|Ten Free iPad Apps
Teachers Should Download Today!
7 Words : Great for building vocabulary. It’s not easy though! I would say good for high school students.
Doodle Kids: This app is great for a multisensory writing experience. Kids can use their fingers to write spelling words or sight words and they appear in a multitude of colors. Also fun for drawing. Totally appropriate for any age!
Idea Sketch: One of my favorite apps for prewriting. You can create a web or mind map, it puts it in outline form, email it to someone and it saves it on the Ipad. Great for second grade and up!
ShowMe: It’s a whiteboard on the Ipad. It also records your voice and allows you to insert a picture. Great for teacher demonstrations that students can view and listen to later. Students can also record their thinking for teachers to listen to later.
TEDtv: An awesome archive of inspirational videos, ideas and relevant topics. These are great discussion starters for the Middle School and High School Classroom. Many credible, well known and highly respected primary sources.
PBS Kids: Great for preschool through early first grade. Includes videos of Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Elmo and more. New videos are highlighted each week.
Discover: Free Encyclopedia. Each day new stories and topics are highlighted which makes this app fun. However, one caution, it is Wikipedia. But there is a lot of good information on Wikipedia. Just make sure students understand this is a jumping off point for further research around a topic. Very appropriate for grades 4 and up.
On This Day: Calling all history buffs, this app is for you. It takes the current day and highlight world events as far back as the year 1287! It also links to further information on the selected event.
Tales2Go: Free 30 day trial. Recorded books for the Ipad. Search by age, most popular, series, ect. Includes such kid favorites as “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Clifford”.
Captions: An easy way to get students writing. Just import pictures from your camera roll and students can add captions. They can export them to a school Facebook page or email them for printing. A great starter for narrative writing. Excellent for students of all ages.