Universal K12 iPad Resources

Universal iPad Resources

Educreations

Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online. Students and colleagues can replay your lessons in any web browser, or from within our app on their iPads.  This free app is simple to use, and accompanies the www.educreations.com website, where your screencasts can reside. Click here to view a video about the features and steps for using Educreations.

Socrative

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

You can download the free Student Clicker-Socrative and free Teacher Clicker-Socrative apps from the App store. The system can also be using on any internet connected device on the website.

For teachers:  www.t.socrative.com   For students:  www.m.socrative.com

Google Search App

The Google Search App offers another web browser on your iPad or iPhone.  You can search on Google by typing a search, using your voice to speak your search, or use Google Goggles to take a picture of an image, logo, QR code, or famous place and use the power of Google to get results on the web.

Google Search also allows you to access your Google Apps, like mail, calendar, docs, and more within the app.

How to Find the Best K12 iPad Apps

iPad App Reviews

I’ve found myself spending so much time trying to search the App Store for good educational apps that can be used for instruction.  What I have found is that it is very difficult to find quality apps through the App Store.  The best way that I have found is through visiting with teachers, collaborating with other educational professionals, reading blogs, websites and spending time browsing through those apps.

To save you some time, I wanted to provide a source to recommend different types of apps for the classroom and for teacher tools.  Here are some apps that I have found so far and I will continue to update as I come across more.

Here is the Apple in Education  link to search the recommended Education Apps for the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone.  This link gives suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is a great place to start.

APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educators.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies.

Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site with reviews built on a five star scale.  Reviews are done on a wide range of subjects and offers a nice breakdown of statistics such as educational quality, engagement factor and shelf life.

IEAR  – This is a great site to visit.  It provides reviewed apps by teachers and allows you to look at many different categories and subject areas.

iPad Curriculum  – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom. This blog also has a great search bar, which makes finding apps easier.

Lucy’s iPad Resources  – This is a link to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps, articles and iPad resources.

40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids  – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.

Best Kids Apps  – We play with all the apps so you don’t have to.

Apps in Education  – This site has some great resources for e-textbooks and app reviews

Best Apps for Kids  – Featuring Free App Fridays, newsletters, app reviews, and resources.

Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana.

Middle School iPad Apps  – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools.  The primary contact for this website is John Shoemaker (john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org). 

K12 iPads in the News

iPads in k12 schoolsiPads in the News

Spring Lake Students, Teachers Embrace iPads 
Spring Lake students are using iPads and Chromebooks for more than entertainment.  Staff and students in 12 classrooms are exploring ways to use the technology as efficient educational tools through a pilot program.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan visits Holland Public Schools today
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan spent the morning in Holland elementary classrooms that are piloting iPad programs.

Belding Area Schools OKs major iPad Purchase
Starting next school year, students in Belding Area Schools will begin touch and tapping their way into classroom material.  The Daily News, March 12, 2012

In Zeeland, an iPad for every high school student in the district
As students walk through the halls of Zeeland West High School, their backpacks are a little lighter. Stacks of paper and some textbooks have been replaced by the Apple iPad — one for every high-schooler in the district. That’s 1,800 iPads between the two high schools.

Lessons from an iPad Rollout
Florida’s “first iPad high school” has deployed 300 iPads to its high school teachers and students. Thanks to preparations on the infrastructure, training, and security fronts, the fall rollout has proved relatively snag-free.

The iPad Classroom-”Following the iPad’s emergence in the elementary classroom
This link has many different links to articles about how the iPad is being used in classrooms around the world.

iPads in Chicago Public Schools
The Chicago Public Schools’ iPad Project seeks to dramatically transform the classroom.  This blog explains some of the effective practices, resources and discussions they use or created.

More Colorado Schools turning to iPad to improve education

New Jersey district plans iPad-only algebra course

Other Districts/Schools using iPads in the Classroom
This page will house examples of how iPads are being implemented in schools and classrooms across the country.

Teacher Training Should Start Before iPad Deployment
ELL instructors, like those in other disciplines, are discovering the benefits of iPads in the classroom. With some advance planning and appropriate teacher training, school can avoid awkward or stressful deployments.

iPad Resources to Inspire Creativity

iPad apps to inspire creativityThese great creativity apps can be used for creative projects at multiple ages in multiple subject areas. Try one today with your class. Be sure to let us know how it works! (Use the comments below to share your feedback and help other teachers.)

