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The Open Textbook Challenge

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As college tuition and costs continue to rise, many students are finding it difficult to foot the bill. Fortunately, some are investigating ways to save students money by creating low-cost and cost-free alternatives to traditional college textbooks.
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The best educational apps for kids, plus educational technology news and reviews.
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10 Best Make Your Own Robot Kits for Kids

10 Best Make Your Own Robot Kits for Kids | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Being able to make your own robot gives students and kids a great sense of achievement, there are a number of impressive kids robotics kits on the market available today.
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8 Great Learn To Code Toy Robots For Kids

8 Great Learn To Code Toy Robots For Kids | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Learn to code robots are a fun way to teach kids programming. Fun toy coding robots can transform the tedious learning process into an exciting game.
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Frog Game 1 - Sounds for Reading Game - Giveaway

Frog Game 1 - Sounds for Reading Game - Giveaway | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Frog Game 1 is a reading game that will help your child develop the natural pronunciation and grammar of a native English speaker through games and puzzles.
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The Top 10 Virtual Reality Headsets of 2015

The Top 10 Virtual Reality Headsets of 2015 | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Though virtual reality headsets were available in the 90s, they were a niche product that caused a lot of headache – literally. Low refresh rates and terrible image quality inevitably caused the user to experience migraine-like symptoms after just 10 minutes of use. Simply put, the technology just wasn’t there. But now, it is. When the big tech companies decided to join the Virtual Reality fray, it renewed the confidence of both the investors and the consumers, which gave second wind to the entire VR industry. Most of these VR headsets aren’t commercially available yet, but they are still making the tech experts who’ve tried them quiver with excitement. The best part is, they are all scheduled to appear roughly at the same time, sometime late in 2015.

 
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Geometry Stash 2 Now Available Free on the App Store

Geometry Stash 2 Now Available Free on the App Store | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Reviewing geometry on the go has never been easier with Geometry Stash 2 for the iPhone and iPad. As a geometry reference for high school geometry, This app displays definitions and diagrams for students to review
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6 Steps to the Digital Transformation of a Lesson

6 Steps to the Digital Transformation of a Lesson | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
With a few simple steps you can transform any lesson into a digital masterpiece, sure to impress every student in your class. Take your lesson to the next level, while staying focused on the objectives of the lesson, with these simple steps.
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10 Online Lesson Planning Resources

10 Online Lesson Planning Resources | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

One of the best things about using technology for lesson planning is that you’re no longer on your own. Tech savvy teachers are now able to share their resources and expertise online, making this invaluable knowledge available to teachers around the world.

With all of these resources at your disposal, you can cut down on the effort spent lesson planning and still create engaging, highly interactive lesson plans for students. Use the following resources to do just that.

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The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
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Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning

Shapes – 3D Geometry Learning | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

SHAPES is a geometry app developed by Setapp, a technology company from Poland. SHAPES – 3D Geometry Learning allows kids to discover different three dimensional solids like prisms, pyramids, solids of revolution and Platonic solids.

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GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry

GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
GeoCon Math is a new iPad app for students, teachers and math enthusiasts to study plane geometry in an interesting and exciting way. GeoCon HD re-invents the study of plane geometry by empowering users to create various geometric constructions with the touch of a finger. The app also offers easy tutorial steps that provide instruction on setting and moving points, constructing lines and circles, and creating intersection points.
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The Power of Perseverance: Axel’s Chain Reaction

The Power of Perseverance: Axel’s Chain Reaction | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

This interactive storybook features a focus on art and the power of persistence, as well as a protagonist who is significantly different than his peers. If you have students who feel like they don’t fit, Axel’s Chain Reaction may be an app that can teach valuable lessons to the entire class about how important each member of the learning community is.

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Color Uncovered – What color is a whisper?

Color Uncovered – What color is a whisper? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Color Uncovered, a free app from Exploratorium, is a beautifully designed investigation of all of the ways that color is both mysterious and magical. The app is aimed at older children, teenagers, and adults, and has been used by art and science classrooms all over the globe. The magazine layout of the app has a glossy feel, and the content appeals to both the reader and the hands-on learner equally.  With this app, students are bound to learn things they never knew that they needed to know from why men shouldn’t buy bananas, and why dogs shouldn’t drive!

 
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Quest based vocabulary learning: Word Joust for K-5

Quest based vocabulary learning:  Word Joust for K-5 | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Creating learning resources for new vocabulary words is not usually very exciting. Flashcards can be handy but can feel repetitive and unimaginative, and there are few simple, creative apps for kids to learn new words. However, elementary school students and English language learners may have another option – Word Joust for K-5. This vocabulary app uses quest-based learning to help young students learn the 300 most popular vocabulary words for K-5.

