Top K-6 Common Core Apps
Aligning curriculum to Common Core Standards can be a difficult task. Even harder, trying to align digital content, such as iPad apps, to meet Common Core standards can be exceedingly challenging, time consuming, and a genuinely daunting assignment.. Here at eSpark Learning, we make this easy for teachers. We understand the complexity of finding the best K-6 Common Core apps, and because of
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Educational Apps: In the Making
(2 days ago) An app is simply another resource that a teacher needs to use wisely. In general, I would recommend integrating apps into lessons and building on them. I’m not a huge fan of apps that only help students practice skills; I prefer apps that help students develop new skills and concepts.
How to Improve Reading Comprehension with Apps
(8 days ago) Before distributing apps in your classroom, make sure students are assigned apps that align with their unique skills and needs, are intuitive enough to use with minimal supervision, and aren't linked to outside advertisements or social media. When downloading an app, double-check the app's …
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Apps: Understanding Student
(Just Now) eSpark is dedicated to finding apps that are not only tightly aligned to the standard the student is learning, but are also fun and engaging. This makes the number of iPad education apps shrink from the over 100,000 offered by Apple to an elite selection that are the absolute best for teaching students a specific standard. 2) Iteration
Behavior Management Strategies with Special Education Apps
(1 days ago) Timer apps and "first, then" apps can be used to foster independence in navigating the school day and can help special education students to successfully transition between activities. These apps can help students to better understand what is expected of them during a …
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(4 days ago) Google for Education Selects Frontier for “Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks” Program. By eSpark Learning June 26, 2017. The 4Cs Company Announcements EdTech News ELA. Read More. Taking Risks in the Classroom with Jennie Magiera. By eSpark Learning
The Best Kindergarten Apps for Teaching Math and Reading
(2 days ago) Incorporating educational apps into daily lesson plans allows kindergarten teachers to harness the power of the iPad and take games to the next level. The best kindergarten apps are fun, engaging, aligned to Common Core standards, and proven to push the needle on student achievement. Check out the 5 apps recommended by eSpark's learning design
Unpacking the Common Core with iPad Apps
(2 days ago) Although some apps can be expensive, there are a ton of excellent free and inexpensive apps out there. The other aspect to consider is the size of the app. If you are using a shared device model in your school, keep in mind that there are space constraints on iPads and large apps can take up a lot of room on your devices. 4) Collect and apply data
Top 4 Educational Apps for Elementary Math Students
(3 days ago) With an increasing amount of educational apps saturating the App Store, it can be difficult for any teacher to identify the best iPad educational apps for students of any grade level. eSpark’s Learning Design specialists have spent countless hours sorting through thousands of apps in order to create our recommendations for the best math apps
What Schools Can Expect in iOS 9
(3 days ago) Apps will be able to be assigned directly to devices with no invitation process for both app installs and updates. Apple ID’s will be optional! App developers will need to approve their apps for this, which most should soon, but unfortunately it sounds like this is an opt-in so some apps …
Unpacking the Common Core: Best Middle School Apps
(6 days ago) These 9 middle school apps scored highly on all dimensions of our rubric criteria. Additionally, based on student engagement and achievement data from within the eSpark app, these 9 apps consistently receive positive student ratings and demonstrate academic rigor.
The Benefits of iPads in Early Education
(2 days ago) Solmson also has a math center in her classroom where students can play various math apps like Line ‘em Up for about ten minutes at a time. Some apps, like Kindergarten Math Standards, have the option for students to play in groups, allowing districts to maximize app licenses and teach students skills like collaboration and critical thinking.
Deploying iPads in the Classroom
(4 days ago) To manage the process of identifying and implementing the right apps on iPads in the classroom, many school districts are choosing to use a service that manages the task for them. One example is eSpark, a program that selects apps that align to each Common Core standard and are assigned to students based on their individualized needs.
5 Examples of Instructional Strategies That Encourage
(2 days ago) Center #5: Differentiated Apps on iPads. Center #6: Watch an instructional video created by the teacher, complete activity as a group. Being a teacher can be overwhelming. Try to think of ways you can shift your own practice, and therefore your student learning, to be more meaningful and less focused on the completion of paper worksheets.
