Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oh "Appy" Day: Tech on Tuesday

We all know that I love teaching and blogging, but the one other (educational) thing that ranks right up at the top is technology.  Blogging has given me the chance to really apply my love for technology through the writing, developing banners and buttons, creating TpT products, and developing HTML code (well, just a little bit of that).  I think my love for technology really came into full force several years ago when I completed my master's degree in special education with emphasis in assistive technology.  Since completing that degree, I am constantly on the lookout for new and interesting technology.  I am most interested in technology that helps to "level the playing field" among those with disabilities, but really I love all technology.  So...I tell you all of this to let you in on my next adventure!  Tuesdays are now an "Appy Day!"   Every Tuesday, I plan on posting an app review (not paid...just what I like) or some other tech savvy tutorial or interesting tidbit!  Here is a fun little button to commemorate this epic event! :)

This week, I do have an app to share with you.  Panasonic Doki Doki Tangram

This is a fun app that helps develop geometrical sense.  We all remember using the tangrams to create puzzles on our desks when we were in elementary school, but now it is more high tech!  There are a variety of silhouette puzzles to choose from and you must maneuver the tangrams to fit in puzzle!  Here's the catch...it has a time limit!  I recommend this app for its fun factor, as well as its educational factor.  My (personal) kids and I have had a great time trying to beat the time to finish these puzzles.  *Fun times for another snow day!*  FYI-My eleven year old beats my time every time!

This app meets these Common Core Standards:
CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1 Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes

CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes

CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.1 Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories

CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.2 Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry

CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles

Enjoy!! Let me know what you think!

Plus...I'm linking up for Tried It Tuesday...trying out a new series here folks!  Let me know if you like it.  Want to see it continue?  Feedback would be great!
Are there any apps you would like me to try?
Technology questions?
Comment below!


  1. That looks like fun! I am always looking for educational apps - the kids always love them and don't realize they are learning!

    1. That's what I like about this one! It's great for the whole family, too!

  2. That app looks really fun! I like the fact it times you, so it is an extra challenge. Thanks for the review.
    Pinkadots Elementary

  3. This app looks great!! I am looking forward to your Tech on Tuesday tips!! I am always on the lookout for tips and think that is an awesome idea! Thanks for linking up. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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