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AASL Recommended Apps: STEM: The Everything Machine

everything_machineIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

The Everything Machine is an app that allows young students to explore coding concepts by programming the different sensors on their device. Creations include a light switch and a color-sensing musical instrument. Students can use the camera, speaker, mic, and more to incorporate into their inventions. The app allows multiple users and features built-in tutorials.

Check out this article from Wired that features a conversation with the founder of The Everything Machine, Raul Gutierrez, about how his son helped him come up with the idea for the app. Common Sense Education has a review of the app, which includes information on how well it works in a classroom environment.

Cost: $2.99
Level: Elementary
Platforms: iOS

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AASL Recommended App: Organization & Management: Three Ring

three_ringIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

Three Ring is an app that works by having the user capture student work via a mobile device and upload it to the Three Ring Website. The user can take pictures and record audio and visual material. The content can then be managed, tagged, shared, and organized online. This app is a good tool for making student portfolios. The content can be shared with parents through email. Check out their website for a great explanation of why this tool is important.

Check out reviews of the app in this post from EdSurge. This article from Instructional Tech Talk includes a video as well as examples for using the app in the classroom.

Cost: Free
Level: Elementary, Middle and High School
Platforms: iOS and Android

AASL Recommended Apps: Humanities & Arts: StoryCorps

storycorpsIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

StoryCorps is an app that allows users to record memories and stories of family members and friends, and archive them with thousands of others. It’s a good way for students to practice interviewing skills while getting to know older relatives, neighbors, or family friends. The app even comes with questions to ask, or users can come up with their own. Stories can be saved to the device, or uploaded to the StoryCorps website to be shared.

To get an idea of the powerful impact StoryCorps can have in the classroom, check out this article from the TED Blog. To get a more step-by-step approach to using the app for assignments, check out this blog post written by a teacher. Finally, the StoryCorps site includes several resources for educators or those interested in using the app.

Cost: Free
Level: All
Platforms: iOS and Android

AASL Recommended Apps: Content Creation: Plotagon

plotagonIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

Plotagon is an app that features tons of options for the user to draw on when telling a story. Users can craft their story by using different locations, emotions, postures, sound effects, and music. Dialogue can be created using computer voices or the user can record their own. The characters can be reused, and stories can include multiple scenes. This app could be a good one to use when crafting debates. Plotagon Education gives teachers more control over the accounts and digital space and helps to protect student privacy.

This article from The Learning Counsel includes several examples of teachers that have used Plotagon in their own classrooms. Check out the Plotagon Blog for lots of great suggestions and news.

Cost: Free
Level: Elementary, Middle, and High School
Platforms: iOS

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AASL Recommended App: Books: The Voyages of Aladdin and Sinbad

voyages of Aladdin and SinbadIn June 2016, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their 25 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. The apps encourage qualities such as innovation and active participation, and are user-friendly.

This interactive app allows readers to choose their own adventure by using non-linear storytelling. Readers search for a magic lamp while moving around a map of the stories of Aladdin and Sinbad. The app features detailed collage illustrations, sound effects, and music. This app is recommended for ELL students or as part of a unit on traditional literature.

This post from Capstone includes a few short reviews, while this article from Teachers with Apps goes into more detail about the app and lists several of its features.

Cost: $3.99
Level: Upper Elementary and Middle School
Platforms: iOS

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