Program Inspiring Learning and Discovery for Young Children
The nonprofit Khan Academy has launched Khan Academy Kids for early learners (aged 2–5). The education app includes thousands of original activities, books, videos, and lessons, and combines subjects such as math and reading with creative activities—for example, drawing and storytelling. Animated characters guide children through educational materials at the appropriate level for them. The lessons are standards-aligned (Common Core for kindergartners and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for preschoolers) and include social–emotional learning components. Khan Academy Kids also provides learning materials from National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine, Bellwether Media, and Skyship Entertainment, as well as tools for parent participation. The full app is available free of charge for iOS and is in beta for Android.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in 2018.
Professor Ian Stewart is students’ guide through Incredible Numbers, an iPad app from Touch Press. Interactive examples—from simple equations to a working Enigma machine—put the concepts behind mathematics at students’ fingertips.
The Esther Mendlesohn Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the NationalCouncil of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are sponsoring Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for educators who are members of NCTE and are interested in incorporating music into the elementary school classroom to help young students (preK–grade 2) learn mathematics.