$20 iPad App Setup
I recently posted my suggestion for a $10 iPad setup (look HERE) This is a follow-up post with my recommendations for a $20 setup.
Here is the $20 setup I would use for my Kindergarten class (most would work for K-2 classes)…
Touch and Write- $2.99 – Great fine motor app that helps with letter formation, letter ID and even sight words. Kids love because the get to pick what they write with (ketchup, pudding, shaving cream etc) More info HERE
Toca Tea Party- $1.99 A virtual tea party. This is the first app I let the kids play when introducing the iPad. Great for social skills, vocabulary and practice collaborating. Any of the Toca apps would work like band, tailor, kitchen ,hair salon, robot.
Teach Me Kindergarten - $1.99 (Could be replaced with Pre-k, 1st or 2nd grade versions) This app covers many of the basics. It has great options to customize the content
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!
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.
Daisy the Dino- Free Introduces the very basics of programming to kids. My class loves this app
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
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.