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MECC Pioneer Developing Tablet Education Apps

In the early 1970s, Dale LaFrenz helped start the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC), with the goal of getting Apple computers into each and every school district in the state. Now LaFrenz is back with his Twin Cities startup, Re@L (Real Experiences At Life), which “creates highly effective iPad apps that help kids learn more efficiently”. 




The company currently offers three sets of apps that help children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the hope of inspiring a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.

MECC Pioneer Developing Tablet Education Apps

In the early 1970s, Dale LaFrenz helped start the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC), with the goal of getting Apple computers into each and every school district in the state. Now LaFrenz is back with his Twin Cities startup, Re@L (Real Experiences At Life), which “creates highly effective iPad apps that help kids learn more efficiently”.
The company currently offers three sets of apps that help children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the hope of inspiring a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.
Student App Review Rubric

This is a single page scoring rubric for students to use when they are reviewing apps (in or out of the classroom). The scoring rubric has 5 sections and each can be scored between 0-4. A perfect App can get a score of 20. The 5 sections for review are: 1. Appeal: Looks and Sounds 2. Engagement/Motivation 3. User Friendly/Directions 4. Performance 5. Differentiation of Learning
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Student App Review Rubric

This is a single page scoring rubric for students to use when they are reviewing apps (in or out of the classroom).

The scoring rubric has 5 sections and each can be scored between 0-4. A perfect App can get a score of 20.

The 5 sections for review are:
1. Appeal: Looks and Sounds
2. Engagement/Motivation
3. User Friendly/Directions
4. Performance
5. Differentiation of Learning

84 (And Counting) Bloom’s Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying

We know y’all love a good list of Bloom’s Taxonomy tools. And the one we’re highlighting below isn’t only good – its growing, because it is crowdsourced by awesome teachers like you!
Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of Bloom’s Taxonomy. It includes the name of the tool, what level of Bloom’s Taxonomy it addresses, where you can find it, what it does, and last but definitely not least, how you’ve been using it in your classroom. As of this writing, there are 83 tools in the list.
So go on- check it out! It is a Google Doc, so it is easily editable so that you can all add your favorite tools to the list!
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84 (And Counting) Bloom’s Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying

We know y’all love a good list of Bloom’s Taxonomy tools. And the one we’re highlighting below isn’t only good – its growing, because it is crowdsourced by awesome teachers like you!

Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of Bloom’s Taxonomy. It includes the name of the tool, what level of Bloom’s Taxonomy it addresses, where you can find it, what it does, and last but definitely not least, how you’ve been using it in your classroom. As of this writing, there are 83 tools in the list.

So go on- check it out! It is a Google Doc, so it is easily editable so that you can all add your favorite tools to the list!

The rise of mobile apps hasn’t taken anything away from the wide open world of web browsers and cross-platform HTML/CSS/JavaScript — other than supremacy. I think that bothers some, who saw the HTML/CSS/JavaScript browser-centric web’s decade-ago supremacy as the end point, the ultimate triumph of a truly open platform, rather than what it really was: just another milestone along the way of an industry that is always in flux, ever ebbing and flowing.

What we’ve gained, though, is a wide range of interaction capabilities that never could have existed in a web browser-centric world. That to me is cause for celebration.

John Gruber counter’s Chris Dixon’s anti-app screed with Rethinking What We Mean by ‘Mobile Web’ saying it’s all the web. (via stoweboyd)

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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

Here are the free ones:

  1. iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
  2. Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
  3. Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)

And pay:

  1. iMovie (iOS: $4.99)
  2. PicPlayPost (iOS: $1.99)

Daily Meditation Helps with Mild-Moderate Anxiety, Depression - Psych Central News

This might be fun to try, since we’re at the beginning of the year and for many of you it’s a time for personal renewal.

Need an iOS app to get you started? One of my favourites is The Mindfulness App. You can set daily “mindfulness notices” to help you get in the habit, try a guided 3 or 5 minute break when you need it, or start/end the day calm with a 5 minute body scan.

Teach Real Algebra Instead of Wasting Time with Fun Apps

No one codes who doesn’t understand algebra — you know, the hard stuff that looks like a Slavic language with some numbers thrown in.  To get a lot more kids, especially ill-prepared urban kids, into the bright future that comes with computer science, someone had to build up their math first.So later on, Schanzer would create Bootstrap’s curriculum.  Because — buyer beware! — most of the apps and programs that currently promise to teach kids algebra are fun, but a total waste of time.“When you hear, ‘This is so amazing!  These apps teach kids to program!’  That’s snake oil.  Every minute your students spend on empty engagement while they’re failing algebra, you’re assuring that they’re not going to college.  Studies show that the grade kids get in Algebra I is the most significant grade to predict future income.”

image via flickr:CC | Ben Clinch High-res

Teach Real Algebra Instead of Wasting Time with Fun Apps

No one codes who doesn’t understand algebra — you know, the hard stuff that looks like a Slavic language with some numbers thrown in.  To get a lot more kids, especially ill-prepared urban kids, into the bright future that comes with computer science, someone had to build up their math first.

So later on, Schanzer would create Bootstrap’s curriculum.  Because — buyer beware! — most of the apps and programs that currently promise to teach kids algebra are fun, but a total waste of time.

“When you hear, ‘This is so amazing!  These apps teach kids to program!’  That’s snake oil.  Every minute your students spend on empty engagement while they’re failing algebra, you’re assuring that they’re not going to college.  Studies show that the grade kids get in Algebra I is the most significant grade to predict future income.”

image via flickr:CC | Ben Clinch