Our Special Education Coordinator supplied this link to the Top Ten Best Apps For Education.
The following is an email from a teacher who could not attend the meeting, but wanted to share how he uses the iPad in his classroom.
All of my books – The children use books for multiple purposes throughout the day. First, it is part of their Daily Five language arts center. It helps them build fluency in reading and also expression. I try to get the books that highlight the words in phrases so that as they listen they can follow along. Second, they use books on the IPad to read. I turn off the volume and they are able to read it themselves. Finally it is a different way to allow the chilren to experience books.
Story Buddy – This app allows kids to write their own story. They can illustrate it and it can be saved in IBooks
Fridgit – This is a virtual magnetic board. I use it with a child on the autism spectrum. He builds words with the different magnetic letters. Also, for speech development he adds the pictures and then we say them together.
Alphabet Race – Writing the letters in the right direction. A train shows the correct path on how to form the letter.
Park Math – Very simple developmental math that includes addition, subtraction and equivalent amounts
SumsStack – Number Sense App that you have to move the dice around to try to make the correct amount on each of the three towers
Clock Master – adust the hands on the clock to show the correct time
Counting Coins – Math the value, make the total, how many cents, show values
Good Math – 3 levels and it is a mix of addition subtraction and multiplication
100 numbers – this is a scramble of numbers 0 -100 and you have to click on them in order for them to disappear
Find Sums – Number Sense app that uses a 10 frame as a basis of addition. It also can be switched to do part-part-whole.
Word Families – goes through all of the word families. It gives about 5 per family.
Sight Words – Trace the sight word and it also tells it to you when you click on it.
ABCD – Mix of all letters and you have to try to get drag them around the screen to get them in order.
Writing Pad – I use this with a child on the autism spectrum as a way of writing his words.
Drawing Pad – Any tool or color imaginable this app has. It is really neat. I let the students illustrate their writing on it. I also will let them have it during a read aloud and they will be able to draw their “mental images” which is a comprehension strategy we practiced.
Shrek Karting – This is just like Mario Kart for the Wii. I use it with kids that need gross/fine motor deveopment because it allows them to practice crossing the midline and making connections from their brain to gross and fine motor movements. (It is also fun to play!)