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Finding Value in Mobile Learning Apps

The mobile app world is changing constantly, as are learning theories around them. For more context on the Cooney Center’s study “Is There an App for That?” here’s my Q&A with Dr. Michael Levine, executive director of the Center, Dr. Cynthia Chiong, the report’s lead author, and co-author Carly Shuler. How does this report change … Continue reading Finding Value in Mobile Learning Apps →

The Future of Mobile Learning Apps

The mobile app world is changing constantly, as are learning theories around them. For more context on the Cooney Center’s study “Is There an App for That?” here’s my Q&A with Dr. Michael Levine, executive director of the Center, Dr. Cynthia Chiong, the report’s lead author, and co-author Carly Shuler. How does this report change … Continue reading The Future of Mobile Learning Apps →

7 Important Traits of a Great Mobile Learning App

Parents shouldn’t feel guilty about letting their kids play games on their mobile phones — especially if they’re educational ones. That’s one of the main conclusions in the recent study released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, “Learning, Is There an App for That?” The report uses information from three quantitative and observational studies conducted … Continue reading 7 Important Traits of a Great Mobile Learning App →

Classic Children’s Stories Come Alive on the iPad

Mashable finds a way to relive our favorite childhood stories with “5 Classic Children’s Tales Reinvented for the iPad.” We’ve already mentioned “Alice for the iPad,” but Mashable also tips its hat at “Popout! The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Frog Prince,”Aesop’s Wheel,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Check out the interactive features:

5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying

By Sara Bernard Okay, no app is really going to “stop” cyberbullying, but a few are trying. Perhaps the most lauded recently is the “Find Help” application on Facebook. Often blamed as an easy venue for cyberbullies to target victims, Facebook has partnered with the monitoring site SafetyWeb to create an app that allows users … Continue reading 5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying →

10 More Useful Apps for Autism

Adding to our report of apps for autism, here’s a list of 10 useful applications for iPhone and iPads, as listed by Gadgets DNA. The key to the value of all of these tools is communication. Creating pictures, flashcards, voice recordings, and being able to express feelings with the use of these tools is thought … Continue reading 10 More Useful Apps for Autism →

Apps: A Breakthrough for Autism, Too?

By Sara Bernard Autism spectrum disorders now affect roughly 1 in 110 hundred children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Difficulty communicating with others, reading facial expressions, and interpreting social situations are just a few of the symptoms of the disorder. Enter the app world. Children with autism … Continue reading Apps: A Breakthrough for Autism, Too? →

Traveling for Thanksgiving? 3 Fun Learning Ideas On the Go

If you’re traveling during Thanksgiving weekend with children, plan for some downtime at the airport or in the car. Your cell phone or MP3 player is all you need to keep the kids occupied for hours — and they don’t need to succumb to the savagery of Angry Birds to have fun. – Audiobooks. Download … Continue reading Traveling for Thanksgiving? 3 Fun Learning Ideas On the Go →

Toddlers and iPhones Make Instant Connections

By Katie Stansberry I have a confession to make: my 19-month-old son, Paul, is allowed to use my iPhone. In fact, he’s pretty savvy with touch screens. He can turn the phone on, unlock the list of applications, choose the program he wants to experience, and interact with the content. Although he was a loyal … Continue reading Toddlers and iPhones Make Instant Connections →

Best Note-Taking Apps

For those who are dexterous enough to be able to type comprehensible notes on their smart-phones, Gizmodo has put together the best apps for note-taking. Some of these do a lot more than just provide a platform for typing: you can take pictures, record audio, upload files, and keep notes and sound recordings synchronized with … Continue reading Best Note-Taking Apps →

Get a Hobby: Astronomy Apps!

Astronomy buffs know their stuff. But for those who want to know more about the universe’s vast expanse, a galaxy full of apps exist a touchscreen away. SkySafari: Beginners should use the “lite” version, but for those deep into the cosmos, the full version of this app identifies as many as 300,000 stars and includes … Continue reading Get a Hobby: Astronomy Apps! →

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