An Excellent Tool to Help You Stay Focused

April 22, 2017
Internet addiction can be a serious productivity killer. The net is full of all kinds of digital distractions and unless you know how to effectively manage your online time, you will always have issues with your productivity. Over the last few years, we have reviewed a number of key apps and tools to help you fight digital addiction and control your online time, most popular of them all is Pomodoro. Today, we are introducing to another cool tool to help you stay focused and on task.

Forest is a Chrome extension designed to provide a solution to Internet addiction. It is based on the concept of the tree in forest. ‘ You can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and start to browse the websites on your Blacklist, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive our users to stay away from the distractions with no pain.’

Some of its features include”
‘A self-motivated and interesting method to help you beat Internet addiction
• Cultivate your personal pattern of time management: make good use of 30-minutes to fully concentrate on your work and finish it effectively
• Share your trees with friends’.

25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Infographic)

April 22, 2017
Teachers all over the world do an amazing work, building generations of learners, igniting imagination and instilling a love of learning. In recognition of this noble role they play in our life, AAA State of Play has this awesome collection of inspirational quotes that uplift teachers and educators and motivate them to continue doing what they are doing. These are quotes made by popular thinkers across different disciplines from education to social activism. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Enjoy

25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers (Infographic) Courtesy of Elearning Infographics

Best Practices for Building A Digital Portfolio

April 11, 2017
 Here is a handy infographic by Kudoswall to use with your students in class. The visual features a number of interesting tips to help students build and manage their digital portfolios. You can also check this ‘beginner’s guide to student portfolios’ to learn more about the educational importance of portfolios in learning. And if you are looking for web tools for creating portfolios, this collection embeds some good options to start with.

productivity tips Courtesy of Elearning Infographics

Some Very Good iPad Science Apps for Elementary Teachers

10 Good Music Apps for High School Students

April 20, 2017
For those of you asking about music apps to use with high school students, the visual below features some good options to start with. These are all apps that have been featured in iTunes App Store's collection of apps for high school students. You may want to give them a try and see which ones work best for your class.  This visual is also available for free download in PDF format from this page. Enjoy

  10 Good Music Apps for High School Students

Parents Guide to Selecting The Best Educational Apps for Kids

April 20, 2017
Living in a digitally focused world brings with it a number of serious concerns especially for patents and one of these concerns is kids interaction with technology. Too much exposure to screen time can be detrimental to kids overall health. The American Academy of Paediatrics (cited in the guide below) suggests that ‘ screen time has no positive benefits for children under the age of two, and recommends no more than one or two hours of screen time a day for older children' (p. 1).  However, before you introduce your kids to technology, and especially apps, there are a number of key considerations to take into account. These include thinking about the purposes behind using apps with kids, their learning benefits, and determining interests of your kids and when and where apps can be used. These and several other considerations are all explained in more details in the guide we are sharing with you tonight.

Family Time with Apps is an excellent short guide to help parents make informed decisions about educational apps to use with kids. It features a number of practical tips and ideas based recent research in the field . ‘The guide aims to show parents how to find the best apps that fit your child’s needs, provide tips on how (and why!) to use apps together, and highlight even more resources that will make the process of selecting apps less overwhelming, and more fun.’ Some of the things you will learn from this guide include:

  • 'Ways that apps can support children’s healthy development and family learning
  • Real-life examples which, based on research, may be beneficial to families
  • Tips and step by step advice on how to use apps together with your family
  • Information on ho to find and choose the apps that best fit your family needs
  • Links to other information and resources.' (p. 2)
This book is available for free download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.