Every day I am more convinced of the need to educate through emotions. My personal experience in the classroom has taught me that if there is no emotion in the classroom, an important part of the educational process is incomplete. We talked about the emotions generated between teachers and students, as well Rita Pierson says in her TED: “Students do not learn from someone who do not like” and I can not agree more with her. We all remember a special teacher, someone who has influenced in some way in our lives; surely the one we learnt more because we shared our emotions.
Today we’ll talk about the emotions of our students and how to deal with these emotions in the classroom with the aid of some apps. Throughout the two years we have been working in the classroom with tablets, we have found several applications that are very interesting and now we want to share them with you. For students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) emotions are one of the most important aspects to work with because they have great difficulty in recognizing feelings, that’s why emotion apps were the first we used in the classroom.
Continue reading to know these interesting iPad apps.
“Make me Pirate” is an intuitive, funny and FREE app that allows you to create your own personalize pirate portrait.
You can find a IOS and Android Version, i use this iPad application and it’s very interesting when I was teaching the book “Treasure Island. It is one more way to make them engage and feel as if they were really pirates . Also you can use a little trailer of film from Youtube
It also can be used in drama in order to prepare some scenarios.
After finishing your own portrait there is the option of sending it via email or sharing it via Twitter or Facebook.
ABC Ninja is an exciting educational game that helps kids rapidly learn their letters by sight, sound, and touch.
The interface is very intuitive and allows also to teach and learn phonics.
It is an adaptation of the successful game Fruit Ninja, but with letters.
I was a little skeptical in the beginning but I have to confess that the students’ learning was great and that they love it.
This app is great for kids who begin to count and students with dyscalculia and it is FREE.
The first little thing that makes this app engaging for my pupils is that is about food! Moreover, about candies… who doesn’t like candies