I am involved in an iPad pilot project in SD61 and have been reading blogs, exploring and purchasing apps, and organizing them in age appropriate home screens. Here is my top 5 free picks for iPad apps that are age appropriate for primary age students (K-2) in classroom settings.
1. School Coloring book – Get 72 free educational coloring pages for different subjects including the following coloring books with pictures: Lower Case Alphabet Upper Case Alphabet, Numbers, Continents, Planets, US Presidents, zodiac Signs, Occupations, Great Inventions, Ethnic Wear and more. There are other free apps from the same developer are a very useful too.
2. Motion Math Zoom – have fun with a number line and help students understand place value in an interactive way. Students learn side to side scrolling and precision pointing.
3. Doodle Buddy – Have students finger paint, write their name on it, insert backgrounds or even photos in this app.
4. Shape Puzzle – a great jigsaw puzzle app that says the object once completed and adds it to a whole scene.
5. SpellingMagic- this app is great for the early speller. Various levels are settings can expend this app across a variety of letters, words, and difficulty levels.