District Administration - June 2012 - (Page 76)

productfocus • • Courtney Williams A Guide to one seGment of educAtion technoloGy With over 200,000 applications available for apple’s ipad and thousands more for android devices, educators and students must sift through a lot of apps to find effective learning tools. an app is software that allows users to perform specific tasks on a mobile device. apps have been created on every subject imaginable, including science, technology, engineering and math (steM). some are created by mainstream publishing companies such as McGraw-hill and houghton Mifflin harcourt, while others are created by start-ups or by students. The touchscreens on tablets and certain smartphones allow students to interact with content and engage in multimodal learning. according to research sponsored by pc maker lenovo in dec. 2011, students 12 to 17 years old use an average of 14 apps regularly. allowing students to use tablets and smartphones in the classroom enables them to learn the same way they live. The options are endless, but here are a few to consider in your district. Captivate Student Curiosity With STEM Apps SuShi MonSTEr scholastic, free Created to meet Common Core State Standards for math fluency, Sushi Monster gives students a fun way to practice their math facts. There are seven addition and five multiplication levels for kids to master, and each helps students build reasoning strategies. Available for Apple devices only. SAil Through M ATh mcGraw-hill school education Group, $1.99 per device Kids will love practicing math on this pirate-themed app. Students navigate around obstacles to learn about math facts, algebra, number sense and rational numbers. Each topic includes multiple levels and opportunities to improve skills for students in grades 3 through 8. Kids can share their achievements on Facebook and Twitter. Available for Apple devices only. ST MATh fEATuring TouCh mind Research institute, pricing varies Access to this Web-based math program that accentuates spatialtemporal reasoning is possible on almost any mobile device. ST Math featuring touch is language free, meets the Common Core State Standards, and increases cognitive demands through visual manipulatives that promote problem solving. This research-based program was developed by the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. In addition to Apple and Android mobile devices, it’s also available for computers. KhAn ACAdEMy free The Khan Academy app for iPad brings to the user more than 2,700 videos on a range of topics, including math, science and the humanities. The app features downloadable videos that you can watch offline, subtitles, and the ability to track your progress. Practice exercises will be available soon. Available for the iPad only. 76 June 2012 District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2012

District Administration - June 2012
Contents
From the Editor
News update
Arts update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Geography Ed for a Flat World
Her Own Brand of Education Reform
Finding a Cure for Senioritis
Principals as Instructional Leaders
CIO news
One Tablet Per Child?
Changing Lives With Assistive Technology
Going Mobile
Student Counsel
New Directions
Product Focus
New Products
Online Edge

District Administration - June 2012

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