10 Great Android Music Apps for Young Learners

August , 2017
Here is a collection of some very good Android music apps for kids and young learners. This collection is featured in Google Play App Store and embeds some highly rated apps in this category. Using the apps below,  kids will get to explore the world of music and sound and  learn the basics of how to play different musical instruments such as piano, guitar and flute. Check them out below and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

10 Awesome Android Music Apps for Young Learners

10 Useful Books on Autism for Teachers

August 14, 2017
Here is a collection of some popular books on autism. Get to explore the autistic world from multiple perspectives and learn more about the inner emotional life of autistic individuals. Some of these books are first-hand stories and autobiographies of people dealing with autism and how they managed to positively shape their life and the life of those around them. (See links below).
10 Great Books on Autism for Teachers and Parents

1- Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, by John Elder Robison 

‘Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.’

2- Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism,  by Jenny McCarthy

‘ Louder Than Words follows Jenny as she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. Her story sheds much-needed light on autism through her own heartbreak, struggle, and ultimately hopeful example of how a parent can shape a child's life and happiness.’

3- NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silberman (author),  Oliver Sacks (Foreword)

‘Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.’

4- Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism , by Temple Grandin  (Author), Oliver Sacks (Foreword)

‘In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.’

5- The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, by Temple Grandin  (Author), Richard Panek

‘Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it.’

6- Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison , by Ido Kedar  (Author)

‘Ido in Autismland opens a window into non-verbal autism through dozens of short, autobiographical essays each offering new insights into autism symptoms, effective and ineffective treatments and the inner emotional life of a severely autistic boy. In his pithy essays, author Ido Kedar, a brilliant sixteen year old with autism, challenges what he believes are misconceptions in many theories that dominate autism treatment today while he simultaneously chronicles his personal growth in his struggles to overcome his limitations.’

7- Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, by Barry M. Prizant 

‘Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.’

8- How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move?: Inside My Autistic Mind, by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay

‘An astounding new work by the author of The Mind Tree that offers a rare insight into the autistic mind and how it thinks, sees, and reacts to the world. When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the “problem” by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages of eight and eleven he wrote stories and poems of exquisite beauty, which Dr. Oliver Sacks called “amazing and shocking.” Their eloquence gave lie to all our assumptions about autism.’

9- In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

‘Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism’

10- Life with an Autistic Son, by B's Dad

‘This book is for anyone starting out on a pathway with their child that they did not expect. It’s also for people who, like me, are a little further down that road but still learning, still asking questions and still getting it wrong sometimes. You are not alone.’

A Collection of Good Web Tools to Help Research Students

August 14, 2017
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, below is one of our popular infographics we published last year featuring important web tools and apps to help you in each of the 7 steps of the research process. As we have stated elsewhere, this is only 'a tentative sketch of what we think are the seven important steps of a research plan. For each of these stages we featured a short collection of web tools to help you carry it out. ' We hope you find it helpful.

research process

7 Great Sources for Searching Educational Video Content

August 14, 2017
Here are some great resources where you can access and share educational video content. These are websites and YouTube channels that provide mind-illuminating content covering a wide spectrum of topics from education and philosophy to biology and natural sciences.  You may want want to use them to enhance your professional and self development, expand your knowledge and gain new perspectives.  You can also use them to search for educational video content to share with your students in class.

1- TED 

TED is probably one of the most popular platforms that provides inspiring and educational video content out there. It features influential talks from renowned speakers and thinkers on various topics. These talks are also available with subtitles in more than 100 languages.

2- RSA Animate 

‘RSA’s (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts) mission is 21st century enlightenment via enriching society by innovative and creative ideas. Besides TED talks, the RSA Animate series on YouTube provides some of the most viewed educational video content out there. It uses professionally designed animations by Cognitive Media to illustrate world-changing ideas shared by leading thinkers and scholars in RSA’s free event programme.’

3- Khan Academy

The popular Khan Academy is a real treasure trove of world knowledge. It provides  over 10.000 videos and explanations covering math, science, history, economics, and many more.

4- Veritasium

‘Veritasium is a channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.’

5- Vsauce

Vsauce is another excellent YouTube channel featuring  a wide variety of educational video content. It has playlists on knowledge, physics, human behaviour, space, earth and many more.

Some of The Best iPad Apps for Showcasing Students Learning

August 14, 2017
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, below is one of our popular visuals we published a few months ago featuring some of the best iPad apps students can use to showcase their learning. We have arranged these apps into three main categories: apps for creating posters and infographics, apps for creating videos and animations and apps for creating digital portfolios. We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues. Enjoy

1- Apps for creating posters and infographics
2- Apps for creating videos and animations 
3- Apps for creating digital portfolios
9 of The Best iPad Apps to Showcase Students Learning

Some Helpful Social Studies Apps for Teachers and Students

August 14, 2017
 Below is a collection of some very good apps to use in your social studies class. This collection is created and featured in iTunes App Store and features a number of key apps that we are publishing here in our blog for the first time. The apps are arranged into three main categories: world cultures apps, geography apps, and history and historical figures apps ( see links under the infographic).

This visual is also available in PDF format from this page. Enjoy

Some Very Good  Social Studies Apps for Teachers and Students