This issue of Teaching The AvatarGeneration looks at social and emotional learning, and focuses on new, interesting technologies that use social platforms for education, like Makewaves and Spongelab, and tips for teaching emotional intelligence in the classroom. We have a great piece listing the best 15 apps for social and emotional learning for you to fill your tablet up with, and have in-depth reviews of three new educational apps. Our writers have come up with some excellent ideas for learning about bullying through films, and examining the benefits and pitfalls of social learning.
In honor of its 100th anniversary in 2011, IBM staged a pop-up exhibition at New York City’s Lincoln Center that focused on the evolution of technology and invention. The THINKinstallation featured an immersive film that used a kaleidoscope of images, sound and narration to explore humankind’s quest for progress. At the film’s end, the screen transformed to 40 interactive touchscreen panels that allowed visitors to learn more about a particular area of innovation. The pop-up exhibit also included a 123-foot data wall that dynamically displayed the interactions of complex systems in the surrounding area, from traffic on the streets outside to air quality and solar energy.
Preschool teachers around the US are creating and sharing preschool projects with parents and other teachers on EarlyTeacher.com. The site launched by Mom Trusted, an online community helping parents find childcare centers and local preschools, is gaining momentum in recent months.
Applying for colleges and worrying about transitions can be a crazy time in one’e life. There are also some crazy- generous scholarships, crazy-likely-to-get-scholarships, crazy-old scholarships and crazy soaring amounts of scholarships awarded around the country!
Press4Kids (P4K) announced the launch of its first publication, News-O-Matic, an educational news app for kids aged 7 to 10 years old. The groundbreaking app covers current events, including sports, science and much more in an innovative and kid-friendly way. News-O-Matic transforms the news experience for young readers in a safe and interactive environment, encouraging children to become well-informed global citizens.
With more and more schools using iPads, tablets and 1:1 initiatives in the classroom, SOPHIA.org is offering a free certification program to train teachers to successfully integrate these devices into their teaching. SOPHIA, the open online education platform offering a unique Many Ways to Learn™ model with more than 30,000 free academic multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers, developed the Tablet Certification program in collaboration with faculty from Capella University’s School of Education.
GenevaMars, publisher of STEM-focused educational apps, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the top natural history museums in the country, have joined forces to create a new educational children’s game, Zachy the Robot™: Quest for the Museum Treasures. Starring the award-winning Zachy the Robot™ cast of characters, Quest introduces children ages three and up to paleontology, mineralogy, and geology through a fun, interactive adventure game. Now available on Apple’s iTunes App Store for iPad, Quest includes puzzles, mini-games, and a fun story that will entertain and educate children for hours.
Television, once touted as “the ideal babysitter,” often gets a bad name from parents and healthcare professionals alike due to the fact that so much of what’s on TV can be corruptive to kids. From overly violent programs to excessive commercials, there’s a lot going on inside the world of the TV that may cause parents demand that kids turn it off.
Noyo, a Boston based educational software company has created a new vocabulary learning platform that allows users to quickly learn Spanish vocabulary. Recently featured in the Squidoo lens, “iPad in the Spanish classroom – now what?” This app is quickly becoming a favorite of teachers who have iPad programs in their classroom.
MapsofWorld.com has published an infographic detailing the dangers of excessive Internet usage for their weekly FryDay Poll. The infographic, titled “Is Internet Addiction Real?” examines types of Internet overuse and the problems surrounding the behavior, and discusses whether Internet addiction should be considered a mental disorder.
Ryan Newman from iPad Screen Repair reports that schools across the UK are exploring the learning possibilities that iPads allow. More and more head teachers and IT Managers in schools are catching on to idea of using iPad as an educational learning tool. iPad Screen Repair is now seeing universities and schools as a big percentage of iPad user group. Apple has launched its own education apps platform and most Universities and schools are now getting onto the game of producing their own apps. They have realised that Apps are no longer that expensive to produce.
As online education gains acceptance and becomes more mainstream, individualized learning in pre-kindergarten through high school is expected to become more the norm, as it has in other sectors, including retail, banking, healthcare and entertainment. According to a new K12 Inc.-commissioned study conducted online in February by Harris Interactive among more than 2,200 U.S. adults, nearly nine-in-ten parents (86%) with a child between the ages 6–17 say they customize some aspect of their lives, including the way they shop, bank, and watch television; however, only 29% customize their child’s schooling.
Number Pieces, a new elementary education math app released from The Math Learning Center (MLC) and Clarity Innovations helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computational skills with multi-digit numbers. Young learners manipulate virtual base 10 pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Number Pieces also gives them a drawing tool to label representations and show their understanding.
While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme. These are ten of the reasons they use to support their argument, and reasons why some believe that rhyming poetry is far superior to its free-verse brethren.
iHeed, a leading body for promoting innovation in health education, has partnered with video learning platform Mobento, to launch a library of health education videos to help tackle health issues in developing countries.
Looking to encourage more girls into ICT? Take a look at this video which shows an initiative encouraging girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT. The next International Girls in ICT day, April 25th 2013, Girls and students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies to better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds.
FriendsForMinecraft have launched Android and Web companion apps to the wildly popular Minecraft game. These two clients join the iOS version launched last December which has already amassed nearly 25,000 downloads and is growing by an average of 10% each week with an average rating of 4.5 stars. It is the largest database of location-tagged images.
HealthTeacher have launched GoNoodle— a free interactive classroom resource to improve student engagement and youth health through desk-side movement activities. Designed to equip elementary teachers with quick, fun brain breaks, GoNoodle’s research-based games help engage kids in learning while addressing serious youth health issues like childhood obesity.
The first online learning course on Climate Change for the Secondary Teachers is now available. This innovative training kit, entitled UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) is designed to give teachers confidence, through a series of six-day programmes, to help young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change today.
akeshore Learning Materials has launched four new apps based on their popular Math Quiz Game Show and Language Adventures Quiz Game Show interactive software titles. Available for free from the Apple App Store through March 11, 2013, Lakeshore’s new apps offer children all the exciting sights and sounds of a real TV game show—while teaching essential math and language skills.
Today many classrooms are still very 20th Century, even though they're filled with students immersed in the 21st. By leveraging the best of technology, schools can transform how teachers teach and students learn.
Instructure, the company that builds the Canvas learning platform, has simplified the grading process with its SpeedGrader, which automatically converts student assignments into a format viewable in a browser window. Within the same window, teachers can also annotate and grade assignments without downloading documents.
Apple® today announced that iTunes U® content downloads have topped one billion. iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums and organizations helping educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for iOS users around the world.