Tech Edge Review
Tech Edge is a really fun and awesome way of finding new apps to use in the classroom. It is great because they not only tell you what the app is and where to find it, but they explain how it works and what you do with it. It is very convenient because you can type in every subject and there will most likely be several podcasts for apps about those certain subjects. There are hundreds of podcasts that will become very useful for me as a teacher that I never even knew about. I am so excited to keep looking at these and finding new apps to use throughout my teaching career.
ToDo Math App Review:
ToDo math is a math game for lower elementary which is what I am most interested in. It goes from very simple stuff like having you trace numbers, which makes it easier for the students to remember how to draw them without the tracing to many other things. There are things called "Daily Adventures" and the drawing of the numbers is one of them, you earn points each time you complete an adventure. This makes it fun for students yet they are still learning at the same time. Theres another thing on the app called free choice which means that you don't have to complete one thing to move on to the next like daily adventure. There are several different math activities on there that students can choose from to play. If there is a student struggling with one specific thing there are things like that you can request the student to do that will help them understand more but be able to have a little fun too. There are activities like adding, subtracting, etc. There are many more things on the app as well like missions and this kind of thing will motivate the children because that sounds like fun to complete a mission. One of the coolest things about this is that you can go and look at your students' progress whenever you want to and see how they are doing. Overall this is a very cool and fun app that I would definitely use in the classroom.
GeoGuessr App Review:
GeoGuessr is a history app with many different games and activities on it. You can either play the fun activities or do the "challenge" and obviously challenge yourself a little bit. Some of these are geared more towards higher level history but you could also use them with younger students to look at different places and show the students that every place is different. There is a game that you can look at the street view of places and try to figure out where you are, so that would definitely be for older students but you could still show your elementary students as well just to show them different places around the world. There are many other simpler activities that I went on to look at that you can use with younger students. You can use the app for local places or even places in other countries. It is a good way to show students other places and you can even look up places that the students are curious about if you would like to. Overall it is a really fun and interesting app to look at the location of places with students.
DoReMi Zoo App Review:
This app is to help show the basic things about scale. It is a keyboard that actually gives the correct sound when you press something. The keyboard shows you "Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, and Ti so once you press it, it gives you the correct sound for each of them which is very fun and exciting for young children. There are also little animals on every key that can keep the students interested in the app. The students can either do free play and just play whatever they want on the board or they can do an activity and follow along. Once you click the song that you want (very basic child songs like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb", etc, there will be a little hand pointing at which key you need to press in the end playing whatever song you chose. This app just teaches very basic things to young students (which is what I am planning on having) and it makes it very fun to do as well. This app is very good to have around when teaching music lessons.