Movie/Video creation and editing:

iMovie ($4.99)
iMovie helps you turn the HD video you shoot on your iOS device into a thrilling trailer or masterpiece worthy of the red carpet (even if it’s just the one in your living room). And since iMovie is designed for Multi-Touch, all you have to do is tap, swipe, and drag to make some movie magic.

Videolicious: (Free and Paid versions)
It’s easy to make a video with Videolicious. With your phone, tablet or desktop, just choose your shots and Videolicious does the rest—giving you professional-quality video in seconds, without the work.

Splice (Free)
Splice together HD photos and videos in an amazingly simple way. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more.

Animoto (Free)
Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!

Story/Animation creations:

Toontastic (Free)
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play! With over 2 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, parents and teachers rave about the app… and kids can’t stop creating!

Puppet Pals HD (Free)
Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!  Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!

Sock Puppets (Free)
Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

PhotoPuppet HD ($2.99)
The easiest and fastest way to make cartoons on your iPad. Cut anything out of your photos and move it on the screen. The app will record everything you do. You can use lots of ready-made puppets or custom ones (including PNG files with transparency) and edit the recording via a timeline (like in iMovie). Then – export to YouTube!  This is the only animation app for the iPad that allows you to use a timeline with precise time and movement control. You can edit individual object movement tracks.

Drawing/Art apps:

123D Sculpt (Free)
It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then push, pull and paint to make the sculpture your own. When you are done, take snapshots in the camera room or create animated QuickTime turntable movies to upload to YouTube or email to friends.

Doodle Buddy (Free)
Doodle Buddy Gold is the most fun you can have with your finger! Finger paint with your favorite colors and drop in playful stamps. Connect with a friend to draw together over the Internet.

Absolute Board (Free)
It’s so simple & convenient – just sketch & take notes about anything in your mind.
Save and share your novel ideas in the school, cafeteria, office or even on the bed.

SketchMee Lite (Free)
Just pick an image from your photo library, and watch it being sketched into a beautiful piece of art. Have endless fun playing around with settings, exploring a vast world of art possibilities.  Extremely easy to use. A handful of simple but powerful controls make you the artist in charge, enabling a wide range of different sketch art styles.

Book/Story Creation apps:

Creative Book Builder ($3.99)
Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go. All published ebooks can be read by any ePub reader including iBooks. Everyone is professional writer now!

My Story-Book Maker for Kids ($1.99)
Celebrate your child’s art with My Story, the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. My Story combines drawing, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy and creativity for you and your child together. They then share their book within the app, via email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s art, coloring, photos, and voice recordings are saved forever!

Scribble Press (Free)
Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create and share their own stories with great drawing and writing tools. Download your books instantly to your iBooks library! Scribble Press for iPad makes it easy to create an ebook – either write your own or use one of over 50 story templates. How about “My Babysitter is a Zombie” or “The Dog Ate my Homework”? From serious to seriously fun, you can make a book about any topic and instantly publish to the gallery or share with friends anywhere in the world.

ComicBook! ($1.99)
In just seconds turn yourself and your friends into comic heroes or villains. Star in your own comic book adventures!

Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.

iPad Resources for k12 Music, Theatre and Art

iPad Resources for Music, Art and TheaterMusic, Theatre & Art apps for the classroom

iMovie  ($4.99) – Make a movie in minutes, suitable for all ages.

ART

Musee Du Louvre  (Free) – Explore paintings, sculptures and other works of art from the Louvre and other museums around the world.

Six Drawing Apps  (Varies) – App suggestions with full descriptions.

Brushes  ($7.99) – Paint wherever and whenever on your iPad.  See Brushes in action here.

Top iPad Apps for Art  (Varies) – App suggestions with full descriptions for Art students.

DANCE

Dance Apps  (Varies) – App suggestions with full descriptions for all areas of dance.

MUSIC

Garage Band  ($4.99) – Create your own music in minutes.

Apps for Music Education  (Varies) – App suggestions for every area of music education, sound mixing, sound recording, reading PDF sheet music, melody music maker, music lesson plan creator and more.

