February 12, 2014
One of the questions I get asked so often is about the resources I draw on for curating educational apps I share with you here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Well, I am subscribed to over a hundred blogs and websites through both RSS feed and social media and my feed stream is always teeming with hundreds of new things to write about. On average , I spend about 3 to 4 hours of daily sifting, browsing, and curating in preparation for posts to share with you here, I know it is a lot of time but I do love it so much and I feel happy having to share something of value with my fellow teachers and educators.
In today's post I am sharing with you the top 15 websites where you can find educational app recommendations. Think of them like educational app engines that you can use to easily find apps to use in your class.
1- iPad Apps for Teachers
This Pinterest board has almost 300 reviews of educational iPad apps to use with your students . These apps cover a wide range of cross disciplinary disciplines. From iPad storytelling apps to apps for learning alphabets, this board is updated almost daily with new emerging educational apps.
2- Teachers with Apps
This is an app discovery website co-founded by Jayne Clare, Special Education teacher and One of “20 to Watch” Leaders Advancing Education Technology, and Anne Rachel, Early Childhood educator. The aim behind this platform is to help teachers, therapist, parents and students wade through the vast number of educational apps being released on a daily basis.
3- Fun Educational Apps
4- Bridging Apps
BridgingApps is a volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and Android® devices with people who have special needs. We have found these mobile devices to provide accessibility for people who may have been previously disengaged from the world because of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children and adults with special needs, parents have found each other to be one of the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life for our children of all ages.
APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
6- Smart Apps for Kids
This is another great website that provides reviews of apps specifically geared to meet kids learning needs. You can browse apps by age, subject, and ratings.
8- Apps Gone Free
This is one of my favourite iPad apps. As its name indicates, this app provides you with apps that have gone free on a daily basis.Every day hundreds of apps reduce their price to free for a limited time to try to stimulate excitement. AppsGoneFree finds only the apps worth owning.
9- Common Sense Media App Reviews
This is a section where the folks in Common Sense Media feature reviews of educational apps to use with your students in classroom.
10- Kinder Town
Kinder Town transforms mobile devices into powerful teaching tools by finding and organizing the best educational apps for kids ages 3-8 years old.
For more blogs and websites that provide reviews of educational apps, I invite you to have a look at this chart. It features over 50 titles. Click Here to Access it.
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