Category Archives: 3rd – 5th

Ludo Classic

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 3.10.12 PMThe educational value of this app is questionable.  Yet, I still decided to include it because it is a good way for students to practice using strategy (combined with a little bit of luck).

Ludo is sometimes called ‘pachisi’.  The basic premise is to move all four of your game pieces around the square board without getting ‘caught’ by other players’ pieces.  You’re also trying to capture your opponents’ pieces.

Up to four players can play at once.  You can play ‘the computer’ or play with friends via a local wifi + Bluetooth network or Apple’s Game Center.  You also have the option of playing with one or two dice.  I find this game to be very addicting.  To emphasize its educational value – encourage students to focus on strategy rather than just moving pieces randomly.

Official In-App Rules

  • The goal is to walk around the board with the pawns and arrive at the center with all 4 pawns.
  • Roll a 1 or a 6 to put a pawn into play.  Rolling a 6 gives the right to roll again.
  • If a pawn lands on a place already occupied by another player’s pawn, that pawn will return to its starting position.  Again, it can only be put into play by rolling a 1 or a 6.
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Easy Portfolio

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 4.10.51 PMDigital portfolios are still a fairly new concept in K – 12 education.  But apps like this make it easy to bring this new technology into classrooms at all grade levels.

After creating a new portfolio, it takes just a couple of taps to add records.  The records can be in the form of videos, images, audio files, notes, URLs, and documents.  The app easily retrieves records from DropBox or from the iPad itself.

Individual records or even the entire portfolio can be exported via DropBox or Google Drive.  The app links to tutorial videos and blog posts that help navigate the process of creating and maintaining portfolios.

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Number Link Pro

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.33 PMThis app strengthens students visual-spatial skills.  It’s more like a puzzle than a game.  The concept is deceptively simple – connect pairs of numbers (by creating a path) without leaving any empty spaces on the game board and without crossing over an existing path.  The board starts out with 5 rows of 5 and gradually increases in complexity to a 16 x 16 board.

It connects to Apple’s Game Center, but you do not have to choose this option to play.  There is a free version, but of course it comes with ads.  In-app purchases provide more hints and open up new levels.

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Hands-On Equations 1

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 8.13.43 AM‘Hands-On Equations’ is actually an off-line program that simplifies the process of learning and mastering algebraic concepts.  It is both visual and kinesthetic in nature.

The iPad version presents six lessons.  Each consists of a video introduction followed by two practice problems and ten exercises.  The practice problems and exercises remain locked until students complete each preceding one.  Feedback (correct/incorrect) is given after each problem.  Students are required to redo incorrect problems.

Although I do not have experience with the off-line program, I am impressed with the iPad version.  Use it to introduce algebra to mid-elementary students or to practice algebra with older students.

You can also try the free Lite version before committing to the full version.  It allows students full access to the first 3 lessons!

Level 2 and Level 3 of the paid version are also available.

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iPicEd for iPad

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.34.13 PMEditing and enhancing photographs taken on or imported onto an iPad is quite simple with this app!  After selecting a photograph from the Camera Roll, basic tools appear across the top of the screen and more complex functions and tools (the app refers to this section as the ‘Filter Menu’) appear down the side.

Basic Tools and Menus – Undo, Redo, Reset, Select Area, Save to Clipboard, Properties, Save, Upload (to email, Twitter, Picasa, or Facebook), Settings, Help

Filter Menu Categories

  1. Adjust
    1. RGB (red, green, blue) balance
    2. Contrast Brightness
    3. Gamma
  2. Colorize
    1. Saturation
    2. Equalize
    3. Normalize
    4. Solarize
    5. Tritone
    6. Tint Blue
    7. Tint Red
    8. Tint Green
    9. Color Splash
  3. Effects
    1. Pencil
    2. Erode
    3. Dilate
    4. Emboss
    5. Soften
    6. Jitter
    7. Posterize
    8. Oil Paint
    9. Sharpen
    10. Sepia
    11. Negative
    12. Gray scale
    13. Night Vision
    14. Pinhole
  4. Deform 
    1. Twirl
    2. Cylinder
    3. Pinch
    4. Punch
    5. Tile
    6. Square
  5. Frames
    1. Anniversary
    2. Friends
    3. Music
    4. Nature
    5. Photos
    6. Sleek
    7. Thinking of You
    8. Zebra
    9. Easter Eggs
    10. Decent
    11. Hearts
    12. Birds
  6. Overlays
    1. Balloons
    2. Birds
    3. Drops
    4. Cracks
    5. Flowers
    6. Insects
    7. Nature
    8. Moon
    9. Splash
    10. Crush
    11. Vintage
  7. Operations
    1. Rotate Left
    2. Rotate Right
    3. Mirror Vertically
    4. Mirror Horizontally
    5. Crop
  8. Text (With the ability to change the back color, font color, and font style.)
  9. Border
    1. Cinema Vertically
    2. Cinema Horizontally
    3. Rounded
    4. Invert
    5. Simple
    6. Strip

