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The best educational apps for kids, plus educational technology news and reviews.
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Is Internet Addiction Real?

Is Internet Addiction Real? | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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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Implementing Khan Academy in the Math Classroom

Implementing Khan Academy in the Math Classroom | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

The K12 Technology Summit is a yearly forum for senior-level information technology administrators from school districts all over the US. Participants share best practices, exchange ideas, and build new relationships with their peers, and we have come across a bank of interesting talks from the summit that are worth a watch. This particular talk from the Los Altos School District describes the work that they have done using Khan Academy in math classrooms. Of interest is how the district have used Khan Academy to implement blended learning in their classrooms.

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The History of Education [Infographic]

The History of Education [Infographic] | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

In order to understand where we’re heading in education, it’s important to see how far we’ve come and how old-fashioned some of our learning tools and habits are. Take a look back at some of the highlights in education as far back as Ancient Egypt in this infographic from Boundless.com.

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Looking for ideas to change the world: Google Science Fair 2013

Looking for ideas to change the world: Google Science Fair 2013 | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Research projects are a key part of all students’ science education. Not only do they support critical thinking and investigatory skills, but they stimulate students’ imagination and improve organizational skills. By being involved in a science project, students learn how to work both individually and in a group. Making presentations can increase their confidence and self esteem, and scientific project work can show them that science is much more than theory and definitions.

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Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect – Stephen Howell

Teaching kids to program using Scratch and the Kinect – Stephen Howell | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

In our latest issue of our iPad magazine, we talk about the importance and benefits of teaching kids how to code. This lively video by Stephen Howell in the Dublin Interaction Design Association (IxDA) conference tells us all about how he developed a toolkit ‘Kinect2Scratch‘ that teaches kids programming by using Scratch and the Kinect.

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Handstand Launches Nota, the World's First Mobile, Collaborative Textbook Platform

Handstand Launches Nota, the World's First Mobile, Collaborative Textbook Platform | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Designed and built by Handstand Inc. and backed by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Cher Wang , Nota™ is an entirely new type of open collaboration platform in which every book becomes its own knowledge community.

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LifeGuard™ School Protection System Adds Safety for 84 Million School Students and Teachers

LifeGuard™ School Protection System Adds Safety for 84 Million School Students and Teachers | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

InFlight Labs an aircraft emergency communications provider and finalist for the 2013 “Safety Leadership of the Year Award” by Air Traffic Control Global, announced today they will introduce a new proprietary product namedLifeGuard™ School Protection System that will add a new level of safety and protection for schools.

LifeGuard™ School Protection System which is scheduled for testing later this month; consists of custom-engineered hardware and software elements, providing a classroom lockdown system and advanced web interface that runs on teacher and staff iPads, Macs, PCs and Smartphones throughout school grounds.

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The 11 Most Disgraced Teachers on Facebook

The 11 Most Disgraced Teachers on Facebook | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

People say stupid things on Facebook all the time. Whether they cross the line and get too political, or overshare into the TMI zone, Facebook posts can be downright embarrassing. But when Facebook postings come from teachers and other important public figures, oversharing takes on a whole new level and people start to lose their jobs. These 11 disgraced teachers know that fact all too well.

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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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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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Biology for Visual Learners with Corinth Micro Plant Windows 8 App

Biology for Visual Learners with Corinth Micro Plant Windows 8 App | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
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For visual learners, a single image can be as powerful as a multitude of  words. With the explosion of educational apps and 3D technologies, these types of learners have become more and more accommodated. Visual imagery used in apps, in particular for science and math subjects, has helped many visual learners bridge the gap between confusion and understanding.

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The History of The English Language [Infographic]

The History of The English Language [Infographic] | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

What we know as the English Language today has evolved over thousands of years, influenced by migrating tribes, conquering armies and peaceful trade. Do you know the origins of the language you speak? Have a look at this detailed infographic from  Brighton School of Business and Management.

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9 Ways 3D Printing Can Revolutionize The Classroom

9 Ways 3D Printing Can Revolutionize The Classroom | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

As 3D printing becomes more accessible to the public, educators are learning how this technology can and is revolutionizing the classroom. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of creating an object by “printing” or laying down material layers until the object is formed. Check out this infographic from Onlinedegrees.org with 9 great ways 3d printing can revolutionize the classroom.

 
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How to defeat a dragon with math – Garth Sundem [TedEd]

How to defeat a dragon with math – Garth Sundem [TedEd] | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

“Having trouble remembering the order of operations? Let’s raise the stakes a little bit. What if the future of your (theoretical) kingdom depended on it? Garth Sundem creates a world in which PEMDAS is the hero but only heroic when in the proper order.”

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To Get A Degree, or Not To Get A Degree

To Get A Degree, or Not To Get A Degree | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

According to a new study by Northeastern University, 83 percent of Americans believe that college is a good investment. The research found that people think a college degree is still crucial in finding a job, getting promotions, developing personally, gaining a global perspective, having success throughout life and ultimately achieving the “American dream.” Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that between 2010 and 2020, a rising number of occupations will require a college degree.

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Alphabet Learning: Faces iMake - ABC for Preschoolers

Alphabet Learning: Faces iMake - ABC for Preschoolers | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
iMagine Machine(TM) has announced Faces iMake - ABC 1.0, preschool app for iOS. From the makers of the award-winning App, Faces iMake Right-Brain-Creativity comes a charming and imaginative way to explore and play with the alphabet.
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