If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively. Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students. Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom. Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!
- iTunes U
- Number Pieces
- Number Line
- Khan Academy
- MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab
A fun app for helping students think about works and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids
. Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games. They’ll have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words.
UPDATE: This app is no longer free, but still fantastic!
TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love. Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design! You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer. Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities. Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip. Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip. This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.
Learn more about TinyTap by visiting their website or downloading their iPad app!
Boosting vocabulary is important at any age and Quizzitive from Merriam-Webster is a straightforward app that will introduce students to new words. Kids can play four different games as they learn new words and show off what they know. The app keeps track of what words children have answered correctly and gives students easy access to their definitions. The first two levels are completely free and you can complete an in-app purchase to remove adds and unlock 1,000 words.
You many also want to check out these word games:
There are lots of apps that are gearing their content to address the Common Core State Standards. Math Planet is a fantastic app that contains lots of games that will help students master Common Core math skills. Designed for students in second through eighth grade, it allows users to try out a handful of games for free before purchasing content specific to a particular grade level. Students can have an individual login to keep track of their performance.
Check out one of my lesson plans for teaching math with iPads!
A silly and fun app for upper elementary students, Chicken Coop Fractions is full of high quality content. Kids can interact with fractions by playing a variety of games designed to grab their attention and get them thinking about fractions. This app comes with free access to an estimating fractions games and gives you the option to unlock a handful of other activities. If you have only a few iPads in your classroom this is a great choice for station work!
Check out the math lesson plans in my TpT store or my list of 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps!