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

eSchool News 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

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. 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. A complete and detailed multimedia guide to the tragic world conflict Price: £6.99 / $9.99 Works: with iPad 2.

sites and apps by content area 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. 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) 50 Free Android Apps Being Used In Education Right Now I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Apple products. But that doesn’t mean I don’t yearn for some of the fabulous features on Android phones too. Until the day when Apple and Google merge (ha!), we’re left with a split marketplace of apps. Edudemic doesn’t cover Android as much as it deserves so this useful list should be a helpful start. I’ve searched around for each of these apps and found interesting stories on how most are being used in classrooms and education right now. Toddlers Kids Numbers and Math Lite: Educational game maker Intellijoy offers this free game to effectively teach preschoolers numbers, addition, subtraction, and more without sensory overload.AniWorld: We had animal See ‘n Say games as kids. Elementary and Middle School High school and College WordPrep Flashcards GRE / CAT: If the GRE is in your near future or you simply want to expand your vocabulary, WordPrep Flashcards is one of your best free options in Google Play.Gamma Ray Calculator: Forget the slide rule.

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)

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. They constitute convenient, neat, sometimes even seductive pathways to accomplish what were already goals in an earlier era: mastering concepts, learning arithmetical operations, identifying geographical locations or historical figures or key biological or chemical or physical processes. We could dub them “digital textbooks” or “lectures” or “pre-programmed educational conversations.” 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. Related

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. Finding free education apps worth downloading is a different story entirely. 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. 4. 5. Developer Description: “A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. 6. 7.

App Inventor The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ITU Child Online Protection Champion, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan celebrates the winning team of the just concluded Technovation Challenge in Nigeria. She applauded the feat of these young girls who developed a mobile app to track traffic offenders in Nigeria. The team were also presented to the European parliament(www.witin.org/tc13) on 25th of April by the Secretary General of ITU, Dr Hamadoun I. The ‘Evergreen’ iPad: Why all your apps should fit on one screen With iPads, students can create just about anything, anywhere, at any time. “Leading Change” column, June 2013 edition of eSchool News—In last month’s column, I argued that by integrating tools like the iPad—a device that allows students to explore and create—and constructing a pedagogy that encourages ingenuity, we can nurture a process of learning that crafts innovative, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial minds. Yet, despite the incredible influx of iPads into American schools, this opportunity to transform the learning process is largely being wasted. Back in September, I published a widely circulated article entitled “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make with iPads (And How To Correct Them).” The piece outlined the common iPad integration errors and missteps I see when working with various schools in our EdTechTeacher programs.

5 Awesome Spreadsheet Apps for the iPhone By Ann Smarty As a self-proclaimed Excel fanatic, it’s pretty clear why I’d want my spreadsheets available to me wherever I go. There are some great app options for the business minded person who enjoys the benefits of spreadsheet programs as much as I do. These allow you to look at anything from profits and annual earnings, to employee checks and monthly expenses. They work on the iPhone just as well as they do on a PC, and they’re available at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. There are dozens of iPhone apps available for this purpose, but these five picks are arguably the best around. 1. Most people have Excel, which remains the most widely used financial program around the globe. 2. This app is in many ways similar to Spreadsheet. 3. Quicksheet is one of the few iPhone spreadsheet apps that allows you to use password protected files. 4. If your needs extend beyond Excel, Sheet2 is also compatible with Numbers and NeoOffice. 5. MarinerCal is for those who want it all.

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+

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