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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