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Free—Kohl’s Art Generation at the Milwaukee Museum of Art—A guided tour of the Milwaukee Museum with audio, 80 works of art and interactive features. Kids can take selfies and become part of certain works of art. The app has two tours for different age groups: “A is for Art” for kids ages 4-7 and the “Eye Touch” tour for students ages 8-12. The younger audiences work on finding objects that correspond to each letter in the alphabet, and the tour for older students uses audio, games and videos to teach students about 40 works of art. The tours can be downloaded from the App Store or used on the museum’s devices.
Freemium—Soundtrap—A tool for students to create music and podcasts collaboratively or individually. Students plug in their own instruments or use the ones pre-programmed into the tool, which works on computers, tablets and phones for both creation and publishing. Teachers can create group assignments and conference with students via video. If a school purchases an educator account, the platform creates a privacy-enhanced environment for classes.
License—Turnitin Revision Assistant—A new feature from the maker of the popular plagiarism tracking app that aims to give feedback on writing instruction in four areas: Analysis, focus, language and evidence. Teachers assign a prompt through the platform, students plan and write essays on the platform and the automatic tool gives formative “signal checks” on how clearly the students’ ideas are coming through so they can shape their next drafts. Students can ask for as many “signal checks” as they want before submitting their final drafts. Teachers can see the process after the submission.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Wolfie users could purchase scores individually. The premium version of the app is subscription-based.