8 Good Educational Apps Free Today

November 19, 2017
Here is a collection of some good iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: write memos on a map, add reminders to iOS built-in reminder app, interactive games and puzzles to help kids learn basic math skills, literacy and many more. Check them out and share with us your feedback.

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1- GeoMEMO
‘GeoMEMO allows you to write memos on a map, against your current location or favorite place…Memos can contain addresses, telephone numbers, photos, URL, and they can also be classified into any category of your choice. From the memo list, you can place pins on a map for particular categories; you can also search by name and memo content so you will never misplace a memo within the application.’

2- Kubic
‘kubic is a unique optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher's art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces. Presented in a simple, clean design and minimalistic art, kubic is a premium game with over 60 escher-esque puzzles.’

3- ProPlayer
‘ProPlayer is a beautifully designed, yet powerful video player for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, that supports every video and audio format and brings new and innovative features to your device.’

4- Reminders Widget
‘Add reminders to iOS built-in reminders app from notificatin center withou unlocking the device. Save time to look and scroll through all your tasks and reminders.’

5- Rabbit-  Habit Reminders
‘Do you keep forgetting to take breaks at work? Do you lose precious time due to a bad habit or negative thinking? Let Rabbit gently remind you of the good practices you want to form. Create a custom list of habits, and set the app for hourly reminders, alerts every few minutes, or notifications several times a day.’

6- Tiggly Chef Subtraction: 1st Grade Math Game
‘The wildly popular Tiggly Chef is back! This time, join Chef to learn subtraction math concepts while experimenting in his super-duper secret kitchen laboratory, to create the most silly and flavorful creations the world has ever witnessed!’

7- Animal Math Preschool Math Games for Kids Math App
‘Explore the farm with a counting sheep named Sherman, Pete the mischievous matching frog and all the barn animals you love as you join Lily the farmer through 100 fun learning games on a quest to help her barnyard buddies find a way home!’

8- Cardinal Land - Jigsaw & Tangram Puzzle Blend
‘Very simple intuitive gameplay. Your task is to combine colorful animal image from pieces of different shapes. But hurry up, to receive all stars you have to complete the task in 30 seconds. It seems impossible at first time, but then you will be wondered how your skills develop as you play.’

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7 Excellent Math Books for Kids

Math learning can be so much fun especially when it is contextualized in circumstances that relate to our everyday life. When kids see the direct application of mathematical thinking in their actual life experiences they become more engaged and motivated to embrace it. The collection of books we curated for you today conceptualizes math learning within experiential  scenarios and situations that will both trigger and challenge kids’ mathematical thinking skills. We only included books with the most positive user reviews and higher ratings. Links to the books are under the visual.

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1- Math Curse, by Jon Scieszka  (Author), Lane Smith  (Illustrator)
‘Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken.’

2- Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food, by Greg Tang  (Author), Harry Briggs (Illustrator)
‘Greg Tang is back with his bestselling approach to addition and subtraction: problem solving. By solving challenges that encourage kids to "group" numbers rather than memorize formulas, even the most reluctant math learners are inspired to see math in a whole new way! Math Potatoes is full of Tang and Briggs' trademark humor, wit, and extraordinary creativity. Tang has proven over and over that math can be fun, and this new addition to his acclaimed series of mind-stretching math riddles is sure to be another hit.’

3- Math Fables: Lessons That Count, by Greg Tang  (Author), Heather Cahoon (Illustrator)
‘Greg Tang has built his career as an author and math missionary on the power of creative problem solving. Now, through winsome "fables" about concepts that are relevant to the very youngest math learners -- sharing, teamwork, etc. -- Greg encourages kids to see the basics of addition and subtraction in entirely new ways.’

4- How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz  (Author), Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
‘Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician can teach you! How Much is a Million? knocks complex numbers down to size in a fun, humorous way, helping children conceptualize a difficult mathematical concept.’

5- The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger  (Author), Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator), Michael Henry Heim (Translator)
‘Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a true polymath, the kind of superb intellectual who loves thinking and marshals all of his charm and wit to share his passions with the world. In The Number Devil, he brings together the surreal logic of Alice in Wonderland and the existential geometry of Flatland with the kind of math everyone would love, if only they had a number devil to teach it to them.’

6- The Greedy Triangle (Brainy Day Books) by Marilyn Burns  (Author), Gordon Silveria  (Illustrator)
‘In this introduction to polygons, a triangle convinces a shapeshifter to make him a quadrilateral and later a pentagon, but discovers that where angles and sides are concerned, more isn't always better.’

7- Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds (Eat Your Homework) by Ann McCallum  (Author), Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
‘This collection of yummy recipes and fun math facts is sure to tempt taste buds and make you hungry for more. Explore patterns in nature while you chomp on Fibonacci Stack Sticks. Amaze your friends with delicious Variable Pizza Pi! Wash down your geometry assignment with some Milk and Tangram Cookies.’

5 Good Photo and Video Journalling Apps for Teachers

November 17, 2017
Below is a collection of some good iPad apps you can use for photo or video journalling. Whether you want to immortalize those teachable moments that stand out to you the most or you want to chronicle those important details of your daily life, the apps  below are definitely a good place to start with. Of course you can do photo or video journalling using the camera and the default video app that comes with your iOS device but these apps add an extra layer of functionalities that will tremendously enhance your journalling experience. For instance, with few clicks you can combine your photos into time-laps videos, create animated GIFs, make a movie out of your pictures, add captured photos to your calendar and many more. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback.

