Category Archives: Foreign Language

PBS

This app provides access to more than 300 full-length programs shown on PBS.  I’m most impressed with the episodes for the program ‘Nature’, but can see many more applicable uses in a classroom setting.

The app allows you to save your favorite programs or episodes for even easier access.  You can also watch previews for upcoming programs.

I recommend simply obtaining this app and browsing the programs to find ones that meet your needs.

Please note that this app is rated 9+; it’s possible to encounter programs that may be inappropriate for students under the age of 9.  No matter the age level you teach, be sure to preview any program you wish to show to students.

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Bord

This simple app turns your device into a chalkboard.  It’s kind of nostalgic for those of us who miss the days of chalkboards in the classroom.

Users have a choice of 3 chalk thicknesses in 6 different colors.  To erase, choose the tool or simply shake the device.

Work can be saved to the photos folder or emailed out.

Overall, this app is way too simple to be a paid one.  Yes it gives students one more way to do work; I envision this being useful during math class.  However, there are other apps out there (such as Screen Chomp) that do more for less.    Download it if you find it for free one day or if money is no object.  Otherwise, skip it.

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Quick Record

This app’s title says it all; it’s a quick way to record an audio file.  Once you open the app, you simply press the large, green button in the middle of the screen to begin recording.  When you’re done, you press the same button (now red) to stop.  That’s it.  You do not have the option to pause and continue recording within the same file.

The following message then appears, “Sound recording converted and stored successfully.”  It then directs you to go to the native Photos app to listen to it.  That’s right, audio files recorded with this app are stored in the same location as photos and video files.

Once you access the file via the Photos app, you have the choice of emailing or copying it or sending it to YouTube.

I’m disappointed that it’s not free.  It’s almost too simple to be worth a price tag – no matter how small it is.

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Media Slate Pro

This app’s developers tout it as a way to turn an iPad into an interactive whiteboard.  This is true ONLY if you are the type of educator who views the expensive interactive whiteboard as simply a glorified dry erase board.

Simply put, this app is just a slate.

Users can choose between a regular, dotted, or straight line to draw and/or write.  They can change the line’s thickness and color.  I am impressed with the color choices; the entire palette is available, not just a few select colors.  They can also change the background color or even use a saved photo as the background.

The final product can be saved to the photo album or the iPad’s clipboard (for pasting later elsewhere).  It can also be shared via email (or Facebook and Twitter).

If money is a factor, skip this slate app.  I’m aware of two others – Show Me and Screen Chomp – that not only work as a slate, but are recordable too!  I can’t believe a paid app claiming to be an interactive whiteboard substitute does not have that option.

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ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

I love this app!  It’s quite similar to Screen Chomp.  Simply put, it’s a recordable whiteboard app (sometimes called a slate).

It only comes with a choice of 7 colors of ink.  But I actually find that sometimes less is more when it comes to customizing something like that.  Users can choose to use the eraser tool or clear the entire slate.  An ‘undo’ option is also present.  The background can either be white or a picture you either take on the spot or import from your photo album.

You don’t have to use the recording (audio and visual) option, but the button to start/stop recording is conveniently located on the bottom right corner of the app.  Recorded work can then be uploaded to www.showme.com.  At this point you have two options.

1. “Personal – Can be shared with anyone who you give a link to.”
2. “Public – Share your ShowMe with the community and teach the world!”

It’s quite easy to create an account on www.showme.com; a step you’ll need to do no matter what option above you choose.

This app comes highly recommended.  Grab it today from the App Store, you have nothing to lose and everything to show!

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Spanish Adventures for Kids

Students accompany Lucy and Max on ten adventures in order to learn Spanish vocabulary.  The adventures are: ocean, carnival, space, garden, zoo, farm, classroom, beach, rain forest, and city.

Each adventure provides them with 10 words to find.  The app shows the picture of an item and says its name in Spanish (the Spanish word also appears on the screen).  After clicking the ‘Find It’ button, the whole adventure picture appears.  The user must then find and click on the picture of the object.

While it’s nice to hear and see the Spanish words, I’m not sure how much learning is actually taking place in this app.  Students can simply ignore the Spanish vocabulary altogether and just search for the matching object.  At this price point, I’d skip this app.  But feel free to obtain it if you have the money to spare.  The graphics are appealing and students will enjoy selecting different adventures to embark upon.

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ABC 123 Word App – English Spanish Edition

This robust app is great for the bilingual learner!  It features 4 different activities.

Alphabet and words
After clicking on a letter, the iPad states the letter and says the picture that accompanies it in both English and Spanish.  The user can then trace a capital and lowercase letter.  Or you can hide the printed letters and they can write the letter on their own.

Numbers and counting
After clicking on pictures depicting the numbers 1 – 10, the iPad states the number in both English and Spanish.  It then counts that number of objects and announces the results in both languages.  Again, the user can trace the number or write it independently on the lines provided.

Shape blocks and matching
A shape is shown in the middle of the screen.  Students drag the matching shape around the perimeter of the screen to the one in the middle.  Incorrect shapes bounce back.  But correct ones are met with the name of the shape announced in both languages.

Colors and painting
An easel appears where students can use the brush to paint a picture.  Each time the color is changed (by clicking on the palette), the name of the color is announced in both languages.  This activity comes with the option to take a screen shot (or picture) of the completed masterpiece.

The 4 activities contained in this app are definitely beneficial.  The use of this app is an easy way to expose younger students to Spanish vocabulary.

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