Preview the app by downloading the free ‘lite’ version first!  It includes the options in bold above.  It does not come with the ability to add text.  Also, ads run across the bottom.

A Christmas edition also exists!

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Draw It Easy

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.15.13 PMThere are several drawing apps available for students.  This one has a place in the market because it features 36 objects to draw that are simultaneously unique, yet familiar – such as a strawberry, hot dog, and a piece of cake!

After selecting an object, the student can turn ‘Trace Mode’ on or off.  When on, the final object appears as a watermark on the screen.  The student can still follow the steps (around 7) to draw each object.  Of course the app is more challenging when trace mode is off.  All of the tools (pencil, eraser, paint, etc.) needed for each step automatically appear on the screen.  But all tools also remain easily accessible throughout the steps.  The background ‘paper’ for each drawing can also be changed.

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Math vs. Zombies

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 12.06.29 PMI highly recommend math apps that cover all four major operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  This app does just that.

Students can select from one of four zombie-themed ‘worlds’:

  • The Addition of Evil
  • The Subtraction of Hope
  • The Undead Multiply
  • Divided We Fall

Each world has 6 levels that are unlocked as each previous level is mastered.  In addition, users can select Easy, Medium, or Hard from the Settings gear.  The mastered levels can also be reset there.

To play, students must answer the math problems appearing above each zombie’s head.  The animated and detailed zombies are walking towards the student on the screen.  The object is to input the correct answer before the zombie reaches the bottom of the screen.  More than one zombie can appear at the same time!  The digits 0 – 9 appear at the bottom of the screen.  Students simply tap the digits to input each answer.  A correct answer ‘saves’ each zombie and that is how points are earned in this app.

Even though the app has a zombie theme, the content does not come across as frightening in any way.  This apps makes a great choice for students looking to practice those basic arithmetic skills.

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Draw a Stickman

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.54.46 PMWhat this app lacks in academic content, it makes up for in creativity!  It is a fun and simple app and can serve as a welcome break from more rigorous work.  To begin, students draw a stick man.  He (or she) can be as simple or as complex as they’d like.  From there, the app acts out an adventure and occasionally pauses to have students draw props for the stick figure and other additions to the scene.

There are no points to be earned and no levels to pass.  The app just provides a simple way to express creativity and imagination!

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The Branches

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 11.41.18 AMThis app serves as a companion to United States government and history texts and other resources that may be used in the classroom.  As its name suggests, it’s organized by the three branches of our government – legislative, executive, and judicial.  The main/home screen lists which article established each branch and gives basic information about it.  But after selecting a branch, even more information is available.  A search tool also appears on the main/home screen.

Legislative

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are speakers?
  • What are acts?
  • Timeline

Executive

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are presidents?
  • What are documents?
  • Timeline

Judicial

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are justices?
  • What are cases?
  • Timeline
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Book Creator

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 10.37.18 PMThis app allows users to effortlessly create anything from a simple to complex book.  After choosing from portrait, landscape, or square orientation, the process is unbelievably simple.  Begin by adding text.  You can choose from all fonts installed on the device.  Also change the font’s size and color; make some or all words italicized, bold, or underlined.  Photos (and videos) can be added from the device’s library or directly from the camera, then moved and resized as needed.  Finally, sound can be recorded from within the app or imported from elsewhere on the device.

Completed books can be opened in a variety of apps on the device – such as in iBooks.  But each can also be exported to iTunes or as a PDF (no audio/video capability with this option).

Use the free version to make one book before committing to the paid version.

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