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Featured in the iPad App Store this Week: Apps for Elementary Schools

iPad Apps for Elementary School

This week the Featured section of the iPad App Store is full of even more highlighted app collections than usual. One of the notable app collections that caught my eye is ‘Apps for Elementary School’ – as I have a daughter in 4th grade.

The collection covers a lot of ground. It includes around 275 apps divided into these main sections: Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Art & Music, and Health & Fitness.

Each of those main sections has useful sub-sections to make it easier for specific apps that you or your elementary school age kids may be interested in. For example, the Math section has sub-sections for Measurement & Data, Shapes & Spatial Reasoning, The Number System, Drill & Practice, Beyond Drill – Strategy, and Beyond Drill – Brain Busters; and the Social Studies section has sub-sections for World Cultures, Geography, and History & Historical Figures.

I’ve spent a good amount of time browsing the collection and I’m still far from done – but I’ve already seen some of my daughter’s favorites and quite a few promising apps we need to try out.

You can find the Apps for Elementary School collection in the top rotating panel of the Featured tab in the iPad App Store.

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10 Great iPad Apps for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Proloquo2Go iPad app

I’m continually impressed and amazed at how much impact the iPad is having in education – and especially in helping students with autism or on the autism spectrum. So I’m delighted to share this guest post today, covering 10 great iPad apps (and one great iPad case) for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

This post was written by Cathy Hoesterey. Here’s a little background on Cathy and her qualifications to write on this subject:

Cathy Hoesterey is an assistive technology specialist and occupational therapist living in Bellevue, WA near Seattle. She works for Belllevue School District in the special education department providing technology for special needs students ages 3-21 years old.

Cathy presents at national conferences and gives webinars on iPads and other assistive technologies. Her blog iPad for All is designed to support iPad users of all ages and abilities, as well as educators, therapists and families. She finds the overwhelmingly positive response of her students to the iPad energizing and rewarding.

As an assistive technology specialist working with special needs students for many years now, I’ve seen a lot of technology come and go. However, I have never seen a device so engaging and versatile as the iPad. In the past it was not uncommon for a student to abandon an expensive communication device because it was too complex to use, heavy and often unattractive. The iPad has a certain cool factor with students and their peers that cannot be underestimated. Teachers and family members are also more willing to use it.

ABC News recently reported that a government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism. The definition of autism has expanded to include less severe and related conditions such as Asperger Syndrome. I work with dozens of students who have significant communication needs, the majority of them with autism. The apps that follow are some of those that we most frequently use with students on the autism spectrum. Of course, every student’s needs are unique so we do customize the iPad or other device to meet their particular needs.

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iPad Education Apps: Leo’s Pad 2

Leo' Pad iPad app

Leo’s Pad 2 is a great looking educational app for the iPad aimed at pre-schoolers and early learners. I only heard of it because the app’s publishers, Kidaptive, followed me on Twitter and I decided to have a look at who they are and that piqued my interest right away.

Reading things like this about their background got me interested:

Kidaptive is an innovative media and technology company dedicated to smart storytelling on iPads and a curriculum developed in collaboration with Stanford University researchers to create entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn.

Our interdisciplinary team includes experts in learning sciences, animation, writing, game design, film and television production, music, and software development.

Then I watched a video demo of Leo’s Pad and I was even more impressed. Although the voiceover for it is little jargon-heavy for me, I think the animation looks superb and the app looks very engaging for young learners.

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Review: Robots for iPad, Hurray Robots!

Robots for iPad

Robots for iPad is a new iPad app that promises to help us ‘Discover the amazing world of robots with this fun and engaging app’. I’m happy to say the app does a great job at delivering on that promise. It offers a fascinating look at how robots have become reality and are already enhancing our lives. 


The app is published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers) and has a very impressive set of features. Here are some of the most notable:

• Meet 126 robots from 19 countries
• View over 500 spectacular photos
• Watch hundreds of videos of robots in action
• Learn how to get started in robotics
• Read detailed specs and articles about each robot
• Listen to audio interviews with leading roboticists
• Keep up to date with daily robot news
• Optimized for Retina display
• Works on any iPad model, including the iPad mini

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Education Collections: Excellent iPad App Store Featured Section This Week

App Store Education Collections

Every Thursday the Featured area of the iPad App Store gets a refresh and adds some new and often topical featured sections. This week one of these is titled ‘Education Collections’ and it’s one of the best and most complete sections of this type that I’ve seen.

Just in time for the back to school period, this featured section is packed with very good, curated selections of educational apps across a wide range of categories.

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Review: The Sonnets by William Shakespeare for iPad

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare iPad app

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare is a superb new app that brings Shakespeare’s sonnets to the iPad and presents them in a way that draws you in and helps you to gain a rich understanding of them.

Here’s a portion of the App Store entry for the app:

The Sonnets presents William Shakespeare’s immortal collection of love poems in an interactive digital edition that allows you to explore, appreciate and understand this great work of literature as never before. All 154 sonnets are performed to camera by a star-studded cast including Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men, Royal Shakespeare Company), David Tennant (Dr Who, Hamlet), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), Fiona Shaw (The Waste Land, Harry Potter), Stephen Fry (The Hobbit) and Dominic West (The Wire). These performances – all specially filmed for the app – are synchronised to the text, which highlights line by line as each sonnet is spoken.

The performance videos, running over two and a half hours, are just the beginning. Also included are the complete Notes and Introduction from the Arden Shakespeare, offering unsurpassed scholarly commentary and insight. Touch a mysterious line or difficult word in any of the poems and the corresponding Arden Note highlights to provide comprehensive explanation. An alternative commentary on every sonnet comes from poet and musician Don Paterson, whose humorous and accessible style complements the academic rigour of the Arden Notes.

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Super School – a Great iPad App, But Not for Any of the Usual Reasons

Super School app for iPad

Super School is a new app for the iPad, that’s inspired by the award-winning documentary ‘Waiting for Superman’ – that focused on the crisis in American education. The Waiting for Superman project site outlines its mission as follows:

Fixing America’s public education system won’t be easy — but together, it’s possible.

The Waiting for “Superman” social action campaign has one primary goal: to ensure that every child receives a great education. The campaign seeks to build public awareness, ignite personal involvement and inspire real social change.

The campaign’s four core initiatives are:

Setting academic standards that are on par with the world’s best
Recruiting and rewarding great teachers
Creating and nurturing excellent schools, and
Increasing literacy rates
The following pages are your toolkit for educational reform. Learn more about the Waiting For “Superman” initiatives below, and find ways to take action with our “Help Your School” and “Fix the System” tips throughout this site. Help our students get the quality education they deserve. Our country’s future depends on it.

And every child deserves a great education.

The Super School app aims to assist in achieving these goals. For me, that immediately makes this a hugely appealing app – as I believe this is an enormously important and worthwhile cause.

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