Archive for May, 2012

Best IPad Apps For Elementary School Students – Part II

For better or worse, our world is changing – and fast.  Technology is becoming incorporated into everything we do – including educating our children.  Last week I posted about Diane Darrow’s edutopia article on the best Ipad apps for elementary school students.  Her choices are truly outstanding tools to help your student turn the drudgery of studying into fun!  Here are more apps that made her list.

5) Mind Snacks French, Italian and Spanish

This is a fantastic app for foreign language learners.  It adjusts it’s difficulty level to the performance of the user, and compiles a weekly summary of the user’s progress.  It also incorporates video clips to help with pronunciation.

6) Word Cub

This is a great app to help beginning readers to recognize letters of the alphabet, the sounds they make when poronounced and the sounds they make when combined.  When a student runs his finger over a word, the app demonstrates the sounding out of a word by prounouncing it for the student.  Greta resource for new readers.

7) Rootology

As an SAT tutor, I find this app to be remarkably useful.  Of course elementary school students won’t use it to prepare for the SAT.  They will use it to begin to recognize prefixes, suffixes, and word roots and their meanings.  Then, students will be given words incorporating those prefixes, suffixes, and roots, and asked to define them based on their knowledge of the word parts.  Great tool whose benefit will extend far beyond the elementary school years.  Highly recommended!

8) Mental Case Classroom Edition

Diane Darrow calls this a “flashcard app on steroids” because of the diverse media with which the app s compatible.  Photos taken directly from the Ipad can be uploaded onto a flashcard, as can audio recordings.  A little advanced for elementary school students without adult assistance, but a highly recommended app.

This concludes part II of the best IPad apps for students, but stay tuned for news on exciting new technologies next week!


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Best IPad Apps For Elementary School Students – Check These Out!

Kids these days love gadgets.  Especially Apple gadgets, like Iphones, Ipads, and Ipods.  Many schools have caught on in a big way – harnessing students’ fascination with all things technological and turning it into better school performance.  The following apps are among the best for students in grades K-5.  By using these and making academics more like the games that students already love, we can really improve students’ chances of enjoying – and therefore retaining-vital academic skills.

1)  Word Bingo

A great new app that helps youngsters with sight recognition and spelling of more than 300 words. The app reads a word aloud, and students then tap that word on the screen.  Students are rewarded with a cute bug when they win “Bingo”.

2) Rocket Math

A fun app that challenges students to do elementary math problems of all sorts, and rewards them for correct answers with points that they can use to buy rocket parts – apparently very motivating for young boys.

3) Shake A Phrase

A fantastic app that asks students to identify figures of speech in the context of a sentence.  It also provides students with word definitions when they touch unknown words, and it’s Story Starter feature encourages creative writing.

4) Splash Math Summer Math Notebook

A comprehensive math app that encourages students to retain their math knowledge over the long summer break.  Easily customizable, this app quizzes students on math facts, fractions, money, time, and more.  It keeps a record of a student’s progress and can accommodate multiple users on one account.

As a tutor, I know that sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to motivate a student to do school work.  Oftentimes students are bored or discouraged by academics.  But with apps like these, students are tricked into having fun while simultaneously solidifying key academic skills which will pay huge dividends in the future.  Whether you are parents or teachers, don’t delay – set your students up for success by integrating technology into their educations.  For the full story and the source of this information, see edutopia’s website here.


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