Free app for Common Core Standards guidelines #homeschool #edtech

Sometimes I get a little paranoid about where my kids are ‘at’ – tell me I’m not alone in that! Are they at grade level? Below? Above?

Here’s a handy little app that outlines the ‘Common Core Standards’ that a number of states have adopted.

So if you can’t sleep at night and you’re thinking the kids scissor-skills are not quite up to snuff, but you’re just not sure then you can have a quick look on your device and put your mind to rest.

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Do you have a teen wanting to develop smartphone apps? #homeschool #edtech

I saw this reference in Mashable today:

“In late 2010, Apple approved 14-year-old Robert Nay’s app, Bubble Ball, for publishing on the App Store, where it quickly racked up 2 million users and, for a short while, even wrested the ever-popular Angry Birds from its perch at the top of the download charts. It’s a staggering achievement for a young teen with no formal programming experience -– never mind education. No skills. Nada. Zip.
Nay used an application called Corona that essentially allows users to build smartphone apps using a graphical interface, eliminating the need of any coding skills. He’s a pioneering user of the next generation of platform dependencies — innovations upon which further innovations can be built.”

If you have a teen that’s interested in smartphone app development Corona is  worth checking out. The development  environment is free. When you’re ready to distribute your games and apps on the App Store or Android Market then you’ll need to purchase an subscription.

Let me know how it goes!

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~Albert Einstein

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~Albert Einstein

LeafSnap Identifies Leaves Using Your iPhone’s Camera #homeschool

For The High-Tech Naturalist: LeafSnap Identifies Leaves Using Your iPhone’s Camera.

Another great iPhone app for Nature Study or Natural Science. The iPad app will be coming soon. Did I mention it’s free?

From the developer’s website:

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

You’ll find it at the Apple app store.

New approach to education uses social networking #edtech

New approach to education uses social networking | KurzweilAI.

Discounted audio books make me so happy! #homeschool

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE audio books. Have I mentioned I love audio books? Love, love, love. I love downloading them for free from my library, I love getting them from Audible.com if the library doesn’t have them and I love get CD’s for my ancient car from BookCloseouts.com. I love listening to them on my iPod, I love listening to them on my iPad. I love listening to them while driving and I love listening to them while soaking in the tub. Mmmm, tub.

Turns out BookCloseouts.com is having an additional 50% off sale of their audio books. It appears they are all CD-based so those of you driving your Grandpa’s cherry Valient will have to figure out a way to rig up your Walkman to the HiFi.

Check it out and see if you can snag some good ones. Let us know what you find.

The link in this post is my referral link.

Entertaining my toddler nephew with Awesome Xylophone on the iPad #homeschool #edtech

My sweet little 1 year old nephew was over today and I always love to see how he interacts with the iPad. It’s amazing how engaging some iPad learning apps can be. Pretty much any interface that reacts to being ‘slapped’ is a hit amongst the infant set.

The app we tried out today for our wee nephew is Awesome Xylophone. It’s very vibrant visually and the mallets actually ‘hammer’ each note. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the 1 year old, or my 11 and 9 year olds.

Check it out at the Apple App store. It’s free to download and here’s some of the details about the app:

-High quality sounds.
-Multi-touch lets you play chords.
-Xylophone mallets animation.
-Highly detailed animation.

What’s your toddler’s favourite app?

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