Assignment 2: 10 Content Specific Apps and 5 Personal Apps


10 Content Specific Applications

1.Splash Math Worksheets App
4th Grade Math: Splash Math Worksheets App [HD Full ($9.99): 140 adaptive worksheets spanning 10 chapters. Covers the following content: place value, number sense, algebra, multiplication 1 and 2, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, geometry.
Use: I would use this app with my 6th grade students who are working on a 4th grade level in math; the format could make math reinforcement more appealing to these students.

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Splash Math Worksheets App

2. Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard(FREE): With this app, an IPad becomes a recordable whiteboard so a teacher or student could use it to create video tutorials. There are 10 different features including the ability to: add photos from the iPad or Photo albums; record and replay one's voice and drawing/writing; or even animate parts of the lesson.
Use: I often use small whiteboards with my students. But with this whiteboard, the sky is the limit! Students would love exploring these features.
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

An alternative but more costly choice could be:
Splashtop Whiteboard ($19.00) A remote desktop app. Changes the iPad into an interactive whiteboard that can be mobile. Includes Splashtop Remote Desktop



3.Sight Words List--Learn to Read Flash Cards & GamesSight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games (FREE): 315 words from Dolch word list. Plus you can add your own words. Includes customized speed for how fast the flashcards will move.Use: Not only would I use it with Learning Connection students who are struggling with learning the Dolch words, I would also pass along the information to parents who may have iPads at home so their children could use it to drill the sight words.
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4.My Math Flash Cards AppMy Math Flash Cards App (FREE): Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division fact drill.Use: I would use it with Learning Connection students to help them master math facts--addition, subtraction, multiplication & division. I feel using the Ipad could be an incentive for them to drill facts.
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5.Google SearchGoogle Search (FREE): Has the image tab so that students can search for pictures of new vocabulary words. Student can revisit past searches with Visual Search History and can search by voice!Use: I especially like the instantaneous feature of the app versus then having to go through Safari particularly since I have students for a limited time. I would use the Google app in various ways in the Learning Connection:
1) Google Image is great for finding pictures that illustrate the meaning of unknown vocabulary words. Students can use them to make picture dictionaries of new words.
2) It can be an instant reference source for questions that come up when students are reading passages.
3) Google will be helpful for a unit about Where in the World are the Holy Family Familes that I am doing with an accelerated 1st grader. For instance one of our families
is traveling to Acra, India. My student can have instant access to information about that city.
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6.Math Tapper: Clockmaster--a math game to help children learn to read clocks
MathTappers: ClockMaster - a math game to help children learn to read clocks (FREE): Provides students drill with analog & digital clocks.
Use: This app would be great to use with students who need to drill telling time. I really like that it offers drill with both analog and digital clocks.
MathTappers: ClockMaster - a math game to help children learn to read clocks
MathTappers: ClockMaster - a math game to help children learn to read clocks


7.Grammar DragonGrammar Dragon (FREE): Develops reading skills while students play games about parts of speech. Recommended grade levels: very easy--2nd, easy--3rd, moderate--4th, intermediate--5th, and difficult--6th. (NRCC Game)Use: I would use this to drill students on recognizing the parts of speech. It may also be helpful for language development as well as provide reading practice in a fun format.
Grammar Dragon
Grammar Dragon





8.Spelling CatSpelling Cat (FREE): Students practice spelling by unscrambling letters or filling in a missing letter. Customized word lists can be created by teachers or students. (NRCC Game)Use: Students who struggle with spelling would love having a game that makes drilling spelling words more appealing. I like that it has various types of drills: repeats the word for the student to spell; scrambles the letters so student can unscramble them; leaves out missing letters for the student to fill in the word.Other NRCC games that I would like to investigate for the Learning Connection include: Same Meaning Magic (synonyms), Opposite Oceans (antonyms), Aesop's Quest (reading comprehension), Same Sound Spellbound (homophones), and Portion Platter (fractions and decimals).
Spelling Cat
Spelling Cat


9.SentenceBuilder for iPad
SentenceBuilder™ for iPad Reading practice of dolch words. OR StoryBuilder for iPad ($7.99 EACH): Build skills forming paragraphs and making inferences. Consider other games by Mobile Education Tools: Question Builder for iPad LanguageBuilder for iPad PrepositionBuilder™
Use: This app comes very highly recommended by a school system who purchased 200 licenses. It seems like a great way to drill grammar which many students find tedious. I would like to consider the other apps listed above as well to help Learning Connection students.
SentenceBuilder™ for iPad
SentenceBuilder™ for iPad


10. Analogies 4 Kids
id377667559 ($.99) Great practice for students regarding this higher level thinking skill.
Use: I spend a lot of time with Learning Connection students working on analogies. These are often included on the IOWAS and students need practice learning how to solve analogies.
Analogy
Analogy


11. Phonics Made Easy Flash ActionPhonics Made Easy Flash Action ($4.99) Beginning and ending sounds, blends & digraphs, rhyming sounds, long and short vowels. Grades K-2nd.Use: This app looked like it would provide reinforcement for many of my students who struggles with learning phonic skills. It would be one more tool for reinforcing these important foundation learning skills.
Phonics Made Easy Flash Action
Phonics Made Easy Flash Action



5 Personal Applications

1.ROCK CENTER with Brian Williams
id473119614 (FREE): News update from NBC.
Use: I would check it to keep current with news.
Rock Center
Rock Center


2.Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD
Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD (FREE): It includes great features: Voice Search (useful if you do not know how to spell a word), Audio Pronunciation, Words in Context, and a Thesaurus: synonyms and antonyms.
Use: Not only would I use this for personal use, but I would want it loaded on the school iPads. My students in the Learning Connection would use it to word wizard new vocabulary words. This process includes writing the definition of the word, finding synonyms, and using the word in context.


Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD
Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD


3.Nature Tap
NatureTap (28 North American Birds (image, range map, song/call,& description) free for downloading app. Register the app and receive the full Insect & Spider module (100 species) FREE. Additional pacs available: birds--$3.99, reptiles & amphibians--$1.99 and Wildflower pack--$2.99.

Use: Personally I would like to try the free apps to use for identification purposes. Sometimes I see a bird or insect and wonder what it is. This app would be a great tool to search for the answer. If I liked the free apps I would put them on the school iPad so that I could use them teach vocabulary and identification skills to my students. Often students come across the names of birds, insects, and spiders in reading passages. I feel this app would provide visual images for unknown vocabulary words and therefore help to build students' vocabularies.
NatureTap
NatureTap

4. Musee du Louvre id337339103 Musee du Louvre This app has 100 of the masterpieces at the Louvre, 500 total images, and a tour of the building.Use: I love art so it would be fun to have the Louvre at my fingertips for a visit whenever I choose. Also, I could use this app with my accelerated 1st grader who is doing a unit about Where in the World are the Holy Family Familes if someone visits Paris.
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre



5. Fotopedia Wild FriendsFotopedia Wild Friends (FREE) 2,400 photos wonderful photos. Photographed by Wild Wonder of Europe and Fotopedia.Use: Personally I would use the app to enjoy the beauty of nature. Additionally I would evaluate it for use in my classroom. Since it is free I may asked to have it on my school iPad. Students love animals. I think the pictures could generate lots of opportunities to develop new vocabulary in a fun format.
Fotopedia Wild Friends
Fotopedia Wild Friends


Extra: ABC PlayerABC Player (FREE) Download ti watch ABC Shows for free on IPAD.Use: I would use it to watch the news at 5:30 if I am still at work.
ABC Player
ABC Player