Mobile Apps for the Classroom


Here are 5 Apps that I think can be useful in the elementary classroom.

Alphabet Writing

Alphabet Writing is a simple and easy to use app that allows students to use their finger or tablet pen to trace and practice letters.

I would use this is the classroom when teaching students the alphabet. This is more interactive and appealing to students than having to trace letters in a booklet. This app also lets students go at their own pace and retry as many times as they need. I also think that this can be helpful for students who struggle with fine motor skills because they have the option of using their finger.

Math 4 Kids

Math 4 Kids is an app that is set up with a levels of difficulty for people to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. A question appears and you must choose the correct answer in order to move on to the next question.

I would use this app when teaching students the different math concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students are able to move at their own pace through the questions and levels. This app lets students take control of their learning and can be more appealing than math question drills.

Telling Time

Telling Time is a great app for practicing how to tell time. There are options to practice and test your knowledge on a standard clock, digital clock, roman clock and time word problems. You can also earn badges when in the test setting when getting all questions correct in a section.

I would use this app in the classroom when teaching time telling to students. They are able to practice on the standard and digital clock and when they feel confident enough they can test themselves and earn badges. I think that this is a fun and interactive way to get students interested in learning how to tell time.

The Cell

The Cell is an interactive app that allows you to explore an animal cell. You are able to move it around to explore the outside and you can also create a cross section in order to explore the inside of the cell. When you click on a part of the cell a section on the side pops up with a description and definition. There is also a ruler tool to get the size of a desired part of the cell.

I would use this app to teach students about the animal cell. I think that it is an interactive way to get students hands on learning in such an easy way. This app can be a great aid when asking students to answer questions about the different parts of the cell. It can also be a great tool for students at any grade level to help them study the cell.

Star Chart

This is a really fun app to use to see all of the stars, constellations, galaxies, and planets just by holding it and moving it around. You can also use the tool bar to go into more detail and look up different things in each of the different sections. You can even watch a little video of the different planets. Another neat thing that you can do is remove the cloud coverage of the gas planets in order to see what the surface looks like.

I would use this app to teach students about astronomy. Students can learn about the sun, the planets, different galaxies, constellations, and star. I think that this is a lot more interactive then all of the students looking at a star chart or flipping through a book. I think that a fun way to use this app would be to do a scavenger hunt where students have to fin a star, constellation, or planet and take a screenshot of it.