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How to Improve Reading Comprehension with Apps

Posted by Tatum Travers

September is national literacy month.  For the past ten years, U.S. illiteracy rates have remained troublingly high.  According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, 21% of U.S. adults can't read at a 5th grade level, and 19% of students graduate from high school without being able to read. Students with difficult living conditions, learning disabilities, or limited exposure to books have a high risk of illiteracy and may need more academic support than their peers.  Do your students have access to the resources  they need to master reading comprehension?  The recent increase in high quality educational apps is changing the way educators approach reading comprehension, and digital content has the potential to increase the engagement and academic success of all students. 

 

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Topics: App Recommendations  Blended Learning Strategies

9 Best Kindergarten Apps (Great for Preschool, Too!)

Posted by Sarah Guckert

Envisioning iPads in the hands of your district’s youngest learners? Not sure how to make an early childhood initiative possible—or more importantly, successful? At first glance, the Apple App Store can be an overwhelming place for educators to find the best content for young learners. With 100,000+ educational iOS apps on the market, it would take a significant chunk of time out of each week to identify those "needle in a haystack" apps that will be most effective and age appropriate for preschool and kindergarten students.

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Topics: Elementary Education  App Recommendations

Educational Apps: In the Making

Posted by Sarah Guckert

An interview with David Ng of Vertical Learning Labs, the developer of iPad app Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory: Place Value (an eSpark favorite!).

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Topics: App Recommendations  Tech Education News

Top K-6 Common Core Apps

Posted by Jonathan Cohen

Aligning curriculum to Common Core Standards can be a difficult task. Even harder, trying to align digital content, such as iPad apps, to meet Common Core standards can be exceedingly challenging, time consuming, and a genuinely daunting assignment.

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Topics: Elementary Education  App Recommendations  Middle School Education

Top 6 Special Education Apps for Elementary Students

Posted by Ross Hochwert

The best special education iPad apps consider not just instruction, but classroom management and behavioral strategies as well. The modern special education classroom needs to accommodate all types of students and the individual needs they may present. Special education teachers can look to apps to help their students with these needs, whether the students need help communicating, improving fine motor skills, reinforcing positive behavior with visual aids or simply processing external stimuli that may overwhelm students with Autism.

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Topics: Special Education/ RTI  Elementary Education  App Recommendations

Top 4 Educational Apps for Elementary Math Students

Posted by Ross Hochwert

While the presence of iPads in the classroom may seem like a major victory for teachers looking to integrate technology into their curriculum, obtaining iPads is only half the battle. In order to properly utilize blended learning in the classroom, every teacher needs an appropriate assortment of apps that are equal parts fun, age-appropriate and educational.  With an increasing amount of educational apps saturating the App Store, it can be difficult for any teacher to identify the best iPad educational apps for students of any grade level.

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Topics: Elementary Education  App Recommendations

Unpacking the Common Core: Best Middle School Apps

Posted by Sarah Pliske

As promised, we’ve come back this month with a new list of the 12 best middle school apps educators teaching the Common Core can’t live without! To learn more about how these iPad apps made our middle school list, check out our recently recorded webinar on Unpacking the Common core with iPad Apps: Middle School Edition describing how to develop a successful rubric to select and unpack best-of-breed apps that align to Common Core State Standards.

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Topics: App Recommendations  Middle School Education

Unpacking the Common Core with iPad Apps

Posted by Sarah Guckert

As states begin to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the number of educational iPad apps continues to grow, have you ever wondered how you can find and select the right apps for students that address the right state standards?

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Topics: App Recommendations