This post is a reminder that some of the best children’s digital applications are free for the asking!
Every one of these apps has been previously reviewed by Teachers With Apps and they all still have our vote. Finding great educational apps that are free, is not all that easy. So many new educational apps are released daily. Knowing that, “Not all apps are created equal,” keeps us on our mission to find the best educational apps for your mobile devices. We have given you a quick synopsis of each app; let’s start with one of our near and dear friends, Brainpop…
1. BrainPop Featured Movie this is your go-to resource for free timely and calendar-aligned digital content. How do you improve perfection? This app does so by featuring a NEW informative and entertaining animated movie everyday, which is accompanied by an interactive quiz and gives new options for accessing its entire collection of movies and quizzes. The curriculum covers everything from from Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Technology, to Arts & Music, and Health. You can also choose an optional in-app subscription and enable kids to explore more than 750 videos right on their mobile devices. All of the movies are close captioned, so it’s easy for kids’ to read along.
2. Another fabulous free app, Oh No! Fractions – Curious Hat Lab, is still around, new icon – same great game! Explore and learn about fractions with a simple and intuitive interface. Compare and visualize two fractions and guess which one is greater. Oh No! Fractions is as simple as it gets. This gorgeous app lets the user decide whether the given fraction is less or greater than another fraction. After the child has decided and chosen less or greater, it asks, ”I’m Sure” and then “Prove It” where a visual representation of the two fractions is shown and manipulated by the child. This representation gives a stunning visual comparison of the two fractions. Students were intrigued by this sassy app and played with determination to prove their answer to be correct. Recently this group of developers headed by Luca Prasso of Curious Hat, released Eye Paint, one of the most innovative and invigorating apps we’ve seen to date that promotes creativity, read TWA’s review of Eye Paint here.
3. The Hungry Guppy, by Motion Math by Motion Math, is a fabulous learning game! Mental math is such a key component for success in building a strong foundation in math, and building on this early on helps all other math concepts fall into place with relative ease. They have a dynamic founding team consisting of a brilliant group, many of whom hail from Stanford University. Motion Math is aiming to transform learning in the age of mobile. They want to explore how mobile devices can facilitate joyful learning and challenge children. Our students were enthralled by this simple, yet brilliant game – and they were polishing up on their number skills with smiles on their faces! Brilliant job Motion Math! This development team was recently mentioned in our blog, How do You Know if an App is Truly Educational in reference to research that GameDesk been conducting on tracking the advancement of children using their apps in schools.
4. This stellar app is a must have for students needing flash, Rover, by iSwifter Learn Inc – Rover is the only education browser for your iPad, designed specially for teachers and students of all ages. Rover brings the best K-12 online learning content to your fingertips, including access to content ordinarily unavailable on the iPad (e.g. Flash content). Rover is powered by the iSwifter platform (the world’s first cloud-based Flash streaming platform for mobile devices), and is specifically designed based on guidance from teachers, IT directors and administrators from schools around the country. iSwifter has partnered with major education brands, like Discovery Education and our personal favorite classroom websites BrainPOP and PBS KIDS, Discovery and UpToTen.com. Rover is the only education Flash browser that enables interactive content on the iPad complete with a D-pad for optimal and intuitive game play. The content includes, but is not limited to videos as well as interactive games. Their motto: Education has no limits, so why should your education browser!
5. Phonics Genius, by Alligator Apps – This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds. Phonics Genius is a reading teachers dream! All words are grouped by sounds that different letter combinations make. Letter/s-sound correspondences is one of the most common ways to learn how to read, and recognize words through phonemic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds in the beginning, middle, or end, of words. It has over 6,000 words strategically grouped into 225 categories. The professionally recorded words and super clean interface make this a terrific learning experience. This is one app that has been finding its way into the classroom and has a never ending shelf-life. Great for those struggling readers!