Music Apps for Kids  (Varies) – App suggestions for K-8 for everything from Piano music making, reading sheet music, composing Old McDonald to exploring the Orchestra and being a DJ.

General Apps Links 

Here is the Apple in Education link to search the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies. 
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing. 

iPad Resources for k12 Foreign Language

Foreign Language Apps for the Classroom

Language Apps

Eighty New Apps to Learn a Foreign Language  (Free) – TONS of resources, links, apps.

Google Translate  (Free) – Translate the spoken and written word in a variety of languages.

Count to Ten  (Free) – Teaches you how to count from 1-10 in ten different languages.

General Apps Links 

Here is the Apple in Education link to search the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies. 
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing. 

iPad Resources for k12 Social Studies

iPad Resources for k12 Social StudiesSocial Studies Apps for the Classroom

SOCIAL STUDIES APPS

Social Studies & History App List  – Great site for just about everything K-12 Social Studies

GEOGRAPHY

National Geographic Magazine  (Free) – Explore any region of this world with an interactive viewing experience.  Learn about their culture, environment, geography, archeology and more.  Their library of groundbreaking photography is also at your fingertips.

Stack The States (Lite – Free) – This app provides students with an interactive experience to learn state names, abbreviations, locations, bordering states and nicknames.

CIA Factbook  ($0.99) – This is a very useful and app, but can also be accessed here  for Free through the web.  Research and find information on any nation in the world including information on population, government, environment, economy and much, much more.  Great for research and exploring unknown regions.

Tour Wrist  (Free) – Explore museums, castles, homes, wildlife and many more unique environments throughout the world with this hands on virual field trip.

3D National Parks  (Lite – Free)  – Tour America’s National Parks and explore each parks’ resources, natural environment, attractions and history behind why its so important to preserve.

HISTORY

American Museum of Natural History  (Free) – This Museum offers a variety of apps exploring many different concepts and events in American History ranging from Planet Earth, Space, Dinosaurs, to Cosmic Discoveries.

Battle of Gettysburg  (Free) – View photos, videos, movies, maps and first hand accounts of one of the most important battles in our nation’s history.

Civil War America’s Epic Struggle  ($4.99) – View multi-media presentations, photos, videos, maps first hand accounts, biographies, papers, articles and much, much more on every detail of the Civil War.

History: Maps of the World (Free) – Offers tons of free high resolution historical maps.

CIVICS

My Congress  (Free) – Track detailed information about all of the members of Congress.  Follow news, videos, Twitter feeds, decisions and more.

iAmerica  (Free) – Access to information on all American presidents, states and inside the White House access.

General Apps Links 

Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies. 
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing. 

iPad Apps for Teachers

iPad Apps for TeachersUseful Apps for Teachers in the Classroom

As a former 6th grade teacher, I always found myself doing so many things at once and trying to do them successfully.  A struggle that I always had was trying to record things that I wanted to communicate to parents, make notes for students work, track student progress, and document things for students who were absent from class.

I have found several different apps that can help you with different management needs in your classroom, both for teacher use and students.  I hope you find some of them useful.

Classroom Management Tools

  • TeacherPal (Free)
    TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.
  • Teacher’s Assistant Lite (Free, Pro Version is $5.99)
    Enter a student’s name, then add infractions/accolades either at the end of the day, or as they occur. You can customize the app to add just about anything you want. The layout was designed to be easy and efficient. Teacher’s Assistant Pro collects the data you enter, and when you’re ready to contact the parent or have a conference, you have all the data you need right in your hands. The app can store the name of the infraction/accolade, the date and time, where it occurred, which class period, a detailed description, what teacher action was issued (and if it was served), and whether the parent had been notified. Actions can be sent via email- whether it’s just one or all the actions a particular student has earned.
  • Show Me (Free)
    Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!  ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background.  This is also a great tool that students can use to explain concepts back to the teacher or to other students.
  • Remote Mouse ($1.99)
    Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless touchpad and keyboard now!
    You can take control of your presentations from anywhere in the room.
  • Splashtop Whiteboard ($9.99)
    Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their iPad into an interactive white board. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control PC and Mac applications then annotate lesson content all from an iPad. Now interact with students at their desk or present from all four corners of the class!
  • Explain Everything ($2.99)
    Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display.
  • eClicker Host (Teacher App – $9.99)    eClicker (Student App – Free)
    eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received. Developed for smartphones and laptops, eClicker leverages the hardware already in the hands of many students providing a low cost polling solution for the classroom. All you need to get started is the eClicker Host app running on an iOS device, a Wi-Fi network, and students with internet-enabled devices to participate.

