IPad Apps and an IPad Mini Giveaway

The theme with technology used to be that we were preparing our children for the future.  Well, it doesn't take much time in classrooms today before you realize that the future is TODAY!  Students today are savvy technology users.  They multitask and zip around the screen much quicker all the time.  Smartboards, laptops, and digital readers are everywhere, and the top pick for many is the IPad.

I thought today I'd share a few apps focused on Reading, Writing, and other ELA skills.  These apps can be used by children in the classroom or at home for additional reading practice, so I'd recommend them to both teachers and parents.

Starfall Learn to Read: Starfall has a tradition of excellence in reading education, and this app is not going to disappoint.  It is $2.99 and includes many reading options for beginning readers.  
Phonics Genius: This FREE app offered by Innovative Mobile has received very positive reviews from a first grade blogging buddy of mine. She has enjoyed using this app to work with her students on phonemes and spelling patterns. One important point to make note of though is to check the teacher options.  You can check a box or two to change how feedback is provided to students and to set the difficulty level.  

Endless Alphabet:  A little higher in price, but well worth it is Endless Alphabet.  This app is guaranteed to provide lots of learning fun.  It had 559 five star reviews, and a fellow reading specialist shared with me that she has enjoyed using it with both her girls and with her students.   

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Find the Letters HD: Special educators enjoy using this app.  It asks learners to find letters and numbers in a coloring grid. It helps build skills in spatial positioning, depth orientation, form discrimination, concentration, and attention. This is a nice app for K/1.
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Sound Literacy: This app was created with Orton Gillingham in mind. Students use it in a tutorial setting where they learn spelling patterns. I love the color coded vowels and consonants, and this app works very well with Word Study modeling. The target age for this one would be 1-3.  
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WordSort: One of the top educational apps available, this app is used for parts of speech. Since we really work on parts of speech in the middle grades, I'm thinking that would be the best age for the app.

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PuppetPals:  I discovered this app through an article on Scholastic a while back.  The app allows students to create shows and audio.  Image kids taking a story they've read, recording it, and creating animation to go with it, or better yet, how about a Reader's Theater script in teams.  I think there are many options with it, and it's on my list to explore with my kids this year. I think it'd work with middle to upper elementary best.

Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe:  Tic-Tac-Toe is a game that requires little explanation, and kids are ready to play. This app designed by Lakeshore is Free and focuses on developing phonics skills.  The link provided offers a thorough review of the program which can be used easily as a center or in teams to practice phonics features.  It is recommended for grades 1-3.

iPad Screenshot 1Booksy: Children in Kindergarten and first grade are at the prime age for building excitement and confidence about their new reading skills.  For some, it happens automatically, but for others, it takes a little more work/practice.  Booksy is an app where kids can download books and read along which develops an understanding of the 5 P's of reading fluency-pace, performance (kids need to have expression like they are performing), punctuation (children need to know to pause/stop at punctuation), perfection (accuracy is very important), and phrasing.

iPad Screenshot 1Story Patch:  This is another reading app, but this one involves a little writing too. Children can design a story by picking the key elements...characters, setting, and plot.

Aesop's Quest:  This looks just adorable. It's based upon Aesop's fables, and students must remember the elements of the story. One interesting thing I noticed is that it was developed by the Virginia Department of Education, and I must say that the VDOE does a great job with creating and making available to teachers in Virginia (and others too if they search the VDOE website) nice materials to match our curricular needs.

In preparing this post, the list of apps was amazing.  There are so many available, and more are developed each day.  I would love readers to share their expertise in this area.  I must admit...this is not my specialty, BUT I want to learn and build upon the excitement my little people share.  I hope my fellow bloggers share some of their favorite apps on this blog hopping journey.  I can't wait to read the other posts to learn about the apps, how to manage usage, how to incorporate the Ipads into the daily routine, and so much more.

Now...on to what my readers really are anxious to hear about, and that is this cute little thing down below, The Ipad Mini!

Who would like to win this??? You do??  How badly? 
Best of luck readers! 


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  2. What a great review! I've have 2 iPads in my classroom and we have been using them for about 2.5 years. I have a few of these apps, but there were ones that were new to me. Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. I am so glad you liked it. It took me a long time to research them and find the ones I wanted to share. I don't have Ipads in my room, but we do have a set of six we can borrow. I want to learn more. We have one-to-one for laptops though, so that's primarily what I've used. This year, I have Kinders, so I'll use them some with them I think.


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