Word games can be a great tool for students to practice problem solving through word play. Wooords is a free app with optional upgrades that lets players build words using a set amount of letters. They’ll manipulate each one to form new words and get points based on complexity and speed.
Math fluency apps are wonderful for reinforcing foundational skills. MathLands it’s full of problem solving and critical thinking games that are completely free. This app is great for students at a variety of levels.
A terrific app for increasing student vocabulary is ABC House. For early elementary and English Language Learners, this free app uses pictures for vocabulary acquisition. Audio and video support will help students learn words in context.
It’s so important for students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept and screencasting is a wonderful alternative assessment. Have students take screenshots in an app like Geoboard – they can create different shapes and snap pictures of their work. Then students can import these pictures into Educreations (they’ll be automatically saved to the iPad Camera roll). Using the record and narrate features in Educreations, your students can explain what type of shape they made and list its properties. It’s a great way to hold students accountable for explaining their thinking and can even be used in a digital portfolio.
Prime numbers can be tricky for students and there is a simple, free app that can help them check their work. Get Primes lets users set a range for searching prime numbers and with a quick tap it will show students if they’re on the right track.
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If you’re looking for a fun classroom management tool, check out Too Noisy. This app monitors the noise in a room using the microphone on an iPad. The kid-friendly graphics are perfect for keeping students informed on whether or not it is “too noisy” in your classroom!
With so many great iPad math games to choose from, Pick a Path is another from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Players must decide the best way to reach a target number using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of positive and negative numbers. There are many ways to get to the target and students will have to use their foundational math skills to earn points and find the best answer.
Todo K-2 Math Practice is the perfect app to support children learning to count numbers, add and subtract. With different games and levels this colorful, free app is perfect for youngsters learning new skills or needing extra help. It’s even Common Core aligned!
Puzzles are a great way to push students’ critical thinking skills. Just 2 Words is a fun free app where students solve for a two word phrase that matches a set of pictures. With different degrees of challenges, this app is perfect for enrichment in the ELA classroom!
There are lots of great iPad apps for teaching literacy skills and Learn With Homer is definitely worth checking out! With games for learning letter sounds and classic stories with cartoon characters this app is absolutely fantastic for children getting ready to start school. Download the free features before deciding if you’ll upgrade!
Visualead is fantastic site that let’s users combine QR codes with images. You can upload any picture that you want and place your QR code right on top of it. Not only is it a great way to energize traditional black and white QR codes, adding images can help students distinguish between QR codes in different subject areas or lessons. This is perfect for younger students or English Language Learners. Whether you choose a picture of a globe for a Social Studies website or a number to match up to a question on an activity sheet, you’ll find lots of times to add images to your QR codes!
Users can create QR codes for free using Visualead or upgrade to have even more options.