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SymbalooEDU: Easily Organize All Your Websites

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I have posted in the past about how I use Symbaloo to organize the websites my class visits and I wanted to updated that post as some of the features on SymbalooEDU have changed. The video below will walk you through that process as well as highlight some of the basic steps in getting started with SymbalooEDU. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments and I will answer them the best I can! The Kinderchat Symbaloo webmixes mentioned in the video can be found HERE.

 

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Tell About This App 101 Video

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The latest App 101 video covers the basics of using Tell About This. If you want to see a list of all my App 101 videos click here.

 

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Great Apps To Introduce Coding to Young Kids

This is cross-posted at the We Are Teachers Blog

If your class is like mine, the kids are always talking about playing video games! Rather than discouraging that interest, I want to harness it to encourage a higher level of thinking in my class. That is exactly what happens when kids explore coding. I love watching their faces as they try to process that people have to “tell” technology what to do in order for a game to work.

For many kids, the thought of creating games is even more exciting than playing them. Supporting their interest in gaming is important because the process of coding promotes problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Below I have listed four apps that are great places to start learning about coding with young kids. 

Daisy the Dinosaur (free) – This app is best suited for early childhood students or for a very basic intro for older students. The goal of the app is to make Daisy the Dino perform tasks. The “challenge” mode prompts the student to follow specific directions (image below), and the free-play mode allows kids to create whatever they like. Teachers could challenge students to perform certain tasks, or the kids could create challenges for each other. 

Daisy Dino
Hopscotch (free) – Created by the same developer as Daisy the Dino, this app takes coding/programming a step further. This is an open platform for kids in which they use coding skills to manipulate the characters they choose. The options for kids creating with this app are nearly endless as they can create games, animation, stories and more. I love that their creations can be interactive—the characters can be controlled by shaking, shouting and tilting the iPad. If you are new to this app, I suggest clicking on Community at the bottom of the app (image below) to check out some of the great examples of students and teachers using this app. There are a few app purchases you can make to get extra characters, but you will not need them to enjoy full use of this app. 

I also suggest checking out the Hopscotch Teacher Guide provided by the app developer. For older students, you could simply give them this document and let them start creating. 

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Cargo-Bot (free) – This is a game-based app that teaches coding as kids progress through challenges in the game. There are tutorials to get them started, and then they move on into the actual game levels. My favorite part of the app is the higher-level thinking involved as part of the learning process. Give the game a try and you will see what I mean—it is fun for all ages. 

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Tynker (free) – This is another game-based app that teaches kids the basics of coding as they complete the game’s challenges. This app might be more appealing to kids who aren’t showing as much interest in coding, as the game aspect will immerse them in the learning. Tynker actually has three different games within the app: Puppy Adventure, Lost in Space and Sketch Racer. 

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2014 Update: Apps We Use in Kindergarten

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RED Links- New Apps to the list

Underlined Apps- What I consider MUST HAVE apps for Kindergarten!

Storytelling/Creating:

Lego Movie Maker, Aurasma, Venn Diagram, Write About This, Tell About ThisBalloon Stickies, Audioboo, 30hands, Magnetic ABC, Hello Crayon, Pic Stitch, Pic Collage, PicPlayPost Chatterpix Kids, ToontasticFelt BoardLittle Bird TalesEducreationsSock PuppetsStoryBuddy 2, Explain EverythingDoodlecast Pro, Book CreatorStrip DesignerToontastic JrDraw and Tell HDMy StoryPuppet PalsKid in StorySkitch, Popplet

Creativity/Play:

My PlayHomeToca Tea PartyRobot LabWhere’s My WaterToca KitchenSticker WorldLittle Things

Books: I started using the iPad as a listening center, here are my all time favorite books…

Collins Big Cat Books, Monster at the End of the BookDr Seuss ABCCat in The HatGreen Eggs and HamGo Away Big Green MonsterThree Little PigsThe Kissing HandThree Little GatorsThe LoraxGroovy Story of Tortoise and HareCountry Mouse City MouseTeddy’s NightMiko Goes on VacationThe Chalk Box Story

Apps for all areas:

Teach Me KFeed MeJumpstart PrePirate Phd, Princess Phd, Teach Me 1st Grade

Letter ID/Letter Sound:

Touch and Write, All About Letters, AR Flashcards,  Starfall ABCIntro to LettersInteractive AlphabetLetter of the DayAlphabetimalsAlphabet TracingEndless AlphabetLetter SchoolAlpha TotsMontessori Letter SoundsAlpha MazeFlashCardsAlien Buddies, Wet Dry Try

Letter ID/Phonics/Word Work/Writing:

Alpha WriterSpell AnimalsSound SortingPhonics Fun ( I use phonics fun 1-4), Letter SoundsABC Magic 5Cimo SpellingMonkey WordWord WonderlandSentence BuilderWord BingoFlashcard Maker

Science/Geography:

My Incredible Body, Google Earth, Brainpop Jr, AR Space DinopediaPlants HDPocket Zoo,  Barefoot World AtlasStack the StatesABC Mouse (Set 1-3)World Book Animals, InstaWeather Pro

Math

Todo Time, Todo MathRWT Timeline, Maths Toolbox, MathDoodles, Base Ten Math, Adding and Subtracting, MyScript Calculator, Blokify Intro to MathHungry FishCounting BoardMath BingoPattern Recognition K, Math MagicLet’s Make ShapesSimple SortHaiku DeckNative NumbersMarble Math JrMonkey MathSplash Math KNumber MazeTallyTotsMontessori Number BoardGeoboardiSequencesHungry Guppy,

Programing/Coding/

Tynker,  Daisy The DinosaurHopscotchMove the Turtle

Art/Music:

colAR Mix,, iLuv Draw AnimalsGaragebandDrawing PadMoMA Art LabKid ArtEverything Butt ArtiLuv Drawing DinosaursWhiteboard,

BONUS: iPad Management Resources:

75 Resources for Management and Setup

Introducing Apps to the Class

Turning A Website Into An App Icon

Puffin App,

Using Flash Website on the iPad

iPad Headphones ,

Regulating Yelling with an App

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44 Free iPad Apps in a SymbalooEDU Webmix

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Here are 44 of my favorite FREE apps for elementary!

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