• Jan 25
  • Getting Started with Duck Duck Moose Apps

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    Duck Duck Moose makes award-winning educational apps for young children. Founded in 2008 by a small team of parents and educators, Duck Duck Moose has created over 20 apps that encourage kids to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment. Now, as part of the educational nonprofit Khan Academy, all Duck Duck Moose apps are FREE for everyone to download and enjoy.

    Apps from Duck Duck Moose cover a range of early learning topics. These include math, reading, music, puzzles and nursery rhymes, in addition to open-ended apps that encourage creative expression and play. You’ll find our full list of apps organized by topic and age on the “apps” section of www.duckduckmoose.com. Duck Duck Moose educational apps are aligned to common core standards, and can be used at home to help prepare kids for school while reinforcing topics that are covered in the classroom.

    Teachers are using Duck Duck Moose apps in a variety of creative ways to encourage children to express their ideas. We’ve collected highlights in a blog post explaining how teachers integrate iPad apps with their lesson plans. There is also a prolific stream of examples are shared by teachers over social media. Visit @duckduckmoose and @chatterpixit on Twitter to see how children are explaining their math thinking, completing themed research projects, bringing artwork to life, creating interactive biographies, storytelling, recording book reports, collaborating through math games and so much more!

    All of our apps are available on Apple’s iOS platform for the iPhone and iPad. A subset of our apps are also available on the Android platform. If there are questions about using or installing our educational apps, feel free to reach out to support@duckduckmoose.com so we can offer assistance.

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  • Aug 09
  • Best Practices for iPad Apps in the Classroom

    This month, teachers are opening their classroom doors to prepare for another year of learning. With the abundance of tech tools available for education, how will teachers choose the best method for integrating technology in their classrooms?

    Our team at Duck Duck Moose has been making educational apps for kids since 2008, and we’ve collected some compelling teaching techniques from educators who integrate our apps with their lesson plans. We hope these examples of how to use iPad apps in the classroom help get your school year off to a bright start!

    Use Apps To Tell a Story

    Kids are using apps to record their voice and explain what they learn. Click the ChatterPix video below to listen to their stories about shapes. Teachers have been especially pleased to see shy children step up to the microphone in bold new ways.

    Use Apps To Show Thinking

    Here students are using Draw and Tell to explain their math thinking. Used with assessments, these verbal testimonials can demonstrate a dynamic view of a student’s understanding. 

    Use Apps To Do Research

    Themed topics provide a focus area for doing supplementary research on an iPad. Once research is complete, students can summarize their research into a presentation of their own.

    Use Apps To Make a Video

    Intrigued by their own self reflection, making a video can capture a student’s attention and encourage creativity in visual ways.

    App Smash to Create Something New

    App smashing is a term for using multiple apps to create an end product. With an inventive set of tools, it’s amazing to witness what children come up with on their own. In this case, Draw and Tell helped a child design and record their explanation of the water cycle.

    Use Apps To Practice A Skill

    Math practice can help kids build confidence in the classroom. Making math practice fun and engaging is a top priority at Duck Duck Moose! Check out Park Math, Moose Math and Pet Bingo for more math practice activities for kids.

     Visit duckduckmoose.com to learn more about our educational apps for kids!


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  • Jun 15
  • The Brilliant Way One Teacher Used ChatterPix To Teach Empathy

    While it’s incredibly important for children to develop empathy, every parent and teach can agree that it’s not easy by any means to actually teach empathy. However, Sarah Healy – who teaches second grade at Greer Elementary School – managed to do just that. In fact, her lesson was so successful, it spread far beyond her second grade classroom, inspiring empathy throughout the entire school and community. The project was even featured on local news!

    Check out the inspiring story of how she used technology to teach empathy:

     

     

    Interested in creating a similar project? Here’s how to teach empathy using tech:

    1. Pick an important cause
    Sarah’s class created a campaign for their local animal shelter, run by the SPCA. This was a great choice for elementary-level students, as the cause – helping animals in need – is one that’s a bit easier for them to connect with.

    2. Decide on the action you’d like others to take
    In this instance, the students decided to collect pet food for cats and dogs at the SPCA. Again, this is a great choice, as it’s a low-cost item, making it easier for other students to contribute.

    3. Craft your campaign 
    The second graders at Greer Elementary created a fantastic video campaign using the free ChatterPix Kid app. This is quite easy, even for those that don’t have advanced technical skills:

    • Write a short campaign message.
    • Obtain the photo(s) you wish to use in your campaign. In this instance, students used photos of animals currently up for adoption at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
    • Download ChatterPix Kid on your classroom device(s).
    • Import the image you wish to use and record your campaign message on ChatterPix.

    The finished product will be a cool talking image that relays your campaign message to others!

