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!
iPads are a great tool for content consumption but there are plenty of free iPad apps that help students create content too! Our Story for iPad lets users write their own stories using images saved on their iPad camera roll. Add text and record your voice for each page before sharing your final product as a PDF or zip file.
A great app to support STEM education is Daisy the Dinosaur. Teach students the basics of coding by giving commands to the dinosaur as it moves across the screen. Whether your students are completing challenges or working in free-play mode, they’ll have lots to explore and practice in this free app!
Penguin Leveled Reader is a wonderful bookshelf app for young readers. Students can listen to narration, read along, and manipulate the story. This app comes with one free text from each of the four levels offered and more can be downloaded with in-app purchases.
Spell + Friends by Tap to Learn is the perfect free app for preparing your students for their next spelling bee. They will be introduced to the Consolidated Word List, and have the chance to learn, practice and compete with a partner to demonstrate mastery.
Check out my Common Core aligned ELA lesson plans!
If you’re looking to challenge your students try Tell a Tale in your ELA class. Perfect for partner and group work, this app gives the first and last sentence of a story and three images that must be referenced somewhere in their tale. Players have to create their own story using only these clues!
There are a few iPad graphic organizers I like to use with my students, and Inspiration Lite is one of them! Whether they’re taking notes, brainstorming or just looking to organize their thinking, Inspiration Lite is a great free app to customize mind mapping.
When I’m using iPads with my students, we often use a combination of apps to accomplish a task. For a research project on biomes, my class created posters in Pic Collage and published their reports with PaperPort Notes. This culminating project took more than one period to complete, and their colorful, detailed reports were displayed for the whole school to see!
If you’re teaching fractions, Basic Fractions is a must have free app. Full of questions for multiple fraction skills, this app includes models and a scratch pad to help students solve problems.
Check out my webcast on teaching Common Core Math and my bundles of Common Core aligned math lessons for the iPad!