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International Girls in ICT Day 2013 *Free Resources and Toolkit*

International Girls in ICT Day 2013 *Free Resources and Toolkit* | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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FriendsForMinecraft Launch Android and Web Versions

FriendsForMinecraft Launch Android and Web Versions | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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GoNoodle: New Interactive Classroom Resource Designed to Get Kids Up and Moving Throughout the School Day

GoNoodle: New Interactive Classroom Resource Designed to Get Kids Up and Moving Throughout the School Day | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
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.
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First online climate change education course for teachers by UNESCO

First online climate change education course for teachers by UNESCO | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Lakeshore® Launches Game Show Apps to Help Kids Boost Math and Language Skills

Lakeshore® Launches Game Show Apps to Help Kids Boost Math and Language Skills | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Nickelodeon Introduce Educational Preschool Programming

Nickelodeon Introduce Educational Preschool Programming | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Nickelodeon announced at their annual upfront presentation a new strategy to serve a new generation of post-millennial kids that includes a new slate of educational preschool programming.
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How to Make the Jump to Digital

How to Make the Jump to Digital | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
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.
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Canvas’ SpeedGrader Enables Teachers to View, Grade and Annotate Student Assignments in Their Browser

Canvas’ SpeedGrader Enables Teachers to View, Grade and Annotate Student Assignments in Their Browser | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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iTunes U Content Tops One Billion Downloads

iTunes U Content Tops One Billion Downloads | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Jungo: Anti-Childhood Obesity Game

Jungo: Anti-Childhood Obesity Game | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

First Lady Michelle Obama is on a mission to raise awareness about America’s childhood obesity epidemic, and this week, two Tribeca Flashpoint Academy students are preparing to join her cause. Game + Interactive Media students Nathan Wangler and Hailey Schmidt have teamed up with Northwestern University student Dennis Ai to form JiveHealth, a game development company with its sights set on a healthier future for our nation’s kids.

 
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The Top 10 Educational Trends [Infographic]

The Top 10 Educational Trends [Infographic] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Menco.io have asked over 100 European and North American teachers to rate their interest in today's Educational Technology trends. Check out their top 10 educational trends in the infographic below.
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Can A Mobile App Really Improve Learning?

Can A Mobile App Really Improve Learning? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

As mobile devices march toward ubiquity, they’re finding their way into the hands of our earliest learners. Just as parents and educators questioned the quality of children’s television content in its early days, so are they beginning to ask questions about the quality of mobile device content aimed at children.

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ScootPad Integrates ReadSpeaker’s Leading Text-to-speech Technology into its Learning Platform

ScootPad Integrates ReadSpeaker’s Leading Text-to-speech Technology into its Learning Platform | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

ScootPad, the leading online learning platform for elementary grades and ReadSpeaker®, the leading online text-to-speech service, have teamed up to enable “voice/read-aloud” support for students on ScootPad.ReadSpeaker’s “click & listen” feature enables all K-5 students using ScootPad’s platform to instantaneously listen to the math and reading practice questions & answers. Hearing the questions, and having each word (and/or sentence) visually highlighted at the same time, helps students improve word recognition skills and vocabulary, as well as improved reading comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and concentration.

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Scholarships Gone Crazy

Scholarships Gone Crazy | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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!

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News-O-Matic: Newspaper iPad App for Kids

News-O-Matic: Newspaper iPad App for Kids | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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SOPHIA Launches iPad® Training For Teachers

SOPHIA Launches iPad® Training For Teachers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Zachy the Robot™: Quest for the Museum Treasures Educational App

Zachy the Robot™: Quest for the Museum Treasures Educational App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Good TV Habits Can Make Kids Smarter

Good TV Habits Can Make Kids Smarter | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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iPad in the Spanish Classroom – Now What?

iPad in the Spanish Classroom – Now What? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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Is Internet Addiction Real?

Is Internet Addiction Real? | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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iPad Screen Repair Service for UK Schools and Universities

iPad Screen Repair Service for UK Schools and Universities | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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New K12 Poll: More American Parents Customize Their Coffee Than Their Child's Education

New K12 Poll: More American Parents Customize Their Coffee Than Their Child's Education | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

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.

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ClassDojo Release Android App

ClassDojo Release Android App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Android teachers will be happy to hear that ClassDojo have released a new Android app version available throughGoogle Play. For many teachers, getting a handle on classroom management early in the game is the key to a successful teaching career. However, even veteran teachers sometimes struggle maintaining control over a rambunctious class. ClassDojo is a tool designed to help these teachers with classroom management by making it easier to track discipline issues and stop them before they happen.

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Code.org Launches To Help Students Learn How To Code

Code.org Launches To Help Students Learn How To Code | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. Founded by two brothers, Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi, their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. Code.org want computer science and computer programming to be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

 
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Eggy Nursery Rhymes iPhone/iPad App

Eggy Nursery Rhymes iPhone/iPad App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Nursery rhymes are a classic memory from everyones childhood, and these simple songs can benefit students in many different ways. They can teach core early literacy skills such as rhyming, spelling, phonetic awareness and word recognition. They can also teach students to sing in rhythm, hand co-ordination with matching actions, and confidence to perform in front of others.

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