Syncing iPads Using iTunes
(8 days ago) Click on the "Apps" button on the top navigation bar. You will see that the apps are all greyed out. Click the "Sync Apps" button and then uncheck the "Automatically Sync New Apps." You can now check and uncheck apps in this screen to add content to your iPad.
Setting Up a Computer for Syncing
(5 days ago) To download the free apps simply search for the app name in the iTunes store and download the version that you want. Setting Up All Subsequent Computers. Once the apps have been redeemed on one computer, multiple computers can download the apps without redeeming new codes. First, authorize your computer (see above).
21st Century Learning Skills
(1 days ago) The immense wealth of educational apps and learning activities that students can engage with on this device significantly drives ingenuity and thinking outside of the box. iPads allow students to interact and learn content in original ways that stimulate the mind through non-traditional mediums.
Finding Innovation in Google Apps for Education
(9 days ago) By 2020, Google Apps for Education is predicted to have over 110 million users, due in part to the ease with which districts can use Google’s free suite of tools to encourage classroom collaboration.But many districts are failing to tap into the more innovative uses of GAFE, missing opportunities to nurture creativity and critical thinking in students.
eSpark Learning Blog Early Childhood Education
(3 days ago) 9 Best Kindergarten Apps (Great for Preschool, Too!) By Sarah Guckert June 23, 2015. Elementary Education Early Childhood Education. Read More. The Best Kindergarten Apps for Teaching Math and Reading Skills. By Sarah Pliske
A Transformative Solution to Streamline Device Management
(9 days ago) The Casper Suite and eSpark integration allows districts using a shared device model to also provide students with a 1:1 experience. eSpark uses existing third-party assessment data to diagnose individual student needs and create differentiated lesson plans made up of captivating apps, instructional videos, and creative projects.
iPad Management At Scale: Preparing for iPads in the Classroom
(7 days ago) Most educational iPad apps can be purchased from Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Education store, which offers a 50% discount on any order of 20 apps or more. When an app is purchased through the VPP store, you are given a code that can be redeemed for an app either through the iTunes Store or Configurator.
Using iPads to Increase Productivity in Elementary Education
(6 days ago) Yet, iPads provide alternative forms of learning through thousands of educational apps that can reinforce established educational tenets, but in an untraditional way that better resonates with students. Because of the vibrant colors, sharp images, unique style, and interactive nature of iPad apps, students can learn in a more hands-on manner
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awards eSpark Research Grant
(3 days ago) eSpark Learning is embarking on an ambitious project to measure the effects of specific educational apps on student achievement and engagement. With the support of the Gates Foundation, we will evaluate hundreds of apps using real-time feedback from thousands of students all over the country.
eSpark won an EDDIE Award for best Multi-Subject iPad App
(5 days ago) The apps that accompany the learning plans are graphically appealing, comprehensive and creative. For example, in the Language Standards Grade 4 unit: BrainPOP provides daily movies that are designed for kids, using multimedia, educational cartoons to teach Science, Social Studies, English, Math, and more
9 Ways to Amplify the Benefits of Technology in Education
(Just Now) The iTunes App Store is constantly updating with new educational iPad apps. Take advantage of the amazing content available by updating your classroom suite of apps. By doing so, your students will continue to be engaged and motivated to learn as they utilize new instructional apps instead of the same ones they’ve been playing since September.
Syncing iPads Wirelessly
(6 days ago) Downloading Apps to an iPad via Wifi. If a classroom finds a handful of apps missing from their iPads, you can simply download those apps from the App Store directly on those iPads using five simple steps. This applies to apps that have already been purchased on the iTunes account you will be using. Syncing an iPad Wirelessly. 1.
Digital Learning Content: Finding Gems in the Haystack
(4 days ago) The Apple App Store alone claims to "featur[e] over 80,000 education apps — designed especially for the iPad — that cover a wide range of subjects for every grade level and learning style." When searching the term “addition” back in April 2015, the App Store yielded 2,197 apps. Seven months later, the same search yields over 3,000 results.
