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Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
The Institute of Medicine have produced a new report that examines the status of physical activity and physical education efforts in schools and what can be done to help schools get students to become more active in the school environment.
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Van Gogh Art Essentials – Virtual Museum App for iPhone and iPad Released

Van Gogh Art Essentials – Virtual Museum App for iPhone and iPad Released | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

A new art education app from Mount ICT has been released. The Van Gogh Art Essentials for iPhone and iPad is a virtual museum app that exhibits the work of Vincent van Gogh; it contains hundreds of high quality (HD) art pictures and a concise biography of Vincent van Gogh.

 
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Moodle 2.5 Released with New Features & Improvements

Moodle 2.5 Released with New Features & Improvements | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
Moodle, the open source learning platform used by millions around the world, has released Moodle 2.5, adding hundreds of improvements and exciting new features for teachers, students and administrators.
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Twins in the Classroom

Twins in the Classroom | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

This infographic addresses the really interesting topic of how twins learn and develop when in the same classroom. Should they be separated or kept together? Check out this infographic from OnlineSchools for some insights.

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Text-to-3D: Easy 3D Modeling with RaySupreme

Text-to-3D: Easy 3D Modeling with RaySupreme | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

RaySupreme is a new class of 3D modeling and rendering program that features a new approach to 3D graphics called Text-to-3D™.  It combines standard 3D development tools with natural language processing to create models and scenes that can be changed by the way a user describes them (via typing text) in English, dramatically changing the 3D development process. People who are not experienced in 3D development can quickly and easily create complex scenes and environments, so this tool is ideal for students learning 3D modeling.

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Mobile Apps for Elementary Students [Infographic]

Mobile Apps for Elementary Students [Infographic] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

We came across an interesting infographic from edweek which showed that 70% of the top selling educational apps on iTunes are geared towards elementary or pre-school children. It makes an interesting point about app development for middle and high school students. We wonder why is there such a gap between these two markets?

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WizIQ is Hosting A Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Teachers

WizIQ is Hosting A Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Teachers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
WizIQ is hosting a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers, who wish to teach online using Moodle and other web technologies such as WizIQ and Google Drive, commencing on June 1, 2013.
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History of Distance Education

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This infographic from StraighterLine delves into the importance of distance education throughout history. Although published last year, it’s still very interesting.

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New Book Features Retired Teacher’s Stories From the Classroom

New Book Features Retired Teacher’s Stories From the Classroom | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

No one knows how unpredictable first graders can be better than a first-grade teacher. In “Mommy Couldn’t Find Her Eyelashes: Forty-Four Years in First Grade” (published by iUniverse), retired elementary educatorMary Jane Fizer shares excerpts from written papers and some of her favorite amusing and poignant conversations with her first-grade students, providing an unforgettable glimpse into the innocent, often uncensored minds and imaginations of children.

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Ken Robinson: How To Escape Education’s Death Valley

Ken Robinson: How To Escape Education’s Death Valley | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Sir Ken Robinson delivers yet another fantastic TED Talk and tells us how to escape the educational “death valley” we now face. He outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them.

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Kidaptive Launches Parent's Pad for Comprehensive Feedback on Pre-school Learning

Kidaptive Launches Parent's Pad for Comprehensive Feedback on Pre-school Learning | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Parent’s Pad, an assessment tool designed to deliver the most comprehensive feedback on preschoolers’ learning, was launched today by award-winning educational technology company Kidaptive. Parent’s Pad integrates with Leo’s Pad, an iPad app that combines a series of animated educational stories with activities that customize learning to a child’s ability.

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10 Digital Storytelling Tools with Teacher Support

10 Digital Storytelling Tools with Teacher Support | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Everyone has a story to tell, and gone are they days where you need an agent, a publisher and a bank balance to share your stories. Digital storytelling gives students a chance to share their thoughts and creativity with others, and is a great technique for helping them to unlock their artistic side and delve into their imagination.

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Flipping role models in history [TedEd]

Flipping role models in history [TedEd] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

We love this new TedEd video for the flipped classroom (or even on its own) that uses bright, creative animation to get students to think about the character of history’s most famous (and less famous) individuals like George Washington, Sybil Ludington and Beriah Green.

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Prepzilla Zombifies their Self Study Test-Prep App

Prepzilla Zombifies their Self Study Test-Prep App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Educational app developer, gWhiz, has gamified mobile test prep with its popular and innovative PrepZilla app, which allows users to study on their own or invite friends to study along with them. With the addition of the latest gaming feature, Zombies!, users who choose to study on their own can challenge themselves to beat the clock and improve their score.

