Something to keep an eye on, especially if it offers a way for student to authenticate to ebooks from all our publishers? A way to streamline logins for various tools. There isn't a full list of what services yet - it launches this month.
free this week - grab it if you have an iPad (or iPhone)
a new version of scratch for younger kids is coming!
Lifelong Kindergarten is collaborating with Tufts University’s DevTech Research Group to make Scratch Jr, a new version aimed at kids in preschool to second grade. The expected launch date is summer 2012.
“I’ve noticed materials online for games aimed at kids pre-K to third grade where there’s this assumption that children are fluent with reading when they’re not,”
hopes to solve this problem by replacing the text of Scratch with voice-over instructions.
Younger children also have trouble distinguishing between the colors in Scratch, (Scratch Jr will be redone in bright, primary colors), and they struggle with how Scratch moves from top to bottom (Scratch Jr will move from side to side.)
Function Carnival helps students get a handle on confusing graphs lessons and helps them experiment to resolve misunderstandings. Through video, graphing, and replaying graphs as animations students can begin to construct their own understanding of what these graphs really mean.
Article about this book: http://www.moebiusnoodles.com/