Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Moody Monsters to Help Kids Identify Feelings

Cross-posted by request from my other blog iPadApps4School.com.

Moody Monster Manor is a free iPad app that is designed to help children learn to recognize emotions. Moody Monster Manor features twenty cartoon monsters that represent emotions that children commonly experience. Some of the Moody Monsters that children will meet in the manor include Ecstatic Ed, Worried Wanda, Sad Sal, and Sorry Simon. Children can also create their own Moody Monsters to represent how they’re feeling.

After meeting all of the monsters in Moody Monster Manor children can help the monsters deal with their emotions in four fun games (more games are in development). Children can help Hungry Hank make a snack, help Worried Wanda with her homework, and help Confused Carl match name tags to monsters. My favorite of the games is helping Scared Sam capture bad dreams so that he can get to sleep. To help Scared Sam capture the bad dreams students have to move their iPads left and right to shine a virtual flashlight on the bad dreams.

Applications for Education
Moody Monster Manor could be a great app to help children recognize emotions that they feel or that they see in others. My sister who has a three year old highly recommended using the create a monster portion of the app to get children to express themselves.

Moody Monster Manor is an app that I learned about from Rod Berger during one of our Core of Education vodcasts.

UN Environmental Fact Sheets, Posters, and Infographics

The United Nations Environment Program has developed a series of free posters based on data from the UNEP's Geo Data Portal. These posters visually and graphically display information about environmental data. Some of the topics covered in these posters include electricity production and consumption, CO2 emissions, ecosystems management, and hazardous materials. Each fact sheet, poster, and infographic is available as a PDF that you can download and print.

Applications for Education 
Teachers of environmental science may want to print these posters for display in their classrooms. You could have students study the environmental problems represented in the posters and then develop potential responses to those problems.

Chemistry Experiments That Changed the World

I don't why it's taken me so long to do this, but I finally spent some time browsing through the videos on Hank Green's SciShow. One of the videos that grabbed my attention as something that my friend and high school chemistry teacher Walter Perry would like is 3 Chemistry Experiments That Changed the World. You can watch the video below.

Applications for Education
The videos on Hank Green's SciShow could be good for sparking a student's curiosity about various topics in science. I know that I was intrigued by the biofilm video and had to check out some of the references to learn more about it.

Try Doctopus for Managing Google Documents

Doctopus is a Google Spreadsheet script developed by Andrew Stillman that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in in their Google Drive accounts. The basic concept behind the script is to enable teachers to quickly share documents with all of the students on a roster, monitor usage of shared documents, and give students feedback within that roster spreadsheet. I was thinking about creating annotated screenshots of the process of using the script, but then I found a couple of nice screencast videos on YouTube that walk teachers through the process of using the Doctopus script.

Look Inside Cells With iCell

iCell is a free app for iPad and Android that I've featured separately on my iPad and Android blogs, but have neglected to share on Free Technology for Teachers until this evening. iCell, produced by the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, is an app that high school biology teachers and their students should check out. The app provides students with 3D models of plant, animal, and bacteria cells. Each cell model can be viewed in detail by zooming in and rotating the model on your iPad. Students can learn about the parts of the cells by tapping on them to reveal their labels and a brief description of that part’s function.

Click here for the iPad version. Click here for the Android version.

Applications for Education
While using the iCell app students can select from basic, intermediate, and advanced description options. The  basic option is good for middle school students while the intermediate and advanced options are better for high school students.