5 Good Photo and Video Journalling Apps for Teachers

1- Leap Second

‘Leap Second is the only one-second video app you’ll ever need! Capture your favourite memories and showcase the finest moments of your life in style. We make it super easy to trim your videos and stitch them together to form a mini montage of your life. Remember, every second counts!’

2- Close-up, daily selfies

‘Close-up reminds you to take a photo of yourself each day and lets you make time-lapse videos or GIFs. Photos can be backed up and synched using Dropbox and geotagged with Foursquare.’

3- Stop Motion Studio

‘Create beautiful stop motion animated movies anywhere instantly on your device. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. No computer needed. It's simple to use, deceptively powerful and insanely fun to play with. Create fantastic movies your friends will enjoy or share it with the world on YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Cool themes, titles and sound effects are easy to add, too.’

4- Project 365

‘Take a picture every day of the year, become a better photographer and never forget a day in your life.’

5- Daily Snap

‘Turn your daily snaps into a stunning movie. Watch your life transforms, relive best moments and share your movie, super simple. You are the life director.’

Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class

November 17, 2017
Trading Card Creator is a web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with your students for various educational purposes most important of them all is to help them enhance their writing skills. Trading Card tool provides card templates which students can use to describe characters, places, abstract topics, events, and objects. Cards come with a set of questions to guide students responses and to help them focus on the aspects that matters most to their descriptive narrative. Students, for instance, can create trading cards for  characters drawn from their favourites TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels..etc. When their cards are ready they can easily print and share them with the whole class.

Trading Card Creator is simple and easy to use. Here is how to start creating your own trading card: click on Trading Card tool and type in your name in the displayed window and hit ‘Start’. Next, enter a topic and select a type for your card. There are 7 card templates to choose from: Fiction Person, Real Person, Fictional Place, Real Place, Physical Object, Event, and Abstract Concept. Alternatively, you can design your own card from scratch by clicking on the ‘Create Your Own’ button. Once you select the card you want to work on, provide answers to the questions embedded in the card, upload a photo and  click to save, print and share your final production. For ideas on how to use Trading Card Tool with your students, check out this page

5 Excellent Google Forms Templates for Teachers

November 16, 2017
Yesterday we wrote about tips on how to better collect and manage Google Forms responses and today we are sharing with you another important Google Forms resource which several teachers overlook. Pre-designed templates are ready-made forms you can appropriate for a wide variety of purposes. You do not have to spend tremendous amount of time working on a form template that is already created and provided for free. You can search the template gallery, pick the form you like and customize it the way you want. Below are some examples of templates you may want to consider when creating: an event feedback, assessment, worksheet, course evaluation, or exit ticket. To access and use any of these templates, head over to Template gallery, click to expand the gallery and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find them under the label Education.

1- Exit Ticket

There are several web tools you can use to create exit tickets, however, if you want an easy and quick way to do so, this template is for you.

2- Event feedback

This is a handy form to use to collect feedback following an event you organize.  Unlike other templates this one is located in Template gallery under the label 'Work'

3- Assessment

You can use this template to create assessments. Using the editing tools on the right hand side you can add more sections, questions, and content.

4- Worksheet

If you want a quick way to create a worksheet form this basic template is a good place to start with.

5- Course evaluation

As its name indicates, this template is for creating course evaluation forms.

Here Is A Great Web Tool to Help Students Become Better Writers

November 16, 2017
Quill is a great educational platform you can use with your students to help them enhance their writing skills. It provides a wide variety of materials designed specifically to help students become better writers. Using Quill is simple and easy. Teachers set up their classrooms in Quill and invite students to join using unique codes. If you use Google Classroom you can import your class with a single click. Once created you can then start using the different services provided by Quill. These include:

1- Quill Connect
‘Help your students advance from fragmented and run-on sentences to complex and well-structured sentences with Quill Connect. Using the evidence-based strategy of sentence combining, students combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. They then receive instant feedback designed to help them improve the clarity and precision of their sentences.’

2- Quill Lessons
‘Quill Lessons enables teachers to lead whole-class and small group writing instruction. Teachers control interactive slides that contain writing prompts, and the entire class responds to each prompt. Each Quill Lessons activity provides a lesson plan, writing prompts, discussion topics, and a follow up independent practice activity.’

3- Quill Diagnostic
‘Quickly determine which skills your students need to work on with our 22 question diagnostic. The diagnostic covers vital sentence construction skills and generates a personalized learning plan based on the student’s performance.’

4- Quill Proofreader
‘Proofreader teaches your students editing skills by having them proofread passages. Students edit passages and receive personalized exercises based on their results. With over 100 expository passages, Proofreader gives students the practice they need to spot common grammatical errors.’

5- Quill Grammar
‘Quill Grammar has over 150 sentence writing activities to help your students practice basic grammar skills, from comma placement to parallel structure. Our activities are designed to be completed in 10 minutes so you have the freedom to use them in the way that works best for your classroom.’

Give Quill a try and share with us what you think of it.
Courtesy of Google Blog