    4. Share your campaign
    Over the course of two weeks, the 2nd graders’ ChatterPix images were shared during morning announcements at Greer Elementary. This inspired students throughout the school to take action and donate to the cause.

    At the end of the two weeks, Sarah’s students had collected over 200 items for the local SPCA, and were rewarded with a visit from a 9 1/2 month old SPCA puppy named Wilbur.

    “For them it was a way to take something out of the community and do something for someone else, rather than thinking of themselves,” said Sarah Healy.

    Click here for more great examples of ChatterPix in the classroom!


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  • Jan 06
  • 30 Inspirational Quotes For Teachers

    Helen Caldicott once said, “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth” and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve compiled 30 of our favorite quotes about the importance of education, creativity and curiosity.

    Share these inspirational quotes for teachers by clicking the Twitter image below any quote to share it on Twitter!

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    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry B Adams motivational quotes for teachers

    “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
    – Henry B Adams

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    Wisdom begins in wonder socrates

    “Wisdom begins in wonder.”
    – Socrates

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    Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. Neil Armstrong

    “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
    – Neil Armstrong

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    “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” Walt Streightiff

    “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
    – Walt Streightiff

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    "Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning."

    “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”
    – Unknown

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    Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. chinese proverb

    “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
    – Chinese Proverb

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    "Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. The future belongs to the curious." quote

    “Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. The future belongs to the curious.”
    – Unknown

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    You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P Bedford

    “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
    – Clay P Bedford

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    Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Sally Ride quote

    “Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity.”
    – Sally Ride

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    “Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” Ken Robinson quote

    “Curiosity is the engine of achievement.”
    – Ken Robinson

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    “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Hodding Carter

    “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.”
    – Hodding Carter

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    “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

    “Everything you can imagine is real.”
    – Pablo Picasso

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    Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein

    “Play is the highest form of research.”
    – Albert Einstein

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    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
    – Margaret Mead

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    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch

    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
    – Plutarch

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    "A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.” Smiley Blanton

     

    “A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.”
    – Smiley Blanton

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    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
    – Albert Einstein

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    The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. BB King

     

    “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
    – BB King

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    Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver

    “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

    – George Washington Carver

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    “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

    “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
    – Albert Einstein

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    “I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” Eleanor Roosevelt

    “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt

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    A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. Norman Cousins

    “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”
    – Norman Cousins

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    Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey

     

    “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
    – John Dewey

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    What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. Joseph Addison

    “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.”
    – Joseph Addison

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    “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” Unknown

    “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”
    – Unknown

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    The future belongs to the curious." Unknown

    The future belongs to the curious.”
    – Unknown

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    “Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

    “Creativity takes courage.”
    – Henri Matisse

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    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
    – Albert Einstein

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    I am not a teacher, but an awakener. Robert Frost

    “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
    – Robert Frost

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    “Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.” Samuel Johnson

    “Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”
    – Samuel Johnson

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    Check out WonderBox, our award-winning new app featuring educational content and kid-friendly design tools. Download WonderBox for free on iTunes!

    Teachers: Interested in using WonderBox in your classroom?
    Click here to learn more about our WonderBox Ambassador Program!


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  • Oct 31
  • Pet Bingo: A Deep Educational Math App for all ages

    Written by Jennifer DiBrienza – PhD in Education, Stanford University and Former NYC public school teacher

    Pet Bingo Hint ButtonToday Duck Duck Moose is launching a new app called Pet Bingo! Available in the App Store now!  We are very excited about this new opportunity for students to gain practice with their number facts by doing more than just memorizing them.   When a child doesn’t know how to solve a particular problem, she can press the ‘hint’ button and will get to see a visual representation of the problem that also provides the student with a way to conceptualize the problem. 

    In addition and subtraction problems, ten frames and number lines show groups and jumps of 5s and 10s and help illustrate the number relationships and place value thinking that is necessary to mentally solve the problems.  In the example below, a number line is used to help students see that in subtracting 15 from 49 one possible way is to subtract the 9 ones in the 49, get to 40 and then subtract the 6 that are left.

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    In the next example above, place value is also used to solve the problem, but rather than moving to the next ten, the strategy of taking a jump of 10 and then adding on the final 2 is suggested.  By providing various models, visuals and strategies, the app supports the student in thinking about computation in flexible ways.

    In multiplication and division problems, arrays help students consider the distributive property of multiplication and illustrate the relationship between multiplication and division.

    In the example shown below, the commutative and distributive properties are used to help a student realize that when solving one of the multiplication facts she may not know (6×11), that the order of the numbers does not matter in a multiplication problem (if she knows 11×6, then she knows 6×11) and if she knows how to figure out how much 10 groups of 6 is, she can simply add one more group of 6 on to find out the total.

