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Children's Technology Review

Children's Technology Review
CTR April 2014: Slice Fractions, Research Questions and Lessons in AppCraft Children’s Technology Review April 2014 Volume 22, No. 4, Issue 169 Welcome to April 2014 Your April CTR (sent to paid subscribers) will skim you through some noteworthy apps, ... In Defense of Edutainment: A 1998 Challenge to Seymour Papert April 17, 2014. This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Marina Bers at Tufts University; where I saw an early version of ScratchJr running on an iPad. Bers is a former student ...

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CTR Interactives Media Rater How We Rate Interactive Media: About the Ratings, and CTR's Software Evaluation Instrument Here's the evaluation instrument that we use to do our full-length reviews. "App"solutely Awesome K-8 Apps for your iPad! Carrie Johnson from Minnehaha Academy shared with her best of list from the "Best Use of iPads, iPad Apps and Other Technology Tools to Increase Student Learning (Grades K-8)" conference. Her are her notes along with mine: Tiny Tap - Could be used for any grade level.

Build an awesome class website with Google Apps Let’s face it: Teachers can use all the help we can get. To have the most impact, we need to form partnerships with those other educators who spend even more time with our students than we do — their parents. Parents haven’t always been welcome in schools as partners. In the past, many students’ lives were segregated into two distinct realms: school and home. But in today’s always-on, 24/7 learning environment, that dynamic is changing. Parents are increasingly invested in their students’ academic lives. SOFTWARE EVALUATION RUBRIC Title: ___________________________________________ Publisher: _______________________________________ Date of copyright: _________________________________

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014 Well, it's that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year. As with the previous year's list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education. However, that's not to say that there aren't plenty of websites and Learning Management Systems showing up as well.

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop. In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine. (Read Harry Walker's paper Evaluating the Effectiveness of Apps for Mobile Devices.) I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. I tried to make my rubric work for the broadest range of apps, from drill and practice to creative endeavors, while stressing the purpose for using the app.

VTech Just Made a Tablet for Your 12-Month-Old - Lauren Wilson - Media VTech is hoping to tap into one of the last unexplored tablet markets: Infants. The Hong Kong-based toy maker is targeting its Inno Tab 2 Baby at children from 1 to 9 years of age, expanding beyond the regular Inno Tab’s 4-to-9 year age range. “The reality is that [the technology’s] there, and babies as young as 12 months just have this natural propensity to want to do whatever their parents are doing,” said Laurie Honza, director of product development of VTech Electronics North America. Aesthetically, the Inno Tab 2 Baby looks like others in the Inno Tab line. Its thick plastic and protective gel skin are meant to render the tablet indestructible enough for little hands that would just as quickly throw it from a high chair as play with it. The Baby features different onboard content as well, including three baby apps, a Noah’s Ark e-book, and built-in music (six playtime melodies and six sleepy-time melodies).

Overview - Welcome to Flubaroo The grades created by Flubaroo will be located in an adjacent worksheet called "Grades", as shown: For each submission, Flubaroo will show which questions were answered correctly ("1" point"), which incorrectly ("0" points), and which were not graded. If less than 60% of students got a question correct, the question will be highlighted in orange to alert you. Additionally, students who scored less than 70% on the assignment will be highlighted in red. The Flubaroo menu will now offer you the ability to email each student their grades, view a summary report, or regrade the assignment. You might want to regrade the assignment if more students submitted answers, or if you want to throw out a question that most students got wrong.

Complete Guide to educational and special needs apps, complete list at One Place for Special Needs Complete guide to educational and special needs apps With over 300,000 apps it's easy to become overwhelmed by the number of app choices. It's also easy to spend a small fortune on a lot of useless apps. As a special needs parent I wanted to get right to the "good stuff" and figured you did too. Check out our guide that breaks down the best of the apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child. Great for kids with autism, ADHD, apraxia, learning disability, sensory issues and more.

Student Technology Skills and the PARCC Assessments The following student technology skills were contained in PARCC: Technology Integration and Ohio's New Learning Standards , a presentation developed by Char Shryock, Bay Village Schools. Ms. Shryock is a member of the Ohio PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (NE). These are some of the technology skills that will be required to complete the technology-enhanced items contained in the PARCC assessments. keyboarding cutting and pasting highlighting using an on-screen calculator dragging and dropping items manipulating a graph running a simulation to generate data changing font size and background color clicking on multiple correct answers utilizing spreadsheets, documents using a secure browser

The 10 iOS Apps You've Never Heard Of (But Should Use) Apps keep this mobile world rolling along, and they play a vital role in helping small business owners stay effective and competitive while on the road. With 1.2 million apps in Apple’s iTunes store, there are plenty of unsung heroes—apps that are worth your while, but most likely have escaped your attention. The following are 10 lesser-known iOS apps that I use regularly, both in my small business as well as for personal reasons. I list them here in alphabetical order. GorillaCam This free camera app combines two great features: (1) a self-timer with countdown notification for selfies or group shots (with your iPhone on a tripod); and (2) a time lapse mode, which lets you take a series of shots one after the other.

55 Beautiful Apple iPad Wallpapers - Noupe Design Blog May 31 2010 This is the age of iPhones, iPods and iPads, people simply love to have these amazing inventions of information technology. Apple iPhones have created a state of euphoria among its users with its amazing features and iPad is another product from Apple team that will let you browse internet, watch video, listen music, read books with just a finger touch. We are sure some of you have already purchased it and now want to customize it. iPads – A Tool, Not Alchemy, for Education The topic of kids and technology is a hot topic again. This would normally be a good thing, if the questions that are being discussed weren’t fundamentally the wrong ones. It is, however, a familiar situation. Common Sense Media Workshops Students grow up in a digital world with the potential for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. Yet schools face challenges concerning behavioral and ethical issues that arise from students’ use of technology, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing, and plagiarism. Digital citizenship is an essential 21st-century skill that guides students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Not only is digital citizenship an essential component of any school’s technology program, it’s also necessary for CIPA compliance and schools receiving E-rate funding. In this workshop, participants will learn about essential skills for digital citizenship, how to teach students these skills, and how to create a positive school culture around technology. Participants will learn about Common Sense Media’s K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum, available online as downloadable lessons or as interactive iBook Textbooks.

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