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9 Apps for Environmental Science

9 Apps for Environmental Science | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Environmental Science is an all-encompassing topic, which can make finding additional resources both daunting and fun.  Depending on your approach and the age of your students, you can find a wealth of online and mobile apps to help you demonstrate the science behind environmental issues.

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Managing Student Behaviour Using Interactive Seating Charts: Class Charts

Managing Student Behaviour Using Interactive Seating Charts: Class Charts | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Class Charts is a new online system for reporting on student behaviour using an innovative classroom seating design and an intuitive reporting interface.
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A History Halloween Masks

A History Halloween Masks | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Masks have played a key role in the ceremonies and rituals of humankind since the beginning of time itself. Whether worn for disguise, protection, entertainment or performance, masks have been a staple part of the cultural development of people all round the world.

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10 Tools For Classroom Quizzes

10 Tools For Classroom Quizzes | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

No student likes a quiz, but teachers know that they are essential for checking understanding and identifying areas that need further explanation. Making classroom quizzes more interactive can be an easy and fun way to do the same checks on understanding and comprehension without hearing the inevitable groans from the students.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:50 PM

Here are some great tool for quizzes - Socrative is one of them that we have used quite a bit! There are some other web-based quiz app mentioned that alsodo a great job - eClicker is excellent because students don't have to have the app to use it. 

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Shout Science: Comic Storybook App for iPad

Shout Science: Comic Storybook App for iPad | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Shout Science is a fantastic free comic storybook app, available for the iPad, which tells the story of scientific discoveries that most students probably take for granted. The three stories are narrative biographies of famous discoveries during the Scientific Revolution in Europe; Anton Van Leeuwenhoek’s discovery of microorganisms, Maria Sibylla Merian’s study of insects and the life cycle of the butterfly, and James Hutton’s geological Theory of the Earth.

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Project-Based Learning in English Language Arts

Project-Based Learning in English Language Arts | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

English Language Arts are one of the most creative subjects on the school curriculum that can have a major impact on the minds of young students. In many English Language Arts classes, the teaching follows a linear path where students read a novel and work on a project once the novel has been finished. Before finishing the project, students take quizzes, participate in discussions about specific parts of the novel, complete worksheets and sit through lectures.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 26, 2013 7:35 PM

Probect-based learning in small groups allows Vygotsky's ZPD in the target language to be come interactive. 

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Launching Science Laboratories into the 21st Century: Labster

Launching Science Laboratories into the 21st Century: Labster | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Labster is an online laboratory simulator that allows students to perform experiments that in real life may be too costly, dangerous or time consuming to do in a school setting. It has been used by teachers to supplement science classes or to replace real-life experiments usually conducted in a physical lab. What makes Labster stand out is its use of game-based learning techniques and real-life scenarios in a virtual laboratory to stimulate student engagement and enhance learning outcomes.

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5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Learning how to code will not only give students insight into the creation of some of their favorite pastimes, it will also help prepare them to communicate with others and find employment in a world that continues to increase its dependence on technology.

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5 Great Resources for Teaching Drama

5 Great Resources for Teaching Drama | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Engaging students and getting them up out of their seats in your drama class is essential to your success. When you are running low on creative ideas for your creative students, these apps and online resources may help you spur those students into action.

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Top 10 Map-Based Apps and Online Resources

Top 10 Map-Based Apps and Online Resources | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Teaching geography and map skills in an increasingly global world is more important than ever, but it seems as if students are less prepared to understand the world around them than they were in years past. Utilizing technology may help teachers find a way to engage students who don’t always see why knowing where a country is or how a map works is relevant to their lives.

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20 Serious Games For School

20 Serious Games For School | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Rather than being designed for entertainment, serious games are made with a specific objective in mind. In education, this includes games designed to teach students a specific set of skills or an important concept. Instead of simply placing users in a fantasy world, they are provided with real-life experiences and scenarios, making the learning that takes place within the game extremely relevant. These 20 serious games are some of the best examples of serious games that could easily be adapted for the classroom.

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6 Apps & Tools For Learning About Shakespeare

6 Apps & Tools For Learning About Shakespeare | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

he Bard can be daunting for most students, not to mention for many teachers teaching his works in the classroom. Since Shakespeare will always be a part of our curriculum, these online tools and apps can assist teachers prepare lessons and lead their students through an exploration of Shakespeare’s canon with enthusiasm.

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Resource Hub For STEM Teachers Launched: STEM Central

Resource Hub For STEM Teachers Launched: STEM Central | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Today Sally Ride Science announced the launch of STEM Central, a free web resource for educators and students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and careers. STEM Central offers thousands of links to articles, videos, maps, animations, and other media specifically focused on the needs of educators and students. Users searching STEM Central may apply a wide variety of filters to search by topic, grade level, and media type, ensuring highly targeted results.

