Technology

Children and Technology Use

We live in a world of screens, and in this digital age full of so many devices and distractions, it’s become one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should kids spend staring at their phones and computers? When it comes to technology use, what’s the right balance between privacy and self-discovery? Research continues to provide answers on how parents are navigating this world with their children. A recent study that looked…

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Teens and Tech Addiction

Look up from this screen right now. Take a look around. On a bus. In a cafe. Even at a stoplight. Chances are, most of the other people in your line of sight are staring at their phones or other devices. And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly tucked away in a pocket or bag. But do we truly have a technology addiction? And what about our kids? It’s a scary…

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Benefits of a Building a Classroom Website

It’s understandable if creating a classroom website has been at the low end of your priority list. Maybe you have been thinking about building one for a while, but who has the time? Unfortunately, classroom websites too often take the backseat. Either the website is too complicated to update on a regular basis and ends up being neglected, or perhaps you’re underwhelmed by the district issued site. Before you brush off the idea of creating…

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Things to Look For in Modern Classrooms

What are the kinds of things you should look for in today’s classroom? The common response often begins and ends with technology, but it’s not all about the technology. We’ve listed here things to look for in modern classrooms in addition to technology. Let us know in the comments which you think is the most important, or if you’re a teacher, which you’d like to focus on in your classroom during the new school year.…

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Understanding Students with Technology

Teachers need to hear from their students in order to do their jobs well. In the process of understanding students, it is essential for them to find out exactly what students are thinking, what questions they might have, and what their needs are. Student feedback also helps guide teachers with their instruction. Thankfully, there are many ways to ask questions and myriad methods of gathering information from students today. It’s no longer necessary to even…

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Social Studies Apps We Love

Learning Social Studies concepts can be a challenge for children, as there is a lot of ground to cover within this one subject. These apps alone range in subject matter from geography and world cultures to news and history. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is a list of our favorite Social Studies apps currently available at the app store.  News-2-You. This app is a virtual, symbols-based newspaper perfect for special-needs students. It includes the symbols…

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Top 5 English Language Arts Apps

Educational apps like these are no substitute for tutoring, but they can help provide a little extra practice! Check out our list of the top 5 English Language Arts apps currently available for download.  Grammar Jammers. If your child is struggling to learn basic parts of speech or finds this topic intimidating at school, then Grammar Jammers could be an excellent way to ease them into grammar. Fun songs, animated characters, colorful images, and simple…

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Science Learning Apps We Love

Keeping up with the app landscape is not easy! New apps are made all the time, and it can be difficult to sort out which ones will actually help your child learn.  There are many great-looking apps that aren’t designed well for learning, while others may not look great at first, but upon closer inspection are wonderful for learning. All of these science learning apps are designed for expanding your child’s knowledge and skill set, and…

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Best Free or Cheap Math Learning Apps

Does your child struggle with math? Sometimes some extra practice or making things a little more interesting can help. You can make practicing math skills fun by using these free or cheap math learning apps. They are all well worth checking out!  Motion Math: Zoom ($2.99)–numbers. This app for elementary students helps kids learn numbers and decimals with a fun and engaging game. Motion Math Zoom features the world’s most interactive number line – kids have…

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Top 5 Language Learning Apps

Learning a new language can be a challenge, especially for older children and adults, since forming the necessary cognitive frameworks is easiest for young children. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is our list of the top six language learning apps currently available at the app store.  HelloTalk–the messaging app. This app is unique because it covers a vast array of languages (over one hundred), and also because of the teaching style. With HelloTalk, you…

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