APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
Visual supports are a part of our everyday lives. Diaries, calendars, shopping lists, maps, brochures and photos are just some of the many ‘visual aids’ we use regularly to help us recall, understand, learn, communicate and control our lives. Where would we be without them? They can also be an important tool for people with special needs, including those with learning difficulties, developmental delay, auditory processing disorders, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders.
The Power of Project Learning - Why new schools are choosing an old model to bring students into the 21st century.
Project-based learning can be traced back to John Dewey and it has come and gone since the early 20th century. As a pedagogical method, it often meets resistance since it doesn’t fit the skill-and-drill model that typically dominates education. But today, it is enjoying a comeback as cutting-edge schools demonstrate just how effectively it imparts the skills students need in today’s workforce.
Van Gogh’s paintings of the Roulin family are shown in the story and several other well known paintings are also included. Tapping on these paintings takes readers to an interactive “Museum”. In the museum they will see the paintings up close, learn their name and when it was painted. They will also discover fun facts about the paintings, Van Gogh and his subjects. If you’re looking for an app to introduce one of the world’s greatest artists to your children then this is it.
Faces iMake was developed with renowned artist, childrens book author and educator Hanoch Piven and is based on the highly acclaimed creative workshops he has conducted all around the world. Piven, whose art has been featured in publications such as: Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker, says about Faces iMake: "I wanted Faces iMake to be a virtual workshop that reflects what happens in the real world when we compose pictures using objects. All significantly creative ideas are born from playing, therefore Faces iMake is a game as much as it is a creative workshop."
Tom Barrett tweeted a question today asking how to share your entire iPad app collection with someone. After a little research, I came up with a post on this page and followed the directions. Here is the first of the 12-page app list on my iPad.
Learning, discovering… touching. There is a huge opportunity in the intersection between tablet computers and education: two young Italian entrepreneurs decided to explore it, launching Timbuktu, first News magazine for children on the iPad. Their mission is creating editorial programs on touch screen for kids, for educators and parents too. Being next generation of educational publishing, using technologies as an instrument for imagination and discovery of the world.
I previously said that the Apple iPad is only good for two things (I later added a third), but it’s really good at those things. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the 20 most useful apps for taking advantage of the iPad’s strengths.
Beautifully designed, iDiary for kids has a daily journal at its heart where kids can express themselves periodically writing, drawing, pasting photos. They can easily navigate to their old entries and explore their past musings through an intuitive calendar navigation system.
“What can you recommend for my students who are in 5th grade but read at a much lower level? They think most picture books are ‘babyish’ so anything that will appeal to them would be much appreciated.”
In Munster, Ind., a school system turned to laptops and interactive computer programs in a million-dollar digital makeover that included a rental laptop for every student.
“With a textbook, you can only read what’s on the pages — here you can click on things and watch videos,” said Patrick Wu, a seventh grader. “It’s more fun to use a keyboard than a pencil. And my grades are better because I’m focusing more.”
60 Minutes on CBS News: Apps for Autism - Autistic people whose condition prevents them from speaking are making breakthroughs with the help of tablet computers and special applications that allow them to communicate, some for the first time.
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