January’s newsletter from the CKSEC gave some great resources for teachers and some great apps for those using for those of you who have an iPad and use it in the classroom, or even with your kids at home.  This newsletter has 10 Free iPad apps listed

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Central KY Special Education Coop – January 2012
Did you know…


    that Kentucky’s ranking in an annual grading of all states on key educatio indicators rose dramatically this year, placing the state 14th in the nation for its work on academic standards, the teaching profession and many other variables related to public education.  The ranking is contained in “Quality Counts,” a special report from Education Week.

Kentucky Department of Education

Transition Fair

Do you have students who need more information about agencies and services available once they exit high school?  If so, then the transition fair might be a good place to start.  The CKRITT/ CKSEC Transition Fair is scheduled for March 15 at the University of Kentucky Student Center.  Several agencies will be represented including BCTCS, UK, OVR and KHEAA.  This year we are focusing on students who have not previously attended a transition fair and are seniors.  If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact:

Christina Krantz


How to “Manipulate” Students into Enjoying Math

March 13, 2012
Students best learn mathematics when taught from a conceptual framework. Manipulatives are concrete materials that build this conceptual understanding. Students who use manipulatives are more engaged, have a stronger conceptual foundation for math, and tend to like math class more.
This day will focus on the use of manipulatives at the middle and high school levels.  Participants will explore the use of several different manipulatives that can be used at the secondary (middle/high) level.
Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of materials they have used successfully in their classes.

Learn more and register at

Ten Free iPad Apps

Teachers Should Download Today!

7 Words : Great for building vocabulary. It’s not easy though! I would say good for high school students.
Doodle Kids:  This app is great for a multisensory writing experience.  Kids can use their fingers to write spelling words or sight words and they appear in a multitude of colors.  Also fun for drawing.   Totally appropriate for any age!
Idea Sketch: One of my favorite apps for prewriting. You can create a web or mind map, it puts it in outline form, email it to someone and it saves it on the Ipad.  Great for second grade and up!
ShowMe:  It’s a whiteboard on the Ipad.    It also records your voice and allows you to insert a picture.  Great for teacher demonstrations that students can view and listen to later.  Students can also record their thinking for teachers to listen to later.
TEDtv:  An awesome archive of inspirational videos, ideas and relevant topics.  These are great discussion starters for the Middle School and High School Classroom.  Many credible, well known and highly respected primary sources.
PBS Kids:  Great for preschool through early first grade.  Includes videos of Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Elmo and more.  New videos are highlighted each week.  
Discover:  Free Encyclopedia.  Each day new stories and topics are highlighted which makes this app fun.  However, one caution, it is Wikipedia. But there is a lot of good information on Wikipedia.  Just make sure students understand this is a jumping off point for further research around a topic.  Very appropriate for grades 4 and up.
On This Day:  Calling all history buffs, this app is for you.  It takes the current day and highlight world events as far back as the year 1287!  It also links to further information on the selected event.
Tales2Go:  Free 30 day trial.  Recorded books for the Ipad.  Search by age, most popular, series, ect.  Includes such kid favorites as “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Clifford”.
Captions: An easy way to get students writing. Just import pictures from your camera roll and students can add captions.  They can export them to a school Facebook page or email them for printing.  A great starter for narrative writing. Excellent for students of all ages.


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About cbramble1

I am a teacher at Second Street School. I am currently attending Georgetown College to recieve my Graduate Degree. I am a very busy mom of three kids...senior, 6th, and 3rd. Besides being a very busy shuttle service, I teach, coach and play tennis! I enjoy getting kids into a lifetime sport! I will graduate in August and will be one happy camper. My goal is to put technology into the hands of every kid I can!

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