May 20, 2016 | Posted At: 06:12 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
The Science in 60 series from the Los Alamos National Lab is an excellent way to introduce complex ideas to a class in a short period. There are episodes on mini satellites, explosives, influenza and arctic meteorites. All are told from the perspective of the scientists involved and give students a rare look into what a career as a scientist might be like while giving them valuable information and concepts. They are all just over a minute long and live on Youtube.
May 9, 2016 | Posted At: 06:17 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Reading Horizons is nothing new but version 7 of its Discovery product takes interactive learning to new levels. To start there’s an iPad app for K-through-third grade students that can put the entire reading program into a child’s hands; it’s free with a subscription to the service. The rest of Discovery hasn’t stood still, either with more Check-Up assessments as well as a tool for pacing the classroom’s lessons.
April 22, 2016 | Posted At: 06:44 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Think online curriculum and math and science come to mind, but MobyMax has a new set of materials for first-, second- and third grade social studies curriculum; the company’s fourth- through eighth-grade content is on the way. The interactive material covers four of the NGSS areas, including economics, geography, government and history and is personalized to each student based on their needs and abilities.
April 15, 2016 | Posted At: 06:38 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Mastering basic math can be taught as a matter of specific tricks and shortcuts that let you do just about everything in your head, and that’s where Origo One comes in. The company’s YouTube site has five free math videos that show how to do math without a pencil or paper in sight. There are minute-long clips on everything from the doubling strategy for adding numbers to counting by fives. Look for Origo One to add more in the coming weeks.
April 14, 2016 | Posted At: 06:17 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Adobe Slate is a great way to teach kids how to tell and show stories, but it has suffered from the lack of ability to incorporate videos from YouTube and other online repositories. Well, version 1.3 of Slate can do that as well as put Google photos into a story and has added a Vintage theme to its repertoire of settings. It remains an iPad exclusive with no Android app available, but you can use the online version.
February 22, 2016 | Posted At: 07:17 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Kurbo can’t replace a good gym coach and teacher, but it can help overweight kids shed a few pounds and get into shape. After setting goals for weight, nutrition and fitness, the app provides daily email, text or phone motivation and sets up periodic video conferences with a coach to review the progress, suggest new activities and provide encouragement. The key is that the interface delivers a traffic light motif for yes, no or maybe. The app costs $85 per month, but can be licensed by schools at a discount.
September 4, 2015 | Posted At: 06:18 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Correctly footnoting a paper is never the first thing students think of, which makes EasyBib an essential app for iPad or Android schools. The free software works in MLA, APA and University of Chicago styles and can compile a screen’s worth of citations as they come up during research. You can search for specific books, find them through their bar code or scan them with a Web cam. Either way, they’re there in the app’s database ready to be integrated into an essay or emailed to a teacher for approval. It’s free and works with iOS systems as well as Androids.
May 28, 2015 | Posted At: 08:56 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
While other curriculum packages treat struggling students as an after-thought, PowerUp What Works puts them front and center. The service has the lesson plans, strategies, videos and customizable materials they need to catch up with the rest of the class. The resources are available for free to OpenEd subscribers, placing this wealth of teaching resources at their disposal.
November 21, 2014 | Posted At: 07:59 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
Google Play for Education and the movie “Interstellar” have teamed up with a slew of lessons that use the film as a way to teach about the science of space. There are 20 lessons online that are indexed to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards, including designing a planet, building your own biosphere and a tutorial on black holes.
November 13, 2014 | Posted At: 08:20 AM | Author: Brian Nadel | Category: Online Learning
The weekly print edition of Time for Kids is now supplemented by a digital one with a classroom app for iPads. The software and content are free until the end of the year. In addition to getting kids caught up on world and national affairs, TFK has a multitude of videos, images, maps and animated sequences.