Category Archives: 3rd – 5th
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.
This 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.
‘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!
Editing 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
- RGB (red, green, blue) balance
- Contrast Brightness
- Tint Blue
- Tint Red
- Tint Green
- Color Splash
- Oil Paint
- Gray scale
- Night Vision
- Thinking of You
- Easter Eggs
- Rotate Left
- Rotate Right
- Mirror Vertically
- Mirror Horizontally
- Text (With the ability to change the back color, font color, and font style.)
- Cinema Vertically
- Cinema Horizontally
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!
There 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.
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.
What 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!