Author: Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the Managing Editor of appoLearning.com and Appolicious. A longtime media and technology commentator, Spirrison has contributed regularly to TechCrunch, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Huffington Post and Yahoo.com. He lives in Chicago with his wife and young son.

About Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the Managing Editor of appoLearning.com and Appolicious. A longtime media and technology commentator, Spirrison has contributed regularly to TechCrunch, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Huffington Post and Yahoo.com. He lives in Chicago with his wife and young son.

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

This back-to-school season, students more than ever are arriving to classrooms equipped with digital devices and learning tools. Apps, videos and other online resources that can be accessed from iPads, Androids devices, Chromebooks and the like are profoundly impacting the learning process. While many elementary, middle ...

Help Your Child Bloom With These Health and Fitness Apps

Help Your Child Bloom With These Health and Fitness Apps

Early childhood and elementary school learning involves more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Young minds develop within young bodies, so it is never too early to foster an appreciation of physical wellness. These apps best teach nutrition, fitness and the human body to young children. Discover Your Body ...

Five Apps Aimed to Encourage Creativity in Toddlers

Five Apps Aimed to Encourage Creativity in Toddlers

Toddlers are literally growing up alongside touchscreen devices. They embrace the technology so quickly because they are not beholden to older ways of consuming and interacting with information. There is a new generation of applications that embrace this phenomenon to promote creativity and exploration in preschoolers. Here ...

The Best Back to School Apps for High School Students

The Best Back to School Apps for High School Students

While there are hundreds of worthy subject-based educational apps for high school students, the best ones teach adolescent learners how to use technology to be more productive so they can focus on topics that most inspire them. These five make our honor roll. Complete Class Organizer - Student Version ($4.99) Complete ...

The Best Back to School Apps for Middle School Students

The Best Back to School Apps for Middle School Students

Finding high quality and appropriate educational apps for middle schoolers is tricky business. Preteens are no longer engaged by rudimentary games and childish characters, yet they still lack the skills and discipline to take on more complex, high school-oriented subjects. Apps that hit the bullseye for this age group ...

The Best Back to School Apps for Elementary School Students

The Best Back to School Apps for Elementary School Students

Elementary school instruction in the 21st century involves a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic. The ability to comprehend and create media via digital and touchscreen devices will be a critical skill in the years and decades ahead. These five iPad apps, while masterful in their specific subjects, also introduce ...

The Best Back to School Apps for Preschoolers

The Best Back to School Apps for Preschoolers

  As many preschoolers today are younger than the iPad itself (which debuted in April 2010), educational apps to them are as commonplace as pencils, crayons and building blocks were to their parents. Here are five of our favorite apps for the preschool set. Learn with Homer (free) Designed with parents in mind, Learn ...

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

Surveying the Best iPad Apps for Special Needs Students

While iPads and touchscreen devices are impacting virtually every level of educational instruction, apps designed for special needs students are particularly transformative. These five apps for students with autism, dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorders and speech issues are among the best of hundreds of worthy titles ...

These iPad Apps Help Students Turn the Page on Book Publishing

These iPad Apps Help Students Turn the Page on Book Publishing

Many parents fear that iPads and other touchscreen devices will discourage kids from picking up, reading and enjoying actual books. While this is a legitimate concern, there are many chapters to this story. In fact, there are a number of apps that actually teach students of all ages how to create their own books, ...

These Health and Fitness Apps For Kids Will Help Keep the Doctor Away

These Health and Fitness Apps For Kids Will Help Keep the Doctor Away

While too much screen time can be unhealthy for kids, there are a handful of apps to help them appreciate their body, how it works and what they put into it. These health, fitness and nutrition apps do everything from encouraging your kids to “smash” doughnuts and soda pop for points, to exploring human anatomy, to ...