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AASL Recommended App: Books: Heuristic Shakespeare – The Tempest

This summer, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced their Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017. The apps encourage qualities such as creativity and collaboration, and encourage discovery and curiosity.

Heuristic Shakespeare: The Tempest is the product of Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate working together to bring the plays of Shakespeare to life. “Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen and heard, not read. Heuristic Shakespeare apps put you face to face with his characters at the heart of each play. It makes his language and references easily accessible and helps you understand each play from the inside out.” The app includes in-depth notes on the text, the history of The Tempest, and historical background on Shakespeare.

This review of the app from PC Mag gives an overview of the app as well as a pro/con list.

Level: Middle School
Platform: iOS
Cost: $5.99

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the app being created here:

 

AASL Recommended App: Books: Metamorphabet

metamorphabetIn 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.

Metamorphabet is an app that makes the alphabet come to life! Using animation, letters are able to morph into images that portray vocabulary words. This engaging alphabet book could also be used with ELL to build and develop vocabulary.

Check out reviews of the app from Common Sense Education here. School Library Journal shares their thoughts and examples from the app in this article.

Cost: $3.99

Level: Elementary
Platforms: iOS and Android

Watch the trailer here:

AASL Recommended Apps: Books: Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be

ryan_north to be or not to beIn 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.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is experienced from a whole new perspective with the use of this app. The reader can make their own plot choices, and read from the point of view of Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet. This app can help start conversations about how Shakespeare has been adapted over the years, and also about the different impacts that can be created by a change in setting and point of view.

This review from Touch Arcade gives the app five stars and explains the features in detail. The review warns the beginning may be a bit slow, but the story becomes very entertaining as you continue. This post from Steam also includes several reviews from individuals as well as a video of the app.

Cost: $5.99
Level: Middle and High School
Platforms: iOS and Android

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

Watch their video here:

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