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.
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