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New: 10 of the best Apple and Android apps for education in 2013

New: 10 of the best Apple and Android apps for education in 2013
Last year we presented “New: 10 of the best Apple apps for education in 2012,” which highlighted some of the best apps for iPhones and iPods. However, with new upgrades in touch technology, and the emphasis on Common Core State Standards and school reform in general, we’ve come up with a new list of the best Apple- and Android-based education apps for 2013. This year’s list includes some of the most highly rated apps, both by educators and by parents, and features a range that spans from interactive iBooks to current images of the universe, and from free video software to award-winning STEM curricula. For every app we’ve listed, we’ve included a brief description, device compatibility, suggested use, features, price, and a link to a more in-depth summary with an option to purchase on iTunes or Google Play. Don’t see an app you love on this list? (Apps are listed in alphabetical order.) Name: Animoto What is it? Best for: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Price: FREE Rated: 4+ Related:  All About Apps

How Nearpod Brought Active Learning To My Classroom Engaging instruction is the goal of every educator. So when I was introduced to an app that promised such a lofty ideal, I had to try it. At the time, I was teaching sixth grade math and social studies in a Pennsylvania school district. But I had an idea! Nearpod is an app that allows a teacher to present an interactive lesson on the students’ iPads. As soon as I opened the cart, I had the students’ attention. The excitement, engagement, and of course, every teacher’s favorite word, data proved this app to be useful. Currently I’m employed with a NJ school district as a teacher resource specialist for technology. Teachers can download the free app and create a free account. Teachers want a way to deliver interactive lessons to engage all learners and I feel, no, I know, Nearpod has been my answer.

10 best history apps for iPhone and iPad The days when history was considered a lifeless, irrelevant subject are long gone. Today, people understand the importance of history, both from a global perspective and in terms of our everyday lives. History is about who we are and where we came from, and when it comes to bringing the past alive, your iPhone and iPad are the perfect tools for the job. History apps allow you to combine the best of all worlds, giving you access to all the key details of a past period while allowing you to explore it through photos, video and even interactive 3D. If television made history popular again, your iPad allows it to express itself fully. Despite the fact that apps were made for showcasing history, there aren't that many historical apps out there. 20 best iPhone 5 apps and games 2013 Some allow you to explore the period with the aid of text, photos and videos, neatly arranged in a logical, temporal order. We've got slices of history for every one of you to enjoy! 1. 2.

5 Less-Known iPad Apps For The Flipped Classroom Nothing can replace the physical presence of a teacher. But with so much technology available these days, some teachers and professors are choosing a different way to structure their classes by flipping them. A flipped classroom occurs when a teacher flips the traditional class method (lectures taught in class, homework done at home) to allow students to watch lectures at home and do homework and activities in class. This enables the teacher to assist in the application of the lessons instead of teaching the lesson in person. Here are just five iPad apps you can use to flip your classroom. 1.) The free ScreenChomp app lets you create video lectures with an iPad and post them on the ScreenChomp website for your students, where they can then download the recordings as MPEG-4 files. 2.) Explain Everything is an iPad app that costs $2.99. 3.) Like ScreenChomp and Explain Everything, Knowmia Teach is an iPad app that lets you create a whiteboard video. 4.) 5.)

eSchool News Six helpful classroom management apps for teachers By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura Read more by Laura Devaney January 14th, 2014 Classroom management can be challenging, but teachers can benefit from different tools Mobile apps aren’t just for students. Teachers and administrators benefit from management apps designed to boost productivity, provide quicker access to actionable data, and more. Here are 6 apps that you can give your teachers to help them improve their classroom management abilities and strategies. This is just a sampling of available classroom management apps. [Editor's note: Prices are current as of press time. 1. This classroom management app helps teachers organize different classes and groups of students. (Next page: Five more classroom management apps)

Top 5 Apps You Want On Your iPad (including ‘how to’ video links) Following a request for my favourite iPad apps, I have included those central to my workflow as an educator. I offer my top 5, with a few suggestions for application of each in the classroom. (Please click on each title for link to video) A cloud based memory store that is available on every internet device. The ability to access information anytime, anywhere is truly powerful in the learning environment. Dropbox can also act as a workflow solution with shared folders between educator and students. This interactive whiteboard app is a must for learning with an iPad. Screencasts can be created that are exported to YouTube and shared with students. The latest version of Explain Everything (due at the end of January) includes the ability to import new or existing video. Edmodo is superb as a tool for peers to interact in a safe secure manner. Then Edmodo added the ability to upload from iPad using the iOS6 function ‘open in app’. Socrative is an excellent ‘assessment for learning’ tool.

