App Review

December 12, 2016

‘Alphabet Organizer’ App Boosts the ABCs of Learning

By tomm | Literacy Resources

It’s never too early for youngsters to start learning their ABCs, the building blocks of literacy. Identifying letters, organizing them and combining them to form simple words are among the important early literacy skills children should develop as early as kindergarten. For teachers, a good way to help young learners practice and boost literacy skills…

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December 5, 2016

‘High School Math Practice’ App Makes a Great After-School Study Aid

By tomm | Literacy Resources

When it comes time for serious study outside of the classroom, an excellent tool for math students to use is an educational app. One of the best is “High School Math Practice,” a no-nonsense app with interactive exercises and quizzes that challenge students to think logically and organize information they’ve studied in class. The free…

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November 29, 2016

‘Run Marco!’ App Aligns with Hour of Code Sessions

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Using desktop computers, digital tablets and even smartphones, thousands of students are expected to participate in Hour of Code sessions at schools across the country during Computer Science Education Week in early December. The sessions are sponsored by Code.org, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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November 15, 2016

Chemistry Students can Build Atoms, Molecules with ‘NOVA Elements’ App

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Chromium, silicon and tungsten. What are these elements, and why are they important? If you’re a science or a chemistry teacher, you want students to know about these elements and dozens more that are the building blocks of ordinary matter. Chemistry teachers have used the printed Periodic Table of the Elements chart as a standard…

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October 17, 2016

‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

By tomm | Literacy Resources

At schools across the nation, computer coding is one of the fastest-growing disciplines under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Schools are stepping up coding instruction to prepare students for an increasingly tech-oriented workforce. For teachers, educational apps offer a great tool for introducing students to coding concepts. When used to supplement…

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October 3, 2016

‘Park the Ark’ App Helps Kids Boost Word Recognition Skills

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Learning to recognize a wide range of words at an early age doesn’t have to be a chore for young learners. Thanks to technology, apps can use games to teach and reinforce word recognition, which can help build strong reading skills. A fun game-based learning app to consider is “Park the Ark” by Truth Gaming….

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August 29, 2016

Math App Helps Middle School Students Understand Place Values

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Some young learners have a hard time visualizing basic math concepts from printed worksheets or in-class whiteboard examples. That’s especially true with place values. In tablet-enabled classrooms, math apps are great resources because they give students extra help via self-paced exercises. A good app teachers should consider is “Number Pieces” by The Math Learning Center….

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August 22, 2016

App’s Puzzles Help Students Learn Fundamentals of Software Coding

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Computer coding is one of the fastest-growing subjects in K-12 schools across the country. Its growth is being spurred by increased federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction. A fun and visual way teachers can supplement classroom coding instruction is to add an educational app for digital tablets to their classroom-tech toolbox….

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August 15, 2016

Mobile App Helps Students Create ‘Found Poetry’

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Words are the building blocks of poetry. Their careful selection and placement along with spaces and lines work together to communicate the writer’s meaning and message. While most K-12 students study the works of well-known poets in English language arts programs, they also need to try their hand at writing poetry. A good way to…

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August 8, 2016

Animal Flash Cards Jump to Life with ‘4D’ Technology

By tomm | Literacy Resources

From raccoons and squirrels to lions, tigers, bears and even whales, most kids seem to love seeing and learning about animals. Elementary school teachers who add animals into their study mix can often boost fun and creativity in the classroom. For tablet-enabled classrooms, a good tool is an educational app like “Animal 4D+” from Octagon…

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