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Learn Photo Editing History and Technique with Faking It post image

We are all familiar with the concept of photo editing thanks to the many photo editing tools and apps like photoshop. We can not only change the lighting and color of the picture, we can also add or take away parts of pictures, or combine several photos into one. You might think these photo editing is relatively new, but as I learned from Faking It, photo editing has been used for long time. Faking It is a free app from… Read More

Learn City Planning with SimCity BuildIt post image

I have heard of SimCity for a long time, and my son has played the game. However I have not really get the chance to really look into the game till now. It is a free app available for both iOS and Android. After spending sometime on it today, I like it. In the game kids will build a city and learn city planning and building. It is another simulation game I don't mind my child playing. When kids start… Read More

Child Safe Online Learning Environment in WonderBox post image

Many kids have free access to internet. As parents and educators, we all know there are many good educational content out there, however, there are also content that are not kids appropriate and we don't want our children to see. A lot of app developers and educators are working hard to create safe environment for kids, and today's app WonderBox is a wonderful example. It is a completely free app, where kids can find articles, visual, videos on educational topics… Read More

SnapType App for Kids with Handwriting Difficulties post image

Recently I met several parents whose kids have different levels of difficulties in handwriting. The poor penmanship is due to some handwriting disabilities, like dyslexia or dysgraphia. It could be very frustrating for both parents and kids when they have to write for the school projects or tests. Today I found a free app that can help kids with handwriting difficulties - SnapType. SnapType is designed by a Occupational Therapist who had a student with dysgraphia, a condition that impacts… Read More

Learn Math Tricks for Algebra with Mathemagics post image

Learning math is fun. It should be. Today we share an app that teaches kids math tricks for algebra: Mathemagics. It is the 2nd app in the series. The first Mathemagics app focuses on math tricks on mental math calculations, like adding and multiplying two digit numbers, or dividing a number by 7. This 2nd app in the series teaches math tricks on algebra. It is a great way to learn thinking differently and encourage kids to find better solutions… Read More

Helpful Reading Resource for Teachers and Students post image

Recently I found another reading resource that is really helpful for kids, especially for teachers. It is a completely free resource, with reading materials, vocabulary sheets, and reading questions. The reading content subjects include science, social studies, original fiction and original reporting. All the reading materials are organized by grade levels. You can also search by keywords, Lexile level, skill and strategy. It is easy to find materials that fit your need. The site is readworks.org. You do need sign… Read More

Mental Math for Addition and Subtraction post image

I have seen many math drill apps in different formats, some are simple drills, some are in a game format. It is helpful for kids to get very efficient with these math operations, so when they solve more complex math problems they don't have to spend time and energy on these fundamental operations, and can focus on solving the more complex problems. Today I have another app not only drill kids on these math operations, but also teach kids tips… Read More

Art Project by Google post image

Google Art Project is part of Google Cultural Institute. It is an online world art museum created by Google. It has high resolution images of artworks from more than 150 museums around the world, and many museums also have 3D virtual art gallery tours. It is a wonderful free online tool for art lovers to see the master pieces around the world, while sitting at your desk. The first time I got on the site, I was excited and overwhelmed… Read More

Apps to Help Students Get Organized post image

Organization skills are very important study skills for kids to be successful in school, and they also carry over to kids’ adult life. It is helpful to help some effective organization tools while teaching kids organization skills. Today we share the best apps to help students get organized. myHomework: tracks students’ class, homework, projects; it also sends reminders. The schedule structure is very flexible, no matter what kind of schedule a student has, weekly, block schedule, … the app can… Read More

11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer post image

Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in many different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer coding. One big concept in coding is the abstract thinking skill of using a symbol to… Read More

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