Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Best FREE Apps for Elementary

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You can find reviews and sample lessons for many of these apps on this post-> All My App Reviews and Suggestions
Rocket Speller- FREE I use mainly for letter ID but the kids do pick up basic spelling as they play. Class favorite!
AR Flashcards- Bring ABC flashcards to with this fun app
Skitch- FREE  Amazing app! We use a lot for labeling pictures. Sample Here
Educreations- FREE  White board app that records screen and voice. Uses are unlimited. Sample lesson here
Show Me- turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
ScreenChomp- A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun!
Toontastic- FREE  My favorite storytelling app. Sample lesson here. You only get basic characters and backgrounds but it is still valuable. The $10 everything package is well worth it once you start using. So many great character and backgrounds and they are always adding more.
Sock Puppets- FREE  The app itself is free but the ability to save the finished project was an in app purchase ($.99) when I first got it. Not sure if that has changed.  More info here
Puppet Pals- FREE -Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real-time!
Sticker World- Let your child's imagination run wild as they create a world of their own with over 300 stickers and 6 rolling landscapes.
Daisy the Dino- Free  Introduces the very basics of programming to kids. My class loves this app
ABCmouse Zoo- FREE  All the apps are free but I like the three zoo sets the best. More apps here
Rover App- FREE  This app allows flash to work on your iPad. The app is not perfect but overall I find it very useful
Doodle Buddy- FREE  Drawing app
Alpha Tracing- FREE There are better apps for fine motor (look here) but this free one is a good start
ABC Magic Apps- FREE Many great apps, I use several of them
Haiku Deck- simple and fun new way to create stunning presentations. We use it for creating graphs
Hopscotch- allows kids to create their own games and animations. Kids unleash their creativity with this beautiful, easy-to-use visual programming language.
Whiteboard Lite-  Collaborate with friends and family with Whiteboard, the easy-to-use collaborative drawing app
Popplet Lite-  capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime. Quickly and easily!
Tellagami-   is a quick and easy way to create and share a short story called a Gami.
Doceri- Combining screencasting, desktop control, and an interactive whiteboard in one app, you’ll never have to turn your back to the class or audience again. Doceri does it all!
MyScript Calculator-  Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. 
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  1. I use some of these regularly (especially Skitch), but most are new to me. Thank you!

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