General App Links

Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies.
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing.  

iPad Resources for k12 Science

iPad Science ResourcesScience apps for the classroom

I taught 6th grade science and loved incorporating videos and hands on lessons into almost every lesson.  With the iPad, you can not only search different content on the Internet but there are also apps that can assist you in teaching your content.  Below is a list of science apps that might be helpful to your science content areas.   Please let me know if there are any I need to add that you have found helpful.

BrainPOP Featured Movi (Free) BrainPOP: Película del Día (Spanish Version)
A New Movie EVERY Day!  Learn something different each day with the free BrainPOP Featured Movie App for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch! Watch BrainPOP’s daily animated movie, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz.  BrainPOP’s award-winning educational resources are used by millions of students in thousands of schools across the U.S. and worldwide.  Our topics cover Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Music, and Health – everything from Carnivorous Plants to Abraham Lincoln! All movies are captioned, making it easy to read along.

Science360 for the iPad (Free)
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.

NASA App (Free)
The first official NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.  The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package. Come explore with us.

Building Serial Circuits ($0.99)
Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols, you will assemble different types of series circuits using wires, switches, batteries, and light bulbs. In order to better understand the difference between a series and a parallel circuit, build a circuit that illuminates two bulbs and observe what happens when one light bulb is removed.

Science Fun To Go (Free)
Get kids excited about science by putting fun activities and engaging, illustrated books right in the palm of their hands!  You and your kids can enjoy these free activities:  Explore today’s Science News in the Seymour Science blog.  Watch videos, including trailers for Seymour’s new books and an interview with Seymour Simon.  Try your hand at the always-fascinating Fact or Fiction? science information game.

Molecules (Free)
Molecules is an application for viewing three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulating them using your fingers. You can rotate the molecules by moving your finger across the display, zoom in or out by using two-finger pinch gestures, or pan the molecule by moving two fingers across the screen at once. These structures can be viewed in both ball-and-stick and spacefilling visualization modes.

Periodic Table of the Elements (Free)
This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait

General Apps Links

Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

  • APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies. 
  • Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.  
  • IEAR – This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
  • Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.
  • Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
  • 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
  • Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 
  • Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)
  • App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing. 

 

List Created By:  Erik Cliff, Communications by Design

 

iPad Resources for k12 Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing Apps

The great thing I find about the iPad is that it engages students with colors, sounds, it is interactive, and students can manipulate and create on it.  Reading and writing Apps certainly do all of these, while keeping learning fun and individualized.

Here are some that I’ve found so far, and I will continue to update more as I come across them.  Please feel free to add a comment on any that you find and you have used.  I will update the site from your comments.

General Apps Links

Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone.  This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category.  It is at least a place to start.

APPitic  – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations.  These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies.

Mind Leap  – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale.  Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.

IEAR -This is a great site to visit.  This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.

Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom.  This has a nice search bar.

Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.

40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.

Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources –  Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana. 

Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker john.shoemaker@palmbeachschools.org)

App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing.

