If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide. Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:
Parents play an important role in successful learning, and educational technology can help support students and their families after school hours. The Thinksy app creates an environment where families learn and play together. ‘Thinksy-enabled’ games, built in partnership with dozens of independent game developers, covers hundreds of K-3 Common Core learning objectives for math.
While children are engaged, parents are given unique tools that monitor progress, adjust learning and deliver unique rewards. Parents can encourage their child with a unique message, emoticon or reward from inside the game. With Thinksy, parents become a part of the learning process from anywhere. Additionally, each player’s learning progress adapts automatically and is maintained between PC, iOS, and Android devices. Thinksy’s parent engagement tools launch later this month, with subscriptions starting at $7.50/month for iOS or Android.
Visit Thinksy’s website to learn more or watch this video!
This summer PracTutor is offering their online curriculum completely free for students. This personalized curriculum includes a diagnostic pre-test that measures current learning levels and customizes a learning path for every student. This summer your students can practice Math and English skills through various question types, manipulatives, and videos with scaffolds and support.
Families can save up to $60 this summer by accessing PracTutor for free. It includes unlimited practice to master national standards and real-time reports. Keeping students on task during the summer can be a challenge. Children can extend their studies through the summer months by dedicating a set amount of time each week to practicing important Math and English skills.
Visit PracTutor’s website to learn more about their free summer program!
Teachers using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) can now gather formative reading assessment data on their iPad. This app guides teachers through data collection as they observe, record and evaluate changes in the reading performances of their students. It’s a great option for schools making a move to paperless reporting.
The app lets teachers access DRA2 Benchmark, Word Analysis and Progress Monitoring and EDL2 Benchmark, EDL2 Word Analysis and Spanish Progress Monitoring Assessments. It includes automatic scoring and ongoing view of student progress that makes it easier to differentiate instruction.
Learn more about the new DRA2+ App by visiting this website!
The Answer Pad is a comprehensive tool that is different from the presentation and assessment tools you might have seen in the past. This completely interactive mobile app and web tool promotes student engagement and helps teachers monitor student progress. The Answer Pad lets teachers design summative assessments that can be answered with a tap of the screen, and formative assessments that can be administered on the fly throughout your lesson. This tool easily integrates into your everyday instruction by giving students an opportunity to annotate images and send answers to their teachers devices.
With time-saving Answer Sheets teachers can score essays and multiple choice questions and import their own standards to demonstrate alignment to nationwide or statewide expectations. In addition to all of these features, The Answer Pad folks just released a Broadcast feature that lets teachers share one student’s response with the whole class to provide opportunities for collaboration.
Visit The Answer Pad’s website to learn more!