Keba! English for Kids (ESL), an app for iOS and Android, engages young English learners with three broad categories of lessons: animals, children, and fruits & vegetables. Each of these categories has several subcategories of lessons that integrate audio, animation, and photos. The images are bright, simple, and easy to understand for the youngest audience. For example, a section about animals includes a crowing rooster, a jumping kangaroo, and a squirrel crunching a nut. Child-appealing characters describe the pictures using simple words; the voices are talented native-speaking actors. In addition, the app has hilarious sounds for children to play with, making it engaging for young learners. Cost: Free
With winter holidays and festive gatherings on the horizon, let’s reflect on the sustaining power of food, friends, and family—and the essential need for connection across our differences and along our common hopes. Nothing supports connection more than food and the shared rituals of mealtime.
“Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced course developed by staff at the Understanding Language Initiative, housed at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English language learners (ELLs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences.
Microsoft has provided an online collection of free hacking STEM lessons and hands-on activities developed by middle school teachers for Office 365. The inquiry- and project-based activities help students to visualize data across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula.