After reading this article in the New York Times yesterday I started thinking about one of my favorite coloring apps for children. No matter how old or young you are coloring requires a combination of skills that can be applied in various situations. Combining coloring with augmented reality is an easy way to introduce this exciting technology to students. The colAR Mix app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a super fun choice with plenty of free options.
Students first color the pages printed out from the companion website. Then they hold their device with the colAR app open over the page. Within seconds their creation comes to life thanks to their colorful augmented reality trigger.
Visit colAR Mix’s website to learn more!
If you’re familiar with the educational channel Noggin you have a good idea of the different kinds of content they provide for young viewers. The television channel includes programs like Allegra’s Window and Oswald. This app includes a long list of content including music for children. Users can try out a free trial before deciding whether to sign up for the subscription. Noggin is a great choice for brain breaks or stations in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom.
Learn more by visiting the Apple App Store!
Wonder Bunny is a learning game series that covers content from preschool to third grade. In Wonder Bunny learning games kids become teachers who help superheroes grow and learn new skills. The motivation comes from getting fun super powers and riding wacky vehicles like a flying carpet. While helping their game characters learn, kids learn math concepts and operations, all within an engaging game environment.
Wonder Bunny series includes four math learning games for elementary school aged students. All games include thousands of math exercises and comprehensive learning analytics to monitor child’s learning. The educational game series addresses the Common Core learning standards and each app can be downloaded individually.
Learn more about Wonder Bunny and see which app is right for your students by visiting their website!
Collecting data on student progress is an important part of making decisions about intervention and how to best support the children in our classrooms. Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering this type of assessment. It records students as they read a passage and gives you a quick way to keep track of self-corrections and errors. After the recording finishes you can enter the word count from the passage to calculate words per minute.
Check out Running Record Calculator in the Apple App Store or download this alternative for Android devices!
The amazing Marble Math family of apps are now available for Android tablets and phones. The Marble Math apps blend arcade-style gaming with problem solving, strategy, and math drills for a truly engaging and educational experience. Kids can choose to roll or drag their marble through a series of fun math mazes in pursuit of a high score. Marble Math Junior covers skills like shape recognition, and sequencing numbers, just to name a few. Marble Math includes operations, decimals, counting money, and more.
The suite of three math practice apps are highly flexible, offering a wide range of Common Core-aligned math concepts to target learning for kids ages 5-12. Parents and teachers can create multiple user accounts and customize style of play, skill sets, and levels for each player.
Marble Math (Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon) and Marble Math Junior (Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon) debut at $2.99 each, and Marble Math Lite: Multiplication is free to download (Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon)!