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 :) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appshopper/id387037496?mt=8

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. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-three-little-pigs-sd-so/id373065384?mt=8 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. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chicktionary-by-bing/id377444457?mt=8

Anything PBS is always good: Super Why app is bit pricey but good.http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-why/id357422351?mt=8

I would also suggest downloading podcasts by Sesame Street.  They have free short videos teaching words and meaning.   Word on the street segment. http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sesame-street-podcast/id264537349

Another podcast is from The Electric Company:

Math Apps:
Math Bingo is a sure bet:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-bingo/id371338715?mt=8

Epic Math: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epic-math/id414419801?mt=8

Great little game to work on reasoning and some science.

More to come as I have MANY to share.

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