Highlighted apps for STEM, music appreciation, and grading assignments
Each week, we feature a new App of the Week on our website and in our newsletters based on recommendations from Common Sense Learning’s Graphite service. These apps are for students or educators and offer a range of uses, and were highly-rated by the educator-reviewers at Graphite and then hand-selected by Graphite brass for eSchool News.
But one thing is certain: educators and students are using apps now more than ever.
Here’s a round-up of the apps we’ve featured in May and June. Check back each Monday for a new App of the Week. And don’t worry–if you miss one, you can find an archived summary of featured apps here.
Meet Science: Light and Sound
Meet Science: Light and Sound teaches kids about light and sound through lessons, mini-games, and simple experiments. Cute characters appear throughout the lessons, making science more kid-friendly. There are four exploration areas: Learn, Experiment, Glossary, and Mini-Games. In Learn, kids can choose from six different lessons that cover topics with both text and voice-over speech. Each lesson page includes an animation that supports learning. A lesson ends with a brief quiz and links to experiment videos that relate to the lesson. In Experiment, kids can directly access the experiments that appear at the end of the lessons.
Skaffl is a tool for distributing, completing, and grading work on the iPad. Teachers create classes and then share each class’s unique access code with their students, who can then use that code to enroll in the class via their own Skaffl login. Teachers then create three types of activities: an in-app assignment, a student dropbox, or a handout. A handy workflow for these activities appears every time teachers create a new one. Teachers can distribute activities instantly (to some classes, some students, or all at once) or schedule them for a later date.
The Counting Kingdom
The Counting Kingdom is a math game that helps kids hone addition skills. The game begins with a brief animated story about monsters invading the castle towers. To protect the castles, kids have to link numbered monsters together to produce sums, which are displayed on pages from a spell book. If they get the sums correct, magic spells are cast and the monsters are destroyed. However, with each passing try, any remaining monsters get closer to the castle tower.
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