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Intriguing Apps for Learning

Intriguing Apps for Learning
Using mobile technology like tablets, e-readers, and cell phones to extend education is a great way to get children learning on the go. There are so many apps to choose from that sometimes it makes the task of looking for good apps for children a bit daunting. Here are a few intriguing apps, educational, interactive, apps that will engage your children in active learning. Smash Your Food Smash Your Food is a nutrition education app. Toca House Toca House, created by Toca Boca, is an engaging app that teaches younger children about completing chores around the house. Circadia Circadia is a music, colors, and puzzle app wrapped up into one. Multiplication: Invasion of the Moon Monkeys Memorizing multiplication facts is a very important math skill to learn that impacts other more difficult math skills. Finding different types of apps that appeal to children that involve high-interest subjects and gaining knowledge is a great way to keep kids learning on the go. Picture By courosa Related:  Early Childhood iPad Apps

5 Top Sites To Download Free Kids Music That You’ll Love If you’ve got kids, you’ve no doubt thought about how you might be able to increase the size of their music collection for free. I mean, who wants to listen to the same CD of nursery rhymes over and over again, right? So in order to keep your sanity while your kids listen to their favourite songs, the best trick is to have more of them – and the higher quality you can manage to find the better. Thankfully, the Internet is full of free music and fun things for kids. Here’s a collection of sites which have a large amount of kids songs for free, just waiting for you to grab them. You and your kids will surely love the music you find here! Remember: DownThemAll When checking out these sites and other sites of free music, don’t forget that there are tools like DownThemAll and Wget which make it really easy to download all of the MP3s in one hit. Jamendo Kids Music Check out the Jamendo Child/Kids/Children tags (and perhaps the Jamendo Enfants tag) to browse hundreds of free albums for kids.

50 Fantastic Free iPad Apps We all love getting something great for free! However, hunting down the good free iPad apps from the terrible ones in the jungle of the App Store can be a difficult job. Fortunately for you, I’m here to help. We’ll try and keep a mix of old classics and new favourites, read on and stock up on fantastic free iPad apps! Like the article? Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed and follow us on Twitter to stay up on recent content. Flipboard Flipboard is one of the most popular news readers for the iPad due to its fantastic, intuitive interface and its sheer ease of use. Planetary Planetary is a fascinating way to explore your music collection that’s only available on the iPad. We recently reviewed Planetary and found it to be a simply stunning free offering for the iPad. Zite Zite is a great way to consume all kinds of news and articles, that gradually learns your preferences and what you like to read. The Onion If you’re not already a fan of The Onion, you probably should be. IMDb Remote Paper 500px

Early Childhood Education and the iPad I was fortunate enough last weekend to receive an invitation to the Sydney Catholic Schools Early Years Conference. I was interested because the conference was centred around creating a clear and coherent vision around Early Years pedagogy. I was also intrigued to see how the iPad fitted in with this vision. One of the sessions I attended was Technology in the Early Years - Apps and iPads by Kate Highfield a Lecturer in Early Childhood from Macquarie University Sydney. Kate was certainly an engaging and passionate speaker but what really impressed participants was a scaffold by which we could evaluate the apps that are used within the confines of our own classrooms. Kate and her research partner Kristy Goodwin have developed this scaffold from their research into educational apps. Kate suggested that we could plot apps on a educational continuum depending on where the different apps contribute to cognitive development. PuppetPals: FREE Create your own animated stories. StoryKit: FREE

39 Apps to Promote Student Creativity from edshelf by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education It is always such a pleasure to see student creativity. To watch their creative muscles grow and see their fantastic imaginations blossom into works of art. Technology is a great medium through which students can craft their wonders. It offers abilities that aren’t possible in other media. Here is a recommended collection of creative iPad and iPhone apps from Glenda Stewart-Smith of Surrey School District #36 in Canada. What apps would you recommend to foster creativity in students? 39 Apps to Promote Student Creativity from edshelf

OT's with Apps | The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults. 95 best iPad apps for designers | iPad We've gathered together the very best iPad apps in Apple's App Store – and many are free. You're sure to find a timelessly brilliant app that meets your needs, saving you the hassle of searching through the hundreds of thousands available. Whether you're looking to design on your iPad, carry out research, find inspiration, or improve your task management and productivity there are tons of iPad apps in our list. So here goes, in no particular order... 01. Price: Free Packed with useful features to work alongside apps like Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, Adobe Capture CC lets users extract colour themes from photos and convert images into vector graphics. 02. Price: Free Generate native prototypes and preview your ideas as if they've already gone live with the help of Pixate. 03. Skala lets users iterate faster in the seemingly endless struggle to arrive at a better design. 04. Price: $3.30/ £2.29 05. Price: Free 06. 07. 08. Price: $2.99/£2.29 09. 10. Price: $6.99/£4.99 11. 12. 13. 14.

Kindertown: An Educational App Store At its education event last month, Apple made the point of touting the amount of educational content it offers via its App Store: some 20,000 apps fall under the "education" category. But we really shouldn't confuse quantity and quality when it comes to educational content. Indeed, in some ways, the abundance of educational apps makes it even tougher to locate good ones -- even with Apple's promotion of featured apps and bestseller lists and with the App Store reviews. How do you know which apps have an educational (not just entertainment) value, which apps are developmentally appropriate, which apps teach particular content or focus on a certain subject (either in general, such as math or literacy apps, or more specifically, such as those that teach addition or phonetics)? That's where the startup Kindertown steps in, with an (educational) App Store within the (Apple) App Store.

The No.1 App for Every Teacher…. | dedwards.me Not all apps are created equal. The first version of Explain Everything was good. The second version is outstanding. As an educator my life revolves around learning, organisation, workflow and school requirements. Lessons are delivered, work is assessed and data is recorded. At its base level Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard into which you can insert text, pictures and videos. An existing presentation can be imported into the app from a Dropbox or GoogleDrive account. Similarly a teacher can record anything that happens in class, via the camera, and then annotate/comment on the work. (courtesy of Digital First Ohio State) As you can see from the ‘how to’ video there are a number of different functions in the new version of Explain Everything that lend themselves to the classroom. Explain Everything can also have an impact on assessment. Explain Everything is a ‘must-have’ application for teachers who have access to an iPad. Like this: Like Loading...

LetterReflex – Overcoming Letter Reversals LetterReflex – Overcoming Letter Reversals, by BinaryLabs, is another sensational learning tool from the creators of Dexteria. Letter reversals are to be expected from any young child learning the alphabet, the cause is a lack of directionality. To address directionality, the first concepts that need to be understood are the directions of “right” and “left.” LetterReflex helps children overcome common letter reversals in a game format that is inviting, engaging, interactive and user-friendly. Best of all, the kids LOVE playing this app. The first activity, Tilt It, uses kinesthetic learning to teach left from right. Although listed in the medical category this app has its place during every child’s development. Teachers With Apps spoke with Frank Jenson, CEO of Dexteria and asked a few questions: “With regards to Dexteria, yes, our app business is a full-time endeavor. This app focuses on this one important concept and it is an essential skill to master.

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