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1 { Let’s keep our skills sharp this summer! A parent’s guide to apps and websites to help our children stay on-track over summer vacation.

2 Explore dinosaurs, bugs, birds, planes, music, sports, superheroes, inventors, art, the night sky, the ocean, and more — 24 themes in all. Start with a book … and see where your child's imagination goes! Start with a Book

3 Let’s start with some helpful hints…

4  Go to SETTINGS > GENERAL  Under “Use side switch to,” select LOCK ROTATION Locking Rotation

5  If you have this set to MUTE,  Rotate iPad so the display is in the desired orientation.  Swipe up along the bottom of the screen to display Control Center (you can do this from any screen, including the Lock screen).  Tap the Screen Rotation Lock button.  The Screen Rotation Lock button will appear highlighted.

6  Simple passcodes are four digits long. You can disable simple passcode to require a longer passcode, which can also contain alphanumeric characters.  You can configure your device to automatically erase all contents (Secure Erase) after ten failed passcode attempts.  iCloud users can remotely lock their device with a passcode using Find My iPhone.  If you enter an incorrect passcode too many times, the device will be disabled temporarily. the device will be disabled temporarily. Passcodes You can configure a passcode for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Settings > General > Passcode Lock.

7  Connect the device to the computer with which you normally sync and open iTunes.  Note: If iTunes asks you to enter the passcode, try another computer that you have synced with. If the device is still disabled, or if iTunes does not automatically sync your device, sync the device with iTunes.  When the backup and sync is complete, restore your device.  When iOS Setup Assistant asks to set up your device, choose "Restore from iTunes backup".  Select your device in iTunes and choose the most recent backup of your device. What to do if the device gets locked… BACK UP YOUR DEVICES TO iTunes!!!

8  SETTINGS > GENERAL > RESTRICTIONS  You can limit Safari, camera, Facetime, apps, etc.  “Allowed Content” lets you set access to explicit content  “In App Purchases” can be turned off, or require password immediately iTunes Settings

9 Other Tablet Options Kindle Fire $120-$200 Galaxy Tablet $150-$350 Google Nexus $150-$450

10 How can we keep our children’s skills from fading during summer vacation?

11 Summer Reading

12 iBooks (Apple devices) iBooks (Apple devices) (Kindle) (Kindle) (Nook) (Nook) Electronic Options

13  - stories read aloud by actors, sponsored by SAG  - geared for younger readers  - for every book you read, they donate books to needy children. This has books for a variety of ages/levels. Sponsored by the Pearson Foundation  - great non-fiction site for older students  - search for books, take quizzes, earn points/prizes. Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center. Reading Websites

14 Keeping minds sharp….

15  - for all ages/levels  - for all ages/levels  - for older students  - for older students  - for older students  demo/load.htm?www=first_grade& - for younger students demo/load.htm?www=first_grade& demo/load.htm?www=first_grade& Math Websites

16 Visit Mrs. Sgroi’s website for more practice/challenge links: For additional practice…

17 Apps for Everyone

18  Starfall Learn to Read  Starfall ABCs  Starfall Numbers  Starfall All About Me Starfall ($1.99-$2.99)


20   Sight Words Flash Cards is designed to develop pre-reading skills such as recognizing common words by sight and sound.   Divided into 4 categories: Pre-primary, kindergarten, 1st grade & 2nd grade. Each grade has an accompanying Question Mode to test and enhance reading skills. Sight Words Flashcards (free)

21   Explores vowel sounds, syllables and more. Phonics Tic Tac Toe (free)

22   Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!   Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback   Create an actor from a photo   Use a photo as a backdrop for your storytelling   Zoom and rotate your characters using two fingers   Flip them around with a double tap   Great for a variety of ages Puppet Pals (free, in-app purchases available)

23   Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic (free, in-app purchases available)

24   Ever wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Verses is an app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry. We built this app to set your creativity ablaze with Verses' limitless word mixing possibilities that allow you to become a kind of dictionary DJ. Verses Poetry (free, in-app purchases available)

25 Splash Math adapts to the student's level and ensures mastery of all grade level math skills App and website Splash Math (free, in-app purchases available, upgrade available)

26 Kids can practice math skills from basic operations through multi-digit multiplication and division in a series of entertaining worlds. The difficulty levels make this game appealing to kids from first grade through sixth, as basic facts at the easy levels are taken to multiple-digit problems, including regrouping at the hard level. Math vs. Zombies ($4.99)

27 In Bridge Constructor you have to prove yourself as an accomplished master bridge builder. Play 40 different levels, and build bridges over deep valleys, canals, and rivers. Stress tests reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars, trucks and, more recently, super-heavy tank trucks. Bridge Constructor ($1.99)

28 Hop on the train with Spacey the elephant and help him focus his memory while on the way to the circus. Memorize the characteristics of objects passing by and recall them to earn stars, badges, and peanuts. Along the way, kids may find a few surprises! Memory Train ($1.99)

29 Make handwriting practice fun! With our Wet-Dry-Try Suite App, children learn and practice correct formation habits for writing capitals, numbers, and lowercase letters Handwriting Without Tears: Wet Dry Try Suite ($6.99)

30 Visit Mrs. Sgroi’s website for this presentation and other technology resources. Happy Summer!

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