App Ed Review https://appedreview.com Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:47:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 “Rationally” Sketching Functions – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/rationally-sketching-functions-app-lesson/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:33:48 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=36031 Description: This app lesson will develop high school students’ knowledge and ability to sketch, plot, and understand rational functions. Instructional Objective: Students will be able to sketch rational functions, noting the x and y intercepts, asymptotes, and the locations of curves. Step 1: Students will watch this video in which the graph is sketched, solving algebraically the ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop high school students’ knowledge and ability to sketch, plot, and understand rational functions.

Instructional Objective: Students will be able to sketch rational functions, noting the x and y intercepts, asymptotes, and the locations of curves.

Step 1: Students will watch this video in which the graph

is sketched, solving algebraically the following: the x and y intercepts, horizontal asymptotes, vertical asymptotes, then sketching the curves using knowledge of end behavior in the Khan Academy app.

Khan Academy: you can learn anything (Free, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will graph the following three rational functions using the Desmos Graphing Calculator, noting the points of interest mentioned above. They will also sharpen their skills of entering in information into a graphing calculator, noting how parentheses affect their inputs. Note: one of the functions will have a “hole” in it.


Desmos Graphing Calculator (Free, App Store) →

Step 3:  Students will join our classroom in the ShowMe app. Then students will import the assignment template I have previously made and sketch their rational function onto the template (which is lined like graph paper). Students will then compare their answers with a partner. Students will also do a voice recording in which they will talk about what they did at each step to be able to graph this function. Students will then upload their drawing and recording into the classroom group. After they have completed this task, they will be able to view other students’ notes.

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard (Free+, App Store) →

Step 4:  Students will participate in a closing activity by playing a Kahoot quiz in which students will match 2 rational functions with their corresponding graphs.

Kahoot! Play Fun Learning Games (Free, App Store) →

Inspired by Clara Grace Coker

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Four Ways To Master Your College Class Material https://appedreview.com/blog/four-ways-master-college-class-material/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:36:18 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=36024 Many students who did well in high school can find themselves floundering in college. Take more difficult courses combined with a faster pace, add in the lack of an involved parent making sure you do your homework and have the resources you need to excel and many college students can quickly find themselves overwhelmed. But ...

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Many students who did well in high school can find themselves floundering in college. Take more difficult courses combined with a faster pace, add in the lack of an involved parent making sure you do your homework and have the resources you need to excel and many college students can quickly find themselves overwhelmed. But mastering college classes is not impossible, it just takes the development of some new strategies and tools. Here are four great strategies for mastering college material.

  1. Take notes

An old Chinese proverb states:

“Tell me and I’ll forget;

show me and I may remember;

involve me and I’ll understand.”

While there is a great deal of research on multi-sensory involvement at the elementary secondary school levels, at the college level it is expected that by now you will have learned to involve yourself. While all of the same principles hold true in adults as children – the more senses you engage in learning, the better you will learn – by adulthood it has become your responsibility to involve yourself rather than expecting your instructor to engage you. Your instructor is there to instruct, it’s your job to extract everything you can from that instruction.

There are also a plethora of note taking apps to make you more efficient at taking notes. Apps like Evernote allow you to upload files and store files with the touch of a button. Evernote even has a function that allows you to share note taking responsibilities with different students. Although, it is best to take your own notes to help with retention, but sometimes other students catch things that you don’t.

  1. Use a tutor

Too often, there is a negative social stigma to being tutored. In reality, almost all students engage in some form of tutoring from an early age. It may be just getting a friend who is better in a certain subject to help you, but that’s still tutoring. College level course work is vastly more diversified than high school level coursework, however, and some “basic” level courses are actually far more advanced than others. Whether you simply find someone in the class who excels to help you out, or whether you go through a formal tutoring center, college is the time to get over the stigma of asking for help. There are also many digital sites to help you learn.

There are several different online tutor websites such as Chegg, Pearson Smarthinking, and 24 Hour Answers. Though a majority of these sites require some form of payment or membership to receive help, they can be beneficial when you find yourself in a tough spot. It is important to remember that most sites also offer free trials, and some minimal aid for free, providing more options for you.