10 vetted resources for education apps Getting the best apps for your students means using resources that vet apps specifically for learning Mobile apps are quickly redefining how the world interacts with information, and education apps are no exception, as they are quickly becoming the classroom’s number one learning resource. But there’s more to picking an app than browsing random lists online, thanks to a number of new education app resources that use educator reviews, algorithms and university research. From lists that rate how safe different apps are for students of a certain age, to lists that use sophisticated algorithms that use educator reviews of apps, many sites today are helping educators go beyond a quick browse of iTunes or Google Play. “Too often I was asked to lead professional development [PD] sessions where I’d have to list a bunch of apps specific to, say, administrators or to science teachers. Both Averbeck and Hoffman’s resources are listed below. (Next page: Resources 1-5)

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? Although this post is a little early for the back-to-school season, consider it an early reminder that summer is near and that, eventually, the start of the 2013 school year will be close at hand. I’m going to share five applications for the iPad that will take the place of student supply lists, provide savings and replace dread with anticipation. Notability While some may argue that there are better options -- and free options -- out there, I find, along with many of our students, that Notability is the go-to application for note taking. Haiku Deck Edmodo ShowMe Google Drive And that's it.

How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps? Brad Flickinger The following is an excerpt from the book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. Let’s dive directly into the world of educational apps. Our survey suggests that the majority — one might even say, the vast majority — of educational apps encourage pursuit of the goals and means of traditional education by digital means. Depending on the context in which it is used, and the priorities of the educators … one can skew the same application toward app-dependent or app-enabling ends. Just as generals are prone to fight the last war, it is probably not surprising that the first generation of educational apps resemble pre-app education. Let’s turn the educational challenge on its head. As we see it, the new media offer two dramatically fresh opportunities. High time for an example. The genius of Scratch is twofold. A complete list of sources can be found in the book. Related

5 Apps That Engage Parents in the Classroom Just as interactive white boards and iPads are changing how you interact with students, online applications enhance (and increase!) parent engagement in the classroom. Here are top apps and tech solutions that are trending in the classroom and helping get more parents involved: Skype: Skype for computer, smart phones and tablets lets parents join in classroom events like story time and special presentations without having to be physically present. Even military parents overseas and grandparents who live far away are taking advantage of the Skype platform to read to students and participate in celebrations. Organize parents and volunteers with free online sign up sheets from VolunteerSpot!

The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad Finding apps isn’t difficult. Finding education apps is only a bit more challenging. Finding free education apps is also possible. The following is our list for the 55 best apps for learning we can find. A few notes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad 1. Developer Description: View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View; View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world. 2. Developer Description: “…explore more than 750 Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering & Tech, Arts & Music, and Health subjects right on their mobile devices. 3. Developer Description: “This app is a fun way for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers to get more information about top rated books at the fifth and sixth grade level. This app is a fun way for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers to get more information about top rated books at the fifth and sixth grade level. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

5 Education Apps That Don't Exist (But Should) Having been teaching with a tablet in my classroom for nearly a year it has become evident that the market for Education apps still isn’t quite right. I think this is most evident in the fact that the course I run training teachers to use an iPad effectively in the classroom features almost no ‘education’ apps. I do one session (out of 7) that revolves around subject-specific apps, but other than this, the apps that are used on a day-to-day basis are commercial, and often free. That said, even these great apps, that no doubt you read about all the time – Evernote, Dropbox, iMovie etc, don’t do everything we need them to do. The key to successful technology integration in schools is to get the staff on board. Back to what we need to get devices functioning at a higher level in a classroom. An integrated marking and record-keeping app A heads-up app Reading about the spec of the new Amplify tablet was interesting as it was clear that the designers had actually talked to teachers.