I have been enjoying tutoring a few high school students for friends this past spring and summer. The students and I have been preparing for their ACT and/or SAT exams. The pleasant part of the experience is hanging out with some really interesting kids and as always I learn more than I teach. The first thing I noticed was all of the students had an iPhone and I did not need to make copies of anything as they simple take pictures of whatever problems I have for them to practice at home. When presented with problems such as having enough reading material to practice per my instruction, they first use technology to solve their problems. After a few weeks I decided there had to be "an app for this." HA! I have found a few apps I have recommended for my students and thought I would share these with you. I love exploring new technology, so I will add reviews as the year goes by if you, the readers enjoy the information. FUN!
IntelliVocabulary by Faqden Labs was developed by MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and MIT Web Semantics Labs. The app allows students to practice various SAT vocabulary words, take tests, and creates reports on mastery and needs. The words are arranged in alphabetical order, which allows the student, who makes deeper connections, to find patterns in the use of prefixes and suffixes. While the app is great for SAT practice, students can also just increase vocabulary while hanging out. I personally am using this to increase my Words with Friends power! Price: Free
Math and Science:
Formul8 is a formula app with formulas for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics and mechanics. This app is not a fancy-schmancy application, but is a great reference tool. I love having the formulas right in my hand and read to go. Price: Free
Mathemagics is a FUN (in a math nerd sort of way) app. The app teaches students to do math magically or simply quick tricks for computation. This app is great for increasing speed in computation and honestly is just fun. Younger children would love it and I could see it being really useful in a technology center with a "Magic" theme and a few iPads. Amaze your friends and wow your teachers become a mathemagician! Price: $0.99 (Currently on sale.)
YourTeacher.com Math for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry is a tutor in your palm. The app allows you to choose a topic such as Factoring Trinomials. The app then offers several video clips of a teacher teaching how to perform the skill, a set of practice problems, a challenge problem, a self-test, and then a set of printable documents with problems and detailed solutions. SUPER APP! Price: Free (The extended versions for individual subjects are $9.99 each. I have not purchased one yet, but I plan to add at least one just to see what is available. This seems expensive for an app, but if you were to buy a math tutoring book at Barnes and Noble, you would pay at least $20.00. The book has no video.)
Learning in General:
iTunes U is the iTunes University app. So, you are bored with Netflix (another favorite app) and you just want to learn Calculus or how about taking The Hebrew SCriptures in Judaism and Christianity from Harvard? YOU CAN FOR FREE! Download this app and take the course. The courses vary in length and support materials. Some of the courses have only the lectures and some have lectures and support materials. You will not receive credit, but you will have learned something new. Price: FREE!
If this blog was helpful, please let me know and I will add more information about apps. Technology is enhancing learning and opening the world for those who have long been limited by miles or by culture. The world is changing rapidly. Be informed!
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