  1. Use time management apps

 Again and again it has been proven that “cramming” doesn’t work. You can’t master an entire term’s worth of course material in a few days, weeks or even hours. Instead, steady blocks of as little as half an hour of study over the 8-12 weeks of a course can have a far greater impact on learning and retention than trying to fit it all in at the end. Even studying for several hours at once can actually be counterproductive. Apps like Flat Tomato can help you break up your studies into manageable chunks that will be far more effective in the long run than trying to cram everything in once a week or once a semester, quarter, or term.

Other time management apps to consider are Easily Do and LastPass. LastPass is different from most time management apps because it stores all of your passwords and login information. The app automatically fills in all of the details for the number of different logins you might have, saving time.

Easily Do has a basic free package with the option to upgrade. It accesses all of your different calendars, emails, and contacts and will conveniently store them in one space. For example, if you have a work calendar, a personal calendar, and a school calendar, they will all be combined into one.

  1. Use Course Hero

 What is Course Hero? Course Hero is an online networking service that gives you access to millions of study resources, including courses specific to your school.

Want to find out whether to take Econ 101 with Dr. Smith or Professor Jones? Course Hero offers advice on which instructors to take based on your personal needs. If you are an Economics major and want to the most rigorous instruction, you might want Professor Jones, but if it’s a General Ed course you just need to get through, you might want to take Dr. Smith’s class. Course Hero can help you determine which is right for you.

Course Hero offers also offers tutoring help 24/7 to give you step-by-step help with your homework. Best of all, by sharing your experiences, homework and information with others, you can earn credits that give you free access to Course Hero’s online tutors!

About the Author

Brock Calderon is a recent college graduate with a BA in communications and a minor in English. He is fresh in his writing career and apart from writing he enjoys eating at a new restaurant weekly and exercising to burn off all those excess calories from all those restaurants. If he isn’t writing, eating, or exercising, he’s probably watching the most recent episode of whatever show is most popular at the time. Originally from Sacramento California, Brock now resides in Culver City.

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Patriot Newspaper – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/patriot-newspaper-app-lesson/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:41:34 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=36019 Description: This app lesson will enrich student knowledge and understanding on importance events that molded the United States to what it is today. Instructional Objective: Students will be able to describe and identify key events and people that contributed to the beginning of the United States. Step 1: Students will analyze the events of the American Revolution ...

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Description: This app lesson will enrich student knowledge and understanding on importance events that molded the United States to what it is today.

Instructional Objective: Students will be able to describe and identify key events and people that contributed to the beginning of the United States.

Step 1: Students will analyze the events of the American Revolution on the American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad app. They will be able to memorize the chronological order of the events and study important artifacts, such as documents or weapons used.

American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad (Free, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will use the Drawing Desk app to compare and contrast the Loyalists and the Patriots. They will select the Sketch Desk option and draw a T-chart to compare characteristics such as which army the group fought for and who they were led by.

Zeichenbrett - Zeichnen, Malen, kritzeln (Free+, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will be split into groups and will be assigned a topic (Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, etc.) They will use the My Newspaper app and create their own newspaper article from the perspective of a regular townsperson. They will also include a personal opinion at the bottom detailing how a regular townsperson would react to this topic.

My Newspaper ( Making a Newspaper ). (Free+, App Store) →

Inspired by Katrina Gallo

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Spanish Vocabulary and Phrases – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/spanish-vocabulary-phrases-app-lesson/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:25:26 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=36013 Description: This app lesson will develop Spanish students’ vocabulary word and speaking skills. Instructional Objective: Students will watch instructional videos, create flashcards, practice speaking, and then submit audio recordings of themselves speaking Spanish words and phrases with their English translations. Step 1: Students will use the YouTube app to watch instructional videos on how to have a ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop Spanish students’ vocabulary word and speaking skills.

