RSSiPads in Education

Is Education Broken? The Problem with US Standardized Testing in Public Schools

Is Education Broken? The Problem with US Standardized Testing in Public Schools

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Last night Jayne Clare from TeachersWithApps held their EdAppTalk on Facebook to discuss standardized testing in US schools for 2nd-11th graders, based on their recent post, “Isn’t it TIME to Stand Up Against Standardized Testing?” It made me realize it is also time for me share my concerns and why I would like to see […]

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Literacy and The Digital Shift: How Educators, Parents & Librarians Can Bridge the Cultural Gap

Literacy and The Digital Shift: How Educators, Parents & Librarians Can Bridge the Cultural Gap

| March 6, 2013 | 6 Comments

The revolution is here. Over 500 years ago, when the Gutenberg Press was introduced, many people did not understand how the cultural shift would reverberate in every institution within society. We have greatly improved research that can quantify and qualify our projections for the future now, but this does not do anything to hedge against […]

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Why Public Libraries are the Only Thing That Matters (to me) in the Print vs Digital Debate

Why Public Libraries are the Only Thing That Matters (to me) in the Print vs Digital Debate

| February 10, 2013 | 11 Comments

I began this post nine months ago and have struggled to feel like it is finished. I now realize it will never be finished … no more than a river will be done flowing. It is about information, knowledge, curiosity and ultimately our humanity. In many ways, the cultural landscape is being transformed before our […]

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App Schmapp, make sure you give ’em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed.

App Schmapp, make sure you give ’em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed.

| January 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

This blog post is brought to you by Annie Fox, M. Ed. She has written many books for kids, teens and parents over the past 40 years. Her digital transition has been part of a life-long partnership with her husband, developer David B. Fox. Their most recent collaboration is Electric Eggplant, producer of Annie’s print-to-app series, Middle […]

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My Favorite Sites: A Resource List for Finding the BEST iPad Apps for Your Kids

My Favorite Sites: A Resource List for Finding the BEST iPad Apps for Your Kids

| December 26, 2012 | 9 Comments

Since I began my review site, Digital-Storytime, two years ago I have had the privilege to meet many wonderful people in the app industry and develop collaborative relationships with some of the site owners behind the best kids app sites on the web. With 2013 being called (for the 3rd year in a row, perhaps) […]

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Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet

Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet

| November 26, 2012 | 8 Comments

 This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.com blog in December of 2012. From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our […]

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Tablet Device Comparison for Families – Now including Nexus 10 Review

Tablet Device Comparison for Families – Now including Nexus 10 Review

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

This review is of the Nexus 10 tablet, the newest addition to our family for testing. We really liked the smaller version of this tablet, the Nexus 7, and consider it the best Android option (for those who prefer Google-Play), with the best overall experience. The Nexus 10 currently starts at $400, a price point that […]

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iBooks Author And The Power Of The Globe – Guest Post by Jon Smith

iBooks Author And The Power Of The Globe – Guest Post by Jon Smith

| November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

This guest post is brought to you from Jon Smith, a special education & technology resource teacher. Mr. Smith has also helped his students self-publish several free iBooks, including, It Was A Dark And Stormy Classroom and The Two Kids and Desert Town. I taught special education students in an urban elementary school.  My students often struggled […]

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The iPad Mini – It doesn’t suck! – Device Comparison Grid for Kids’ Tablets

The iPad Mini – It doesn’t suck! – Device Comparison Grid for Kids’ Tablets

| November 3, 2012 | 7 Comments

I was skeptical as I purchased my 4th iPad, the new iPad mini on Friday when it arrived at my local Apple store. I was expecting lower performance or at least to be unimpressed by the smaller screen size. But in the end, this could be one of the best holiday gifts this season, especially […]

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Two Essential Features for Digital Picture Books (a note to developers from your readers)

Two Essential Features for Digital Picture Books (a note to developers from your readers)

| September 26, 2012 | 10 Comments

Just this week, several Oceanhouse Media titles, from their popular Dr. Seuss collection, including Green Eggs and Ham, have added recordable narration and additional settings that include page guides for easier navigation. This is an exceptional step and not an easy programming effort on the part of a major developer of book apps. It is […]

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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 4: Tweens)

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 4: Tweens)

| September 2, 2012 | 5 Comments

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the forth and final post in a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. You can see our first list […]

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Technology, Teachers & Our Kids’ Future: Why Funding Training Matters More Than Buying Tablets

Technology, Teachers & Our Kids’ Future: Why Funding Training Matters More Than Buying Tablets

| August 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

I have spent most of my professional life (over 20 years) working for, in support of and in collaboration with programs that functioned to support primary & secondary school-aged kids, parents & teachers. In this capacity, I have seen booms & busts in funding, priorities shifting from one collective program we thought would ‘save our […]

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Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Read in the Digital Age – Guest Post by Michel Kripalani

| June 19, 2012 | 8 Comments

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!“ Dr. Seuss was right. Reading opens up our minds to new experiences and knowledge. For children, it can be a magical time. Today’s story […]

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Children’s Educational Technology: The Trends – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

