Looks like this mobile learning thing might actually take off, eh?
Just as we recently looked specifically at math apps for elementary school students, now we give some love to elementary students (and teachers) who have tablets and want to separate the digital wheat from the digital chaff.
The following listly collection from sometimes-TeachThought contributor Sam Gliksman is an excellent starting point for elementary teachers looking for elementary apps for elementary students in the most elementary way possible: a collection of 38 possibilities, all embedded in your favorite blog whose name is a compound word.
As usual, Gliksman’s experience with iPads in education yields a wonderfully diverse collection of apps, from games to digital media software to math and literacy apps.
Might we recommend Nova Elements, Explain Everything, and Monster Physics to start?
And for pure phonics instruction, Phonics Genius isn’t bad.
38 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students
iPad App Recommendations for K-6
Suggested list of core iPad apps for K-6 use. Preference is given to apps that are open-ended and can be used for various creative needs.
Apple's word processor for the iPad. Part of the iWork suite of apps.
Invaluable tool for collecting and organizing digital information, taking notes, sharing content, and more
Simple editor for creating digital books
Full featured screencasting and tutorials
Features an educational movie and activity every day
Math problems presented in a popular gaming format
Easy drawing app for younger students
Creates simple digital postcards with images and text
Great for creating photo posters, short image based stories, learning vocabulary by associating words with images and more.
Apple's movie editing app
Apple's music editing app. Can also be used to create and record voice podcasts.
Student app for responding to class polls and quizzes
Create screencasts and tutorials
Astronomy app that identifies and maps the constellations as you point the iPad at the sky
Take Notes & Annotate PDFs. Synchronize with Dropbox & Google Drive. Great for class note taking.
Idea mapping app
Simple puppet movies. Select puppets, direct and narrate
Great tool for transferring photo and video wirelessly between devices and laptops
Requires school subscription to Discovery Education website
Create digital comics. Include your own photos.
Variety of science demos and activities based on the program from PBS
Google Search and Apps
Story creation app for younger kids that has built in drawing tools
Image attribution openclipart.org; 38 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students