A few weeks ago I was approached by Joanne Peters, a graduate student, who is finishing her Master’s degree in early childhood education. Part of her final project involves raising awareness around the topic of technology in the classroom and tracking the impact.
Joanne believes that “we urgently need to blend our children’s aptitude in technology with stimulating entertainment.” I am happy that Joanne approached me because I couldn’t agree more with her belief. After reviewing the links Joanne forwarded, I feel that it is worth sharing the information that she shared with me.
Technology surrounds students of all ages from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to sleep. The challenge for today’s parents is to manage this technology in such a way that it benefits expanding minds.
Verizon has teamed up with several leading mobile education partners to bring its customers the best educational apps designed to help students get the most out of their education. Leading educational apps are selected based on the recommendations of a panel of reviewers that include teachers, app experts, and parents.
The user-friendly App Recommendation site may be searched via four main categories: early childhood, elementary school, middle school, and high school. Apps are further divided into subject areas, such as language arts, social studies, and science.
Something I find particularly useful is that a panel of Experts rates each app and explains the educational value of each app while relating the content in each app to the curriculum. Please keep in mind that recommendations are based on American curriculum (state or common core standards)—not Canadian curriculum.
Joanne strongly believes that “these days it is really important to incorporate learning, fun, and technology.” I agree with you one hundred percent Joanne. And I think readers will agree too. Verizon’s roster of educational apps will enhance a child’s education by helping him or her learn whether in the classroom, at home, or on the go. When provided with the right tools, children succeed.
And, in case you were wondering… Both MacCheeky picture books are available as digital interactive storybook apps that are aligned to Common Core Standards. Both apps also offer reading strategies (graded K-2) and Bloom’s Taxonomy classification. A Royal Little Pest is available for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. A Royal Little Pest: Mine! is also available for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. Fingers crossed they soon make it on Verizon’s list of educational apps!
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