Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion

iTunes U for iPad.

Wow, is it really here or is it almost here? Is this the educational shake-up that we, the people, have been hoping for?

It’s a darn good start!

Apple has introduced, for free, the iTunes U app, an app that allows complete courses and materials to be available on iPads….and a number of courses are free.

Below I have the description from Apple. Be sure to check it out in iTunes and take the time to read some of the user comments…I’ve never seen such jubilation! I do suspect that much of the excitement is for the anticipation of what’s to come. Will you be able to take courses from respected universities and colleges, from all over the world,  from your iPad,  for a nominal fee, AND graduate with a degree sometime soon? A shakeup indeed!

“The new iTunes U app lets you put all the assignments and materials students need for a complete college or K-12 course on their iPad. And they can tap into the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from anywhere. Learn more about iTunes U

Complete courses on iPad.

With the iTunes U app, students can carry everything they need for the course wherever they go. They can listen to lectures, read new iBooks textbooks, watch videos, and stay on top of assignments. And when you post an update or send a message to your class, they receive a push notification with the new information.

The world’s largest online catalog of free education content.

Anyone can start learning right away by browsing over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. Hundreds of universities, colleges, and K-12 school districts distribute content through iTunes U, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, and Public Radio International.

via Apple – Education – iPad makes the perfect learning companion.”

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Khan Academy at the app store for your iPhone/iPad #homeschool

I noticed today that you can get a Khan Academy app for your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad. One of the advantages is you can view cached videos off-line. This is a nice way to take your school on the road…like when you’re in a waiting room or standing in line waiting to get on a roller coaster – just kidding. Well, I guess you could.

It’s free at the Apple app store.

App Store – Khan Academy: A Classroom In Your Pocket.

 

My dirty little secret… #homeschool #charlottemason

Okay, it’s out. I have a dirty little secret. I love technology AND I’m a Charlotte Mason homeschooler.

I know, I know. Some people may think that you can’t pitch your tent in both camps. How can you be a follower of an educational philosophy from the turn of the last century that embodies the essence of delicious living books while advocating the use of, dare I say it…screens…??!?!

Well, any modern day follower of Miss Mason knows that it’s the perfect philosophy for technophiles for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the proliferation of ebooks.

If there’s one thing that stands out amongst Charlotte Mason types, it’s our love of quality books. Good, well-written, ‘living’ books where the author embraces the passion of their chosen subject and passes it along to the reader. Thankfully, an extraordinary number of quality books are now available as ebooks for free or fairly inexpensively. Check out my previous post where I list reputable free ebook sites. You can’t beat the ability to store and read thousands of books on devices as small as an iPod Touch or a Kindle or an iPad and have them accessible when you need them instead of sitting, hidden behind another book, somewhere on a shelf.

Charlotte Mason also advocated short, focused lessons. And nothing draws a child’s attention like a ‘gadget’. Technology can help a distracted child focus those precious minutes on learning while still satisfying their curiosity. I’ve found that it takes twice as long to drill math facts by ‘hand’ (flashcards) than if I had my child drill with a website. And well-designed sites and apps also chart progress and other interesting stats. Check out Math-u-See’s drill page for distraction-free practice.

Foremost, Miss Mason’s philosophy encompasses education as being an ‘environment’, a ‘discipline’, a ‘life’. I think that by providing your children with an environment that incorporates technology instead of fearing it, the precedent is set for your child’s success in the future.

We’re learning simple Fractions with virtual pizzas #homeschool #edtech

Is there anything better, or more delicious, than learning fractions with pizza? No, and just for the record Pizza Fractions isn’t delicious but it sure beats learning basic fraction skills the old-school way.

This would be a good app for your child to use while you’re sitting around waiting for your pizza to arrive. This way you’re a homeschool-mom hero for turning yawning time into learning time while introducing or reinforcing basic fractions. You Go Girl.

Pizza Fractions: Beginning With Simple Fractions for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Everyday Mathematics Apps FREE for April 16th!

Head on over to the Apple App store with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and grab the Everyday Mathematics Apps (by McGraw-Hill School Education Group) for FREE for April 16th only!

The apps include games for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Oh, and did I mention they have a FRACTIONS game!!! I’m so excited to try them out – I’ve just downloaded the whole lot and I’m itching to have the kids try them out.

Click here for the Everyday Mathematics page.

Motion Math Game – addictive fraction fun?

If you’re a ‘typical’ homeschooling mom you’re always on the lookout for ways to make math fun. Thankfully this is the perfect excuse to use technology.

Motion Math is an iPhone/iPod and iPad game that helps learners perceive and estimate important representations (numerator over denominator, percents, decimals, and pie charts) by connecting each type with its distance on the number line, learners can develop a fast, accurate perception of fractions.

Can you tell that I totally got that from their website? Anyways, it looks like it’s quite engaging and if it makes working with fractions fun then it’s totally worth it. It’s currently $.99 for the iPhone/iPod app and $2.99 for the ipad HD app.

The Game | Motion Math Games.

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