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The best educational apps for kids, plus educational technology news and reviews.
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Trends in MOOC Adoption

Trends in MOOC Adoption | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses ) are the buzzword in educational technology at the moment and this infographic from Enterasys gives the low down on what educational providers think of them and their benefits.

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British Education: The Numbers

British Education: The Numbers | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

It’s been said that the UK is lagging behind and falling down the league tables of international education standards. London based private tutoring agency, Tutor House, looks at the facts and figures behind the falling standards of the UK education industry in this infographic.

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SparkFun Gears Up for Fifth Annual Robotics and Drone Competition

SparkFun Gears Up for Fifth Annual Robotics and Drone Competition | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it


Sparkfun have recently launched an educational portal on their site with lots of electronics tutorials and detailed handouts and presentations. The electronics providers are also hosting their fifth annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) on June the 8th, 2013.

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The Evolution of Online Schooling

The Evolution of Online Schooling | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
Collegedegreesearch.net takes a look at the evolution of online schooling from its humble beginnings in radio and television to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) we have available at our finger tips today.
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My Big Campus Unveils Innovative Redesign

My Big Campus Unveils Innovative Redesign | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

My Big Campus, the comprehensive educational hub between students and the web, introduced a redesign this week that makes the learning platform even easier to access, share, organise, and store resources. Developed with direct feedback from educators, the updated My Big Campus is even more suited to meet the needs of students and teachers.

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Eliademy: Online Classroom Syncs With Moodle Courses

Eliademy: Online Classroom Syncs With Moodle Courses | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
Eliademy, a classroom in the cloud, offered as a service that facilitates e-learning for instructors and students, has gathered unprecedented popularity in just a few months.
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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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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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We Give Books’ Free Digital Library to Fight Summer Brain Drain

We Give Books’ Free Digital Library to Fight Summer Brain Drain | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it


We Give Books have launched this year’s Read for My Summer program, an initiative that fights summer brain drain by encouraging children to read throughout the months typically associated with school vacation. We Give Books’ Read for My Summer campaign offers a free online library of books assembled especially for children up to age 10.

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EduClipper – A New Pinterest For Education Tool

EduClipper – A New Pinterest For Education Tool | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it
EduClipper is a new online curation tool that lets students and educators ‘clip’ interesting articles and images from the web onto Pinterest type boards.
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New Teacher Resource Spark 101 Launches To Ignite Student Interest In STEM

New Teacher Resource Spark 101 Launches To Ignite Student Interest In STEM | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

An innovative, free resource is now available to educators across the nation to help them ignite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Spark 101 inspires students to thrive in college and future careers and helps teachers bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications.

 
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Preschoolers in Utah’s UPSTART Program Using Technology from Waterford Institute Show Stronger Literacy Skills Than Peers

Preschoolers in Utah’s UPSTART Program Using Technology from Waterford Institute Show Stronger Literacy Skills Than Peers | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

Can educational technology used at home measurably impact the school readiness of preschool children? According to a new independent report evaluating the results of the state-level UPSTART(Utah Preparing Students Today for A Rewarding Tomorrow) program, preschoolers using home-based educational technology and support from the Waterford Institute demonstrated better literacy skills and stronger literacy growth rates than children who did not participate in the program.

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CWIST: A Parent-Teacher Community For Sharing Ideas

CWIST: A Parent-Teacher Community For Sharing Ideas | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

CWIST (pronounced \ˈkwist\), is a new incentive-based digital platform for children ages 5 – 11 that provides a community for parents and educators to share ideas and find fun kids’ challenges or “CWISTs” that match the unique learning needs of their children. CWISTs are crowd-sourced from parents, educators, influential mom bloggers and child experts and posted in the extensive interactive library where children can explore the value of earning, work ethic and delayed gratification.

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JumpStart Launches Madagascar Math Ops

JumpStart Launches Madagascar Math Ops | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | Scoop.it

JumpStart have announced the release of its newest mobile game, Madagascar Math Ops™. This robust math app marks the first time that the wisecracking Penguins of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise are starring in their own mobile game. The app, which enlists players for math-based missions, follows the release of two best-selling educational mobile games from JumpStart inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise — Madagascar Preschool Surf N’ Slide™ and Madagascar: My ABCs™.

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Prepzilla Zombifies their Self Study Test-Prep App

Prepzilla Zombifies their Self Study Test-Prep App | Educational Apps, Tools & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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, PhD'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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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 & Toys | 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.