…and learn (shhh, don’t tell them). A few months ago, I was looking for some cool apps to keep my kids busy during traveling or waiting for the food to arrive at restaurants. I also wanted the children to learn something out of all that screen time they are getting. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE Angry Birds. But between Parallel Kingdoms and Pocket Legends, I’d like my kids to learn while playing some cool apps.
My 3 munchkins are in K-5, so I was quite pleased finding this list of apps, reviewed by an elementary library media specialist, Diane Darrow, and published at Edutopia.org. She wrote a series of six blogs on iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, creating)
Part One Remembering: Word Bingo, Rocket Math, Shake a Phrase, Splash Math Summer Math Workbook, MindSnacks French, Italian and Spanish; Word Cub, Rootology, Mental Case Classroom Edition
Part Two Understanding: Photostory HD, Lifecards -Postcards, iLiveMath, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, Motion Math HD, Strip Designer, Question Builder for the iPad, Bluster!, Confer
Part Three Applying: iPrompt Pro, Slice It!, Project Noah, ABC -Magnetic Alphabet, Numbers League, KickBox, ScreenChomp
Part Four Analyzing: VideoScience, sling Note, MindMash, Popplet, iCardSort, Notability, ReplayNote
Part Five Evaluating: Side by Side, Moment Diary, Editing Buddy, TallyPad, SurveyBoy, Time Timer, Lemonade Tycoon, inDecision
Part Six Creating: Toonstastic, Book Creator, Storyboards, iMovie, Garageband, Tinkerbox HD, iBrainstorm, Justaposer, 123D Sculpt, Faces iMake, Self_Assembly
>>Some apps are free, other are $. Most of the apps were great hits with the kids, some not. But those are personal preferences. The great things about apps is that there is surely one with the skills you want your child to develop in the format that your child will like. Make sure to click those links under each part. Dianne provides really useful summaries of what the app does. Incidentally, if you are a teacher, feel free to bring this list along to the rest of your colleagues. The apps are used in classrooms for projects. If you are a teacher with children on the spectrum, let me know and I can forward the few apps I’ve found that are very helpful. Enjoy!