150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

For iPad and Google Play Tablet Devices of All Kinds

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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The Really Good StuffⓇ Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms. Recently, I took a tour of this amazing app. Perhaps you’re wondering how more than 150 apps can be inside one? It is possible. The Really Good Stuff team has curated the best apps in education for the K-2 to classroom — all in one place. In this blog post, I’ll include the video unboxing tour that I recently had with the team at the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection, and I’ll share some thoughts on how you can effectively use this collection in your classroom. Plus, I’ll tell you how to get your free 30-day trial.Unboxing Demo: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection

This blog post is sponsored by Really Good StuffⓇ Digital Learning Collection.

Challenges of Finding the Right iPad or Google Play App

The challenge for many K-2 to teachers who have tablets in their classroom is finding the right app. Teachers get tired of playing apps and just want the ones that will work for them and are standards aligned.

Once you’ve found the right apps, you have to download them and get them onto the tablets. And sometimes kids can move the apps around depending on how you’re managing the devices. Either way, it can be a challenge. Once you have everything in place, there will be times when you want students to play certain apps based upon their needs and the standards that you’re trying to meet. Well, the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection makes all of this simple for you.

As you can see in the unboxing video when you go into the collection, you can assign specific apps to specific students and the collection will give them access accordingly.

Select Apps by Standard

Inside the teacher web-based version of the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection, you can search for apps by standard. You can assign apps to your entire classroom or just to the individual student that needs the app. You can also look at how each student is spending his or her time.

Apps are organized in seven categories of classroom content. These content areas are:

  1. Language Arts
  2. Math
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Creativity
  5. Social Studies
  6. Science
  7. My Best Self (Social Emotional Learning)

Assign Apps by Class or Individual Student

I think the easiest thing about this tool is that everything is in one place. You can see the activity of each individual student. You can also see the activities of your class. You can search by standard to find just the right app. Simply put, you have pretty much granular control over more than 150 apps in the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection.

Perhaps the best thing about it is that there’s only one app to download onto your student devices. You could literally have just this one app and it would give you more than 150 apps for your students. They each can have access to the whole collection or just the specific apps that you want them to have. Now that is awesome!

As a person who has managed an iPad lab, I find the thought of one app that contains many apps very attractive. Plus, simple control for the teacher is a huge time saver.

Personalized Game-Based Learning for the K-2 Classroom

I think the ability to personalize learning while also seeing what students do with it gives us some powerful insight. One criticism of iPads and Google Play Tablets is that, while they’re great teaching tools, it’s very difficult to manage the apps that students for using. Really Good Stuff gives you a lot of functionality and a simple, powerful interface.

What’s even better is that, as the Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection team creates new apps, they’ll add them to the version you already own. When you assign a new app to a student, there’s nothing to download — they just open up Really Good Stuff and it’s there. Simple!

Safety First

The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection has been certified by kidSAFE for adhering to strict standards of online safety and privacy compliance.

I hope you’ll take the unboxing tour video that I’ve shared as part of this blog post. I think this is going to be a very useful tool in the K to 2nd grade classroom.

Check out the Really Good StuffⓇ Digital Learning Collection. Get30-day0 day free trial and see for yourself how useful this tool can be for your classroom.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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5 Habits of Healthy Teachers

Jen Burdis on episode 370 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Jen Burdis, teacher and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor, shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher.

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Jen Burdis – Bio as Submitted


Jennifer Burdis is a twenty-year veteran elementary teacher in the San Diego area, author ofThe EduNinja Mindset 11 Habits for Building a Stronger Mind and Body, a former Penn State Volleyball player, NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer and an athlete who competed in seasons six and seven of American Ninja Warrior. As an author and keynote speaker, Jen passionately shares her grit and growth mindset strategies by turning obstacles into opportunities, incorporating more kinesthetic based learning activities, and practicing daily healthy habits as a strong foundation to learning.

Blog: www.jenburdis.com 

Twitter:@jennifer_burdis

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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One Way to Help Kids with the Trauma and Drama of Life

Dianne Maroney on Episode 369 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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The Imagine Project has free journals and lesson plans that help students cope with the drama and trauma of life. Dianne Maroney helps teachers understand writing strategies shown to help children appreciate resilience in themselves and one another.

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Get a discount off your PD. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

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Dianne Maroney – Bio as Submitted


Dianne.MaroneyDianne Maroney is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. She is the founder of The Imagine Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps kids, teens, and adults overcome challenging life circumstances through expressive writing. Dianne is a thought leader in the area of stress and trauma in children. Her simple, yet profound 7-step writing tool, now used by schools across the US, gives kids and teens the opportunity to rewrite a challenging personal story and Imagine new possibilities in its place.

Dianne is an international speaker and author of several books including her most recent is, The Imagine Project: Empowering Kids to Rise Above Drama, Trauma, and Stress (Yampa Valley Publishing, 2018). Her first book The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love (Yampa Valley Publishing, 2013) won multiple awards including the coveted Benjamin Franklin Award for nonfiction titles. Dianne’s children’s book, Byron the Caterpillar Who Loved to Imagine (Yampa Valley Publishing, 2017) is a gift to all who read it, and Your Premature Baby and Child (Berkley, 1999) was written after her daughter was born extremely premature. Dianne lives outside of Denver with her husband and has 3 grown children.

Blog: https://theimagineproject.org/blog/

Twitter: @diannemaroney

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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Flexible Seating: Before and After

Justine MacKinnon on episode 368 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Fourth-grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her fourth-grade classroom.

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Get a discount off your PD. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

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Justine has a makeover video. I have no affiliation whatsoever with the company that created this video. We just wanted to do a story with someone comparing the difference.

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Justine MacKinnon – Bio as Submitted


Justine MacKinnon am a 4th-grade educator in Massachusetts. I have been teaching for three years. I earned my Masters in Special Education in 2016. I recently won Haskell’s Incredible Classroom Makeover Contest and received a full class set of flexible seating.

Blog:www.missmackinnonweststreet.weebly.com

Twitter:@missmackinnon4

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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