2.24.2011

iPad :: apps and general....


Many people have asked me about the iPad and any suggestions that I may have and yes, I have a few good 'ideas'. I think that the first thing, possibly even before buying the iPad, that needs to be laid down is that the iPad is only used as an educational tool. In our house we leave the games on the iPhones and the iPad only has educational apps on it. At this time the kids don't even think of playing games on the iPad, it's only used for education. I also ask them to switch the iPad to airplane mode while they are on it so that it is not emitting a signal or looking for a signal.

Our School PTO purchased iPads for the classrooms and they passed out this list of apps that we have found very helpful. I wasn't sold on the idea of the iPads at school but so far the experiment has been very positive and in our home since we had the ABC's problem that we talked about a few weeks ago with our kindergartner, we have purchased an iPad and she has been using the ABC apps with great success, she really loves to work on it.

iPad apps for education

WORD GAMES
Wurdle
Ultimate Hangman
Word Pop! Volt
Bananagrams

BRAIN GAMES
Brain Pop
Brain quest grade 2
Brain quest grade 3
Brain quest grade 4
Brain quest grade 5

SPELLING
SpellDown
SpellBoard
iWill Spell
Spelling 1-2
Misspell

SIGHT WORDS
K-3 sight
Pre-primer
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade

HANDWRITING
ABC Tracer
123 Writing
Letter Writer Space

PHONICS
Flip Phonics
Word Magic
Phonics Phil
Starfall ABC's
Super Why
Sound Seeker
Blend Seeker

READING /LANGUAGE ARTS
Clifford
Flashgram
Timed Reading
Montessori Crosswords
Book Report
iSentence
IQuestion
Story Builder
Story Buddy
Builda Story
iBooks

LEVELED READING
Rock'n Learn Easy Reader 1
Rock'n Learn Easy Reader 2
Rock'n Learn Easy Reader 3
Rock'n Learn Easy Reader 4
D Library
K Library
L Library
M Library

SOCIAL STUDIES
New England Puritans
Shake 'em Up States
Stack the States
States and Capitals Challenge
Popo Geo
US Presidents
US States
This Day in History

MATH
Flash to Pass
Dino Math
Mad Math
Math Bingo
Kids Math
Balloon Pop
Math Ninja
Pop Math
Math Board
Math Flash
Piggy HD
Rocket Math
Symmetry Shuffle

TELLING TIME
Telling Time
Clockmaster

FRACTIONS
Fractions
Math Fractions

MONEY
Make Change
Jungle Coins
Coin Crazy
Coin Math
Kids Coin Fun
Coins

KINDERGARTEN MATH
Pattern Recognition - K
Kids Math Fun - K
Kid Calc
Teach Me - K

1st GRADE MATH
Learn Math 1
Pattern Recognition - grade 1
Kids Math Quiz - grade 1
Kids Math Fun - grade 1
Sequencing
Everyday Math - Tric Trac
Everyday Math - Top It

1st GRADE MIX
Time MOney
First Grade Skills
Teach Me - 1st Grade
Animal Match
Match Animals
Animal Mixer

2nd GRADE MATH
Learn Math 2
Kids Math Quiz - Grade 2
Kids Mth Fun - Grade 2

3rd GRADE MATH
Time Tables
Warp FActor
Learn Math 3
Kids Math Fun - 3rd Grade
Math Kingdom
Math Pad 4
Math Order
Place Value

SCIENCE
3D Brain
Cosmic Explorer
Eco Systems
Life Cycles

KINDERGARTEN SCIENCE
Aquatic Flip
Dolphins
Aquatic Facts
Shells
See, Hear, Spell Ocean Life
Dino Fun
Dinosaurs
Dinomatch
ABC Dinos

MUSIC
School of Rock (SOR)
Pocket Guitar
Virtuoso

RESOURCE
Baby ASL
ASL Dictionary
Dragon Dictation
Pocket SLP

CAST-A-SPELL
Glow Draw
Magnetic ABCs
Writing Pad

OTHER GOOD STUFF
Keynote
Pages
Typing Test
Note Pass
Google Earth
iNutri8
Weet Woo
ArtStudio

13 comments:

SAM said...

That's quite a list. Thanks for sharing.

ter said...

that is a great list for future reference!
And by the way, what a lucky school - our public school out here in california does not even have the budget for 1 IPAD for the entire school. :(

nonchalant mom said...

guess what ter! this IS a public school. I am part of the PTO and we do a bunch of fundraising and grant writing to get these iPads. I think it's amazing as well to have these iPads in school and it was certainly a paradigm shift for some of the teachers. But it has really turned out to be a good learning tool so far. I think it's wonderful to be a part of the PTO and I don't see any of the stigma that it attached to it at least at our school, it's all about raising money for the kids!

ptkate said...

Wow! That looks like a very comprehensive list; thanks for sharing!

Gunn said...

Dear Mom, so now i would like to ask you for the perfect list for big kids like me. I have an ipad and it is getting dusty on the table. Where should I start ? Amazon I guess is one for books....
baci baci , G

Anonymous said...

Yes I would love so e aps for me.
We choose to not have the kids on anything computer until they are much older.
I fear that people plug their kids in so much that so many can't just be.
Anyhow some grown up aps please
Xxxcarrie

Clay Boggess said...

Your idea to distinguish the iPad for educational use only is an interesting idea. I think it will work for a while anyway…

Philippa said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! I'm a fan of family-friendly apps that help my kids, and me as well. By the way, if it's alright, I'd like to recommend one of my current favorite apps, Intuition. Tagged as mom's personal assistant, it's a task management app that has many features designed to help us moms. It's really easy to use and it looks cute, too. Plus, it's free! You can check it out on http://www.iconapps.com/product.htm

tom said...

I only wish my son's school allowed for iPad in class for the Students to use for notetaking etc....
It will be a tool to be competitive in the future.

Now, I don't think this should happen until High School.

Anne Desaulniers said...

When purchasing iPads for schools, are there any data costs, ongoing costs, upgrade costs, etc? Are the apps mentioned free? If not, does the app have to be purchased for each iPad? How many iPads per classroom were purchased? This sounds very cool!

nonchalant mom said...

That's a lot of questions! I have to say, apple worked very closely with our school so that we got the correct equipment, we bought 24 so that each child has an iPad. I think that we just pay for the one download, and then sync all iPads. Some of the apps cost $1.99 or so... But most are free. And just as an update, our kids still use our iPad for educational purposes and not for games. I think it has tondo with them using the iPads at school!

Melissa, Protector of Swordland said...

Wow! This list is exactly what I have been looking for! We are thinking about buying an ipad for homeschool use and was having a hard time finding educational apps! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Here is another amazing list that i have found...if anyone is interested.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvFbfb1mWoNwdGlweWtkZkFRS1gzUDMtTUtoTEw0MkE#gid=0