free app that allows students and teachers to participate in discussions, message boards, or quizzes. Students are able to collaborate with one another, keep tabs on their homework and view important announcements from their teacher. It is like an educational version of facebook.


I couldn’t tell you how many times a day I hear “Miss Torres, is this an AR book?” I could have definitely used this app today! The LevelFinder app allows you to search the title of a book, find out the reading level and whether or not it is part of the AR program. The best thing about this app is that no wi-fi is needed, so I can surely use this in my classroom.

Hope you all can use these in your classroom! I will be on the lookout for more as well. Once I get my projector next week I will be sure to update you on how these apps worked out in my classroom! J


Today one of my SEVEN YEAR OLD students came up to me and said, “The new iphone 5 came out, so I’m going to get that for my birthday!” I stopped and thought, 7 years old? Really?! What the heck could you be doing with an iPhone!! She was telling me how she calls people and uses FaceTime. When I was that age I only talked to my Grandma! Technology has taken over the lives of everyone and surely has become part of the everyday classroom. 

After talking to my student, I had to sit back and remember what technology was available to me growing up. The biggest thing for us was the am/fm portable cassette player, and the biggest thing was when the portable CD player was introduced. While I was in High school the Apple introduced the ipod and the world has been taken over since. In school we had computers with the black and green screen (no color) and now classrooms have ipads for the entire class. I decided to take a look at how technology has evolved through the years…

Back in 1925, Thomas Edison once said “books will soon be obsolete in schools.” Thomas Edison could not be more right!

In 1960, The Horn Book, was a wooden paddle that had printed lessons, such as the alphabet and a religious verse on it.

In 1870, The Magic Lantern, was the first example of a projector. The Magic Lantern projected images printed on glass plates in a dark room. 

In 1890, The Chalkboard was invented and was considered one of the biggest inventions to classroom technology. 

1925, the Radio was first invented. New York City’s board of education was the first organization to send lessons to school through a radio station. 

The Magic Lantern was replaced with the Overhead Projector in 1930.

The headphones were introduced in 1950. Listening centers were now implemented in the classroom . Headphones are still used in the classroom today for computers and listening centers. 

What would we do without a calculator? In 1970, the handheld calculator was invented  and introduced in the classroom. 

In 1984,the Plato computer was introduced in schools, there was 1 for every 92 students avilable. Now there is about 1 computer for every 4 students. 

In 1999, schools got to say goodbye to the chalkboard and say hello to the Interactive White Board. The interactive whiteboard uses a touch screen, projector and a computer. 

Steve Jobs was one of the most brilliant people in the world! The Apple iPad was introduced in 2010 and has been a success in classrooms across the United States. 

After seeing how much technology has evolved over the years, I am excited yet very nervous to see what the future holds for technology in the classroom. Will teachers even be needed? Will there even be schools open if children can learn from a computer? With anything in life there are always positives and negatives. What are your feelings about technology?


Dunn, Jeff (2011). The Evolution Of Classroom Technology. Retrieved From: