Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites students to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing. The app, designed for iOS devices, invites users to move objects around the screen’s “play field” to experiment with color and sound. Students choose one of six play-field options, one of which is blank, and place eight different shapes anywhere in the space. Each shape has a unique property and moves differently. Students can change the color of objects, which changes their sounds, and they can toggle the play field from bounded (where balls bounce off the walls) to boundless (where balls can roll offscreen). The app also includes a “First Steps” tutorial to help students get started. Sound Rebound was created by the Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. An “About” link on the main screen reveals a photo of children playing with the table game at the Exploratoriumthat inspired this app and that explores the same concepts of light and sound. Cost: Free
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
Educators and students are invited to join members of the DigCitCommit Coalition and education communities worldwide on February 11 and 12, 2020, for a freeVirtual Congress that will connect them with other students and educators who are successfully modeling the five competences of digital citizenship—inclusive, informed, engaged, balanced, alert.
Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales.