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Hechinger Report

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Homeroom: Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

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Create Your Own Education Blog

  • Edublogs
    From the website: "Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts - it's safe, easy and secure." Click "Community" tab to view blogs by other educators, too.

Language Arts Apps

    From the website: "This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. A matching phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help your child learn the sound of each letter."
  • Agnitus - Personal Learning Program
    Find curriculum based educational games for 2-8 year olds, including phonics and English language arts skills, math skills, foundational skills (colors and shapes), and measurement.
  • Alphabet Projector
    From the webpage: "Ideal for independent learning, one on one instruction or connect a projector for use during whole class instruction."
  • Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
    From the website: "With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages."
  • PBS KIDS Video
    From the website: "Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts."
  • Phrasal Verbs Machine
    From the website: "Phrasal verbs are, more than anything, action. And action must be visual. The more visually stimulating the learning, the better we will understand and assimilate the phrasal verbs.

    In this application, we can find animated illustrations of 100 phrasal verbs set in the circus world of our main character Phraso and his friends."
    From the website: " lets you easily publish gorgeous online magazines by curating content on your favorite topic."
  • Sight Words for Reading HD
    From the website: "This app helps students learn sight words, the most common words in children's literature. It covers a few words from both the Fry's and Dolch lists. Words are presented in context in fun videos. This helps learners understand the meaning of the words, which aids in reading comprehension."
  • Teaching with Technology Video Library
    From the website: "The NETS video library is a collection of video of actual classrooms, enriched by additional material such as lesson context, teacher handouts and even student work, accessible alongside the video.

    Each lesson has a pre-lesson interview, the lesson video itself (most an hour long), and then a post-lesson interview with the teacher. In addition, most lessons also include guiding questions, context, the teacher lesson plan, identified standards, commentary, and student handouts & work."

  • YALSA's Teen Book Finder
    From the website: "YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone."

Social Studies Apps

  • Constitution for iPad
    Win any debate now with this copy of the United States Constitution app.
  • Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine
    From the website: "Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you. Now with Flipboard 2.0, you can save and collect the things you love into your own magazines like “Trips I want to take” or “Dream Homes.”
  • History Line
    From the webpage: "History Line is a collaborative learning game for the iPad focusing on US History. The game can be played by 1-6 players. As a single player game, a series of historical events are presented on the screen and the goal of the game is to place the events onto a timeline at the bottom of the screen in the correct sequence. When the event placed on the line is correct the date appears below."

    For multiple players, "All players must work collaboratively to place all events in the correct order throughout the multi-iPad timeline."
  • NPR for iPad
    From the website: "Experience NPR as a delightful magazine! The NPR iPad app presents our award-winning storytelling as a seamless mix of audio, text and images in a clean visual design. With a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music, the app gives you content that’s broad, deep and timely. "
  • SkyGrid
    For current events: "SkyGrid is a simple, yet powerful way to stay up to date on your news. SkyGrid creates a personalized newspaper based on the news topics and publications you choose."

Science and Math Apps

  • Brain POP Featured Movie
    From the website: "BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students while supporting individual, team, and whole-class learning. Resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, BrainPOP ESL. "

    Characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. Through the newly launched "My BrainPOP," teachers and students keep records of learning accomplishments through quizzes, game play, and activities. And more.....
  • EarthViewer
    From the website: “What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or 1 billion years ago for that matter? Can we say anything about Earth’s climate as far back as our planet’s origin?"
  • Exoplanet
    From the website: "The Exoplanet app is a highly visual and interactive catalogue of all known exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System. It is frequently updated whenever new discoveries are confirmed.

    An amazing model of the Milky Way lets you explore our universe all the way from the Solar System to the cosmic microwave background.

    This app has been developed and is maintained by a professional astronomer."
  • Fill the Cup
    From the website: "Four math games allow children to experience math concepts through manipulation. Rods is an addition/subtraction game that uses different sized rods side by side to show how two numbers make up another one. The child selects the rod that makes up the missing piece."
  • Google Earth
    From the website: "Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more.

    Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Integrated Google Maps Street View allows you to explore the world at street level."
  • Google Maps
    From the website: "Explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world with Google Maps. Voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation and more. Now available on iPhone and iPad with a simple, easy-to-use design."
  • Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries
    From the website: "Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring discoveries from dark energy to colliding galaxies. This highly interactive eBook features video, image galleries and more to reveal the record of scientific breakthroughs behind Hubble’s stunning images of the cosmos."
  • Khan Academy
    Over 42,000 videos, all free, all the time. Subjects include math, science, economics and finance, humanities, and more.
  • MyScript Calculator
    From the website: "Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. The same experience as writing on paper with the advantages of a digital device."
  • NOVA Elements
    From the website: "With 'NOVA Elements,' explore an interactive periodic table, play a game hosted by David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program, “Hunting the Elements.”
  • Numbler - Math Game
    From the website: "Numbler is a game where players build math equations in a familiar crossword style board. All the mental fun of popular board and online word games, but with numbers instead of letters."
  • Orbit Architect
    From the website: "Orbit Architect allows you to interactively design and explore satellite orbital geometry through the multi-touch interface of the iPad. You can manipulate a satellite orbit using pinch and rotate multi-touch gestures, see the effects on the orbit and its ground track in real-time, and animate the results. As you change the orbit, dynamic diagrams will illuminate the meaning of each orbital parameter. Finally, the results can then be emailed to yourself or to a friend."
  • Scratch
    From the website: "This is a tile-based visual programming environment and toolkit, lets kids make games, animated stories, interactive art, and share with others on the Net."
  • SkyORB
    From the website: "SkyORB is a fast and lightweight astronomy app including a 3D star map, 3D planetarium, ephemeris with notifications, search engine, sun clock, point to sky, weather, and more."
  • Solve the Outbreak
    From the website: "Get clues, analyze data, solve the case, and save lives! Do you quarantine the village? Interview people who are sick? Run more lab tests? The better your answers, the higher your score - and the more quickly you’ll save lives. You’ll start out as a Trainee and can earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective."
  • Video Science
    From the website: "A library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages."
  • Virtual Manipulatives!
    From the website: "...virtual manipulatives alone do not provide meaning for learners; they require a teacher to guide meaning and connections." "Able to compare fractions, decimals and percents in a concrete way."
  • Tynker
    From the website: Learn programming for grades 4-8. As children learn fundamentals, Tynker introduces more advanced concepts.
  • Daisy the Dinosaur (Programming)
    From the website: "Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game."
  • Cargo-Bot (Programming)
    From the website: "Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Sounds simple, right? It features 36 fiendishly clever puzzles, haunting music and stunning retina graphics. Record your solutions and share them on YouTube."

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013

  • Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013
    Produced by the American Association of School Librarians, the apps "are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."

112 Diverse Elementary School Apps For iPad

iPad Apps to Support Bloom's Revised Taxonomy -- Kathy Schrock

Android Apps to Support Bloom's Revised Taxonomy -- Kathy Schrock

Google Apps to Support Bloom's Revised Taxonomy -- Kathy Schrock

Web 2.0 Apps to Support Bloom's Revised Taxonomy -- Kathy Schrock


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