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Apps: Education

iStart Spanish Review

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As a dabbler of a few languages, I admit that I am not a natural learner. My English is not that good, and it's my native tongue! Anyhoo, I took Spanish in high school, but never could quite get the hang of the tricky rolling r sounds, the masculine and feminine forms, etc. With iStart Spanish on my iPod, I may finally be able to make some progress, and understand some of my wife's favorite TV shows.



An absolutely delightful way to spend some time with your preschooler!

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Charles Peattie's Animal Alphabet is bound to be a favorite with young and old alike.

Are you looking for a way to entertain your preschooler? Teach him or her the letters of the alphabet? Either way, here’s an app to do it, and you’ll discover that you’ll be entertained as well!



Preschoolers have fun learning with Preschool Memory Match

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Preschool Memory Match might be for preschoolers, but I had fun with it, too!



Calling all history buffs . . .

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For you history buffs, check out the history apps available from



Using the iPod Touch in the Classroom

…making learning fun again!

Last year our school district was fortunate to receive a $12,000 grant to fund a handheld computing project. We chose the iPod touch (a.k.a., "iTouch") as our handheld solution for a variety of reasons. The iTouch is fast and portable. The students stay on task because we can control the apps they are using. There are apps available in all subject areas that focus on specific classroom objectives. We purchased 18 iTouch units for our high school and 30 units for our middle school, grades 5-8. They were implemented as "portable labs" (15 to 20 units in a small bag that can be used by any of the classroom teachers). With many different teachers using the iTouch sets, we learned a lot about using them in the classroom.


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iTouch the Future

Integrating the iPod Touch into a 3rd grade classroom

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday; we rob our children of tomorrow." – John Dewey

Every 3rd grade student in Juliana Pearson and Kent Jacobson's classroom has an iPod touch (iTouch) to use as an integrated classroom learning tool. Travel with them through a typical school day.


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iPhone Apps for Teachers: Track Your Students' Info

iPhone apps help college teacher track class attendance and grades

I'm an instructor who teaches at multiple campuses so I need to be mobile. In the past, I kept my grade sheets and other student information on my MacBook, but lugging it around and keeping everything up to date became more and more difficult. I needed a more mobile solution that was easier to use.

It turns out that the solution was right in my pocket. I discovered that there were a lot of classroom administration apps available for my iPhone. I tried out a number of these; here are the ones that I use on a daily basis.


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123 World HD - a winning combination of education and fun!

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What I really love about the iPad is that it’s not only fun, it’s educational, too. Why not take advantage of this feature by not only entertaining your children, but educating them as well. 123 World Geography HD can help you do just that.



Make Summer Reading Fun with the Reading Game from LegendApps.com

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This summer (or anytime), when your youngsters say "I'm bored", have them check out The Reading Game from LegendApps.

The app itself is not something you read.  Rather, the app encourages kids to read their favorite books and come back to the app to mark off how many pages they have read.  As milestones are met, rewards (funny sounds, animations, etc.) are unlocked.

The app's custom graphics are beautiful and even though the app is not compiled for the iPad, they render well in the 2X mode.



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