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The Word Monsters want to teach kids to read on iPad

"There are an increasing number of impressive phonics and early-reading apps on iPad, with The Word Monsters: Learn to Read shaping up as one of the best we’ve seen."

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"That’s what makes The Word Monsters an impressive app: the attention to detail ... and the responsible attitude of its developer."

See the full article in The Apps Playground


Technapex Feature's MindConnex Learning

MindConnex Learning: “Using Technology to Enhance the Learning Experience”

"Dublin-based MindConnex Learning‘s “Shakespeare in Bits” series, a multimedia approach to teaching Shakespeare, aimed at the middle school and high school level and available across iOS, PC, and Mac platforms. This week we had the privilege of speaking with MindConnex CEO Michael Cordner and Zoe Faulder, Director of Marketing, who both provided insight into the company’s history, vision, and their upcoming plans."

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Shakespeare In Bits one of NBC's top 8 Apps for Middle Schools

Back to School: 8 iPhone and iPad Apps for Middle School Students by NBC

"Older middle-schoolers may be starting to tackle the Bard in English class. (If this sounds preposterous, consider that Romeo and Juliet were roughly the age of ... older middle-schoolers. Scary, isn’t it?) Reading Shakespeare is a tall order for anyone, but this multimedia study guide provides a foothold to understanding the action. Voiced by Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen, the app provides an animated recreation of each scene, accompanied by the corresponding text from the play. There are also notes, definitions, and study tools for each section."


See the full NBC review by Laura Selby here


Teachers use Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth to show the positive impact mobile devices can have on lessons

Teachers share tips for using smart phones as learning tools in class, at home

altFor years, schools have banned the use of cell phones in schools. But today, some schools are cautiously embracing smart phones as a student-friendly technology that can enhance lessons at little cost to schools.

“This is their life,” said Barbara Horner, an eighth grade language arts teacher at the Emma C. Attales School in Absecon, N.J.

She shared student projects at the 15th annual “From My Classroom to Yours” technology conference March 14, sponsored by the Southern Regional Institute & Educational Technology Training Center, or SRI & ETTC, at Richard Stockton College.

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iPads promote education

iPads promote education

February 29, 2012 • Kristina Busch  

Education seems to move in the direction of learning with technology. Most teachers now use Moodle to upload assignments and notes of the day’s lessons. Currently, according to the Classrooms of the Future instructor Jenn Nelson, teachers are starting to use the Explain Everything app that creates videos and podcasts. Podcasts of lessons could potentially aid students who were absent or students who did not understand the lesson and need a review.

In addition to Moodle and Explain Everything, many teachers are having lessons where students use iPads. The iPads have apps that help make the lesson easier and more entertaining.

To sophomore Emilyn Ryski, the best app is Shakespeare in Bits. For Mary Strampe’s enriched English classes, students used the Shakespeare in Bits app to explore Romeo and Juliet more closely. “What’s cool about it is as you’re reading, students can click on words, characters and summaries,” Strampe said. The scenes, characters and lines of the play are explained and students can enjoy Shakespeare’s work with deeper understanding.

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