Welcome to the St. Thomas More iPad App page. Listed below are some of the most frequently used educational apps for students in grades K-8. Each grade level begins with a designated core set of age-appropriate apps designed to enhance the learning experience and encourage creativity, collaboration, communication and productivity. These apps will be loaded on each student’s’ device by the technology department at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year, teachers may request that additional apps be pushed to students. These educationally relevant apps related to the content will be tested and vetted by the technology department prior to installation. Every effort is made to evaluate the appropriateness and value of each app used by our students. Click here to find out more about how educational apps and resources are opening the world learning possibilities in classrooms around the world.
Primary Uses: The Option C Learning Management System is a valuable resource that provides parents with an opportunity to view academic information about their child/children. This year homework assignments will be visible to parents in one location alleviating the need to visit separate web pages for each of your child’s teachers. As was the case last year, academic progress and attendance records will also be accessible through the system. In addition, we have added access to the STM School calendar through the OptionC portal.
During the month of September, parents will have access to update their information with respect to how you want to be contacted in the case of a school closing or emergency. Parents have the option to be communicated with via, phone, text or email for these emergency notifications. Once logged into OptionC, visit the Communications menu and Manage Alerts to update this important information. If you need to change this information after September please contact Cindy Zona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to check the system frequently to monitor your child’s progress throughout the year. If you are a new parent, you will receive your Username and Password for the system the first day of school. If you are an existing parent and have never logged into OptionC, please contact the Main Office for assistance. Students in grades 6-8 will also receive a username and password to access the system and monitor their own progress.
Listed below is some general information that you will need to know about the system:
Teachers in grades 3-8 will make every effort to post assignments at least one week prior to the assessment being given. At times, it may be necessary to revise a date.
Teachers in grades K-8 will post grades for assignments within two weeks after a graded assignment has been administered.
Missing assignments and late assignments are counted as a 0 and affect the student’s average. Teachers will modify a student’s grade once the classwork has been completed.
All teachers will use the system to post final quarter grades.
OptionC will REPLACE progress reports. You will be sent an email alerting you to check your child’s progress half way through the quarter. If you have any questions or concerns at the point when you check your child’s progress please contact his/her teacher.
For more detailed information about navigating the site and the new features available please visit the link for our Parent Tutorial.
Primary Uses: Pages is Apple’s main word processing app and is very similar in many ways to the ubiquitous Microsoft Word. With this powerful app, students and teachers can create text documents as well as incorporate visual elements such as images while viewing the page layout in real time–what is shown on the screen is what will appear on the printed paper. For decades, word processing has been used to prepare printed documents. Recently, the documents are saved in electronic formats for delivery via email or file transfer, expanding the palette of accent elements to include electronic-capable media such as animations, sounds, and videos as well as hyperlinks and other interactive elements. Due to the breadth of the content that can be created with Pages as well as its value in preparing students become literate and successful with 21st Century productivity tools, Pages remains one of the core apps used at St. Thomas More.
Primary Uses: Pearson’s Dash app gives educators using selected Pearson programs mobile access to point-of-use teaching strategies, content information, training resources, engaging videos, lesson plans, discussion topics, test questions and answers, and personalized student information — all integrated through a user-friendly touch screen interface. With swipe, tap, and go access, teachers can move around the classroom, differentiate instruction, and track progress in real time with unprecedented ease.
For more information on Pearson Dash, please visit their website.
Primary Uses: QR Code Reader is an app that scans traditional bar codes as well as QR Codes. Bar codes are designed for identification purposes; each line or space creates a visual Morse-like code indicating a string of numbers and letters. QR codes are 2-dimensional codes capable of containing long strings of information, which makes them excellent for storing website addresses. Most often, QR codes acts as a “real-world hyperlink,” directing the scanning device to a website containing pertinent information. With the ability to link to shared documents (for instance, a paper stored in Google Drive), published or private websites, videos, presentations, or countless other ways to present information, the QR code is a novel way to distribute and access many online resources easily in the physical world.
Primary Uses: Schoology is a course management tool available for use by teachers in grades 5-8. Comparable to a digital “Trapper Keeper,” this app offers teachers the ability to organize courses for their students. When students enroll in Schoology, they have access to all of these classes in one place. With the availability of both an app and a web-based service, students can access class notes, study guides, and instructional materials associated with a teacher’s class. They can submit work via Schoology directly to their teacher, and they can participate in assessments and online discussions during which the teacher is able to monitor their progress. This resource breaks down the walls of the classroom, giving students access in real time to class materials even if they are home sick or away from school.Please visit this link for a Schoology tutorial.
Primary Uses: Scribble Press provides students with the ability to create documents and books from scratch using an engaging and intuitive creation platform utilizing over 500 drawing tools, a collection of unique stickers, and the ability to import photos. The user-friendly app design makes it easy for students to engage their creative process and realize their ideas as well as edit previously saved documents. The app includes multiple ways to share these creations directly with teachers and other students in a variety of formats.
Grade Levels: K-2
Frequency of Use: Project-Specific
Used Since: 2012
iTunes Page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scribble-press/id487300076?mt=8
Primary Uses: VocabularySpellingCityis a fun and engaging online vocabulary and spelling instruction service. One of the benefits to using apps like VocabularySpellingCity is that what were routine exercises found in vocabulary and spelling books are now fun and engaging games that allow for interactivity and feedback during the activity. Teachers assign word lists and activities for each unit, and they can track their students’ progress as each activity is completed. Parents that want to stay on top of their children’s work may also track their progress. Primarily delivered via a web-based interface, the VocabularySpellingCity service is available through the iOS app as well. Using their iPads, students have the ability to access content from anywhere that they have an internet connection, and they have the option to use the app or to access the web content via Puffin Academy.