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More Personal Learning - Apps Not Apples

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - As kids head back to school this fall, parents and teachers  alike are embracing new technologies for the classroom that create more  personalized learning experiences.

The latest education trends feature  interactive resources and tools that help families stay connected and learn  together, anywhere and anytime.

Learning on the Go

Mobile education is on the rise as devices like tablets, smartphones,  e-readers and netbooks are becoming more affordable and widespread than  computers. Now, nearly 80 percent of U.S.  teens own a cell phone, says the Pew    ResearchCenter,  and three-fourths of them access the Internet using mobile devices, allowing  them to study on the go. Educational apps for these devices help students  practice multiplication on the bus, learn vocabulary words before soccer  practice starts or even learn a new language while waiting for the carpool!

Bring Your Own Device

Schools are getting on board and devoting resources to digital education  tools, especially since textbooks take years to update and reprint. Nearly 85  percent of educational institutions now allow teachers or students to use  their own devices in school, based on research from Bradford Networks, and  the usage is increasing. Now, school districts encourage teachers to bring  education online through safe and secure social learning networks like  Edmodo, which has 20 million users in every U.S. state and every country in  the world. Teachers use this popular free platform to share lesson plan ideas  with their fellow teachers online, give quizzes and homework assignments,  teach with common-core aligned education apps, and provide a space for  students to learn collaboratively.

Apps, Not Apples

In the modern classroom, kids are forgoing shiny red apples this fall and  instead gifting their new teachers with iTunes cards and Edmodo Store credits  for premium apps. Edmodo’s newest apps include Digital Passport, which  teaches kids how to become responsible digital citizens, and LearnStreet,  which teaches kids how to code with JavaScript and offers a variety of coding  projects, such as developing your own calculator, algorithmic tools and  games!