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iPad App Recommendations

July 2014

Question:
    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 appreciate it.
    Thank you in advance.

Reply:
Hi,

    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 www.analomba.com

    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 language.

    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

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