Category Archives: iPod Touch & iPhone

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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Neo Maths +

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 9.12.28 PMWhile this app is initially free, take note that in-app purchases (ranging from 99 cents to $99.99 – that’s not a typo) unlock higher levels and the final test.  But the free version allows students to practice addition facts up to 50 + 1.  Unfortunately, all of the levels are +1.

The reason why I decided to post a review of this app is because of the option to ‘turn on’ computation.  While on, students are presented problems such as _____ + 1 = 45.  This causes even advanced students to think about the problem in a different way.  You can ‘turn on’ a maximum of two of the following options: computation, vertical, horizontal, random, and normal.  I also appreciate how the app reviews incorrect answers at the end of each round.

Levels Included in the Free Version

  • A1 = 1 – 10 + 1
  • A2 = 1 – 20 + 1
  • A3 = 11 – 30 + 1
  • A4 = 21 – 50 + 1
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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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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 8.50.49 PMThis is the app version of Ed Emberley’s book of the same title.  The big, green monster comes to life in a not-so-scary way.  The monster’s features appear as the book is read (see options below).  But the user also is able to touch and tap the features to make them become even more animated.

There are four options for the reading of this book:

  • Read Along with a Friend
  • Sing Along
  • Read Myself
  • Read Along with Ed Emberley

Despite this app actually being an animated book, I still recommend it as a fun way to infuse literacy with technology.

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Kidpedia

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 3.27.58 PMThis app provides students with a way to explore the names of a variety of objects not only in English, but also in Spanish and French.  In each category, students can tap on an object that appears across the bottom of the screen.  The app will state its name in the language selected from the Settings menu (only one language can be selected at a time).  After tapping an object, students can drag it across the screen to begin a simple animated sequence.  The graphics are very visually-appealing and the voiceover is pleasant (and can be made as loud or soft – or even muted – as necessary).

The categories are:

  • Alphabet (with an example word for each letter)
  • Numbers (0 – 9)
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • Fruit
  • Space
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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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Math.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 10.24.41 AMThis app reminds me of Khan Academy, but it only contains lessons from four mathematics courses – Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  Also, it is a lot more costly than Khan Academy – more on that below.

Students can either search for a lesson or choose one from the listed courses.  Each course contains between 9 – 13 chapters (read chapter titles below).  Each chapter has at least a dozen lessons/concepts.  Each lesson/concept provides an extensive opportunity to view examples, practice, be challenged, complete a self-test, and have access to worksheets and notes.  Many of the examples link to video clips that explain each concept.

Although this app is free to obtain, only the first five lessons completed are complimentary.  After that, courses can be purchased in-app for $9.99 each or all of them for a total of $39.99.  Proceed cautiously; the price of this app can quickly become steep.  Khan Academy may be a better fit for your situation.

Also, please note that a wifi connection (or 3G) is required to access the bulk of each lesson’s content.

Pre-Algebra Chapters

  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Integers
  3. Fractions
  4. Decimals
  5. Algebraic Thinking
  6. Ratio, Proportion, & Percent
  7. Geometry
  8. Measurement
  9. Probability & Statistics

Algebra 1 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Additional NCTM Concepts

Geometry Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Angle Pairs & Perpendicular Lines
  3. Parallel Lines & Polygons
  4. Triangles
  5. Quadrilaterals
  6. Similarity
  7. Right Triangles
  8. Circles
  9. Area
  10. Volume

Algebra 2 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Imaginary & Complex Numbers
  13. Quadratic Equations & Function

 

 

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