Instructional Objective: Students will watch instructional videos, create flashcards, practice speaking, and then submit audio recordings of themselves speaking Spanish words and phrases with their English translations.

Step 1: Students will use the YouTube app to watch instructional videos on how to have a conversation with someone in Spanish.

YouTube – Video, Clip & Musik ansehen und uploaden (Free+, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will make study flashcards with the Quizlet app. Students will practice Spanish words and phrases.

Quizlet Lerne Sprachen u Vokabeln mit Karteikarten (Free+, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will use Extempore to submit and audio recording of the phrases and words they learned in Spanish along with their meaning in English.

Extempore (Free, App Store) →

Inspired by Hannah McKinney

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Time to Explore Geometry! – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/time-explore-geometry-app-lesson/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:32:01 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=36001 Description: This app lesson will develop math students’ geometry skills in understanding how to cut complex shapes into simple shapes before adding their areas together. Instructional Objective: Students will use three different applications to explore the composition of shapes, draw shapes on their own, and create flash cards to review at home or with each other. ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop math students’ geometry skills in understanding how to cut complex shapes into simple shapes before adding their areas together.

Instructional Objective: Students will use three different applications to explore the composition of shapes, draw shapes on their own, and create flash cards to review at home or with each other.

Step 1: Students will use the Pythagorea app on the “normal” difficulty level. This app will teach students how to use straight lines to cut shapes into equal parts to determine area. This app will also teach students how to construct rhombuses with diagonal lines. The students will use area formulas given to them to calculate exact areas.

Pythagorea: Geometry on Square Grid (Free+, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will use the iRuler app to draw shapes themselves using paper and pencil. This app will help them draw straight lines through the shapes and will also help them measure sides to calculate the areas. This will give students time to do some hands on exploring without teacher instruction.

i-Ruler (Free+, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will use the Flashcards+ By Chegg app to create geometry flash cards explaining how to divide shapes into different smaller shapes. They will use these flashcards with friends in their class to study for tests. They will also be expected to use these flashcards at home while doing homework to retain area formulas.

Flashcards+ by Chegg - Custom Flashcard Maker (Free+, App Store) →

Inspired by Kelli Swann

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Nifty New Numbers – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/nifty-new-numbers-app-lesson/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:48:48 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=35995 Description: This app lesson will develop kindergarten students’ math skills and increase their understanding of number sense and the relationship between numbers and quantity. Instructional Objective: Students will practice writing numbers 1-10 and demonstrate their understanding with a short video demonstrating quantities. Step 1: Students will practice tracing numbers 1-10 on the 123 Zoo: Writer FREE app. ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop kindergarten students’ math skills and increase their understanding of number sense and the relationship between numbers and quantity.

Instructional Objective: Students will practice writing numbers 1-10 and demonstrate their understanding with a short video demonstrating quantities.

Step 1: Students will practice tracing numbers 1-10 on the 123 Zoo: Writer FREE app.

123 Zoo: Writer FREE (Free, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will practice counting numbers 1-10 on the Todo Math app. Here they will have to count how many of each item is on the screen and then draw the number that matches the item quantity.

Todo Math (Free+, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will further develop their understanding of numbers by manipulating monsters shaped as numbers on the Endless Numbers app. Here they will have recognize the number and how it relates to the rest of the numbers in the 1-10 sequence through basic adding and by placing the numbers in their correct order.

Endless Numbers (Free+, App Store) →

Step 4: Students will demonstrate their understanding of numbers by creating a number movie on the Draw and Tell app. They will draw the number and then place the correct amount of stickers next to the number in order to match the quantity that number represents. They will then record themselves reciting the number and describing the stickers they used to represent the number. They will do this for each number 1-10 and at the end will compile them all into one number movie.

Draw and Tell HD - by Duck Duck Moose (Free, App Store) →

Inspired by Christina Lunetta

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/lions-tigers-bears-app-lesson/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:54:38 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=35986 Description: This app lesson will develop elementary students’ understanding of animals and how they live in their environment. Instructional Objective: Students will learn about different animals and their habitats, observe wildlife outside their classroom, and then create presentations to show what they learned. Step 1: Students will have the opportunity to choose any animal on WWF Together. ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop elementary students’ understanding of animals and how they live in their environment.

