We said that we would be back with more fabulous free apps and finally we have been inspired to do so. Lots of apps are free, have a lite version or in-app purchases – but few are free with no strings attached and rate 5 STARS. Here are a handful. Please feel free to share!
A fabulous free app, Oh No! Fractions – Curious Hat Lab, came across our desk recently and if a colleague hadn’t said, “It’s tough for kids to grasp fractions”, it may have slipped through the cracks. Luckily, it didn’t and we are here to sing it’s praises. Explore and learn about fractions with a simple and intuitive interface. Compare and visualize two fractions and guess which one is greater. Oh No! Fractions is as simple as it gets. This gorgeous app lets the user decide whether the given fraction is less or greater than another fraction. After the child has decided and chosen less or greater, it asks “I’m Sure” and then “Prove It” where a visual representation of the two fractions is shown and manipulated by the child. This representation gives a stunning visual comparison of the two fractions. Students were intrigued by this sassy app and played with determination to prove their answer to be correct. We love, love, love, the learning potential and admired the classy aesthetic quality of this app.
NOTE* 1/24/13 – Curious Hat Lab has just made this app Universal and added a couple of new options, and we’re told they’ll be adding more features soon.
Back again by popular demand is BrainPop Featured Movie, this is your go-to resource for FREE timely and calendar-aligned digital content. How do you improve perfection? This app does so by featuring a NEW informative and entertaining animated movie everyday, which is accompanied by an interactive quiz and gives new options for accessing its entire collection of movies and quizzes. The curriculum covers everything from from Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Technology, to Arts & Music, and Health. As with the BrainPop website, the app is all about content, content, content… something that classrooms and students need more of. Brainpop just launched a major update to their wonderful Featured Movie app and now offers more than the free daily Featured Movie. Its quiz and in-app subscription options are available to access more of their content. Choose “Explorer Level” and get the free rotating feature. Plus four additional related movies and quizzes, also rotating, every day. ($1.99/month) Or choose “Full Access” and get unlimited access to their full collection of over 750 movies and quizzes. Existing BrainPOP site subscribers will not have any additional costs. If you are not familiar with Tim and his pal Moby, the video’s feature characters, a young boy and his sidekick robot come check out the new and improved app today! Kids everywhere just adore these two friends and I know for a fact that teachers are thrilled with the added access to BrainPop’s entire curriculum. So handy, wherever you go!
NASA App HD invites you to explore and discover a wealth of NASA information right on your mobile device. The application delivers an extensive collection of updated mission information, thousands of very cool images, launch information, schedules and countdown clocks, all online from realtime NASA sources. The app has a slick and extensive repertoire of content providing a super abundant amount of information on each planet, space mission, astronaut, as well as history, notable dates, maps, NASA TV, NASA video, and all other essential NASA related information presented in a state of the art package.
It never gets old as it provides constant updates to its content. Live streaming, Facebook, and Twitter are all embedded for easy access. There is a section for What’s Up for this month and an awesome daily photo. If you or your child are the least bit interested in space exploration this is the only app you’ll ever need! Many students today are not nearly as in tune with the significant milestones that were accomplished in space exploration, but that didn’t hinder their thrill while delving into this app. Total engagement….