Language Arts Apps: Reinforcing Classroom Skills with the iPad
Presenter: Katie Davis Pobudziej, Holy Name West Roxbury
The iPad is a useful tool for reinforcing skills that you are presenting in the classroom. You can assign apps to help your struggling readers, as well as the students who are above grade level. All of the apps presented are either free, or low cost.
"Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to create and share their own stories with hundreds of great drawing and writing tools. Download your books instantly to your iBooks library! Scribble Press for iPad makes it easy to create an ebook – either write your own or use one of over 50 story templates. How about “My Babysitter is a Zombie” or “The Dog Ate my Homework”? From serious to seriously fun, you can make a book about any topic and instantly publish to the gallery or share with friends anywhere in the world" (2013).
Scribble Press is a useful app for creating books in the classroom. It can be used with any subject that you teach and a variety of grade levels. We will explore how it is used in the classroom to create a beautiful book that the students can print to bring home.
"Breeze through vocabulary building with Bluster! This word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding for school-aged children, or anyone brave enough to battle the elements. Shine bright in single-player mode as you learn and practice important word skills. Match rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more" (2013).
Bluster is a free app that helps students practice grammar skills that they learn in the classroom. Students can match words by rhymes, prefixes and suffixes, homophones and more!
"Sort out the right path to guide this friendly frog through the pond.
Hop, eat, and shake your way to word sorting mastery. Who knew word sorting could be so much fun? Lead the friendly frog through an adventure as you practice many types of word sorts. The content in this App is designed to be developmentally appropriate for students in Grades K-2" (2013).
Word Wonderland gives younger students more practice on their short vowels and short vowel families. It can be used with older students who need a little practice, or younger students who are just beginning to learn to read.