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    The report card, shown above, gives parents and teachers a summary that shows which facts or ideas a student has mastered and which she is working on.

    “I was excited to team up with Duck Duck Moose to create an app that provided students the opportunity to develop automaticity with the basic number facts for the four arithmetic operations as well as deepen their understanding with each of the operations themselves.”   – Jennifer DiBrienza

    About Jennifer DiBrienza: “I taught elementary school in the New York City public schools for 9 years and then worked as a math coach for grades K-5. After moving to California, I completed my PhD in elementary mathematics education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. My research focused on young children’s understanding of place value (our base-10 number system) and the operation of subtraction.”

     

     


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  • Sep 09
  • POP QUIZ! What Does K.MD.A.2 Mean?

    If you know the answer, we’re impressed and you’ve earned a gold star! If not, that’s okay, you’ll know soon enough.

    Duck Duck Moose wants every parent and teacher to feel confident about the current elementary academic standards so we can all work together to create the best possible learning experience for all children. To help, Duck Duck Moose Educational Specialist Sara Kimelman, who has spent four years teaching in elementary classrooms across California and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Education, has created a one-page printout titled “Kindergarten Common Core State Standards – The Simple Version!” to make the standards easier to understand.

    And now for the big reveal! K.MD.A.2 is the abbreviated version for the Math Common Core Standard: Kindergarten Measurement and Data Part A, Part 2. Still confused? Don’t worry, we’ve removed all of these complicated codes and simplified their meanings in our easy-to-follow guide. Easy Peasy. Lemon Squeezy. Download it for free here:

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    We’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions to make this list clearer or more accurate for your personal classroom or at home. Email us at suggestions@duckduckmoose.com


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  • Aug 23
  • Recognize the Moose Mathletes in Your Life!

    Parents, are your kids learning new skills from Moose Math? We sure hope so! Why not recognize their accomplishments with one of these printable certificates! And for you, we’re making it super easy to follow their learning through our simple guide to Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Math. Click on the images below or visit our Learning Portal.

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  • Aug 15
  • Don’t Let the Learning Stop!

    We know the start of the school year is a busy time for everyone. To help parents and teachers jump start learning, we’ve created a new Duck Duck Moose Learning Portal. Complete with FREE, downloadable worksheets and fun award certificates, the Learning Portal is a central hub for fun and interactive learning activities. All of the worksheets align with the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards and mirror activities found in our newest app, Moose Math. We’ve even included a quick guide on the Common Core to help parents navigate all of those secret codes. We’ll be adding new activities regularly, so be sure to check back often for updated material.

    Have an idea for the Learning Portal? We’d love to hear your suggestions on creative ways you use our apps for learning. Email us at support@duckduckmoose.com to share your ideas!

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  • Jul 02
  • A Guide for Parents: What is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?

    As you may have heard, new guidelines around the online collection of personal information from children recently went into effect. The official name is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA. As parents and Co-Founders of Duck Duck Moose, we have always taken children’s privacy and security very seriously. From day one, we have been committed to building our educational apps with the utmost protection and security for children. We have followed the news around COPPA closely and realized that most parents might not understand what it really means. In anticipation of your questions and to help you better understand the guidelines, we’ve put together this short Q&A. If you have additional questions about COPPA or Duck Duck Moose, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    What is COPPA?  

    COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a United States Federal law which is intended to protect children’s privacy and safety online.  It states that companies may not collect personally identifiable information* from children under 13 without parental consent.

    *Personally identifiable information includes information such as name, address, email, photos, videos, geolocation and persistent device identifiers (an ID that can be used to track your device such as your iPhone, iPad, computer, etc.)

    Why is COPPA suddenly in the news now?  

    Now more than ever, children are interacting with technology, apps and the Internet – whether it be on a smart phone or tablet at home or in the classroom. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated COPPA to reflect this growing trend. The changes took effect July 1, 2013.

    The new COPPA rules expand the definition of personal information to include persistent identifiers and geolocation information, which is the ability for a device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) to track where it’s being used. Additionally, third-party advertisers (companies different from the developer of the app) cannot collect a child’s personal information to target children or their parents with ads, without parental consent.

    Does Duck Duck Moose collect any personal information from children?  

    NO. From the very beginning, we made a conscious decision to take a conservative approach when it comes to collecting personal information from children. Duck Duck Moose does not use any outside services,  and we do not collect any personal data from children.

    Does Duck Duck Moose collect any information?

    We do not collect any personal information from children. As our Privacy Policy states, if you sign up on our website for our e-newsletter, we will have your email address solely for the purpose of providing the e-newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. Similarly, if you write to our Support email for help, we have your email address; however, it is only used for the purpose of communicating directly with you regarding any issues you are having with our apps. We do not sell emails to outside providers.

