Friday, April 15, 2011

iPad Screenshots

Last Day of Free Math Apps.
Make sure you look at all of the apps by the publisher that are free. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

13 Apps for the price of FREE

This past week people have shared apps which then lead me to even more apps.  So I am going to pass on what I have found. These just happen to be iphone/itouch apps that can be played on the iPad and they are free. The company is called GAMeS Lab at RU and they have 12 apps but 10 are education based.  I have not listed all 10 here, but you can find them in iTunes when you check out the app below.

Same Sound Spellbound: This is a game that helps you learn and practice homophones.  The other apps you will find are also word and grammar based.

Free today (3/23) Candyland: This game looks more like Frogger then the real candyland.  It has good reviews and it is FREE!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No Apps to speak of

How is it possible that in a weeks time I am not able to find an App worthy enough to share?  No great Apps going FREE either.  (This is my excuse for not posting last night.) In light of this disappointment I am going to share a few sites that might be helpful in your mastery of the iPad or iTouch.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reading A to Z

For those of of you who are familiar with the subscription website Reading A to Z and even for those of you who are not these books are great for your kids.  The App Store has many of the easy readers for FREE and can be purchased under the company name of Language Technologies Inc.  Here is a link to one of the FREE books that will lead you to the rest.  I would sort by most popular and it brings all of the FREE ones to the front.

Who doesn't love a SOCK PUPPET?

This past week I have downloaded another 20 apps at least and this one stands out.

SOCK PUPPETS: It is exactly what you think, but BETTER!  This app allows you to record and act out scenes with sock puppets. You can post your finished product to You Tube or Facebook. I already posted my mini skit to my Facebook page with much ease.  You must be asking yourself, what would you pay for such an app.  Wait for it...... IT IS FREE!  There are lots of basics to work with, but of course they have upgrades that can be purchased.

Since I cannot just share ONE app here are a few more:

This app is for a child practicing fractions, decimals, and whole numbers.  Try putting all of these different numbers on a NUMBER LINE. Yes it is FREE.

To practice word sounds download WORDBALL . It is a FREE app put out by PBS and the Electric Company. Has a video to teach you about the sound or word and then a little quiz after.  You work up to different levels.

Here is one for the parents: MOVIE CAT  It is the lite version so you can test it out (which is free). I got it free when it was on APP SHOPPER.  Not for kids because they just have not seen the movies to answer the trivia questions. So take a break from Angry Birds and play a little Movie Cat.

Once again, if you have apps that you like and would like to share please post them in the comments section.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My second list of recommended Apps

As promised I am posting more apps!  

I will also post when apps become free if they are apps of substance.  For example two days ago, Boggle was free to download for the day.

Geared and Geared 2: This game promotes critical thinking and problem solving.  Geared two has a gerbil in the wheel that gets thrown off when the gears are all put in the correct order. This maybe disturbing to some, so you might want to stick with just Geared.

Fractions App: Great app for learning and practicing fractions.

Apples in Hour Hands: App will help your child practice telling time.

Toontastic: Allows your child to create a cartoon with characters from the apps gallery.

StoryBuddy: Allows the user to create an ebook.  Users can add images, draw and enter text then export as a PDF and into many book readers. 

Spellboard: User can enter weekly spelling words as well as record oneself saying the word then practice spelling them.

Playtime Theater: User can act out a play with characters, record audio and even set lighting.  Allows for endless options to be creative.

Monster Chorus: Of all the apps that I have downloaded that offer sound this is the one with the most pleasant. This app acts as a piano type application. 

MoMA AB EX NY: This app allows you to expose your child to some of the best known artists work and give them exposure to some of the MOMA without the drive.

Live Sketch: If your child enjoys sketching, this is the app to get.  This is the best drawing app I have come across.

If you have any suggestions please post them in then in the comment section.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A few apps to get started with..

My hope is that through this blog I can share some of the best apps that I find and hope to use with students as we embark on our integration of mobile technology at Tuckahoe. For those of you who don't know me, I am the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Tuckahoe and my hobby is collecting apps short for applications. I have 504 and counting.

Many people ask me where do I find all of these apps.  Well I use an app for that!

App Shopper: When you set the filter, it will tell you what apps are free that day or are on sale.  That is where I get many of my apps from for free :)

The company that makes this 3 Little Pigs Book makes a few others.  I would say it is one of the best book readers.  It uses many good reading strategies. The lite version is only a small sample of the book, but gives you an idea of what you would be getting with the paid version. Any book you can find that highlights the word when it is read to the child is a good sign of a decent reader.

Word knowledge: 
Chicktionary is a great app for finding words from a group of letters.

Anything PBS is always good: Super Why app is bit pricey but good.

I would also suggest downloading podcasts by Sesame Street.  They have free short videos teaching words and meaning.   Word on the street segment.

Another podcast is from The Electric Company:

Math Apps:
Math Bingo is a sure bet:

Epic Math:

Great little game to work on reasoning and some science.

More to come as I have MANY to share.