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7 Best Electronic Kits for Kids

7 Best Electronic Kits for Kids | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
The best electronic kits for kids today nurture children’s intellectual and creative abilities. Kids electronics are very affordable and help develop skills such as problem solving, creativity and imagination. With the available kids electronic kits today being so advanced and intuitive, these are the perfect tech toys for kids as they provide many intellect-building lessons and challenges.
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8 Best Coding Games For Kids

8 Best Coding Games For Kids | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Teach your kids programming with these exciting coding games for kids. Have a look at these best 8 best learn to code games for kids and choose the one your kid will love the most.
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5 Ways Technology Inspires More Learning

5 Ways Technology Inspires More Learning | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Technology engages almost every student in your classroom, whether you’re using WordPress to write blog posts or playing games to learn a new science topic. This engagement is what makes tech tools effective for inspiring learning in your classroom. “I believe that kids learn better by doing, so having them actively engaged in games and creating visual presentations is a great motivator,” said Julie Sippola, a 5th grade science teacher.

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Top 10 Google Cardboard VR Headsets Under $30

Top 10 Google Cardboard VR Headsets Under $30 | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Google Cardboard is an attempt by Google to make virtual reality headsets popular by making them cheap, and there can be no cheaper material than cardboard. The schematics for all Google Cardboard devices are freely available on the official Google Cardboard website so that anyone willing to try it can easily assemble them by hand at home. The cardboard serves as a mount where the smartphone running Google Cardboard app is inserted and the whole setup is fastened to the head with a Velcro band. Here are ten best Google Cardboard devices cheaper than $30.

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Messy Mia Updates App with Kids Picture Quiz - FREE Today

Messy Mia Updates App with Kids Picture Quiz - FREE Today | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

AvatarGeneration is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Messy Mia and the Tale of Ancient Tech 1.3, an update to the popular storybook app for iPad and iPhone. The new update includes a fun ‘What’s That?’ Picture quiz for kids, where they have to guess what old technology objects are. Have fun watching how kids react to outdated technology such as Typewriters, Old Cell Phones, Old Video Games, Camera Film, Floppy Discs and so much more!

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Quick Math Jr - Promo Code Giveaway

Quick Math Jr - Promo Code Giveaway | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Quick Math Jr. is a new learning app from Sydney-based developer Shiny Things, aimed for children aged 3-6 years. We have 10 Promo Codes to Giveaway to readers!

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5 Smart (And Fun!) Uses for Student Blogs

5 Smart (And Fun!) Uses for Student Blogs | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Some would argue that the 21st classroom isn’t complete without a classroom blog. Students can use it to hand in assignments, explore the more creative side of assignments, and learn how to be a good digital citizen. The best part: there are many blog platforms to choose from—WordPress, Blogger, Edublogs—and most of them are free. Use these five ideas to take full advantage of this simple tool, making homework and in-class assignments more exciting and educational.

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Everything YOU need to know about Teaching with Instagram

Everything YOU need to know about Teaching with Instagram | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Teachers have started using Instagram like they use Pinterest, to find and share creative ideas. However, instead of pinning and viewing links to webpages and videos, Instagram allows them to share examples of projects and activities actually going on in their classroom.

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5 Free Educational Technology MOOCs for the New Year

5 Free Educational Technology MOOCs for the New Year | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses are the next generation of online courses. Completely free, MOOCs are hosted by universities who guide learners through a wide range of different subjects. MOOCs allow you to interact with other individuals to talk about the course, and some universities often give a certificate of participation at the end of the course.

 
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Channelkit: Discover & Organise the Web

Channelkit: Discover & Organise the Web | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Channelkit is a new tool that lets you save and organize links from the web. You group sites, articles, videos & quotes into channels, and add notes and tags to make them easy to find and share. Each link you add is displayed in form of a card – just like a library card. Each card automatically gets a title, an image, and a short note. Depending on your needs you can leave it like this or add more details to organize your library properly.

 
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Elementary Emotional Awareness with Avokiddo Emotions App

Elementary Emotional Awareness with Avokiddo Emotions App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for a subtle, unobtrusive way to introduce a discussion of emotions into your curriculum, the multi-award winning Avokiddo Emotions is the app for your classroom. This bright engaging app will help you teach social skills and awareness through play.

 
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Questimate

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Teaching students how to estimate after they have become accustomed to the precision of addition and subtraction can sometimes be a challenge. For those who have a hard time understanding the concept, and who may even be burned out by the whole process of traditional mathematical learning, Questimate just may be answer.

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