The ASL App, by Ink & Salt, presents videos made by people who are deaf to help users learn a new visual, spatial language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well paced. Users can drag their finger on the videos to control the speed, and when they need to know a sign right away, they can use the search index. The app also has a slow-motion option, info (tips), and a favorites folder, where users can save the signs they want to review and practice again. They can also share the signs they have learned to social media, making learning progressive. An ASL App Pack offers the entire collection, including future bundles, and removes ads for $9.99. Some learning Sign Bundles are available individually at no cost—for example, Know Your ABCs, Know Your Numbers, Universal Gestures, and Handshape Exercises. Other, life-skills Sign Bundles, such as Dining and Signing, Dollar and Signs, Celebrations, Pop Culture and Social Media, can be purchased individually for $0.99. The app is accessible on iPad and Android devices.
At a time when education systems are facing the challenges of the pandemic—and fieldtrips are on hold—the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has launched an engaging 10-part, STEM-focused virtual series called The Whynauts.
KidCitizen introduces a new way for K–5 students to engage with US history. In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographs from the Library of Congress and connect what they find with their daily lives.
Thanks to an international partnership between the Mexican Ambassador to the US, Martha Bárcena, and the Center for Applied Linguistics, teachers across the United States have free online access to hundreds of multimedia Spanish resources, including complete textbooks, lesson plans, videoclips, and maps.