Reading Apps

  • Read Me Stories (Free – Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)
    Help your child develop the habit of reading. Use our library to give your child a fun new educational and entertaining book EVERY day.  Each new book teaches your child new concepts, new words and how to say them.
  • Free Books- 23,469 classics to go (Free – Kindergarten on up)
    Ah, to describe an app in two words… Free Books is just that- Free Books!  We take 23,469 classic books, package them up into one gorgeous interface, and make them available to download and read with our fully featured ereader.  Free Books unlocks a world of public domain content, allowing you to acquire the great books of human history. Letters of leaders, the collected works of geniuses, the finest Victorian novels, the plays of Shakespeare, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Carnegie. It’s all here, along with tens of thousands of other books. And all, might we belabor the point, absolutely free.
  • StoryKit (Free – Kindergarten on up)
    The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children’s books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children’s books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations. Meet the six Mongolian brothers in search of knowledge, the gray Palestinian peacemaker cat that does something most unusual to the other cat’s ears, or a version of the Three Little Pigs that you surely have never heard before.
  • A Story before Bed (Free – Preschool – 2nd Grade)
    This app lets your children watch video recordings of you reading children’s books.  Record books for free including Itsy Bitsy Spider and Baa Baa Black Sheep on your iPad2 or on a PC or Mac with webcam at www.astorybeforebed.com   Don’t want to record yourself? We have a library of authors who do virtual readings of their own books for you. Head to http://www.astorybeforebed.com/storytime. Watch any of the recorded stories. And in the bottom right hand corner click “Add to My Books” (one you have registered with the site.) Those recordings will show up in our app for download. Free of course.
  • Bob Books (Fees Vary – Beginning and/or Struggling Readers)
    Millions of kids have learned to read with Bob Books. Now Bob Books is coming to the iPhone with Bob Books Reading Magic!  Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. The simple drag-and-drop interface can be used by the youngest children. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.  Bob Books Reading Magic continues Bob Books’ commitment to bringing children a satisfying, successful first reading experience, with easy first steps, wholesome values, authentic hand-drawn illustrations, and beautiful full-color animations.
  • ePub Bud – ePubBud.com is not an application, but a website that you can download ePub books from.  Some of the books are scanned versions of publications, while others are books created or recreated by students or other people.  You can download the ePub books into your iBooks app, and then have access to them without an internet connection.  Some of the downloads have a cost to download but many are free.
  • LAZ Reader (Free – Beginning Readers – 3rd Grade)
    PRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN readers will delight as they watch Maria sit on the stoop outside her apartment with her dog as seven relatives bring her pumpkins. The pumpkins crowd the dog and Maria off the stoop. The repeated sentence patterns and pictures help early readers retain meaning and read counting words. Discussion questions after the reading build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: counting words, cause and effect.

Writing Apps

  • Writer’s Hat  ($0.99 – 1st Grade and up)
    Writer’s Hat is an ideas generator to inspire creative writing, oral literacy and imaginative thinking. Whilst aimed at classroom teachers and educators, it could easily be used for family fun, camp activities and party games.  Do your students need help generating ideas for creative story writing, storytelling and interesting sentence and paragraph construction? Then use the Magic Writer’s Hat to generate ideas. Often students are asked to write a creative piece of work but are left scratching their heads for ideas. The Writer’s Hat app allows students to have four basic elements of their story selected randomly for them. They will be provided with an idea word for What, Where, Who and When to include in their story. Often it is a springboard of random words that can be all it takes to allow the mind to think creatively.
  • ToonTastic ($1.99 – All Ages)
    Toontastic teaches key storytelling principles that help to promote Creativity at a young age. Its drawing tools bring kids’ wildest ideas to life alongside virtual playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, far away galaxies, and many other characters and settings to spark the imagination. Cartoons can be shared online via ToonTube, Toontastic’s Global Storytelling Network, to help children connect to friends and family and learn about other cultures, customs, and lifestyles through stories created by their peers around the world.
  • Puppet Pals (Free – All Ages)
    Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!  Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.  This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!  The free version give you limited creativity.  You can upgrade to the Pro version which allows you to include your own pictures using the camera on the iPad.

Spelling Apps

  • Spell Board ($4.99 – All Ages)
    Whether you are a student, teacher or parent, we all know the weekly spelling drill. Monday, we get our weekly words. Wednesday, we have our pre-quiz and Friday is the spelling test.  Of course, during the week there are endless impromptu spelling quizzes, — at home, in the car, at dinner, before bed — you get the idea. Well, all that may have just changed — say hello to SpellBoard!  SpellBoard allows you to create any spelling quiz in any language. That’s right, you could even use this for your Spanish class!  SpellBoard provides a fast and intuitive way for you to enter your list of spelling words. All you need to do is enter the word (correctly spelled), the grade level (1-12) and the spoken word (recorded via the iPads built in microphone). Optionally, you can add a written and/or spoken phrase. That’s it! Now you are ready to study your word list and be quizzed on it.