Instructional Objective: Students will learn about different animals and their habitats, observe wildlife outside their classroom, and then create presentations to show what they learned.

Step 1: Students will have the opportunity to choose any animal on WWF Together. They will record a few interesting facts about that animal itself and the environment in which it lives.

WWF Together (Free, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will take pictures and notes about the animals and plants outside their classroom in small groups using the iNaturalist app. Students will then choose one animal in particular to focus on that they took a picture of.

iNaturalist (Free, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will use PopBoardz to create presentations including the pictures they took using iNaturalist app as well as images from the internet to accompany information on their animal from WWF Together and their iNaturalist animal. Students will write two to three sentences about each picture explaining what the animal is, how it survives, its habit, or a fun fact about it. At the end of the presentation students will compare and contrast the animal found outside their classroom and the animal from the WWF app.

PopBoardz (Free, App Store) →

Inspired by Jamie Williams

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You as a Fitness Instructor – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/fitness-instructor-app-lesson/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:03:33 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=35976 Description: This app lesson will develop physical education students’ exercise understanding. Instructional Objective: Students will brainstorm and then create a workout plan to participate in with their friends or family. Step 1: Students will use the Simple Mind app to brainstorm why fitness is important along with workout plan ideas. Step 2: Students will pick 5 workouts from ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop physical education students’ exercise understanding.

Instructional Objective: Students will brainstorm and then create a workout plan to participate in with their friends or family.

Step 1: Students will use the Simple Mind app to brainstorm why fitness is important along with workout plan ideas.

SimpleMind+ Intuitives Mindmapping (Free+, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will pick 5 workouts from the 7 Minute Workout app in order to create a workout circuit to share with friends and family.

7 Minute Workout (Free+, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will use the Splice app to record and edit videos of leading their friends and family through the workout circuit.

Splice - Video-Editor von GoPro (Free, App Store) →

Step 4: Students will share their videos with the class and engage in a discussion on Edmodo about their experiences and what they learned working out with their friends and family.

Edmodo (Free, App Store) →

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I Know My Rights – App Lesson https://appedreview.com/blog/know-rights-app-lesson/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:38:45 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=35964 Description: This app lesson will develop social studies students’ understanding of their rights as an individual in the United States. Instructional Objective: Students will research their rights, memorize their rights, and then create quizzes to test their peers’ knowledge of individual rights. Step 1: Students will use the Google app to research their personal rights. Step 2: Students ...

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Description: This app lesson will develop social studies students’ understanding of their rights as an individual in the United States.

Instructional Objective: Students will research their rights, memorize their rights, and then create quizzes to test their peers’ knowledge of individual rights.

Step 1: Students will use the Google app to research their personal rights.

Google – die offizielle Suche-App (Free, App Store) →

Step 2: Students will use the Do I Have a Right? app to learn about their individual rights.

Do I Have a Right? (Free, App Store) →

Step 3: Students will make flashcards to study their rights and Amendments with the StudyBlue app.

StudyBlue - Online Flashcards and Study Guide App (Free+, App Store) →

Step 4: Students will use the Quiz Creator app to share quizzes on rights with each other. Students will share their quizzes with the teacher for credit.

Quiz Creator - Take, Share and Publish Quizzes (Free, App Store) →

Inspired by Jerrod Robinson

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How to Protect Your Kids from Cyberbullies with Remote Social Media Monitoring https://appedreview.com/blog/protect-kids-cyberbullies-remote-social-media-monitoring/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:02:47 +0000 http://appedreview.com/?p=35959 Digital technology has changed the landscape of communication. It has become so influential that parents cannot deny its effects on children. Social networking is rampant these days with more and more children joining the bandwagon. It is no surprise that a vast number of American kids are active online. According to a report, 93 percent ...

