Hot List Q & A
iPad App Recommendations
I will have an IPAD to use during the school year. I wanted
to familiarize myself with various FREE Apps, that are suitable for
elementary ESL. ( I have been working with Kinder, 1st and 3rd). If
you know of any suitable free Apps that I can use next year, I would
Thank you in advance.
I know this is always hard to hear, but you will generally
get very little value from free apps. Getting an iPad and then only using
free apps is like remodeling your kitchen with top notch appliances and then
using them only to heat up junkfood. For relatively small cost, you can get
some fantastic apps. There are several that allow children to create their
own stories with drawing, importing photos and typing, writing or recording
their own narration - that can then be worked on by teams of children and
shared with each other and with families. Try My Story by HiDef or Draw and
Tell by Duck Duck Moose.
The Toca Boca apps - there are many - are designed to allow
children with any language to be able to play, learn, plan and solve
problems alone or with friends.
Bilingual storybook apps by New Jersey author Ana Lomba are
available in English/French, English/Spanish and English/Chinese at
Coordinated app packages like PBS Parents Play & Learn or PBS
Kids Play, the iLearnWith series, Smarty Ants- these all give the teacher
opportunities to track student learning and know what they are actually
accomplishing when “playing “ on the iPads.
Apps by Peapod labs like ABC Farm and ABC Go allow children
to explore topics freely and view videos and high quality photos to
illustrate key items and concepts.
Puzzle apps with real challenges like First Tangrams or
Roxie’s Puzzles can also be good options for children who speak any
I hope you have time to play on an iPod during the summer -
your own, at the pubic library or even at the Apple store - so you can hit
the ground running when you get back to school!
Karen Nemeth, Parent/Community Action Representative