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Librarians, School and Public, Tap the Best in Kids’ Apps | ALA Annual 2012 — The Digital Shift

Librarians, School and Public, Tap the Best in Kids’ Apps | ALA Annual 2012 — The Digital Shift | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Who else to know the best kids apps than Librarians? Some of the apps they share I love:

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon - I love this book and the app is more interactive. 

 

Bobo Explores Light - a lot of fun to explore

 

Going to check out Fancy Nancy Dress Up for my granddaughter

 

Great list - going to go through all of these and write about them.

 

Thanks ALA!

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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

From the website

 

I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. I tried to make my rubric work for the broadest range of apps, from drill and practice to creative endeavors, while stressing the purpose for using the app.

 

My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Admittedly, there are good apps that are not customizable and focus on lower order thinking skills. Factor Samurai, for example, is a fantastic game for identifying prime and composite numbers. It would be nice if the app had flexibility to adjust difficultly, but it's still a good app if it is relevant to the learning purpose.

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Vincent provides his rubric for download and also a significant number of additional resources devoted to app analysis and evaluation from other individuals and organizations. I really appreciate all the work he put into this. 

 

Thanks Jim for curating this!


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Microsoft Office for iPad Apps Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Office for iPad Apps Tips and Tricks | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Tips, tricks and tutorials for using the Microsoft Office for iPad apps. How-to guides for working with Microsoft Office documents on iPad.
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How many of you are using Microsoft Office and own an iPad? Now you can do both. Take a look at the new MS Office tutorials that investintech.com just sent me. 

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Infographic: Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning - Digital Promise

Infographic: Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning - Digital Promise | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

"Accelerating Innovation in Education" about Competency-based education using micro-credentialling for teacher preparation and professional development

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Make sure you read the research paper on Deeper Learning. 

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Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3 | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

From your feedback, we revised the chart so assessment AS, OF, and FOR learning was clarified for each of the terms. 


Individualization involves assessment OF learning. This is where summative assessment is grade-based and involves testing to confirm what learners know and do not know.


Differentiation involves assessment FOR learning and OF learning. This is assessment that involves time-based testing where teachers provide feedback to advance learning.


Personalization involves assessment AS learning, FOR learning, and a minimal OF learning. This is where teachers develop capacity so learners become independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning. Assessments are based on mastery. 

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You can download this chart at http://eepurl.com/fLJZM and our other free resources and will be asked to subscribe to our newsletter. For anyone who has already subscribed, we will be sending you a new url to download version 3 and any other updated resources. 

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:17 PM

You can download this chart at  http://eepurl.com/fLJZM and our other free resources and will be asked to subscribe to our newsletter. For anyone who has already subscribed, we will be sending you a new url to download version 3 and any other updated resources. 

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With free downloads

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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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Makr App

Makr App | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
The digital creation that taps into the heart of DIY paper goods (iPad app @makrplace taps into the heart of DIY paper goods http://t.co/oab0nrwPv3)...
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MyScript Calculator: A Free “Handwriting Calculator” for iOS and Android

MyScript Calculator: A Free “Handwriting Calculator” for iOS and Android | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

MyScript Calculator, a free app for any device, that can level the playing field in math!

 


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 22, 2013 3:13 PM

Paul Hamilton has shared another great app that can take your handwriting of numbers and equations into digital text. Here is just a few comments that Paul made when testing it out: "I’ve only tested it with my finger, not a stylus, but the app has no difficulty understanding my rather large and somewhat messy scrawl. The calculator works just as well for basic computation as it does for more complex mathematics."

 

A video is including that shows how it is used on an Android.

 

Thank you Paul for introducing this great app that can level the playing field!

William Emeny's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:00 PM

I saw this today and was completely blown away. I'll write a blog post about it sometime soon. Definitely check this out...

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How We Share iPad Devices in Our Classroom

How We Share iPad Devices in Our Classroom | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
If you've ever tried to find a way to share a small set of iPad devices in your class or school, you're probably familiar with reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen while doing so. These tools have be...
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Here are some tools that you can use with your iPad program. Check out their Learning Partner Survey and iPad agreement. 

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Viljenka Savli's curator insight, August 25, 2013 2:09 PM

Useful suggestions how to share iPads in responsible way..

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Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
RT @JakeMaddenCoffs: Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 http://t.co/L1WvGmbHf4
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Me Books Brings Children's Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator - TechCrunch

Me Books Brings Children's Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator - TechCrunch | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Me Books Brings Children's Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator TechCrunch Many of the children's e-book applications for iPad today use a combination of animations, video or even games to make books more “interactive” for their young...
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I like the idea that the child can be the narrator. I'm going to be checking this out for young readers.

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Christiane Brossi's curator insight, June 15, 2013 9:53 PM

ExcellentExcellent idea for the technologically integrated classroom.

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Grow your own Learning Garden

Grow your own Learning Garden | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Read about the K-2 multi-age co-teaching team from Wisconsin and how they personalize learning so learners grow their learning.
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Lisa Welch and Wanda Richardson shared their journey with us last year. This year their journey takes a new path as a multi-age approach with a new member added to their team, Susan Blaesing. They formed a K-2 multi-age co-teaching pod at Wales Elementary in Wisconsin called “The Garden.”  


Their philosophy is that just like flowers, we all grow differently, in different situations and at different times.  And, just like flowers, we bloom!

