iPad Apps for Title I Students

There are thousands of educational apps available for mobile devices that have been created for students. Some are great, others are not. Parents often don't know where to get started. Here are some suggestions.

Math Apps

  • Doodle Numbers
    • Cost: Free!
    • Description from iTunes: An addictive number matching game that will keep you and your family entertained for hours.
      Designed for both children and adults, this game improves your math skills by asking you to solve series of simple and fun pattern-matching puzzles. Instead of matching colored balls and funny shapes, you're matching numbers using basic math. Finish the game, and you'll feel like a rocket scientist!

  • Hands-on Math Base 10 Blocks
    • Cost: $1.99
    • Description from iTunes: Hands-On Math: Base Ten Blocks is a virtual math manipulative playground where students explore and discover place value concepts and also learn addition and subtraction with regrouping. Our Base Ten Blocks allow students to experience and develop math concepts through interaction and discovery.
      When first learning place value, blocks can be set to represent ones, tens and hundreds. Later, to introduce decimals, blocks can be set to ones, tenths and hundredths.

  • Khan Academy (Best for 3rd grade students and up)
    • Cost: Free!
    • What is it? A collection of short (about 10 min) videos organized by subject, including math, that explain topics taught in school.
    • Description from iTunes: We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
      Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for the upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.
  • MyScript Calculator
    • Cost: Free!
    • Description from iTunes: 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.
      The same experience as writing on paper with the advantages of a digital device (Scratch-outs, results in real time, …).
      Solve mathematical equations by hand without actually having to crunch the numbers yourself

  • Math Doodles
    • Cost: $2.99
    • Description from iTunes: It wasn't until after my school years, that I became a lover of math. I managed to slip through all of those classes, text books, and homework assignments, without learning one of the most important math lessons of all. Math IS FUN!
      I design Math Doodles to provide a place where anyone can discover the joy, wonder, and fun of mathematics.
      This version of "Math Doodles" introduces four challenges plus an additional functional sneak peek challenge that will be made available in it's finished form in a future free update. Each Challenge provides plenty of mathematical practice, within a recreational math setting. The mathematical puzzles allow users to play, explore, and experiment with mathematical concepts, while developing and strengthening their strategy and problem solving skills. Math Doodles challenges are designed to allow for multiple solutions and strategies. There isn't only one correct answer.

  • My Math Flashcards
    • Cost: Free!
    • Description from iTunes: My Math Flash Card App is for mastering basic elementary math facts. Its an easy to use and customizable application to enable focused learning.
      Some of the salient features are
      - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division Cards
      - Randomly generated Flash Cards
      - Help
      -Customize to focus mastering a particular fact like Addition by 2 or subtracting by 2.
      - Simple sound effects to provide feedback

Language Arts Apps

  • Story Pairs
    • Cost: $0.99
    • Description from iTunes:
    • In Night Zookeeper Story Pairs every game is an adventure. Players compete in a game of Pairs, collecting unique magical animals that have been created by children from around the world. Every animal you collect comes with its own special Story Power. This could be a: plot, setting, object or challenge like using the word ‘cylinder’ or even something funny such as having to talk really slowly! You see the winner of Pairs takes the spotlight and uses their magical animals and Story Powers to entertain their fellow players by telling a story that has never been heard before. ROAR! Don’t worry though because even if you don’t win at Pairs you can still ‘Roar’ to join in the fun by affecting the story with one of your own animal’s Story Power. Additionally, each story will be recorded so you can enjoy it again and again.

  • Book Creator
    • Cost: $4.99
    • Description from iTunes: The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
      Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore.
      Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.
      * The no #1 Book app for the iPad in over 60 countries
      * "Book Creator makes e-book publishing easy” - wired.com
      * Over 1 million books already made with Book Creator
      * One of the Top 50 Apps for the iPad - The Guardian
      * Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award
      Perfect for the home
      Use Book Creator to create a personalized story for your child, or arrange family pictures and art into a beautiful eBook. Then pass your iPad to your child and watch their imagination run free!
      Perfect for the classroom
      "My students loved this app. They felt it was so easy to use, that they could open it for the first time and know intuitively what to do. Having it then go to iBooks and create an individual bookshelf was fantastic."
      - Rosey McQuillan, Pre-K-12 Assistive Technology Specialist, Massachusetts

