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
A rumor of magic, a glimpse of the impossible, a door to a world where the imagined is real … The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor is an interactive book series and app from All Play, No Work, designed for creative minds and busy hands.
Born in a Waldorf-inspired public charter school classroom in California, Cyber Civics meets a growing need to prepare middle school students to be ethical, safe, and wise digital citizens. The in-class program has three levels—Level 1: Digital Citizenship; Level 2:Information Literacy; and Level 3: Media Literacy for Positive Participation.
Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History (ERH) uses cards and RealityBoards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view.