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Steps into the 21st Century Classroom [Infographic]

Steps into the 21st Century Classroom [Infographic] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

This infographic from InternationalQualification.com looks at 7 key points for stepping into the 21st Century classroom. They explain that the 21st century classroom has given a new dimension to education involving students to use various applications, Web 2.0 and other technological tools. The modern educational system emphasizes more on technology and practicality to prepare their students as perfect future employees so that they don’t fall short in any circumstances at their workplace.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 30, 2013 10:18 AM

Be careful. The supposed research is new and thus not conclusive. It means we have to be mindful in our approaches. There is talk about Web 3.0. This points to the quickness of change and a need for a different approach.

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New Online Class on Stress Management for Kids from Playful Learning Ecademy

New Online Class on Stress Management for Kids from Playful Learning Ecademy | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Playful Learning, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning online learning website for kids, today announced the release of its newest Ecademy class titled Stress Management: Help Your Child Find Peace Inside & Out. In this new online class, founder Mariah Bruehl offers families a positive and productive approach to stress management for kids by teaching them to learn to manage stress and anxiety more effectively.

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Free Teaching Strategies Webinar this Wednesday

Free Teaching Strategies Webinar this Wednesday | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources, today announced a free webinar featuring the leading teaching strategies from classrooms across the world to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.

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New Math App for 1st Graders Released by Selectsoft [Windows 8]

New Math App for 1st Graders Released by Selectsoft [Windows 8] | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

New math apps are always welcome, and Selectsoft, a California-based developer of educational games and apps has just announced the release of Math Fun 1st Grade for Windows 8. The app includes addition and subtraction games, including math bingo, magic squares, word problems, anagrams and more.

 
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Grading: Can Technology Make Grading Stress Free? Issue 5 of Teaching The AvatarGeneration

Grading: Can Technology Make Grading Stress Free? Issue 5 of Teaching The AvatarGeneration | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it
In this, our 5th issue of Teaching The AvatarGeneration, we decided to concentrate on one of the core time-intensive tasks that teachers are faced with day in - day out, grading.
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Jenn Alevy's curator insight, May 22, 2013 5:26 AM

I love AvatarGeneration, I read every issue from "cover" to :cover" digitally. Great topics and thought.

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Schoolfy: New Classroom Management System For Educators

Schoolfy: New Classroom Management System For Educators | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it


Schoolfy has announced the summer launch of its long-awaited educational technology platform. Touted as a revolutionary classroom management system, the Schoolfy platform builds upon social networking technology to facilitate teacher planning, support online grading, and otherwise enhance educators’ time management.

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Krysta Hammond's curator insight, June 4, 2013 11:47 AM

Grand idea , integrating social networking technology with everything else we need to do in our classrooms. Great time saver, can't wait to get set up for next school year!

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Jack and Jill's Preschool Adventure Educational App

Jack and Jill's Preschool Adventure Educational App | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Arista Games has launched a new educational iPad and iPhone app for preschool children. Jack and Jill’s Preschool Adventure was produced in collaboration with Little Flowers Montessori, a leading Bay Area school. The app teaches children Kindergarten preparation concepts such as colors, shapes, letters and numbers.

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Tech Off: King of Math vs. Mathmateer

Tech Off: King of Math vs. Mathmateer | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

It’s probably not a stretch to say that most kids don’t find doing math homework particularly fun. That’s where math apps come in. These educational gaming hybrids take learning math, which young students (and adults) may despise more than a trip to the dentist, and cleverly disguise it as just another mobile game they can’t wait to get their hands on.

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Funbrain Jr. Launches For Preschoolers

Funbrain Jr. Launches For Preschoolers | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Preschoolers and kindergartners can get a running start to learning online with the launch of Funbrain Jr. Brought to parents and kids by the trusted site, Funbrain, this new free website offers the youngest learners, ages 2-6, and their parents a safe and fun place to play games, read stories and find printables together.

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Eight-Year-Old Entrepreneur Launches Nicolas' Garden Mobile App To Promote Healthy Living & Fight Childhood Obesity

Eight-Year-Old Entrepreneur Launches Nicolas' Garden Mobile App To Promote Healthy Living & Fight Childhood Obesity | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Eight-year-old Nicolas Come had an epiphany last year; while other kids his age were playing with their friends or mastering basic mathematics in school, the self-proclaimed, “Picky Eater” Nicolas decided to develop an entirely new, digital business model to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts promoting healthier living and fighting childhood obesity. Knowing how much he enjoyed learning to grow his own food and cooking the resulting healthy ingredients with his family, he outlined and diagramed an idea for a mobile application and supporting technology that would be, “By Kids; For Kids” — allowing them to share healthy recipes, cooking training and tips, and other healthy options in an easy, fun, digital format.

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Fablelane: Online Reading Game Motivates Students To Read And Write

Fablelane: Online Reading Game Motivates Students To Read And Write | Educational Apps & Tools | Scoop.it

Non-profit project Fablelane had created an online reading game platform, fusing the action and excitement of video games with the narrative of a good story. Fablelane’s online reading game seeks to reengage kids in learning to read and write.

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