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Rather than being a kids version of the Holy Bible, this (free!) app presents stories from the bible in an engaging way. The app is quite simple to navigate through and includes vivid illustrations, animations, and simple comprehension exercises. The app comes with the option to have the text read aloud and even printed on the screen. Background music can also be turned on or off. The voice that presents each story is appropriately jovial.
- In the Beginning – Creation of the world (Genesis)
- The First Sin – The Fall (Genesis)
- Two by Two – Noah and the flood (Genesis)
- God’s Amazing Promise – Abraham is called by God (Genesis)
- Abraham’s Big Test – Abraham and Isaac (Genesis)
- The Dreamer – Joseph is sold into slavery (Genesis)
- Dreams Come True – Joseph’s rise to power (Genesis)
- A Baby and a Bush – Birth of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus)
- Let My People Go! – The Plagues and the Passover (Exodus)
- God Makes a Way – The parting of the Red Sea and the 10 Commandments (Exodus)
- Waters Part and Walls Fall – Entering The Promised Land (Numbers, Joshua)
- A Hairy Tale – Samson (Judges)
- The First Christmas Gift – Jesus is born (Luke, Matthew)
- The Beloved Son – Jesus is baptized (Matthew, Luke)
- A Test in the Desert – Jesus is tempted (Matthew)
- The King and the Kingdom – The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew)
- Through the Roof – Jesus heals a paralyzed man (Luke)
- The Big Picnic – Jesus feeds 5,000 (Mark)
- It is Finished! – The cross (John, Luke)
- A Happy Sunday – The empty tomb (Mark, Matthew, John, Luke)
- God’s Wonderful Gift – The Holy Spirit comes (Acts)
- A Forever Promise – The new heaven and new earth (Revelation)
- God’s Good News – Be Part of the Story
Students will enjoy strengthening their skills related to United States geography by playing the four games included in this app. I appreciate how the app also includes a study map of the country. In addition, an abundance of detailed information is included for each state via the study map. This information includes: capital, size, statehood, time zone, nickname, postal abbreviation, state tree, state bird, and highest point. You’ll also find a few paragraphs full of other information and a ‘Did you know?’ tidbit about each state. The study map certainly justifies this being a paid app! It makes an excellent resource for research.
State Shape Challenge – Match every state with its shape
Flagstaff State Flag Game – Match each flag with its state
State Capital Challenge – Connect every state with its capital
Honolulu Spelling Bee – Spell all 50 states
Not 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.
I am a big fan of Brain Pop movies. This app is geared towards students in grades Kindergarten – third. Another version is available for older students. Good ‘ole Moby (the robot) appears in all BrainPOP Jr. movies with his dear friend Annie.
This app does allow all students to watch one ‘free’ movie each week. However, students with access to a subscription can log in to access part of or the entire collection of BrainPOP Jr. movies! Bonus features (such as quizzes and activities) are included for each movie.
There are two different mobile-device based subscriptions.
- Explorer – $1.99/month. Provides access to the free ‘Movie of the Week’ and its bonus features plus 3 related movies (per week) and their bonus features
- Full Access – $5.99/month. Provides unlimited access to all movies and their bonus features
Note: Login credentials for the web-based BrainPOP sites also work on mobile devices via the BrainPOP apps.
Subjects and Categories
Science – animals, plants, habitats, conservation, land, matter, forces, energy, weather, space, science skills
Health – be well, be safe, relationships, be responsible, bodies, teeth, food, drugs
Reading & Writing – authors, reading skills, story elements, comprehension, phonics, word, sentence, communication, writing
Social Studies – American history, ancient history, biographies, holidays, communities, Native Americans, government, economics, citizenship, geography
Math – number sense, addition and subtraction, measurement, geometry, time, money, data and probability, fractions, multiplication and division
Arts & Technology – art, music, technology
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.
This 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.
- About This Branch
- Who are speakers?
- What are acts?
- About This Branch
- Who are presidents?
- What are documents?
- About This Branch
- Who are justices?
- What are cases?
This app allows users to effortlessly create anything from a simple to complex book. After choosing from portrait, landscape, or square orientation, the process is unbelievably simple. Begin by adding text. You can choose from all fonts installed on the device. Also change the font’s size and color; make some or all words italicized, bold, or underlined. Photos (and videos) can be added from the device’s library or directly from the camera, then moved and resized as needed. Finally, sound can be recorded from within the app or imported from elsewhere on the device.
Completed books can be opened in a variety of apps on the device – such as in iBooks. But each can also be exported to iTunes or as a PDF (no audio/video capability with this option).
Use the free version to make one book before committing to the paid version.
This is another interactive whiteboard type of app. It is similar to Show Me and Screen Chomp. But it is even more closely related to Explain Everything due to its ability to move through more than one slide (or page) during a single recording. Students can also scroll on the same slide/page if they need more room.
After hitting the record button, everything that is said in close proximity to the device is recorded – along, of course, with everything that is done on the screen. Students have a choice of 10 ink colors – black, blue, red, green, purple, white, gray, brown, orange, and yellow. The eraser and undo tools are also readily available. Text can also be added. It is quite simple to add an image to a slide/page. Students can take a picture from the device’s camera or import one from the Camera Roll, DropBox, or the Internet. Once imported, images can be moved, rotated, and resized.
Sharing is easily done by email, Facebook, or Twitter. Students can access ‘Featured Lessons’ created by other users from within the app. The Featured Lessons are grouped into the following categories: Computer Technology, Creative Arts, Health/P.E., Language Arts, Mathematics, Professional Development, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Vocational Studies, World Languages, and Other.
This is one of the most interactive apps out there! It’s a must-have for any classroom where students study Ancient Greece. It would also make a great addition to classrooms where students do not explicitly study it. The app reminds me of an interactive magazine; there’s so much to explore within it!
The app is divided into the chapters/sections listed below. The chapters include interactive models, audio and video files, photographs, cartoons, animations, quizzes, puzzles, and fun games. There’s an ample amount of informative text that’s written in a way that appeals to students.
- Great Greece!
- Awesome Athens
- Greek Folk
- The Sporting Life: The Olympics
- The Trojan Horse
- Lasting Achievements, Part 1
- Lasting Achievements, Part 2
- Digging Up the Past
This simple (but free) app provides very basic information about all U. S. presidents. It’s good as a quick reference, but certainly wouldn’t do much good if students had to conduct research for a major project. Students can view the presidents in an ordered list or choose a president at random.
Here’s the information for President Barack Obama.
- Term: 2009 – Present
- Party: Democratic
- Born: August 4, 1964
- Currently living
- Born in: Hawaii
- Religion: Christian
- Inaugurated at age: 47
- First African-American President