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New Educational Apps of the Month

At the end of each month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last 30 days. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. MOTION MATH ZOOM We’ve covered the educational apps built by Motion Math … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

New Educational Apps of the Month

At the end of month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last thirty days. (Read our April and May reviews.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. SHOWME We covered the launch of ShowMe last week, but having watched co-founder San … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Interactive Whiteboard Meets the iPad

Although they remain one of the most sought-after pieces of technology in many school districts, interactive whiteboards have a fair number of critics who point to their expense and lack of portability. Students and teachers want access to computer devices 24-7 — whether they’re at school or at home. That means there’s a demand for … Continue reading Interactive Whiteboard Meets the iPad →

Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys

School or no school, there’s a world of learning opportunities for kids. When they’re not exploring outdoors, keep kids engaged in learning throughout the summer months with these enjoyable and educational apps and websites. For kids, playing these games is a cool pastime; for parents, it’s another way to get kids to exercise their thinking … Continue reading Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys →

You Have 54 Hours: Quick, Build an Ed-Tech Startup!

Startup Weekend may sound like a crazy idea. You have 54 hours — from Friday night until Sunday afternoon — to pitch an idea, then assemble a team, then build and demo your product. But the intensity and creativity of the teams that come together to participate in this Kauffman Foundation-sponsored event are always impressive. … Continue reading You Have 54 Hours: Quick, Build an Ed-Tech Startup! →

Children’s Magazines Draw Early Adopters with Apps

By Susan Currie Sivek Digital magazines designed for kids are giving new meaning to the phrase “early adopter.” Children’s magazines have come a long way from those dusty print editions at the pediatrician’s office. While adults struggle to join the transition to digital magazines and apps, their offspring are moving seamlessly into the new age … Continue reading Children’s Magazines Draw Early Adopters with Apps →

New Educational Apps of the Month

Continuing our Apps of the Month Feature, here’s a round-up of some of our favorite educational apps released or updated over the course of the month, which includes Android, iPhone, and Web applications. If you want to let readers know about your favorite educational app, tell us in the comments. ANSEL & CLAIR’S ADVENTURES IN … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Animal Dissection? There’s an App for That

Animal dissection is one of the most controversial topics in science education. Scientists, teachers, animal rights activists, and parents and students all have a opinion about whether animal dissection is necessary or even educational. But despite strong arguments on both sides, it remains a core part of many schools’ biology curriculum. In addition to controversies … Continue reading Animal Dissection? There’s an App for That →

New Educational Apps of the Month

We’re starting a new monthly feature here at MindShift, a round-up of new educational apps released or updated over the course of the month. This list is a combination of Android, iPhone, and Web applications that have caught our eye. If we’ve forgotten any of your favorites, let us know in the comments. VANISHED The … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

Too often, educational games are neither fun nor educational, and there are plenty of educational games that fail on both those counts. Without an exhaustive study of games and game designers, it’s hard to pinpoint why. Do those making educational games have little experience in game design? Or do those making educational games have little … Continue reading Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games →

Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes

Flickr:NZGabriel By Audrey Watters In his remarks at TEDxNYED a couple of weeks ago, education activitist Will Richardson shared an anecdote about coming home one day to the sound of “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the piano. It was his daughter, a novice pianist, who’d placed Will’s laptop next to her and taught herself the song … Continue reading Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes →

Defining the Differences in Screen Time

Context is as important as content. Time, place and purpose matter. Pushing forward our discussion about the value of games and apps, David Kleeman wrote in response to the article: “Every screen has benefits and cautions, quality content and junk.” In this essay on the Huffington Post, Kleeman, who’s the president of the American Center … Continue reading Defining the Differences in Screen Time →

Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain?

When it comes to video games and apps, what’s a parent to do? On one hand, we’re bombarded with messages about the perils of letting kids play with computer games and gadgets. On the other, we’re seduced by games and apps marketed to us as “educational.” It’s a tricky line to navigate. The spectrum of … Continue reading Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain? →

Four Fantastic Citizen Scientist Apps and Sites

Project NOAH By Audrey Watters Citizen science expands scientific inquiry and research from academics, researchers, and clinicians to include volunteers “outside the lab,” if you will, many of whom do not have formal scientific training. Volunteers — individuals and large networks of people — aid scientific projects through observations, calculations, and other support efforts. Here’s … Continue reading Four Fantastic Citizen Scientist Apps and Sites →

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