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Games For Teaching Economics

Games For Teaching Economics | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

The technical frame behind airECONsim made it possible to create a second site very fast, offering shorter games for teaching economics. These games are free, ready to play and there is no registration. Teachers simply choose the game they want to run, enter the number of players and the game can start

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7 Apps For Learning About Bugs

7 Apps For Learning About Bugs | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Teaching young children about insects is often a delightful process, because they are simply fascinated by the world around them.  Finding ways to encourage and cultivate that enthusiasm can and should lead you to technology.

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Play-i Producing Robots That Kids Can Program

Play-i Producing Robots That Kids Can Program | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Play-i is creating a visual programming environment for its robots on touch devices for kids, that meets children at their level of cognitive ability and motor skills, starting as early as age five. Unlike other programming languages where children are first taught the syntax, Play-i focuses on learning through exploration, play and discovery.

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Social Learning for Science Education: Spongelab

Social Learning for Science Education: Spongelab | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

The field of educational technology has had the seemingly unending potential for producing passionate, enthusiastic individuals. No more so than partner and co-founder of the multi-award winning online interactive science platform, Spongelab, Jeremy Friedburg.  His development of this platform for exploring science content comes from his passion for game based and social learning, and the mantra ‘learning through play’.

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Closing The Gender Gap In Computer Science

Closing The Gender Gap In Computer Science | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

The gender gap is finally starting to close in computer science after years of male dominance. According to a 2005 report by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, when high school girls think of computer scientists they think of geeks, pocket protectors, isolated cubicles and a lifetime of staring into a screen writing computer code.

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Top 10 Apps for Teaching Archaeology

Top 10 Apps for Teaching Archaeology | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Feeling like archeology is a bit dry for the kids of today’s classrooms? Today’s fast paced society makes fascinating topics like the study of humans in bygone eras seem dull to kids. Drawing in some of the technology of the day certainly does not completely replace classroom teaching activities, but can be a great way to draw kids’ interest and get them hooked on a bit of archeology. Take a moment to explore the following apps for iPhone, Android, and iPads to get a feel for how you can utilize the latest technology to help your student’s discover the exciting secrets of the past.

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Top Ten Apps for Teaching Social Studies

Top Ten Apps for Teaching Social Studies | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Social science apps personalize learning; students can move through the content as quickly or slowly as they need to, explore areas that interest them, and practice recalling facts to solidify their knowledge. They can also have a lot of fun! These apps will enhance students’ learning of social studies.

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Dealing With Worry In Young Students - Wince: Don’t Feed The Worry Bug

Dealing With Worry In Young Students - Wince: Don’t Feed The Worry Bug | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Many young children feel anxiety and can worry about different issues that we as adults, might not be aware of. Class work, friends, performing in school plays, winning at sports, personal safety, family issues and being frightened at experiencing new things, can all cause worry in young minds.

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Technology-Based Lesson Planning - Issue 10 of Teaching The AvatarGeneration

Technology-Based Lesson Planning - Issue 10 of Teaching The AvatarGeneration | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

In this month’s issue of Teaching The AvatarGeneration we look at two aspects of technology-based lesson planning; creating lesson plans using online resources, and creating bespoke lesson plans using apps and tools. We also look at the humble whiteboard, one of the stalwarts of educational technology, and how best to create lesson plans on this medium. Technology is not all roses, and software errors, freezing and other infuriating problems can often rear their ugly head. We tackle this issue head on by giving some tips and tricks for surviving a technology related mishap in the classroom.

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4 Apps for Learning How to Read Music

4 Apps for Learning How to Read Music | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Students hoping to progress to playing an instrument first must conquer what some consider to be the most difficult challenge: learning how to read music. Utilizing these apps can help teachers find new ways to engage their students, test their knowledge, and ensure their skill development.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:32 PM

Anyone with dreams of learning music might like this info!

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OpenEd Launches World's Largest Catalog of Common Core-Aligned Videos and Games

OpenEd Launches World's Largest Catalog of Common Core-Aligned Videos and Games | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

OpenEd today announced the launch of its free educational catalog created to assist teachers and parents of students in grades K-12. With a searchable database of over a quarter million standard-aligned videos and games curated by educators, OpenEd® offers the most comprehensive catalog of educational online content available today – available for free and open source.

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iSEQUENCES Autism App

iSEQUENCES Autism App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

The Planeta Imaginario Foundation has launched an enhanced version of iSEQUENCES. This educational app for children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome enables them to practice 100 different sequences about everyday situations. All this is taught by the character Tatus and his friends.

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