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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.

Digital preschool A local preschool integrates iPads into the classroom to equip young children with the necessary technological skills for their future. At the school, children are introduced to using the iPad from as young as two-years-old. As digital technologies become ever more pervasive, a preschool in Bryanston, Johannesburg, has implemented iPads in the classroom. The Bryanston campus of The Little Ashford Preschool (The LAP), which opened in September 2011, has the motto: “Innovatively equipping your kids for the future” and introduces children to new technology early on, while also using it to improve parent-teacher communication. The school’s principal, Marli Hoffman, says the school offers entry-level, 16GB iPads with WiFi access, at a subsidised rate of R3 000 for its 37 children. “We do daily reports on the iPads for each individual child to let the parents know how their child is doing and what they did that day at school.” Age-appropriate Positive results Push-back Balance Long-term impact

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

Waynflete uses iPads in preschool PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For a long time, only older children have been using technology in school. But now tablet computers are opening new possibilities for the youngest learners, while some people wonder how young is too young. Waynflete School in Portland introduced iPads to its preschool program last year, and the teachers feel the devices have been a huge success. With the help of a teacher, 3-5 year olds have been composing music using the GarageBand app, and using QR codes to access websites their teachers have chosen with videos on a certain topic. Teachers Bob Mills and Gretchen Schaefer said the devices allow students to work more independently, and give them self confidence. Some parents were concerned about using the devices with such young children, but the school has not had any push back since parents have been able to see what has been happening in the classroom. You can learn more about those recommendations by clicking here.

OT's with Apps | The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults. Frankie Lemmon School Overview The school’s intense focus on development of communication skills is clearly evident in the portfolio of innovative techniques and technologies used which include: Custom Programmed Voice-Output Devices: Big Mack single switch device for short phrases; Compartmentalized Communicator for combination object/picture/voice relationships; TechTalk , TechSpeak, and Seven-Level Communicator devices using… Continue » Tech & Young Children In its position statement titled, “Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8,” The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) states, “For children with special needs, technology has proven to have many potential benefits. Continue » Life Improvement Grant In 2012, Frankie Lemmon School became the recipient of Ikea’s The Life Improvement Project grant for the project Special Technology for Special Kids. Continue » Matching Technology Continue » Apps for School

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.

Apps for Professional Development Twitter App (free) Twitter is one of the most active and beneficial social networks on the web. All educators would be wise to join the conversation. If you haven’t used Twitter yet, I would recommend that you read these excellent blog posts: Google Voice (free) Text and call for free! Skype (free) A beautiful app that allows you to make and receive VOIP calls on your iOS device. HeyTell (free) A fun “walkie-talkie” app for quick voice communication. Consumption Apps FlipBoard (free) A beautiful app that turns your RSS reader (such as Google Reader) into a magazine. Zite (free) Similar to FlipBoard, however instead of just providing a beautiful interface to view content you select, Zite tries to introduce you to new content sources based off of sources you currently read. QR Code Readers Quick-Response codes are the strange black and white boxes that have begun appearing everywhere. Diigo (free) Research Apps: Genius Scan (free)

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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