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20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps : Teacher Reboot Camp

20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps : Teacher Reboot Camp | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
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Learned about a few more creation tools - here's two I just learned about:

Zooburst looks very promising. Creates online 3D pop-up books. 

Storypanda features books with tap swipe, and drag and kids can place themselves into their own story.

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Sandra V. Barbosa's comment, March 12, 2013 6:41 PM
I'm following you too.. Thanks.
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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!


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These tools are great for any learner. 

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Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 4:31 AM
The link does't work!
Lee Hall's comment, August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
I don't know why that one doesn't work anymore try this link: http://elearningindustry.com/19-free-text-to-speech-tools-educators-tts-teachers
Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 5:38 PM
Now it works, thanks!
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Social media. All the kids are doing it.

Social media. All the kids are doing it. | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

Check out how fast students have started leveraging social media – soon they will be employees as well. The inclusion of social media into school is called social learning. This infographic explains the social nature of students today and why mobile devices, social media provide a huge impact on learning outside of school. 

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Personalize Learning: Re-Imagined Learning Spaces for Media Centers

Personalize Learning: Re-Imagined Learning Spaces for Media Centers | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Media Centers are changing. See how Buncombe County created flexible learning spaces with makerspaces, green screens, legos and more.
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John Parker is Digital Learning Specialist for Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina and wrote a post about how media centers are changing in their district. He included a video that gives you an overview of how the media centers are re-imagined.

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, September 23, 9:23 PM

John Parker, Digital Learning Specialist in Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina, wrote a post about how media centers are being re-designed as flexible learning spaces. Think makerspaces in one corner, legos in another, kids creating a movie with a green screen in a back corner. How fun!

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Could Minecraft Be the Hook to Get Girls Interested in Coding?

Could Minecraft Be the Hook to Get Girls Interested in Coding? | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Could Minecraft Be the Hook to Get Girls Interested in Coding?
KQED (blog)
“A hundred students were on ThoughtSTEM's waiting list for its first Minecraft class two months ago.

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Interesting! It's a matter of rethinking instructional design and allowing gaming  and coding in the classroom.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 5, 10:28 AM

Why, yes, now that you mention it. ;)

Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 5, 10:49 AM

I know my 11 year old daughter loves it!!!

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11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can p
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I'm working on developing a workshop just on this and pulling together resources as a group. Thanks!

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Awesome Apps For Kids

When it comes to my child, I only want what’s best for her and I always make sure that everything she does is monitored. My daughter likes to play games, so I decided to download this app called iMommy on my iPhone and iPad recently.
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iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps

iSolveIt - MathScaled and MathSquared Apps | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

What is iSolveIt?

iSolveIt is a mobile digital learning environment that supports the development of logical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential competencies of algebra and mathematics in general. The environment includes a collection of tablet-based puzzles that have been designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


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Cassandra Turner's comment, March 26, 2013 9:30 PM
Wait, I meant KenKen, not Sudoku!
John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 10:11 AM
Thanks for this Kathleen
Jane Strunck's curator insight, April 7, 2013 5:11 PM

Designed with the UDL Curriculum Tool Kit from CAST.

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Flipboard for Educators | Inside Flipboard

Flipboard for Educators | Inside Flipboard | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
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I enjoy Flipboard and never thought of these ideas for the classroom. Check out the links to how you can use Flipboards for blogging and much more. 

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Apps for CBL||Challenge Based Learning

Apps for CBL||Challenge Based Learning | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
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Easy to find the apps you need to research, organize, brainstorm, design, create, and present and solve a challenge-based problem.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:19 AM

More stuff for those ones developing and delivering PBL in your classes

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The 50 Best Smartphone Apps For Teachers Arranged By Category

The 50 Best Smartphone Apps For Teachers Arranged By Category | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
The 50 Best Smartphone Apps For Teachers Arranged By Category (The 50 Best Smartphone Apps For Teachers: http://t.co/CDO5sR0IHZ #bookmarkthisone #Learning)...
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Interesting site for BYOD!

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Voice Comments on Google Docs

Voice Comments on Google Docs | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Jennifer Roberts created a video tutorial on how to use Voice Comments on Google Docs.
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Barbara Bray's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:37 PM

I use Google docs to write and also help teachers. This new feature can be a life saver. Check out the video tutorial.

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List of Free Screen Capturing Tools

List of Free Screen Capturing Tools | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
Are you interested for a list of free screen capturing tools? Would you like to create for free video tutorials? Upload, create, and share screen captures with your learners?

Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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yurin chan's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:41 PM

Free Screen Capturing tools from Margaret

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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!

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EVittoz's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:21 AM

Something to try ?

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Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation

Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:


* What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

* How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?

* How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?

* What is Assessment AS Learning?

* Can personalization help close the achievement gap?

* Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?

 

These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese. We translated the infographic for our English readers and welcome your comments. 


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MikoAgenda's comment, December 14, 2012 6:16 PM
Genial!
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Transforming Teaching and Learning with iPads: iPad Activity: Open House Scavenger Hunt

Transforming Teaching and Learning with iPads: iPad Activity: Open House Scavenger Hunt | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | Scoop.it

What a fun Back-to-School activity! If you have 1:1 iPads or BYOD, you too can set up an Open House Scavenger Hunt. Check this one out!

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, July 15, 1:11 PM

Too bad we won't have the iPads ready for this activity in the fall, but maybe we can use this idea in January!  How fun!!