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The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions. The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. Be aware that everyone thinks they have their own style of learning (they don't, according to the latest research), and the evidence suggests that just because a technique works or does not work for other people does not necessarily mean it will or won’t work well for you. If you want to know how to revise or learn most effectively you will still want to experiment on yourself a little with each technique before writing any of them off.

8 Things to Look for in An Educational App Picking up the right educational apps to recommend to your students and kids is not an easy task.There are several criterion you need to consider before you can comfortably claim that an app is educational or not. Of course there are no hard and fast rules to follow to be a good app reviewer and app reviewing is not an established science with clear boundaries but what we talk about here are simple conventions. These conventions are developed by experienced educators who , out of their long experience with app reviewing , have developed a sense of what works and what does not for educational settings. Experience here is very important because sometimes people learn more through experience than through formal instruction. That being said, I want to share with you some of the tips that educational app reviewers use to select apps for teachers and students. I have created the graphic below to include as many of these tips as possible.

An iPad a day keeps school absenteeism at bay An iPad app that offers access to over 600 school textbooks, spanning 33 subjects in six South African languages was launched on Wednesday. "The app offers access to CAPS-aligned [new curriculum] textbooks for grades one to 12," said Linda de Klerk, marketing director for ZA Books. Fourteen publishers, including giants Maskew Miller Longman and the Cambridge University Press bought in to the concept because they said "making textbooks available in e-format is a necessity", De Klerk told a gathering at the Apple store in Johannesburg. Downloading the app is free and schools can buy the titles by setting up an account on ZAbooks.co.za and ordering a book list on the website. "The titles are a minimum of 25% cheaper than the physical title," she said.

Free iPhone App Specials for 2013-03-10 Do you have a kid? A child that is currently at the phase of learning letters and numbers? This application is just what you need to help your children learn the letters and their pronunciation. With our easy to use application your kids will learn their ABC fast and easy. They can tap on each letter to hear a spoken version of it, or play a small Guess game with your help and the ???

Tree Looking for Strategies and Activities? Click Here! The tree can act as a metaphor to help us see the relationship between theory and practice in second language learning and teaching. The ROOTS represent concepts and theories to be considered in teaching in general and in second language acquisition in particular.

6 Interactive Storytelling Apps For Younger Students Getting younger students to tell stories can promote a variety of different language arts skills in a way that is a lot more fun than doing grammar drills. From learning the parts of speech and sentence and paragraph structure to vocabulary, there is a lot of hidden teaching material in storytelling, which interactive storytelling apps can enhance. Since we all know that kids LOVE to tell stories (check out this blog post by a teacher who had to limit how many stories each student could tell per day), there is a lot of potential in this activity.

A Day in the Life of an iPad Student 7.00 am: Woken by fancy chime and skyscraper illumination on iPad. Switch off and go back to sleep. 7.15 am: Woken by beeping Angry Bird effect and grudgingly get up for school. Head down to breakfast to find Dad has somehow got hold of the iPad and is catching up on ‘that Piers Morgan and Lord Sugar arguing about grammar again’? Techie Teacher: Free Apps All Month!! It's hard to believe that March is already here! Did you know it's National Reading Month? To celebrate, Auryn, Inc. is giving away a free interactive reading iPad/iPhone app each day of March! Today's interactive book is by Dean Koontz. It not only reads to you "karaoke style", highlighting each word as it goes along, but also lets you record your own narration, write your own text, color in the pictures, and much more! Take advantage of this amazing promotion and download each free book daily!

Online Flashcards Mobilize your notes. Study on the bus or in line for a taco. Free mobile apps mean instant access to every note and flashcard you need. If you've got two minutes, you've got time to review your study materials. Get your score before the test. The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator The Differentiator is based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu. Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas Ever since I was a kid, I loathed back to school commercials. They always showed parents gleefully skipping through aisles of pencils and notebooks as the kids, sullen and dejected, sluggishly followed along. It's a scene we are all too familiar with, and one that creates a negative stigma around school. But what if that scene were flipped? What if the kids were happy and eager to get to school?

A Day in the Life of an iPad Teacher 6.30 am: Woken by the dulcet tones of Lana Del Rey and a new ‘Wake up Light‘. Contemplate staying in bed then notice the email icon flashing with a number of new messages – check twitter. 7.00 am: Access news app whilst devouring breakfast. 6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides With the end of the semester drawing near, so are the plans of preparing students for final exams and standardized tests. Check out these six iPad apps to create fun, engaging, interactive study guides for your students. 1. ScreenChomp - Create a list of equations for students to solve. Student’s task will be to work out the equation and record the steps they took to solve the equation. 2.

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