Apps for the Elementary Classroom
by Jillian Meeks
Rocket Speller is a fun interactive spelling app for recommended ages 2-7. The applications of this app are pretty self explanatory, children learn spelling through fun and games, especially for the younger elementary set.
Skitch is an app that can mark up photos, files, and videos to get a point across. Images, arrows, graphs, and text can all be added on top of the existing image. Then the image can be shared. Students can use this app by taking a photo, perhaps of a plant on the playground. They can then label the picture and share it with the rest of the class.
Toontastic is a great storytelling app. By choosing characters and a background you simply press record and tell the story. The app records the audio and how you move the characters to create a cartoon quickly and so easily! This app could be implemented in the classroom for a project in which the students create their own fairytales; they then use this app to record and present what they have written.
Hopscotch is an app that introduces children to coding. The codes are in blocks that can be dropped into a sequence, and then the student can see their code come to life. This app can be used in the classroom to have students create games and animations, and its really an introduction to coding, a skill that is becoming increasingly useful in this technology saturated world.
Augmented Reality Flashcards brings flashcards to life! The app lets you download and print off their flashcards, and then when you place them under the screen it creates a 3D image of the flashcard on the device's screen. This app is mostly useful in the classroom for very young students learning the names of animals in a fun and interesting way.