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Pilo – The Pillow Fairy is a series of three interactive storybooks. The main characters are a child and a pillow toy that comes to life. In each book they go on an adventure.
We posted about Flipboard before here ToolZeit – Flipboard and gave a list of web sites that we have in our Flipboard here 32 Feeds for Classroom Flipboard Flipboard contacted us to let us know of a great update. Normally Flipboard content is driven by an RSS feed with a never ending supply of new content. Each time you open it up you get the latest posts from whatever sites you put into it. You can now create magazines [...]
Hopscotch is an iOS app to teach programming to students. Hopscotch allows students to create games and more while learning the thought process of programming. There is no need to know code for anyone to get going with Hopscotch. Students only need to drag and drop the commands to make things happen when they press run or touch the screen or even tilt the iPad.
Focus On Plant is a techbook of basic plant science. It offers labeled diagrams of plant structure, plant cell physiology and plant life cycles. It also has a detailed glossary with audio.
Collins Big Cat: At the Dump Story Creator is an interactive story book about taking items to the dump for recycling. A nice book and story creator app to help students learn about recycling. The story creator for writing is unique and easily can be used to help students apply key vocabulary words to their stories.
Today we’re going to look at web sites that can assist in finding new apps, apps that are free for a limited time and apps that are on sale. Every day hundreds of new apps are released into the Apple App Store. Finding that diamond in the rough can be a daunting task. Worse yet is spending money on an app only to find that it is crapware. That’s why using curated web sites is helpful in saving time and money.
These sites are not all exactly the same and some of them are more suited for education then others. The sites that don’t focus directly to education and educators allow for “Discovery” of an app by creative teachers to find an app for students to use that no one else had thought of using it with students. There are some great apps for the classroom that were never intended for that use.
As educators we don’t always have a lot of money to spend on apps to try for our classroom only to find that they suck. That’s why having an app that alerts you when apps go on sale or go free can be useful. The following apps can tell you when there are free apps available for you to download and try. These also help you discover apps for education that might be intended for other uses.
Youtube is quickly becoming the main place educators and students find educational videos for learning in and out of the classroom. Whether you’re looking for examples to teach calculus, phases of the moon, or counting to 100, Youtube has videos to help. Here, we’ll look at four different Youtube apps to view the videos on your iOS devices.
Pass the Past is an app that covers World, United States and Virginia history, civics, and geography. Students can review their social studies curriculum by taking different 25 question quizzes. Students are then shown their score along with the correct and incorrect answers.
They go by the name of Pecha Kucha, 20×20, or Ignite presentations. Each person is given a certain number of slides and limited time to present. This allows for information to be shared quickly and the people presenting usually make a better presentation because they get to the point and leave the fluff behind.
Meet pechaflickr. Here you use a keyword and are given random pictures to describe or tell a story in a short period of time. Nothing to practice except being a quick thinker.
It’s one thing to learn what a tornado is. It is something totally different to learn what to do before, during and after a tornado hits your area. Tornado by American Red Cross will help educators teach some possible lifesaving lessons about tornados. Students can test their knowledge about storm preparedness, historical knowledge about past tornados in their area and more.
The app can send you alerts for severe weather in your area as well as show you where shelters are located if disaster strikes.
Wouldn’t it be great if they created a game or app for iPhones and iPads to teach predator and prey relationships? Well they have and it is Topia World Builder. This is a world creation simulation game. You control landforms, water and animals. Some of the animals are prey, and some are predators. Use the landform tools to create land that supports grass and trees for grazing animals. Release predators into the ecosystem and see changes take place.
First, what is augmented reality (AR)? It’s the overlay of information when viewing something in the real world through a mobile device.
Aurasma is an iOS universal app as well as an Android app that allows you to overlay video and images on top of items that you have in the environment around you. Forget QR codes. QR codes require a multi-step process create, print and display. With Aurasma you can create a trigger with anything you can take a picture of. You can cause a video or image to be displayed when someone aims their mobile device camera at the same object or image.
VizWORD is an app that analyzes the text on a web page. VizWORD then allows you to highlight the english grammar types of words: nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
Great news for those of you innovative teachers who blog with your students. Edublogs, the Internet’s premiere student blogging service, and Classbadges.com the newest entry into the official badge movement, has teamed up to allow teachers to reward their students achievement badges for those who reach milestones.
We reviewed 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game a few months ago http://edreach.us/podcast/toolzeit-5-dice-order-of-operations-game/ . The developer contacted us to let us know that this edu app for the math classroom has received a pretty sweet update. Students can now play collaboratively or head to head using bluetooth. Some schools will find the use of bluetooth a great choice since their school district may block devices connecting to each other through the wireless network due to security concerns. Using bluetooth allows the connectivity to happen [...]
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales is an app for edu that allows students to create their own fairy tale character. The students can choose between male or female character and then outfit them with different clothing and accessories along with a background setting. Students can then take pictures of their character and import these pictures in their digital storytelling projects.