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$10 iPad App Setup

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One question I seem to get a lot about the iPad is what apps do I recommend that are free. I am hearing from a lot of teachers that they have no way to add paid apps and thus are stuck trying to find free apps. My experience is that many free apps stink. They have many adds, require in app purchases to be useful, or are just junk. I tend to stay away from most free apps. So what are you to do if the district controls adding paid apps? My suggestion is to build relationships with the decision makers. Don’t just ask for a bunch of apps, instead provide documentation and purpose for a few apps you would like to have. I know this process takes time and effort but if you can show the purpose and learning you have a much better chance. If you need lesson ideas I suggest checking out my Pinterest page, and three of my favorite Pinterest pages:  iPadsammy, TechChef4u, and Sue Gorman. Look for apps and lesson ideas there and modify them to fit your standards and kids.

If I was starting from scratch this is the $10 iPad app setup I would push for in my kindergarten classroom. ( Here is my $20 setup)

Felt Board- $2.99  LOVE this app. Sample Lessons herehere, and here

Teach Me Kindergarten- $1.99  This app covers many of the basics. It has great options to customize the content

Math Magic- $.99  App for practicing math. Sample lesson here

My Story Book Maker- $1.99  Great book making app for the price. Add pictures, text or drawings as well as record audio for each page. Not my favorite book making app but a great one to start with.

Alien Buddies- $.99  This app works on the basics (shapes, colors, numbers, letters) I have used it a lot for kids that need more support in the class. Fun way to practice .

Sound Sorting- $.99 Great app for beginning sounds

Here are free apps that I feel are worthwhile.

Rocket Speller- FREE I use mainly for letter ID but the kids do pick up basic spelling as they play. Class favorite!

Skitch- FREE  Amazing app! We use a lot for labeling pictures. Sample Here

Educreations- FREE  White board app that records screen and voice. Uses are unlimited. Sample lesson here

Toontastic- FREE  My favorite storytelling app. Sample lesson here. You only get basic characters and backgrounds but it is still valuable. The $10 everything package is well worth it once you start using. So many great character and backgrounds and they are always adding more.

Sock Puppets- FREE  The app itself is free but the ability to save the finished project was an in app purchase ($.99) when I first got it. Not sure if that has changed.  More info here

Daisy the Dino- Free  Introduces the very basics of programming to kids. My class loves this app

ABCmouse Zoo- FREE  All the apps are free but I like the three zoo sets the best. More apps here

Rover App- FREE  This app allows flash to work on your iPad. The app is not perfect but overall I find it very useful

Doodle Buddy- FREE  Drawing app

Alpha Tracing- FREE There are better apps for fine motor (look here) but this free one is a good start

ABC Magic Apps- FREE Many great apps, I use several of them

Many of the paid apps that I have I got for free. Apps go on sale or are reduced to free very often. If you are on twitter check out @TCEA and the #iosedapp hashtag.

One Response to $10 iPad App Setup

  1. Nice list of apps, Matt. I have some of them. Others, I’m going to try out over break. I have a new $10.00 itunes gift card to spend! :)

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