Category Archives: 9th – 12th

Grammar Expert: English Grammar Beginner

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 3.01.57 PMThis app is ideal for English Language Learners. I wouldn’t recommend it, however, for native English speakers interested in improving or initially learning basic grammar skills.

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.

Topics/Chapters

  • Articles
  • Count, Non-Count Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Demonstratives
  • Adjectives
  • Interrogatives
  • Possessive Adjectives
  • Question Tags
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Auxiliaries
  • Modals
  • Tenses
  • Conditionals
  • Gerunds
  • Passives
  • Reported Speech
  • Numerals
  • Causatives
  • Comparitives

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.

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USA Illustrated Atlas

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 9.44.16 PMNot only does this app provide an illustrated atlas of the United States, it also provides an impressive amount of interaction.  Upon opening, students have a choice between two sections – maps and games.

Maps – Scroll between and interact with six different maps of the country.  Some highlight over 200 attractions across the country.  After tapping each illustration, an ‘Info Box’ appears and gives 3 – 5 sentences about each attraction.   I live near Stone Mountain in Georgia.  The Info Box states, “Stone Mountain is a rock hill in Georgia, standing on its own and rising 825 ft (250 m) above the surrounding area.  It is well-known for the enormous carving on its north face, the largest stone carving in the world.  It shows three important figures from the Confederacy: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.”  Other maps highlight mountain ranges, rivers, and large cities.  A ‘Fact Box’ for each state appears on some of the maps.  Each Fact Box contains three sections – Basics (name, nickname, motto, abbreviation, admission to Union, capital, largest cities, and origin of name), Numbers (total area, width, length, highest point, lowest point, and total population), and Symbols (flag, seal, state flower, state tree, state bird, state animal, state fish, state insect, state song, and state mineral).  Simply put, the maps provide a plethora of information about this country!

Games – Each of the four choices (Match the Pair, States & Capitals, Trivia, and Find on a Map) allows students to apply knowledge of the states in a game-like format.  The difficulty level can be altered in some of the games.  Stars can be earned and eventually be used to collect badges.

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HOPE Poster Photo Filter

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.54.33 PMThis 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).

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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 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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