TeachAde Releases Back-to-School List of Top 10 Best Education Apps That Support K-20 Classroom Learning

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TeachAde, the innovative online community and free resource center for educators, compiled this list with input from educators across the country about leading Apps they find useful for supporting their classrooms.

Quizlet is more than cool. We can upload our own vocabulary, create customized study guides, and the kids are off and running and having fun learning.

Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – familiar classroom tools such as chalk and blackboards are no longer needed. Teachers are changing the ways they are teaching and students are changing the ways they are learning. TeachAde, the leading online site that provides free resources and communities exclusively to support educators, has assembled a list of 10 useful apps that educators can put on their list for Back to School.

TeachAde’s Chief Marketing Officer, Star Ladin, stated, “Technology is changing so fast that TeachAde had to create this valuable list of apps to help teachers begin their school year with confidence coupled with excitement. These apps will help them with both!”

Elementary

1. Motion Math: Created for younger children, but can be used through high school and even by parents, Motion Math gives learners a physical experience of the number line and an intuitive feeling for fractions. Motion Math helps learners perceive and estimate many representations -- numerator over denominator, percents, decimals, and even pie charts. $1.99
2. The official NASA App: Featuring beautiful images, videos, mission up-dates, news on the space program, and more information straight from the source. $Free
3. Professor Garfield Cyberbullying: This apps uses the popular cartoon cat to explain the meaning of cyberbullying; forms of cyberbullying; strategies for dealing with a cyber bully and the importance of enlisting the help of a trusted adult. $Free

Junior High / Middle School

4. QuizLet: One of the nation’s largest study sites providing powerful learning tools and games is Quizlet. Their vocabulary-based apps have gained popularity with educators for the ease of use and effectiveness with students. “Quizlet is more than cool,” said Rita Armstrong, a science teacher from Thousand Oaks, California. “We can upload our own vocabulary, create customized study guides, and the kids are off and running and having fun learning.” $Free
5. Evernote: Evernote has grown from a simple note-taking app into a powerful platform for educators. Users can write lesson plans, save files, and upload images and articles from across the web with an assorted range of clipping tools. Evernote is also able to sync across iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, and web browsers. $Free
6. Science360: The National Science Foundation app provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and videos from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news of scientific discovery. $Free

High School and up

7. iTunes U: Launched in 2007, iTunes U allows member educational institutions to manage and share content for students. Through this app, educators can upload a course syllabus; arrange audio, video and iBooks. This app was also recently updated with powerful new note-taking features for audio and video that allows students to easily search their notes. $Free
8. Merck Period Table of the Elements: Consistently rated as one of the best education apps from users around the world, this app displays the periodic table in an engaging way, and includes relative atomic mass, melting point and boiling point, density and appearance. The app can also connect to TV and other media devices, making it easy to share the elements with the whole classroom (also available for Android devices). $Free
9. Graphing Calculator: Students and teachers can download this free app that mimics the functionality of a standard graphing calculator, plus a few more powerful features. Simple to grasp and easy to use, with powerful features available when needed including: arithmetic functions and exponentiation, graphing capabilities, algebra, differential and integral calculus, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, vector calculus, and classical mechanics. $Free

Special Education

10. See.Touch.Learn: Anyone involved with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or with a child with autism is very familiar with the use of picture cards to help teach new words and concepts and foster self-expression. This app helps create custom exercises and lessons, automatically tracks performance, and carries your entire library collection with you at all times. $Free

About TeachAde.com
TeachAde has established itself as an online leader for educators to share and disseminate information that has been peer-reviewed and approved. A website that pioneered the idea of providing free online service exclusively for educators, TeachAde helps educators break out of stagnant information ruts and discover a world of trusted resources that enrich their classrooms and their careers.

TeachAde currently offers more than 60,000 free resources created, tested and approved by educators that support quality classroom experiences nationwide. This online support and resource destination for educators also provides easy access to updates in education, current events and highlights of valued resources directly to members through its eBulletin newletters.

TeachAde membership is available free of charge to educators, parents and members of the community who work with or support education. For more information and to sign up for a free account, please visit http://www.teachade.com or text TEACHADE to 22828. (Data and message rates may apply.)

TeachAde also has created strategic partnerships with organizations such as NEA Member Benefits, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Goldie Hawn Foundation MindUp Program, ThinkStretch, and Disney to further support educators. Investor funding for TeachAde.com is provided by entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert Potamkin, Chairman of Potamkin Companies. TeachAde will also be debuting a newly redesigned website for the Fall 2012 school year.

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