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.
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.
Foundational skills are so important when pushing students as readers. Start off strong by trying out Pocket Phonics with students heading into elementary school. With free lessons and upgrade options, Pocket Phonics will teach students letter sounds and sight words.
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!
I’ve shared some great options for reading on iPads and Speakaboos is worth checking out! With three free books to download – and access to many more if you choose to upgrade – this app is full of engaging stories with audio support and interactive features!
This simply amazing app will change the way your students learn a new language. Similar to Rosetta Stone, Duolingo helps students increase their vocabulary and grammar through pictures and audio support. It’s hard to believe that it’s completely free!
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.