Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico about the power of educational technology. While visiting the campus I met the folks behind Kinedu, an exciting baby development app that supports foundational learning. Although ClassTechTips.com mainly focuses on PreK-12 educational technology I wanted to share this very powerful iPhone and iPad app.
Kinedu offers families videos and information to help them interact with their young children through educational activities. The clips are engaging and helpful for parents looking for ideas on how to boost their children’s cognitive skills. Kinedu is free to download and offers extras with a subscription service.
Visit Kinedu’s website to learn more!
If you are a language teacher you’ll want to check out FluentU. FluentU helps you teach a language with music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. It’s a fast and effective way to incorporate authentic content and cultural immersion into your language learning lessons. As a web based tool with a companion iPhone app it makes learning mobile when students are on the go.
FluentU lets students watch a video with interactive captions – students can tap on any word to look it up to see useful pictures, definitions, and example sentences. It turns videos into interactive language learning lessons and games. Scenes from movie trailers become questions that help students learn grammar and conversational phrases. FluentU is available for learning Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English and features for assignments and progress tracking will also become available in the next few months.
Visit FluentU’s website or watch this video!
Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge. MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students. Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story. It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.
MadLibs is free to download and includes tons of activities for students. They can create stories, find support within the app, and share their final products with peers.
Here’s an Android option for MadLibs!
There are so many classroom management tools that I love (here’s a list of 19!). Two of my favorites iLEAP Pick A Student and Random Name Selector makes sure that you call on every student in your class. Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use one of these free apps to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions. Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!
Check out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans where these apps could be used during discussion time!
Android users can check out this similar app on the Google Play Store.