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App Ed Review Roundup: App Lessons for the Core

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app-ed-review-approvedApp Ed Review has a library of over 75 app lessons for all major K-12 subjects

With testing being completed around the country and spring in the air, it can be a rejuvenating time for teachers. As one colleague told us recently, “We can teach how we want to and try new ‘stuff’ again in our classrooms!” In the spirit of “trying new stuff” in the classroom, we wanted to devote this Roundup to four of our favorite app lessons!

Right now, App Ed Review has a library of over 75 app lessons for all major K-12 subjects! These app lessons weave together three or four complimentary apps to form cohesive lessons which include differentiated learning artifacts and other types of assessments for teachers. Below, we’ve focused on four core subject areas –mathematics, science, social studies, and English—app lessons. To see our full list of app lessons, click here!

  1. Looking to bring your high school math class off the page and into the future? “Rationally” Sketching Functions teaches students how to graph algebraic equations through videos and a graphing calculator app. To demonstrate their new understanding, students create step-by-step narrated video whiteboard recordings demonstrating the graphing process and participate in a Kahoot quiz where students match rational functions with their associated graphs. This app lesson will have your students using higher-order thinking skills like creating and analyzing. Check out all the steps to the app lesson here!
  2. Your students will explore the last frontier with this app lesson – Space Explorers! Starting off with an app that displays all the stars, planets, constellations, and other cosmic marvels to pick from, students will choose a topic from the night’s sky to further research and explore using apps from NASA and more! To demonstrate their understanding, students will make creative slideshow videos about their mission and findings from the perspective of a space exploring astronaut. See all five apps included in this app lesson as well as their individual app reviews here.
  3. With the plethora of policy changes coming out of the Oval Office, White House Policy is the perfect app lesson for your students to keep abreast of United States’ policy modifications. Students will read briefings and view primary documents straight from the source: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Using their own words, students will explain the policy change or debate and how it links to a previous time in U.S. history. Finally, students will create a news anchor-style video explaining the policy, incorporating videos, images, and more! Take a look at the full app lesson idea here.
  4. Doodle Reading is an app lesson designed to raise reading levels for early literacy and ESL students. First, students are assigned news articles based on their reading levels and are asked to record the words and sentences they do not understand. Next, students will look up the words they are having difficulty understanding using a dictionary app. Finally, students will draw their interpretation of the meaning of the words or sentences they do not understand, and they will use the words they do not understand in a new sentence. Click here for the whole app lesson!

That’s all for this month’s Roundup.  If you would like more information about any of the app lessons mentioned here or that are on the App Ed Review website, please contact us at info@appedreview.com. And remember, it’s never too late in the school year to try something new, so take a chance!

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Alex Fegely is a Social Studies teacher at The Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology, a STEM school in Myrtle Beach. In addition, Alex is an adjunct instructor at Coastal Carolina University. Previously, he has taught English and Digital Media. Alex believes that technology is an invaluable classroom tool for differentiating instruction and engaging learners.   Todd Cherner is an assistant professor of education at Coastal Carolina University. Previous to becoming a professor, Todd was a high school English and Journalism teacher at Leesburg High School, where he also coached bowling. Professionally, Todd believes technology's presence in education is going to continue to increase, and he wants to support teachers with quality resources for using technology effectively in the classroom.

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