Gamification in Education: Increasing Student Engagement
(9 days ago) 1. Use Online Educational Games and Interactive Apps. One of the easiest ways to work games into the classroom is through online educational games and interactive apps. Many of them are free, located on kid-safe sites and don’t require an account. Examples include Room Recess, Smart Kit, 5 Dice: Order of Operations and Fun Brain. Whether
1:1 Initiative vs. BYOD: What's Best for iPads in Schools
(1 days ago) This standardization makes it easier on schools to manage educational apps and control which apps should be on the various devices. With a BYOD program, not all devices may be able to operate with the same applications (for example, non-Apple tablets cannot utilize the iTunes app store).
To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology
(9 days ago) Apps aren’t designed for the whole classroom. → Design for collaboration. Think beyond individual resources, apps, and games when building a digital curriculum. Districts should look to solutions that streamline peer feedback, classroom polls, and flexible groupings. Even in districts without 1:1 devices, digital content can be used to
Personalized Learning Technology: Using Data to Differentiate
(5 days ago) However, a disadvantage can be that it takes time out of instructors’ daily routines to look through this data, possibly slowing down the plans to personalize learning. Finding apps that are engaging, academically rigorous, and correspond to the found data is difficult. Using a service like eSpark to interpret data for you.
The Importance of Family and Parent Involvement in Schools
(2 days ago) There are also new apps like Remind, a free text-messaging service that allows for easy and safe communication between teachers, parents and students. “Reach students and parents where they are,” is Remind’s tagline. Making communication more convenient is essential to increasing family and parent involvement in schools. By allowing
Google for Education Selects Frontier for “Media Literacy
(9 days ago) eSpark Learning is proud to announce that Frontier has been selected for Google for Education’s "Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks" program.This news was first shared this week at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 conference in San Antonio.
What the SAMR Model and Flow Model Teach Us About
(9 days ago) According to eSpark’s estimations, it would take a total of 62 hours per week for a class of 30 students to curate and evaluate the apps. Enabled by iPad technology and economies of scale, we can reduce this time to about 40 minutes per student per week needed to execute the tasks.
What’s New: Announcing eSpark’s Partnership with Clever
(4 days ago) We’re announcing our new partnership with Clever, the most widely used single sign-on (SSO) portal in K-12 schools nationwide! eSpark is now available in the Clever Library, a catalog of high-quality digital resources that teachers can deploy to their classroom within seconds.. When you sign up for eSpark using your Clever account, your students will automatically import from Clever directly
5 Steps to Using iPads in the Classroom
(1 days ago) Google for Education Selects Frontier for “Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks” Program. Ready to see student-centered learning in action? Sign Up Free. Or call (312) 894-3100. Learn More. Curriculum Administrators Parents & Families Pricing FAQs. Resources. Help …
Three Ways Technology Can Help Teachers Differentiate
(2 days ago) With that belief as our foundation, we provide students with a diverse suite of engaging apps, websites and videos to help them apply and extend their learning. For example, here’s a small selection of the apps we might curate for a student who’s using eSpark to practice long and short vowels at a first grade level: Chicken Little, by FarFaria
Aligning Third-Party Assessments to the Common Core
(3 days ago) For even more information and resources about how to undergo this, visit this blog post about unpacking the Common Core with iPad apps. Step 2: Align Strands to Domain Now that you’ve dived into the Common Core, it’s time to align the strands of the third-party test administered by your school to the domains we just reviewed.
7 Engaging Resources for Covering Third Grade Reading
(5 days ago) In third grade, most students are developing a relationship with reading that will impact them for the rest of their lives. Specialists at the National Conference of State Legislatures have found that “students not reading proficiently at the end of third grade are four times more likely to not finish high school.” With this in mind, the curriculum team at eSpark Learning has compiled a
Reinforcing Learning with Synthesis Videos
(Just Now) Enthusiastically re-teaching what she learned, Avery used a KWL chart to organize what she knew before beginning the quest (K), what she wanted to know after finishing the quest (W), and what she learned from working through her apps and videos (L).
How to Bend Your School Budget for Blended Learning
(6 days ago) MDM: A Mobile Device Management (MDM) system will allow your district to manage the apps on your tablets and make adjustments should you need to add content throughout the school year. There are a variety of MDM options on the market; Orchard is a solution built for education that's specifically designed to streamline iPad setup and management