Children’s Educational Technology: The Trends – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

| May 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

This post originally appeared in the May 2012 edition of The Social Media Monthly. Author Julie Brannon is a marketing specialist with a focus on book apps. The first part of this two-part series can be found here: Children’s Educational Technology: Partnerships, Products & Prototypes Technology is transforming learning for people of all ages. Educational software is merging with […]

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Children’s Educational Technology: Partnerships, Products and Prototypes – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

Children’s Educational Technology: Partnerships, Products and Prototypes – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

| May 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

This post originally appeared in the May 2012 edition of The Social Media Monthly. Author Julie Brannon is a marketing specialist with a focus on book apps.   People often disagree about which subjects schools should teach, but nearly everyone agrees that children must learn reading, writing and arithmetic. The United States invests considerable resources in making sure […]

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Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet”

Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet”

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

After doing more than 500 children’s book app reviews, we’re taking a quick ‘look back’ to see which posts from our blog have been read the most. We are also working on a number of “Top 25” lists to share with you soon … refreshing our lists from last year for topics like best for bedtime, […]

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The Dark Side of Unlimited Free App Updates

The Dark Side of Unlimited Free App Updates

| March 25, 2012 | 4 Comments

One of the amazing things about apps is that they are constantly being updated and improved. These updates, for iOS and other platforms, are available to anyone who has previously downloaded the app, free of charge. But like most things, free isn’t really free. The developers of these apps have to take the time to […]

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The new iPad vs Nook Color vs Kindle Fire: Who has the best family tablet?

The new iPad vs Nook Color vs Kindle Fire: Who has the best family tablet?

| March 18, 2012 | 14 Comments

With the new iPad just released, there’s never been a better time to buy a tablet device. But what’s the best tablet for your whole family? We’ve been an iPad family for a couple years now, but we’ve also enjoyed testing out a Nook Color and Kindle Fire recently, getting both tablets over Christmas. For now […]

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iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom, Part 2

iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom, Part 2

| February 14, 2012 | 8 Comments

Earlier this school year I began volunteering in my child’s Kindergarten class with my two iPads and a suite of apps that focused on early literacy skills. Now half way through the school year, I’ve discovered more about engaging kids with learning apps. You can read my first post, “iPads in Education – How you […]

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Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon

| January 17, 2012 | 8 Comments

This post originally appeared in the December 2011 edition of The Social Media Monthly. Author Julie Brannon is a marketing specialist with a focus on book apps. Readers of online newspapers are accustomed to finding interactive media interspersed with their daily reading which can now include videos, interactive graphs, social feedback and other enhancements. Publishers of digital books […]

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iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom

iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom

| November 15, 2011 | 15 Comments

This fall I offered to help out in my child’s Kindergarten classroom. At first I came just once a week to offer support to the teacher during their ‘literacy hour’. I began paper assessments of the basic literacy skills of the kids in class. This was time consuming but did give me some immediate information […]

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Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12

Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12

| November 8, 2011 | 7 Comments

Of all the requests for recommendations I get, the most common seems to be from parents & teachers looking for book apps for children in 4-6+ grades (ages 10-12+) who are struggling with basic reading skills. “What can you recommend for my students who are in 5th grade but read at a much lower level? […]

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Marketing Kids Apps (Part II) – How Consumers Decide to Download

Marketing Kids Apps (Part II) – How Consumers Decide to Download

| September 23, 2011 | 6 Comments

There are a lot of apps for kids in the app store, so many that even an exceptional app can get lost (or buried) not long after launch. So how do parents & educators find good apps for elementary school age kids (and younger) to download onto their iPads, iPods & iPhones? Over the course […]

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Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal

Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal

| June 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Print picture books often keep the adult reader in mind. This is also true of children’s book apps. This top 10 list takes into consideration the kinds of things that make a book app especially engaging for readers of all ages, like familiar stories or heart-warming themes. The iPad may seem like an entirely modern […]

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The Changing Face of Children’s Books – New Challenges, New Opportunities

The Changing Face of Children’s Books – New Challenges, New Opportunities

| May 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

It is such an honor to write this post for Armchair BEA – An extension of the Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this May 2011. I’ll admit, a year ago I had not even heard of Armchair BEA. In fact, I had not heard of BEA itself. I was a […]

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Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book?

Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book?

| March 30, 2011 | 8 Comments

I have been reading articles, blog posts and chatter on Twitter about print books vs. ebooks a lot lately. In the market for children’s books, the rapid cultural shift from print to digital book apps in particular seems to have turned the world on edge. Authors, illustrators, publishers and now developers have a lot to […]

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How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?

How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?

| March 9, 2011 | 21 Comments

This post is part of a community effort to discuss literacy issues this week through “Share a Story – Shape a Future”. It’s sponsored by a group of “blogging librarians, teachers, parents, illustrators, authors, and literacy passionistas,” and represents “a collaborative venue to share ideas and celebrate everything reading has to offer our kids.” I […]

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What exactly is a “digital media diet”?

What exactly is a “digital media diet”?

| February 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Naming a blog isn’t easy. Neither is parenting or dieting for that matter. And “the digital media diet” … well, now I really have my hands full! So let’s break it down a bit. First off … what is ‘digital media’? Well, this is a fancy term for screen time. It basically refers to all […]

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