When I was younger, I used to love how every evening we would gather around the table and just talk about how our day went. Of course, for a preschool child there is not much to say on that subject, except talking about the new words I had learned or the paintings I had made; which I truly considered a masterpiece by the way (that is, my colored finger pads randomly pasted on a white paper). We used to do this around dinner time because at that time everyone would be home, kindly sitting around the dinner table and sharing a homemade casserole (surely one of Mom’s favorites) while listening to each others stories. But it wasn’t so much about the type of meals we would share – because quite frankly, there were times it was just pizza – It was mostly about the togetherness of the moment.
The Kids App market continues to grow and today kids have more devices than can be imagined. More and more developers are stepping up to the plate in an effort to create fun and engaging applications for children to use. It isn’t all games though, there is an increasing amount of apps are geared for use by parents and teachers to foster cognitive development in children of all ages. We have selected 9 fun, exciting (and FREE!) learning apps just for kids.
• Farm 123 –
This app, geared towards preschool age children, is like a digital pop-up book. The child learns to count by touching each individual item in a group (such as 4 bales of hay) and, since the book doesn’t allow any one item to be touched or counted twice, it helps children understand the one to one correspondence piece that is so integral to learning to count.
• Duolingo –
For older children, this amazing app is a free resource for children (or anyone) to learn another language. English speakers can currently learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish and Swedish. Duolingo is available online and for Windows and Android as well.
• Little Writer –
This tracing app is fantastic on your iPad and is popular with parents and teachers everywhere. This app includes both capital and lower case letters, encouraging your child to learn the shapes of each in a fun way. Learning to trace and recognize the shapes of letters is the first step in learning to read!
• Hooked on Phonics-
A classic goes digital! The award winning Hooked on Phonics program that we all know and love, which has helped millions of children learn to read is now available in the Google Play store.
• Dictionary.com Flashcards –
Whether they are just trying to improve their vocabulary or studying for a specific test, this flashcard app is a great resource for children of several grade levels to improve their language skills. Available for iPhone and iPad as well.
• Endless Alphabet – This charmingly illustrated app is brought to you by the creative minds behind Sesame Street! It features fun puzzles for kids to solve while learning their ABCs and expanding their vocabulary.
• ABC Letters and Phonics-
Preschool children will have a blast learning their letters and learning to read using this eye catching phonics, colors, shapes, letters and numbers app for Windows.
• Khan Academy –
This incredible tool can be used by children and adults alike. Khan Academy offers courses in nearly all subjects and of nearly all levels. Whether you are using it to teach a child a new skill, or to bolster knowledge in a subject they already know, Khan Academy is a fantastic resource for both parents and teachers. Available also for iPhone, iPad and Android, as well as online.
• My Study Life – This app, for older children, is the school planner of the future. Combining all classes, assignments, exams, etc. all into a personalized calendar, your child is guaranteed to be on schedule and on track, never needing to blame the dog for a missing assignment again.
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New Technology in Education Heading Into 2015 Technology has revolutionized the world in all the aspects of life from a single flower cross breed to man leaving behind his marks on skies. You may consider how fast things are evolving and wish to keep up and advance with the changing trends. New methods are also being adopted in education. Likewise, stepping into 2015, we review some new educational trends for this year.
Personalized and customized learning Teachers are often interested in discovering new methods to keep the students indulged in a particular task and the best mix of digital learning tools for each and every student. They make different approaches such as project-based learning, game-based learning and maker education will continue to be explored as personalized blended learning models. Such innovations will improve the approach to quality content. Device agnostic learning Teachers are always looking for new creative ways to get students' talent to flow. In 2013, Makey Makey setup people’s mind that they can turn every object into a KEYPAD and search then. It is expected that more electronic tools will be emerging just like digital dictionaries, digital diaries and much more that are changing and molding the educational trends.
Mobile learning Mobile learning apps are expected to be improved in the next year that is great source of “distinct education”. Group chats and conference meeting make a group study stress free. Technology for flipped-learning The rationale behind the flipped class, a method of education in which the students watch online or on board videos, lectures either in class or at home just to make the student realize the beneficial way of using their devices, is to engage learners in and out of the classroom. This approach makes the students learn the lesson in an environment full of fun. Actually a student only gains the root of the concept when he is enjoying it. If you are pressurizing him to pour the lesson into his mind, then you are doing nothing but wasting energy. Experts are agreed that flipped class rooms are far away better than the older LMS (learning management system) as the videos/lectures enhance the interactivity. Analytics should also be recorded so as to measure the students’ interests and adopting those respective modes.
3D Printing 3-D printing has revolutionized the world in the past year. An exact 3-D print of a sample can be obtained and is cheap. This would mainly help the students in creating new project and models that better explain the words. Teacher Guide 2014/2015 Here is a little guide for the teachers to follow to enhance their skills. Teachers should consider:
• The Power of the Modern Teacher
• The Benefits of Digital Notes & group studies.
• Encouraging Collaborative Learning
• Which one is better? The “Inverted Class” or “Flipped Classroom”
• Twitter In The Classroom: better Ideas For Teachers
• Google & Education: search engines to approach relevant stuff
• Ready-made Resources to Use in the Classroom So education field will also get benefit from the changing trends and such efforts would make children attract towards the learning platforms.
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We are in an electronic age and our children are mastering gadgets and devices at a younger age. As a result, technology has become a more commonplace in the realm of fun and education. With a shift in focus, children are not as easily entertained by traditional children’s games. As the holidays approach, many parents and educators are looking for gifts that are fun and educational at the same time.
Today, there are so many brand new options that give students access to educational toys, apps, and games. With so many different options available, this has created an opportunity to customize and personalize their experience based on their specific needs, such as reading, writing, mathematics, communication, socializing and much more. We found five tech toys that are fun, educational and affordable. Click Read More Below to continue reading.