Did you know that there are over 100,000 educational apps in the App Store?
Yeah, that's a lot of apps and I can't think of a parent I know who has time to sort through them all, especially when parents are looking for some good apps to fight the summer slide keep their kids engaged while also having a bit of fun this summer.
Fortunately, a company called eSpark that help school districts effectively leverage iPads and educational apps to increase student engagement and achievement, had educators whittle down that massive universe of apps. They found the best apps for middle schoolers that not only interest tweens but that also align to Common Core State Standards. Win-win! Here are a few of my favorites:
You can find the full eSpark list here.
Carrie Conover, a School Partnership Manager at eSpark who taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years, explained that eSpark examined the apps from both the educator and student perspectives. On the educational side, they looked for apps that were engaging, intuitive, of high quality and with a scaffolding of learning, meaning that it gets harder. From the student side, they focused on aspects that research shows kids like, including sound effects, badges, gyromotion, and immediate feedback.
Conover said that educational apps are a great way to fight the summer slide.
One of her suggestions was to allow a kid to play his purely "fun" apps for as long as he/she spends on educational apps.
These apps, however, will hopefully fall into both categories!
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