You may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2. This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together. Users will be able to see each other’s picture just like FaceTime as they turn the pages of a book on their screen.
This is a great app for reading buddies young and old. It can be used in a school environment to connect readers to partners in a neighboring school or to students in another time zone. Caribu is also a great recommendation for parents looking to motivate reluctant readers at home.
Caribu comes with a couple free books and the rest are downloaded through in-app purchases.
I’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads! Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app. You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art. Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!
Transform a reference chart in your classroom, have students make persuasive posters for their favorite book, or give kids a new way to add visuals to a research report. How will you use Canva in your classroom?
Visit their website or watch the video!
Tiggly Counts is a wonderful iPad math designed for pre schoolers. These physical toys let students interact with their iPad screen in a completely unique way. After opening up one of Tiggly Counts apps, like Tiggly Addventure or Tiggly Cardtoons, kids can use the counting toys to tap their way across the screen. These apps have beautiful animations and fun characters that your children will absolutely love.
With Tiggly Counts kids can combine digital games and physical play. Children will interact with the screen of their iPad in a completely new way as they build their understanding of foundational math concepts. Tiggly Counts comes with five colorful counting toys that were inspired by the classic cuisenaire rods used in Montessori classrooms. Winner of the 2014 Tillywig Brain Child Award, Tiggly Counts is an awesome addition to a preschool classroom, after school program, or at home exploration.
Order Tiggly Counts here and check out this video to see it in action!
The Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives. I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips. Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms. With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.
Pattern Shapes lets students move blocks around the screen and annotate their creations. They can rotate the shapes and change their color and size. This app comes with outlines with shapes or students can work on a blank canvas. The text and annotation tool are perfect for having students demonstrate their understanding and show you their thinking.
This free app is designed for iPads and will soon be available on the web!