    How should I choose safe apps for my children?

    Choose apps from companies that you trust. Play with the app yourself and note whether it will be a good experience for your child.

    Do a little research beforehand. Look at the developer’s website and read their Privacy Policy.  Perhaps it doesn’t sound too realistic to read a bunch of legal terms; however, all companies should have a Privacy Policy that clearly explains what information they collect and how they use it. If you have any questions about ours, please let us know!

    Where can I go for more information?

    The FTC website has all the details on the new COPPA guidelines. Another good, easy-to-understand article can be found on Everloop. Entertaining bedtime reading…. enjoy!

     


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  • May 07
  • Duck Duck Moose Celebrates Teachers: An Interview with Ms. Lirenman

    “Teacher’s plant the seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    From day one, education has been a founding principle at Duck Duck Moose and it remains one of the most important pillars in everything we do. Over the past several months teachers from all over have reached out to share stories of how they are embracing technology and incorporating our apps into their classroom’s curriculum. These teachers are going above and beyond traditional plans to lead their students through innovative lessons using technology. We are honored to be a part of classroom education and quite excited to have the opportunity to to learn more.

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day we’re sharing how one of these incredible teachers has embraced technology as a tool for teaching and how her students are engaging with one of our creative apps, Draw and Tell.

    Name: Ms. Karen Lirenman

    Location: Vancouver, Canada

    Grade level: 1st

    Length of time teaching: 21 years

    Class blog: http://mslirenmansroom.blogspot.com/

    Q. Why did you choose teaching as a career?

    A.  I have always liked people, children and helping others when needed. I clearly remember, while in school, spending time helping other students prepare for tests, understand concepts, etc. only to have them beat me on the actual exam! Looking back now that must have been a sign that I had the gift of teaching. I originally went to University to become an Occupational Therapist and quickly realized it was not the job for me. Teaching was my calling. 21 years later and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

    Q.  How has technology changed or enhanced your skills as a teacher and what are the benefits of using technology in your classroom?

    A.  Access to technology has transformed the way I teach. I could not do what I do in my classroom without it. It allows me to better meet the unique needs of my students by providing them with more ways to learn, show and share their knowledge. It also allows me to connect them with the world through video conferencing.

    My students are now at the centre of their learning. For example they:

    • Use open-ended white board apps to draw and talk about their work
    • Use open-ended book creating apps to speak, write and illustrate their stories
    • Use Draw and Tell as their go-to-app to share their thinking with the world

    Technology allows all my students to be successful. It breaks down the barriers to success.

    Q.  How do you use the Duck Duck Moose Draw and Tell app in your classroom and have you noticed a change in students’ learning with the addition of apps?

    A.  My students LOVE using Draw and Tell. It is the app they use to independently document their learning in their own voice. Some examples include:

    • Using the pointer feature to talk about specific parts of their work
    • Using the app’s stickers for phonics lessons and math lessons (number sentences and patterning)
    • Adding voice to their digital and non-digital work
    • Making digital posters to show their knowledge about a concept – such as healthy living or being safe
    • Creating digital illustrations to go with their written stories

    Apps allow my students to choose the best way for them to learn and show me (and the world) what they know. Being able to add their own voice so easily has been a great help for my students who struggle with written output. In addition, sharing their voices on an iPad in a separate spot in the classroom has provided my quieter students a comfortable place to share their learning.

    Q.  What are some of your favorite moments or comments from the children when they are engaged with technology?

    A.  I love it when my students are curious enough to explore technology on their own and figure out a secret trick to an app or website. Something as simple as figuring out that typing “Ms Lirenman” into a Google search is a much faster way to get to the class blog. In fact, it was a student who discovered the pointer feature in Draw and Tell. I love that they are comfortable enough to take those risks because that is authentic learning for them. It also makes me smile is when they quickly want to share their discoveries with their classmates. What’s most rewarding are the smiles when they create something that they didn’t believe they could. Technology has played a big part in these new discoveries.

    Q.  Anything else to add?

    Technology is a powerful tool and it’s just one of many that I use to teach. It offers my students a different way of learning and it’s really exciting to watch them make new discoveries. I believe students learn best through variety and in addition to technology you will find real hands-on experiences and creative play happening in my classroom every day. It’s all part of the learning puzzle that I believe is important for students to experience.


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  • May 06
  • Celebrate a Teacher

    Tomorrow is Teacher Appreciation Day . We’ve designed this certificate for kids fill in and give to their teachers. Click on the image to download.

    Over the past few months we’ve heard from many teachers who have embraced technology and are using many of our apps with their students. Come back tomorrow to learn more as we celebrate teachers and education.


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