Everywhere you look the focus is on back to school. This review is geared to help spread the word about some incredible new apps that may help your child brush up and get prepared for what lies ahead of them this school year. We don’t want to overlook the essential organizational apps like Evernote or Notability, Keynote, iHomework, and Dragon Diction. We understand that those apps may come loaded on your iPad and for many you may have personal favorites. Instead, we are featuring five first-rate apps (and their developers) as those which can lead to deeper learning. So, with no further ado, we give you our Must Have Apps for Back to School:
First up, is Esa Helttula and his new release from iDevBooks, Polynomial Long Division. This makes 18 apps in his suite of of math apps. Everything this developer touches is golden. So, if long division isn’t what you are in need of, check out all of his other apps. The skill you need to work on will be here, and visit his site. Esa says it best: All of my 18 math apps have a lightweight experience. They are optimized less around bells and whistles and more around the way how they can help students learn. Click here to see our earlier review of apps from iDevBooks… and here are a couple of our classroom go-tos: Lattice Multiplication, Partial Products Multiplication, Partial Quotients Division, Fraction Math.
Next we have, Bruce Brown from e Skills Learning and his recent release of MiniMod Drawing Conclusions. This app helps students practice and master the reading skill of combining bits of information to infer and answer a question about the text. This app has been aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All of eSkills full version apps now include Score Reporting for improved student accountability. Other great apps by eSkills Learning for in and out of the classroom that TWA recommends: MiniMod Reading for Details, MiniMod Reading for Inferences, Mini Mod Word Structure, Minimod Homophones, Minimod Nouns and Minimod Verbs.
Another gem we have had the privilege to have a sneak preview of is Tense Builder, by Kyle Tomson founder of the Mobile Education Store. The Tense Builder Release is soon Approaching!!! Mobile Education Store is pleased to announce the release date for Tense Builder has been set for August 24th. This grammar application has been over a year in the making. Kyle tells us, “I have developed a completely new way to teach proper tense. Several SLP’s and teachers have been playing with it for the last six months with their students.” Other outstanding apps by Mobile Education Store that TWA has reviewed are: Sentence Builder Teen, Speech Journal, Rainbow Sentences.
Another not to be missed app is LetterSchool, by Sanoma Media Netherlands B.V., There are many apps that teach forming letters. This app offers many ways for your child to practice letters, including upper and lower case, as well as numbers. Learning handwriting takes a lot of practice, and polishing up your skills reinforces what you’ve learned. Letter School has built in two levels: silver (blue menu) and gold (orange menu). Once you reach gold, you’ll get to play a whole new set of games and meet your greatest challenge: free-form writing.
WordFlex Touch Dictionary, by Schematix, is a brilliant new app and is the next step in the evolution of the English dictionary. Developed exclusively for iPad – in association with the Oxford University Press – this fun, fascinating app offers the first truly tactile, interactive reference resource. Online dictionaries force users to scroll for what they want. Wordflex offers a more compelling, intuitive approach, combining structure and play to maximize learning. By manipulating word-trees physically, unlocking content at will and rearranging the onscreen ‘workspace,’ users experience language as an interactive adventure – and find what they’re looking for more quickly. If you could only purchase one app for this school year, the incredible WordFlex Touch Dictionary should be the ONE!