…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like trivia and games that test your knowledge, Bible Challenge is one you should own. The objective of the game is to make a path from the first row of squares to the fifth row. You do this in one of four options of game play: hangman, fill in the blanks, true/false questions, or trivia.
Interview with developers Jason Krogh and Steven Glinberg
Though I've had an iPod since they first came out, it wasn't until Apple announced iTunes U back in 2007 that I remember becoming very intrigued with the use of the iPod for educational purposes. I'd just finished my Masters degree and had been accepted into a Doctor of Arts program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. I mentioned to one of the faculty that some lectures were now available through iTunes. He listened and was impressed. With that little bit of acknowledgement and a desire to be exposed to more ideas, I became a regular listener to a variety of lectures posted on iTunes U.
I had no intention of reviewing games today, but I got distracted by this one: Spazzle. I downloaded the free version - got so engrossed that I went back and bought the pay version. I LOVE THIS GAME!
It's whack-a-mole on steroids! The music is upbeat, the graphics are fantastic, and the game play is just plain fun!
Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.
Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.
I've had my AirStash ($99) for several days now after the delay of nearly a month due to some streaming difficulty in the first model, I've got to say I'm happy but hmmmm. Let me explain.