7 Fun Easter Apps for Kids Who are Sick of Chocolate

Easter Apps

Enough with the chocolate! I have seriously had more chocolate in the last week than Augustus Gloop on a Creme Egg binge. And the only way I know to distract myself from this Easter madness is to pull out the iPad and start (sticky) tapping. As a chocolate alternative this year, here are seven of the […]

7 Apps the Best Teachers Are Using

Apps Teachers are Using

Window (no pun intended) shopping the App Store these days can be a very dangerous game… Sure, it’s got a nice icon, a slick animated video of people ‘loving’ the app, and even a clever catch phrase that you swear you’ve heard before. But is it any good? Who can you ask? Well hopefully, it’s someone […]

6 Life-Changing Books That Inspire Education

books_inspire_education

Some people just do amazing things. They reach out and change the world. They take actions that impact millions. Are these people super-human? Are they world leaders? Well, generally no. They are individuals. Individuals who are willing to put their beliefs into action. These six books are the inspirational stories of those people. Those people […]

12 Fun Gifs That Put the Technology into Education

The Modern Classroom

Nothing speaks Internet better than animated gifs! Once relegated to the ‘Internet Hall of Shame’, Animated gifs are totally back, and actually a really easy way to inject some fun into lessons and material. Try using Giphy, the animated gif search engine, to find the perfect piece of animated silliness to put into your next lesson. […]

5 Apps I am Using to ‘Tweak’ My Lessons

Keynote

Now that that the kids are positive I have lost my mind, I wanted to share with you some of the ways I am starting to ‘tweak’ my lessons. When I started, it was a little at a time, not a whole unit, not a whole week, just one lesson. Something unexpected happened. I found […]

Choosing the Best Game Console for Kids

Best Game Console for Kids

Whether you are looking for a game console for the family home or are leaning towards something more portable for your kids, there is a lot of different options out there. Between the many companies producing gaming systems, finding the best game console for kids is now a much more involved process than it was even […]

Online Learning and the Power of the PLN

The Power of the PLN

I want to introduce you to some of my best friends: This is Dave from the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is Jenny, an independent education consultant from the UK. And here’s Clarissa, an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Brazil. And yes, there’s Frances, an educator also from the UK, and […]

Creating ‘Paper Apps’ to Introduce Your Kids to App Development

Making Apps Out of Paper

One of the most popular ideas we explored in our latest Fractus Learning course ‘Programming for Kids – How to Make Coding Fun‘ was using printed templates to create ‘paper apps’ with your kids. Not only is this a really fun class exercise,  it is also an excellent skill to build before advancing into real app […]

Leveraging Mobile in the Classroom

Leveraging Mobile in the Classroom

Don’t ban technology, leverage it! Kids have access to a wide variety of internet-ready devices: tablets, iPods and handheld gaming platforms. Instead of asking students to put away their devices, why not have students leverage their mobile devices as part of the classroom experience with fact finding activities? You can start a classroom discussion on […]