App Friday February 3rd, 2017

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Build a boat with Mulle Meck, learn position words with Fido & Pumpkin, and read the tale of the Dragon Horde and the Thummallums. Plus, Digital Learning Day 2017, English language learning scaffolding tools, and an app to “to provide pediatric occupational therapists easy to access and creative projects to address cognitive, motor, and social skills with the kids they treat.”

Garry Froehlich 
Jellybean Tunes

Mulle Meck builds a boat
by Piu-Piu

This is the long-awaited second entry in a series of interactive books about the inventive Mulle Meck and his boxer Buffa. This time they have decided to find out what’s on the other side of the water. How can they get there? Mulle decides to build a sailboat, at the same time showing and explaining how ships are built. Apple App Store

The Dragon Horde and the Thummallums
by Vivian Garvey

If every hundred years or so, a horde of fire breathing dragons came and burned your village to the ground, what would you do? Well, you would probably move. I know I would! This is the story of some villagers who forgot all about the dragons, and didn’t move! It is about what happened when the dragons came back and how help arrives in a most unexpected form. The Dragon Horde is an exciting adventure with some important life lessons. It includes over 250 touch points and over 28 pages of beautiful illustrations that hark back to a golden age of children’s book illustration. Read along with the narration or read alone in a playful exploration of the rules of grammar as you explore and discover how to bring the page to life. Video Apple App Store Google Play Amazon App Store

Fido & Pumpkin Position Words
by Sakura Imaginings

Fido & Pumpkin Position Words teaches children the meaning of position words through colourful hand cut animations. It quickly identifies words the child is unsure of, without adverse feedback or testing. When an incorrect option is chosen for an animation, a second animation runs to show why the answer is not correct and allows the child to make further attempts to match the correct label. The app can be adjusted for less able readers by clicking on an ear icon that reads text on the page. This app was developed as a support to the learning of the Mathematical concept ‘Position’. Apple App Store Google Play Amazon App Store

Fido&Pumpkin Position Words

OT @ Home
by August University

OT at Home is an app designed to provide pediatric occupational therapists easy to access and creative projects to address cognitive, motor, and social skills with the kids they treat. It can be used to create a bridge between the clinic and home environments by providing an accessible resource of activities for caregivers to use at home, under the direction of their child’s therapist. This simple tool can be used by the occupational therapist to increase collaboration and overall communication with the caregivers of the children they work with, while at the same time providing families a resource that is user friendly and promotes easy to access, fun activities to do with their children! Apple App Store

OT at Home
Price: Free

February 23 is Digital Learning Day

“With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.”

It’s still true that we are all still trying to find the best ways to integrate technology into education, so it’s great to see that there is an organized effort to find, share and highlight great uses of technology in education. Find out more at the DLDay site

Digital Versions of English Language Learning Scaffolding Tools

Speaking of digital tools for education:

“The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has partnered with Drawp for School to provide interactive digital versions of their English language learning scaffolding tools for English learners. These tools are organized by proficiency level and provide teachers editable sentence frames and questions that can be tailored to any content. Teachers can access any lesson plan from the Drawp Resource Marketplace and then simply add sentence frames to assignments to help guide English learners.”

Note that Julie Brannon, our social media specialist is affiliated with Drawp for School. Read more at the Drawp Blog

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