Category Archives: 6th – 8th
Each topic – or chapter – consists of a brief lesson, followed by four mini quizzes and a chapter quiz. There’s also a final quiz that covers all of the chapters. The app recommends that the user score a 75% or higher on each mini quiz before proceeding to the chapter quiz. But it is possible to move on without obtaining a certain score. It is also possible to complete the chapters out of order. Each quiz consists of a series of sentences with a word missing; the user has to choose the correct word from three choices. On the mini quizzes, options are present to skip the question or to receive a hint. All quizzes have the option of accessing the study lesson.
- Count, Non-Count Nouns
- Possessive Adjectives
- Question Tags
- Reported Speech
The settings tab allows you to turn sound effects on or off, reset the progress meter, and adjust the amount of time the user has to answer each quiz question. The developer – Golden Academy – has also created over ten more grammar and writing related apps.
This app provides even young students with an introduction to coding – or computer programming. The Hopscotch computer programming language is derived from Scratch by those at MIT. It provides students with a choice of building blocks in 6 categories. The blocks control the movement and actions of chosen characters. Not only do students learn the fundamentals of coding, but they also have the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The Hopscotch website has a link to their ‘Hour of Code’ tutorial and to 7 lessons that can be used in a classroom or small group setting. The app itself has links to existing projects and a community section where projects can be shared and remixed.
- Movement: move, rotate, change y by, change x by, set rotation, set position, set speed
- Drawing: move with trail, set line width, set line color, clear
- Control Flow: repeat/end, wait
- Appearance: grow, shrink, set invisibility, change pose, bring to front, send to back
- Values: set value, change value
- Calculator: random
This app successfully sneaks a lot of learning into a game-like format. The app is based off a card game with the same name. The ‘game’ takes place in Infinity City. Each villain that students encounter has a specific weakness in the form of a number. The heroes – who form the Numbers League – must work individually or in collaboration to add up to the total of each villain’s weakness. Instead of spinning to create a new hero (called ‘Hero Up’), students can occasionally ‘Gear Up’ to spin for powerful ‘Devices’ (such as +10 or x3).
- Minion – Mini Game: Simple heroes and villains
- Sidekick – Mini Game: Simple heroes and villains, plus simple devices
- Hero – Base Game: Basic heroes and villains, plus positive and negative devices
- Hero Plus – Base Game Plus Variants: Add negative heroes and villains and/or multiplication devices
- Superhero – Advanced Game: Positive and negative heroes, random villains and multiplication devices
At this price point, I expect for an app to come with plenty of options for customization. This app certainly delivers!
- Game Play – Dynamic, Fast, or Simple
- Audio – Turn off/on Music, Sounds, and Voices
- Hints – Each can be Free or cost 1 or 2 Points (Or entirely eliminate the option)
- Timer – 40, 80, or 160 seconds (Or entirely eliminate the option)
This is one of the best math apps I have encountered. It allows students to have an abundance of fun while gaining valuable mental math strategies. (Or students can certainly have paper and pencil close by.) I also appreciate how it is appropriate for a broad level of students.
This app pulls photographs from the device’s library (Camera Roll on an Apple device) and places a soft filter over them. The filter mimics the one used in the iconic Hope poster from President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Photographs can be moved, scaled, and rotated. After importing a photograph, students can choose from one of 9 filters (each black with one additional color). They can then add a word or short message that appears at the bottom of the poster. Most students can create attractive posters in Easy mode. But there is also an Expert mode that allows for adjustments in three tonal regions – shadows, midtones, and highlights. Completed posters can be saved to the device’s library and shared via email, Facebook, and Twitter (as poster or avatar).
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!