Five Apps to use in Elementary Education

Geoboard
What is this?
This app is a tool that helps students explore a variety of mathematical topics. Students can stretch the bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons. They may chose to change the colour of the bands or fill in the polygon once it is made.
How can it be used?
This app can be used in elementary for students to create both regular and irregular polygons. For example, in grade three students are taught how to sort polygons by the number of sides. Using this app in a station or in groups can allow student to create polygons with a predetermined number of sides to understand that polygons with this attribute can look different from each other.

Fruit Ninja
What is this?
This app has fruit falling to the ground and students must swipe across the fruit to break it open. It is a very simple game that would not require much instruction.
How can it be used?
This app can be used in early elementary classrooms to enhance children's fine motor skills.

Story Maker
What is this?
This app allows students to create their own stories through pictures and writing that may accompany it. There are many options such as both a create a story and tell a story screens, the choice of many people or pictures, recorded voice etc.
How can it be used?
This app can be used with any theme in Language Arts. A teacher may allow students to have their own IPad in class and give the freedom for students to tell a story. They could also have a topic such as what did you do this summer and student can create their story with both drawings and text.

C. Collins Big Cat
What is this?
This app is used in Language Arts. There are three options within this app; read to me, read by yourself and create a story. Students also have the option of pressing the hints button for the app to help out with a hard word or they are able to record their won voice reading the story.
How can is be used?
This is a great app for students to use as a scaffold into reading. The IPad can be available at any time for students to be read to or students can have a project for them to create their own story based on the given settings and pictures.

Preposition Builder
What is this?
This app is designed to allow students to learn the correct use of prepositions and learn how prepositions can change the meaning in sentences. This app is set up for students to chose the correct word that belongs in a sentence from a list of options.
How can is be used?
This app can be used both individually or in language arts centres. The pp is quite straight forwards and students can use it to build their preposition skills.

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