  • Bluster!
    • Cost: Free!
    • Description from iTunes: Breeze through vocabulary building with Bluster!
      This word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding for school-aged children, or anyone brave enough to battle the elements.
      Shine bright in single-player mode as you learn and practice important word skills. Match rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more.
      Collaborate with a friend in team mode. The multi-touch iPad screen allows both players to play simultaneously, so you can work together to weather the vocabulary storm.
      Switch to versus mode and play head-to-head for the ultimate test of your lightning quickness. Disrupt your opponent with weather attacks like tornadoes and blizzards - it’s thunderous fun and just might give you the edge you need to reign supreme!
      Bluster includes over 800 vocabulary words. Players choose a skill to practice and then try to make matches of three. Ten matches wins a round.
      • Three different play modes - including two-player action.
      • A variety of grade level appropriate content.
      • Engaging animated gameplay with sound effects.
      • Head-to-head and High Scores tables.
      • Plays on the iPad in both landscape and portrait mode.

  • Sight Word BINGO
    • Cost: $0.99
    • Description from iTunes: ★What are Sight Words?
      Sight Words are words that are recognized immediately (on sight) without phonetically decoding or sounding out parts.
      ★What is the Dolch Word List?
      The Dolch Word List is a list of English sight words by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list is comprised of 220 words grouped by level, and includes pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and verbs. There are also 95 nouns on a separate list.
      Sight Word BINGO includes four different games!
      ★Word BINGO
      Listen to the word the BINGO Bug speaks and tap on the corresponding word on the screen. Get four words correct vertically, horizontally or diagonally to get BINGO and win! The quicker you get BINGO the better your score. Your score is based on time and the lower the score, the better. Earn a BINGO Bug when you beat your best score.
      ★Spelling Practice
      Tap and drag the letters to spell the word the BINGO bug speaks. Spell ten words to play a bonus game! You can choose to show or hide the spelling of each word in game settings.
      ★Word Fling
      You have one hundred seconds to find as many BINGO Bugs as possible and fling them into the warp zone! To find the bug, tap the word the BINGO bug speaks. If you tap the correct word, a BINGO Bug and a bungee cord will appear. Pull downward and left or right to aim the BINGO Bug toward the warp zone hole. Let go to fling the BINGO Bug! Bounce the bug off of the wall before going into the warp zone for more points. The game will end once you incorrectly recognize three words.
      ★Word It Up
      Stop the word blocks from stacking up to the top of the screen! Tap on the word the BINGO bug speaks to get rid of the block. Tilt the device to change where the block lands. Try not to click on the wrong word or you’ll lose points and the block will stay forever.

  • Read Me Stories
    • Cost: Free!
    • Description from iTunes: A new book EVERY DAY develops your child's love for books and a daily reading habit. Wow!!!
      - Over 4 Million readers worldwide
      - Phenomenal feedback from parents
      - Top reading app for kids in the education category
      - Full support - we answer every email
      - Best value for money
      - Free sample books
      - Text highlights as read
      - Touch the characters to explore further story lines
      Product Details:
      Your child can practice reading - anywhere, anytime - while you’re driving, shopping in the grocery store, or having a quick coffee at your favorite cafe. And you can spend quality time with your child while teaching the core skills of reading and speaking that are so necessary for every child in today’s modern world.
      Imagine your child reading a new book every day, and developing a love for books and the habit of reading.
      Spend less time searching for apps because there are great new books in Read Me Stories, already there, right in the app.
      The library also includes the lovely series Tuffy's First Adventure. This series of stories takes Tuffy the pony on a grand adventure, where he learns how to meet new friends, and do good deeds. The illustrations are gorgeous. The stories are captivating. The voices are a hoot. These new stories also highlight the text as the story is read. Touching the characters on screen expands the storyline.

  • Sight Words
    • Cost: Free!
    • Help your child learn to speak, read, and spell as they learn to recognize words and letters by sight sound and tough
      Sight Words, also known as the Dolch List are an integral part in learning how to read. The Dolch Word list contains 220 words that make up the most common words of the English language and are easiest learned by sight.
      It is important for young readers to be able to instantly recognize these high frequency words in order to be proficient and fluent readers.
      Why Sight Words by Little Speller? We believe that educational apps should be ridiculously fun, immensely educational, and affordable for all.
      The only FULLY customizable app of its kind!
      Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over.
      little speller is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn to read, write, and recognize words by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app.