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Augmented Reality Coloring Pages

30 Mar

After reading this articlescreen480x480-1 Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 5.03.21 PM 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!

Tocomail Drawing Board

28 Mar
drawing board2Earlier this year I shared Tocomail, a communication tools for classrooms.   Tocomail is fun for kids and can be used in various classroom projects.  In addition to simple text communication kids can create drawings and incorporate images in their drawings.  They can send these projects to their teacher and even receive replies.
drawing boardTocomail’s drawing board can be used during different types of communication.  This could include holiday postcards, birthday messages, greetings and for kids looking to send messages during breaks from school.  Tocomail is available on as free web-application, and on iPads and Android tablets as free app.
Learn more by checking out Tocomail’s video or visiting their website!

Noggin for Educational Videos

27 Mar

screen480x480-1Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.31.47 AMIf 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 Math Race App Series

26 Mar

Wonder_Bunny_Math_Learning_Kids_1200x627Wonder 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_Math_Learning_1200x627Wonder 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!

Running Record Calculator App

25 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 1.06.10 PM screen480x480Collecting 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!

Marble Math on Android Tablets

23 Mar

MM-emaildroidThe 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. 

mm3_1024_JR_v4march2015The 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)!

Science Today: iPad Magazine

19 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.18.16 PMscreen480x480Science Today is a terrific free app for iPads that brings quality informational text to the fingertips of your students.  Kids can read about a variety of high interest topics.  They’ll interact with a wide range of content while building their skills as nonfiction readers.  This app could be used to enhance a science lesson, provide background knowledge, or just give students a space to read about animals, ecosystems, or any topic that grabs their attention.

Whether your students are in a one-to-one classroom or you’re simply looking for content to distribute to their computer screens, Science Today is worth checking out!

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