The Best Dr Seuss Reading Apps for Your Kids

October, 2014
Theodor Seuss Geisel  ( known by his pen names Dr.Seuss and Theo LeSieg  ) was one of the authors who had profusely contributed to the advancement of kid's literature. During his lifetime ( 1904- 1991 ) Dr Seuss published 46 children's books the most popular among which include : Green Eggs and Ham ,  The Cat in the Hat,  One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ,  Horton Hatches the Egg,  Horton Hears A Who! How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and  /Horton Hears a Who and many more familiar to millions of parents and children. . Some of his works were adapted into the world of television and cinema.

We have featured several of Dr Seuss visuals and posters to use in class. However, today we are sharing with you this excellent list created by  Katherine Page Burdick  where she compiled 19 iPad Dr Seuss reading apps organized by reading level. We invite you to check out and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy.

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PBS Kids Video App Provides Tons of Educational Videos for Your Kids

October 25, 2014
PBS Kids Video is one the best free iPad apps where kids can have access to educational videos and TV shows designed specifically for a young audience.The app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages. Kids can easily browse and watch videos. What's more, every week, the app will introduce your child to a new “Weekly Pick,” a set of fun educational videos that will engage him or her in reading, science, math and more.

“PBS KIDS Video” features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhoods, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts. Unfortunately, The PBS KIDS videos may only be viewed from within the United States. This is due to restrictions on PBS's license to offer this service.

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A Treasure Trove of Free Printable Graphic Organizers to Use in Class

October, 2014
Here is a good resource of free printable graphic organizers I uncovered today from my bookmarks. This page from the popular website TeacherVision features a plethora of graphic organizers designed to help students and young learners develop analytical thinking, classify ideas and communicate more effectively. These graphic organizers cover different topic areas and grade levels from PreK to grade 12.

There are also specific graphic organizers to help students with subject areas such as Math and science and ones for enhancing literacy skills ( writing and reading) and needless to mention Venn Diagrams, concept maps, and Timeline graphics. All of these materials are available for free download in PDF format.

The purpose of these graphic organizers, according to TeacherVision, is to facilitate understanding of key concepts by allowing students to visually identify key points and ideas. They further stated that: By using graphic organizers across all subject areas, you will be empowering your students to master subject-matter faster and more efficiently. We have graphic organizers for reading, science, writing, math, and for general use. You'll also find blank printable templates like graph paper, dot arrays, and other useful tools. Give it a try and see what you can find.

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A Great Free Tool for Creating Venn Diagrams

October 24, 2014
Venn Diagram is an excellent free interactive tool  from the popular Read Write Think that students can use to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. This tool is also available for both iOS and Android. The iPad app is particularly designed for use in the school setting providing students with a simple profile system where multiple users can create their own Venn diagrams on the same device.

Students can use Venn diagram to record concepts and organize information in a systematic and logical way. They can pick from several circle colours, and both the circles and item font size can be altered to better align with the users' needs for each project. Students may view and edit their draft diagrams, then print the finished diagrams for reference. In some cases, the Venn diagram tool has been customized to complement a specific lesson or activity.The finished Venn diagram can be shared with others through email.

TED-Ed New Interactive Periodic Table With Video Lessons for Every Element

October, 2014
Today, TED-Ed launched a clickable periodic table with videos on every element. This work is a fruit of a partnership between TED-Ed and Brady Haran, the creator of the popular YouTube channel Numberphile. The purpose behind this period table is to provide students with both a refresher and a study aid to help them better understand the different chemical elements and their properties.

This periodic videos contains facts on almost all elements, from Hydrogen to Ununennium and beyond. And for each element, a video lesson is accorded. So students will be able to watch the video and use the TED Ed platform to engage with its content. All the lessons are customizable, a feature which teachers can draw on to create and share new lessons based on the same video.

Here is a sample of a video lesson on Ted-Ed periodic table.

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3 Apps Teachers Should Definitely Use on Google Forms

October 24, 2014
The big event in the EdTech world today is the release of add-ons for Google Forms. A feature which will enable Form creators to add more functionalities to their forms. I have spent sometime this evening browsing through the add-ons store and tinkering with some of the apps there and I found the 3 add-ons below to be the most useful for teachers and educators. Keep in mind the add-ons for Forms is still a new feature and as such there are only few apps store right now but more will be launched in the coming weeks. We will  keep you posted of new releases. Stay tuned.

1- formLimiter

formLimiter automatically sets Google Forms to stop accepting responses after a maximum number of responses, at a specific date and time, or when a spreadsheet cell contains a specified value. Great for time-bound assignments, event registrations with limited seats, or other first-come, first-served signup scenarios.

2- Form Publisher

Create a Form and a template Doc. Form submission fields must match variables in the template. Then configure Form Publisher. Each time the Form is submitted, Form Publisher creates a Doc, built from your template, and replaces the template variables with Form responses. Each Doc that is output is owned by the creator of the Form, and can be shared. Output Docs can be stored in any folder.You can automate your HR processes, generate invoices and orders, and more.

3- g(Math) for Forms

This is an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher. Now, creating math items for your Form is possible!g(Math) allows you to create graphs and complex math directly in the sidebar and insert them as Form items.  With the graph creator, you can type in functions and create the graph associated with that function. You can also plot points in the same graph, find the line of best fit of those points, and specify a viewing window.

A New Google Forms Service Teachers Should know About

October 23, 2014
Over the last couple of months, Google has been releasing a series of interesting updates to Google Forms. After allowing users to create and use their own  personalized themes in Forms, today Google introduced add-ons for Forms. Just like add-ons for Docs and Sheets, Forms users will also be able to make use of third party add-ons to enhance the look and performance of their forms.

Add-ons, for those of you not yet familiar with them, are  applications designed by third party developers not affiliated with Google. Anyone with the necessary know-how can draw on Google's Documentation to design  add-ons and publish them on add-on store. The importance of add-ons is that they add extra functions and services to your Docs, Sheets and now Forms. In other words, using add-ons will enable you to do more with your docs, sheets and forms than you would normally do without them. For instance, using the FormLimiter add-on in your Forms will let your survey close automatically after a maximum number of responses is reached or at a date and time of your choosing.

To access add-ons, open your Google Form, click on "add-ons" and select "get add-ons":

As of right now, the Forms add-on store counts only a few apps but more add-ons will be launched in the coming weeks as developers work their way through them.

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