This year we have been using the iTouch to help learning in a K-2 setting. I thought I would let you know which apps the kids absolutely love at the moment. What I found is that there are many free apps that are terrific and also lite versions which allow you to see what the app is like and whether it will benefit the children in anyway.
If you visit the school’s technology blog you can see videos of the students using these apps.
If you click on the icons or the screen shots it will take you to the itunes page where you can learn more about the app and its price.
Fish School (Learn letters, shapes, colors with fish)
iWriteWords (Practice writing letters and numbers)
Kindergarten had a ball with this app this week. There is a little crab that leads the way for how to write the letters correctly. It is also teaching them how to count as you have to follow the numbers to write the letter.
TeachMe: Toddler (numbers, letters, shapes, colors and counting practice)
(Learn to count) Preschool Kids ocean jungle and space number adventure
Kindergarten LOVE this site. They were already addicted to the internet site, but now they can use this site whenever they want and not have to hook up to the internet. The Kindergarten teachers use it to reinforce the sounds that they are learning each week, and then follow it up with one of the handwriting apps.
Toddler Teasers Shapes
The kids love this site as it teachers them recognition of the shapes that are around us and their names. It is bright, colourful and easy to navigate.
FirstWords Sampler (Drag the words to spell simple words).
The best part about this app is that the kids are learning how to spell words by dragging the letters into the correct place. I use this app for my Yr 2′s who need a lot of help with their reading and spelling and they love it as they are succeeding in their spelling, and now they are more willing to have a go at spelling harder words. : )
abc PocketPhonics Lite: letter sounds & writing + first words
Another terrific site that shows the kids how to form their letters. It gives the indication of which way you need to trace over the letter as well. There is also a simple feedback as to whether you were able to write the letter correctly. In the ipad app there is also a simple word game as well where you select the letters in the word.
Alphabet Tracing- follow the train to write the letters, numbers
This app is the all time favourite for their handwriting. There is a little train that moves around the letter to show you the direction you need to go in. You can also change the colour of the tracing pen, and can evn make it a glitter pen. the kids loved that part. You can choose from Capital letters, little letters and numbers. There is alos now an option where you can create your won handwriting sheets to print off as well.
I am using this app for my Yr 2 and Yr 3 children as they practice their times tables and division.
My Yr 2 and Yr 3 boys love this app. they don’t realise that they are practising their maths skills as they build a rocket. What they like is that you get to build a rocket and then fly it. Their addition, multiplication, and number skills have definitely improved as a result of this as they are on a time limit.
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