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Are Apps Where It's At?

This collection focuses on using technology (apps) with young grade school-aged children. As a resource for teachers and parents, it provides information on the benefits of using apps, which ones to try, and how to connect technology to classroom content.
A Collection By Erica Loop
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Are Apps Where It's At?
  • Erica Loop says:
    This video clip provides information on an app that isn’t exactly for the children. As a classroom management tool, obviously, the students don’t use the app themselves. But, the idea of using technology to quickly and easily track the students’ behaviors and development is a modern take that is much needed. I like how one of the teachers interviewed spoke up about the fact that some educators are scared of technology, resisting it. TheTWTVC news clip does point out the pros of moving on and up.
  • Erica Loop says:
    The interactive video previews of these top picks make the apps come to life. They show a diverse array of tech-time materials. Having the quick snippets of the apps makes it easier to select which apps you want to use too!
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Apps in the Elementary Classroom

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    The battle between using technology and keeping learning more old-school is ever-present. I was struck by the way in which the teacher/author started this article by talking about the role of apps in the classroom. Understanding why to use apps and what their use looks like is key to integrating technology into the curriculum.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    50 Fab Apps for Teachers

    7 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    Such a master list of apps! I know that I don’t always agree with every so-called pick out there. But, this article has so many to choose from – everyone should find at least a few that are worthwhile. I like how the article breaks down the apps into content areas, making it easier to scan and choose picks.
  • commonsensemedia.org
    commonsensemedia.org

    5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Boost Kindergarten Skills

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    Common Sense Media is a go-to when it comes to providing fair and honest opinions on technology. I love how this article focuses on teacher-approved apps. It’s easy for manufacturers to boast about the pros of their products. But, when teachers pick educational media, it puts the positive aspects of the apps in a realistic (and useful) light.
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