EdSurge is my go-to resource to all things ed Tech/Teacher News. They’re teacher-nerd heaven when it comes to digital resources and e-learning ideas. I told you all about how I use the EdSurge product index a few weeks back.
I am excited to be able to share my professional insights with them and their SCool Tools section. They published two case studies I wrote on my experiences using two of my favourite tools -Dreambox and Learn with Homer. I have written about Learn with Homer before and it’s power to sequentially skill build early reading skills. The program starts with basic phonology and works up to train young readers how to understand and comprehend short texts. What Learn with Homer is to reading, Dreambox is to math. It too discerns a learners math gaps and systematically works to close them and skill build using engaging, fun games. So head over to Ed Surge’s SCool Tools to check our my case studies on Learn with Homer and Dreambox.
Another app review is up on the Yellin Center Blog. Last time it was a writing platform, and this time it is a really, really exceptional reading program. It is by far one of my favorite reading technologies out there. Not only does it have a high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal but it is also thoroughly entrenched in the best research on early literacy. The people who back and created this application are a collective group of really smart cookies. This isn’t an edutainment app to mesmerize your child, and it sure isn’t a technological babysitter. It is a really robust, in depth reading program that has the data to back up its claims (they even publish it all so you don’t have to take my word for it). Beyond it’s educational merit and pure, clean beauty, Learn with Homer is also a Brooklyn based company (actually their office is more or less walking distance from my house). So naturally I am just all the more enthused because I love repping local products. So check our their website, and also my in depth review on the Yellin Center Blog. On the latter you will find a chronicling of the multitude of reasons why I as a learning specialist love it so much, as well as the benefits it has for both teachers and parents alike. Trust me, you are going to love it.