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Digital technology has changed the landscape of communication. It has become so influential that parents cannot deny its effects on children. Social networking is rampant these days with more and more children joining the bandwagon. It is no surprise that a vast number of American kids are active online. According to a report, 93 percent of the teens have access to internet so that have the freedom to do anything they want.

Facebook, twitter and Instagram are some of the most popular sites that are used by kids for updating statuses, photos, or post anything they want. Apart from their benefits such as enhanced communication, access to wide range of information, etc. there are many serious downslides of using social media sites. Cyberbullying is indeed a major one. Since kids today own cellphones, the chances for cyberbullying are greater than ever. To ensure your kid’s online safety you must install a kids monitoring app so that you can keep a tab on your kids’ online activities.

Cyberbullying and social media safety

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a comprehensive report stating that around 22 percent of the teens login to their favorite site over 10 times in a day. Such a level of engagement increases risk of cyberbullying and online harassment. Kids themselves are of carefree nature so they cannot understand what potential threats are there when adventuring into the wilds of internet.

To use a social media site, kids have to create an account by filling in some personal information. This information can easily make kids an easy target of some sexual predator or possible fraud and theft. Bullies can also hack such information and blackmail kids into doing some inappropriate activities. Therefore parental concerns over cyberbullying are not wrong since they need to ensure that their kid’s character or mental health does not get jeopardized.

Victimization of youngsters, especially teenagers has had an exponential growth in cyberbullying. Explicit messages, fake profiles, embarrassing photos, etc. posted on social media sites can attract the attention of kids. Often due to peer pressure or bad influence they may get involved into such activities. Once a child performs any of the aforementioned activities, there may be multiple consequences of it. We often read papers about kids committing suicides due to depression or cyberbullying. Bad effects of child abuse will consequently affect the mental health of a kid, as cyberbullying is mostly targeted on the kids aging twelve to eighteen.

Though we cannot stop the mushrooming of social media sites, we can definitely control our kids’ online reputation by keeping a tab on their activities.

Keeping kids safe through social media monitoring

XNSPY is a child monitoring app that can monitor the kids’ social networks, regardless of the device they use. This is a monitoring platform that can help parents view various social networking sites. It has a web-based control panel through which parents can remotely monitor their kids’ activities anyplace and at any time. Here are some of the XNSPY features that can minimize the chances for cyberbullying among kids using social networking sites.

  • Facebook messenger

Facebook is the most dangerous medium for cyberbullying. Almost 75 percent of the teens in U.S use Facebook of which 54 percent of the kids have experienced cyberbullying. Since kids regularly update their profile pictures, online predators easily target their prey. XNSPY allows parents to monitor their kids Facebook Messenger so that they can read all the chat conversations taken place between their kids and the respective contacts. Most people send friend requests on Facebook after sending a message. You can view the inbox and read all the content as well as view multimedia files shared, if any. The name of the message sender and date and time stamp are also shown with each message.

  • Instagram

This app has witnessed proliferation in the number of users over the recent years. It’s a platform where kids share photos, videos, etc. Bullies can use this medium to threat kids or hack their photos by adding them through a fake profile. Parents can spy on kids’ Instagram by monitoring their updates which are given along with the date and time stamp.

  • Tinder

One of the popular dating apps, tinder is used by both teens and tweens. It is possible that your child may be dating a wrong person or they might be exchanging nudes over chats. To have a complete know-how of your kid, you need to monitor this app. here you can view the entire chat log as well as the chat thread which is shown in an organized manner, with the most recent message on the top. The contact name is shown along with the date and time stamp. You can also view your kid’s contact list on Tinder and learn about their dating preferences. This can help you make an informed decision about your kid.

Conclusion

With the ever-increasing social networking options available, cyberbullying has seen a marketed growth. In the bottom line, it is the parents who have to be cautious of their kids’ security because of social media. Using Xnspy child monitoring app can avoid your kid from falling into the dark pit of cyberbullying. With that said, parents also need to curb their kids’ time spent on engaging online so that their online safety becomes possible and easy.

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