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. Please feel free to add a comment on any that you find or are using in your classrooms.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are some specific apps I have on my own iPad. Please let me know of others as you come across them.
- Rocket Math ($0.99 – Preschool and up)
While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the 56 different math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, clocks, 3D shapes and even pizzas! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math.
- Math Bingo ($0.99 – Kindergarten and up)
The critically acclaimed educational website http://www.ABCya.com is proud to present the popular Math BINGO game for iphone, ipad and ipod touch! Now you can practice your math skills anytime and anyplace.
- Jungle Coins ($2.99 – Kindergarten and up)
Jungle Coins is an engaging, easy to use educational app that teaches kids coin math. For iPad only.
- Jungle Time ($2.99 – Kindergarten and up)
Jungle Time is an engaging, easy to use educational app that teaches kids how to tell time in multiple languages. For iPad only – takes full advantage of iPad screen size with special graphics and double-clock math problems. Separate iPhone/iPod touch version available – check it out.
- Kids Math Fun~First Grade ($1.99 – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
This application encourages First Grade children to practice the addition of a double digit (0-99) number with a single digit (0-9) number (without carrying), and the subtraction of a single digit (0-9) number from a double digit (0-99) number (without borrowing or negative answers).
- Fraction’s Kitchen- Free (Free – 2nd – 5th Grade)
Join Chef Fraction in his goal to create a five-star restaurant. His journey, however, is blocked by mathematical obstacles and his arch-nemesis, La Cucaracha. Help him create his signature recipes while using his unique kitchen gadgets.
- MathBoard ($4.99, a free lite available – 1st grade and up)
MathBoard is a stunning app for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. The number of customization options available make this a brilliant app for making math fun for elementary school children.
- FlashToPass (Free – Kindergarten and up)
FlashToPass Lite is an easy-to-use, elegant program designed to facilitate mastering the basic math facts learned in Elementary School.
- Fraction Factory (Free – Kindergarten to 5th Grade)
Enter the Fraction Factory and use your math skills to place fractions into their correct positions on a number line. When the game begins, fraction gears will move across the screen on a conveyor belt. Use your finger and drag the fraction gear to where you think they should go on the number line at the top of the screen.
- Math League Contests (Free – 4th – 8th Grade)
Math Contests contains the actual math contests given to students participating in Math League Contests, Grades 4, 5, and 6, School Years 1979-1980 through 2009-2010; and Grades 7, 8, and Algebra 1 Contests, School Years 2001-2002 through 2009-2010, www.themathleague.com. The contests are designed to build student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems. Over 1 million students around the world participate in Math League Contests each year. Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics, suitable for the grade level indicated. The questions range in difficulty from straightforward through moderate to challenging. Many students first develop an interest in mathematics through problem-solving activities such as these contests.
- Graphs (Free – 2nd Grade and up)
The Graphs App allows you to take a quick tutorial on constructing and interpreting Graphs. It serves as an excelled first guide and workbook to understand types of Graphs including Line Graphs, Bar Graphs and Pie Charts. Additionally concepts such as Mean, Mode and Median are also explained in simple terms. Take a test to see your understanding of interpreting graphs. Additional types of graphs, tests and tutorials will continue to become available with regular updates to our app.
- iTooch Math Grade 5, Lite (Free – 5th and 6th Grade)
iTooch 5th GRADE MATH is, by far, the largest collection of the App Store of educational activities based on US national standards. iTooch was developed by passionate teachers, educational professionals, and video-game designers, many of whom are parents as well. The collaboration of these specialists has resulted in a wonderful learning tool that motivates children to learn.
- eTutor (Free – 1st – 7th Grade)
eTutor helps you to practice Math problem questions. Solutions to every question will be shown so that you can (1) compare your solution, (2) know alternative way to solve, and (3) understand the steps to solve the problem.
- Motion Math Zoom (Free – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
Motion Math Zoom’s zoomable, stretchable number line is missing some numbers – it’s up to your child to put the numbers back where they belong. The new game uses concrete objects to represent abstract numbers: from dinosaurs in the thousands down to amoebas in the thousandths. Fun animal animations and sound effects help elementary school children master the number line.
- Geometry Test ($0.99 – Middle School & High School)
Fun application to practice and master key Geometry concepts. Mastering critical geometry skills has never been easier! Rich set of questions, question specific hints, review mode and history feature.
- Apollonius ($3.99 – Middle School & High School)
Apollonius is the first (and so far the only) Interactive Geometry Software (IGS) for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It allows you to make geometric constructions (such as those made using a compass and straightedge/ruler) and move their parts smoothly using the device’s touchscreen.
- HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 (Free – High School)
The award-winning and revolutionary HMH Fuse™ is a highly interactive and engaging curriculum. HMH Fuse gives every student a personalized learning experience using video tutorials, MathMotion step-by-step examples, homework help, quizzes, tips, hints, and many other integrated features to teach, review, and assess all concepts. Students will benefit from an all-in-one app with built-in tools including Algebra Tiles, Linear Explorer, Quadratic Explorer, a graphing calculator, text and audio note-taking, scratchpad, and a student response system for instant learner feedback. For institutional users, teachers can access all assessment results in an on-line Teacher Resource Center and prescribe remediation or intervention as needed.