These FREE Apps all of which have much to offer, now offer more, which gives you all the more reason to download them! This post is a reminder that some of the best children’s digital applications are free for the asking, at least for the basic package. Some do require an in-app purchase or a subscription. Teachers With Apps previously reviewed each of these free apps, praising their benefits; the updates have only made them all the more desirable.
1. 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 every day, 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 Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Technology, to Arts & Music, and Health. You can also choose an optional in-app subscription and enable kids to explore more than 750 videos right on their mobile devices. So, what is the news at BrainPOP? BrainPOP has released a new app for Windows 8 and its sidekick Windows RT for use on mobile devices such as the Microsoft Surface. This Windows app highlights the “tiled” beauty of the operating systems, incorporating an elegant look into the topic search and quiz features while providing a gorgeous two toned blue sunburst background. It’s simply pretty to look at!
2. Another fabulous free app, Oh No! Fractions – Curious Hat Lab, is still around, new icon – same great game! 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. Recently this group of developers headed by Luca Prasso of Curious Hat, released Eye Paint, one of the most innovative and invigorating apps we’ve seen to date that promotes creativity. Read TWA’s review of Eye Paint here. And now they have released Eye Paint Monsters that is also free and lots of FUN!!
3. We just got an update from one of out Twitter followers that this app is no longer FREE, it is $1.99 and well worth the price! The Hungry Fish, by Motion Mathis a fabulous addition and subtraction game! Mental math is such a key component for success in building a strong foundation in math, and building on this early on helps all other math concepts fall into place with relative ease. The game features a fish who is hungry for numbers. You make delicious sums by pinching two numbers together - instant addition! Keep feeding your fish to win a level and unlock new colors and fins. This app turns screen time into learning time (recommended ages: 4-7, 8-10, 11-12, parents). What's new? Educators asked and they received - you can now delete players. Plus, there are more chances to customize your fish. Motion Math has a dynamic founding team, many of whom hail from Stanford University. Motion Math is aiming to transform learning in the age of mobile. They want to explore how mobile devices can facilitate joyful learning and challenge children. Our students were enthralled by this simple, yet splendid game - polishing up on their number skills with smiles on their faces! Excellent job Motion Math! This development team was recently mentioned in our blog, How do You Know if an App is Truly Educational in reference to research that GameDesk has been conducting on tracking the advancement of children using their apps in schools. Motion Math: Wings is a fun, FREE, multiplication game (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) featuring a bird who flies across islands, building nests and winning colorful feathers while solving math problems. Instead of only using numeric symbols (2 x 3 = 6), this fun math game shows six visual forms of multiplication: rows of dots, clusters of dots, groups of dots, a grid, a labeled grid and symbols (2 x 3). Ten challenging levels (for ages 4+) They also have Motion Math: Hungry Guppy, a fun, basic addition game for 3 - 7-year-olds. The game features a fish who eats numbers plus instant addition – touch two numbers together and they instantly add. There are 15 levels of challenge and bonuses that let you customize your fish with new colors and fins. They also have Motion Math Zoom - FREE as well.
4. Phonics Genius, by Innovative Mobile Apps – This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds. Phonics Genius is a reading teacher's dream! All words are grouped by sounds that different letter combinations make. Letter/s-sound correspondences are one of the most common ways to learn how to read and recognize words through phonemic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds, in the beginning, middle, or end of words. It has over 6,000 words strategically grouped into 225 categories. The professionally recorded words and super clean interface make this a terrific learning experience. This is one app that has been finding its way into the classroom and has a never ending shelf-life. Great for those struggling readers! This developer has a slew of super apps for reading, as well as for reading readiness. Try Sight Words and go back to preschool with My First Words. They have broken down their apps into four categories:
Alligator apps are designed to help kids solve problems and develop a critical life skill. They foster confidence and creativity. In the knowledge economy, perhaps no skill is more important than creativity. We use these apps every day in our classrooms with all levels of struggling readers. Hey, not struggling - get a head start with Alligator Apps!