Ipad apps for literacy

There are so many exciting ways that ipads can enhance learning in the classroom and so many exciting activities that teachers are doing and sharing. I came across Mr P’s ICT Blog – Ipads in the Classroom and picked up so many ideas that I could use for my own classes using apps such as Tiny Tap (read about it here), Mad Libs, Wordventure and Citadel (a computer generated medieval  kingdom, amazing graphics, which  showcases the technical capabilities of the award-winning Unreal Engine 3).

Here is a repost of using Citadel to make a trailer using the imovie app.   Fantastic work!

Education apps for ipads

There are so many education apps now available, particularly for younger students.  My challenge has been finding suitable apps to meet the needs of older students with literacy and numeracy difficulties that are not too obviously age inappropriate.  The following list can be used by older students and the other great thing is that most of them are free!

Note: the literacy apps: Same Sound, Same Meaning, Opposite Oceans, are very difficult to come by on itunes.  They are available via the creators – NRCC website (right hand side of the page – games).  I have downloaded the first two mentioned  quite successfully, however, when I tried to download them on additional ipads they were identified as not being available  in Australia.

 

BOOKS  cost
Book Creator $5.50
iBooks
Free Books
Story Shelf 99c
Audio Books
Ice Age
Little Fear HD
Madagascar
The Flame
Adobe Reader
DragonStone
Neon Tiki Tribe
Smurf Classics
COMICS/MAGAZINES/NEWS
Flipboard
DC Comics
Marvel
The Age
LITERACY
Same Sound
Same Meaning
Opposite Ocean 99c
Opposite Ocean II 99c
Storylines                                       free
Grammar Up
Kids Vocab
Idioms
Writing Prompts for Kids (teacher tool) 1.99
BRAINSTORMING
Popplet
WORD GAMES
PopWords!
Hangman
Battlle of Words
4 Pics 1 Word
SPELLING
Skill builder spelling
Spelling City
Spelling free
Spelling hero
Culti Words
Find Synonym
Cost
MATHS 
Jumbo calculator
Mad maths lite
Maths zombies
Math blaster
Pizza fractions
Pop math
Rocket math
SCIENCE
Google earth
Planets
Solar
Skyview
NASA app
MAPS/ATLAS
Atlas
Travel Atlas
Countries & Capitals
IMAGE EDITING
ToonCamera 99c
MegaPhoto
Aviary
Photo Editor
Pixlromatic
aTypo picture
Snapseed
Skitch
MULTIMEDIA/ PRESENTATIONS
Imovie
Action Movie
Comic Book! 1.99
Pic Collage
Visualize 99c
davinci note
Haiku Deck
Videolicious
Echograph
COMIC/ CARTOON CREATE
Comic Puppets lite
Perfect Captions
Augmented Reality
String
Aurasma
GAMES
Snakes and ladders
Memory Block
Wilderquest
Whats the pic
REFERENCE
Wikipanion
Thesaurus 1.99
Dictionary
UTILITIES
Unit converter                    free
Voice recorder
Microphone

Apps for Ipad

Education is becoming more and more exciting as a result of new technologies. Computers continue to revolutionize education and anyone who has seen what is available in the way of educational apps is sure to agree that it really is a great time to be a student!  There are numerous apps for education and it can be a little overwhelming in deciding how to find them and what to use.  There are many apps to support special needs learning as well as literacy, numeracy, languages, social skills and so on.  I must say, that there seems to be an incredible number of apps for younger learners.   After that, although there may be apps to support learning (such as text to speech), I am seeing a lack of resources for older students with learning difficulties.  No doubt the market will continue to evolve.  Below I’ve listed some of my favourite places to find educational apps.

Special Needs Apps for Kids (SNAPPS) is an amazing site made up of a community of parents, teachers, doctors and therapists sharing information on how they are using apps with special needs kids. This is an easy to navigate site drop down menus to enable search for specific needs.

Special needs apps for kids

 

 Smart Apps for Kids  Lots of apps on here are free for trial – usually for a limited time – usually an hour or two.  A great way to look at apps before purchasing.  Most of them do seem to be for younger children.

Appitic: This is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) for teaching and learning.  The site is easy to navigate and is extremely well organised under key learning areas as well as categories for Blooms Taxonomy and Multiple Intelligences.

Apps for children with special needs: alphabetical listing and information about all suitable apps

Ipad curriculum: is a great site which will enable a search for suitable app via subject, grade level, price and Blooms Taxonomy. A comprehensive review is given for each app.

Apps in Education: apps categorized under KLAs with great reviews.

Apps for literacy support Spectronics comprehensive list of apps to support literacy.

Ipad and Ipod resources for education: comprehensive listing of apps according to subject area.

Spectronics apps for education: Spectronics blog of Australian, NZ and many others.

Ipads for learning: Apps categorised into subjects for easy searching.

Gerry Kennedy, Spectronics, Ipads in SEN, is an excellent read with tips and ideas for using ipads in special education.

Commonsense Media

Looking for suitable age appropriate resources across the age range  –  books, movies, apps, websites, games: Commonsense media provides a database as well as advice and reviews.  Saves a lot of hunting around.