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It’s a new school year and time for an app update. We have assembled some new and not-as-new apps across a range of subjects and grade levels for teachers looking for specific solutions to their classroom challenges. Most of these apps will work on either Android or iOS devices, but not both. [by Jim Lang, M.Ed. PhD, Associate Faculty Department of Social Justice Education, Philosophy of Education, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario]
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Google Classroom

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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To complete this Googlish issue, it shouldn’t be surprising that Google has an entire branch dedicated to schools and education. According to Google, twenty million students are using Chrome Classroom. If you’d like to explore... read more

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Sentence Builder

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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Designed for primary and elementary students, this app appears to offer a fun way to learn how to write simple and compound sentences in English. It includes audio reinforcement and progress monitoring. Note: It costs... read more

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Google Play’s World Atlas

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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World Atlas offers a broad array of facts about 260 different countries in the world. Includes human geography, flags, national anthems, quizzes, and, because it’s Google, a street view mode. Drawbacks: Android only, it contains... read more

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High School Physics Calculator

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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Do your students need an app that will calculate answers for questions in kinematics, motion, energy, power, gravity, temperature and thermodynamics? Explore this calculator, designed to help high-school students with their physics questions. Works only... read more

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“Reminder” App

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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If students aren’t reading your emails and handouts, you might consider “Remind,” an app that delivers real-time messaging to an individual, or group, over any phone. All phone numbers remain private, and confidentiality is maintained.... read more

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Math App

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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If you’re teaching grades one-to-eight math, this app may be worth a look—the link includes an informational video. Its goal is to make learning math fun by building it into game-playing. Testimonials claim students are... read more

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Translation Tool

Research & Findings   |   September 13, 2017

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If you’re struggling with a classroom of students who are working in their second language, you might want to consider this translation tool. It works online and offline, and can translate text via smart phones.... read more

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Teaching Strategies: The Value of Self-Reflection

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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“The ultimate goal of self-reflection is to improve the way you teach,” according to Teachhub. Their website presents a short but comprehensive article on reflection, focusing especially on the process. It includes sample questions to ask... read more

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Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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The British Council on Teaching English offers this definition of reflective teaching: “Reflective teaching means looking at what you do in the classroom, thinking about why you do it, and thinking about if it works... read more

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Teaching as inquiry

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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The literature on teaching as inquiry at this New Zealand website is lengthy and comprehensive, but it may be worth a full read if you teach a diverse classroom. As reported by one of the... read more

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Teacher Diary: Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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In its May, 2017 issue, as quoted in their own words, “Education World offers this year’s teacher diaries, Reflections on Teaching and Learning. In this series, three teachers in three different classroom situations take turns reflecting on... read more

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Self-reflection on teaching

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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The Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington provides tips and links for developing and using a teaching portfolio as a self-reflective tool. They advise: “It is key to engage systematic reflection... read more

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Reflection of Teaching Experience

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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On a page entitled, “EGallery: Exemplary Student Scholarship,” part of the University of Calgary’s Master of Teaching Program, Deena Sallomy presents a daily journal of teaching experience. It’s a long read, but perhaps especially valuable... read more

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Reflecting on Teaching: Examining your practice is one of the best ways to improve it.

Research & Findings   |   May 15, 2017

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As published in the Virginia Journal of Education, Jennifer L. Hindman and James H. Stronge present a thoughtful article on reflective teaching, including a case study. If you are concerned that you’re not using the... read more

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Top Canadian Teaching Blogs and Teacher Resource Websites

Research & Findings   |   April 12, 2017

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TopTeachingsites.ca exists solely to search the web for the best teaching blogs and websites in Canada. Among their top ten, they list Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten, Madly Learning, Teachery, and Reading with Mrs. D. Each link... read more

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