Mobile Apps for the K-12 Classroom

This post will specifically focus on apps for Apple Products (iPhone, iPad, iPod) because that is the product I personally own and am using to explore the app store. But remember that almost any brand has begun developing apps for use in the classroom so I'm sure it is possible to find some regardless of the brand you are looking at using.


1. Sums Stacker (by Carstens Studios Inc) $1.99: "A challenge that provides plenty of addition and subtraction practice, within a recreational math setting. The mathematical puzzle allows users to play with different representations of numbers, while developing their number sense to create strategies to help them solve problems. There are two modes of play, solve and race, and two difficulty levels."

This could be a fun way to help students learn the basics of addition and subtraction. It would encourage them to try hard especially in the race mode. I would use this as an extra activity to supplement my classroom teachings.

2. Little Sky Writers (By DANO2, LLCFly) $1.99 "fly your plane through a series of letter-shaped flight plans and learn the skills to write your letters properly the first time – every time. Listen to Roger, the control tower (voiced by comedian and star of Nickelodeon’sTM Big Time RushTM Stephen Kramer Glickman) as he humorously teaches the sound and use of each letter".

This would be very useful for a kindergarten class since it is fun and basic enough that they will be able to use it. I think having the character voice to teach the sound and voice of each level will increase retention in students. Especially if they recognize the voice from TV.

3. Earth Stories (By Mazon Productions)  $3.99: "Earth Stories is divided into 3 sections : Video Lessons, an interactive Geologic Column and a interactive Fossil Gallery.The Video Lessons section stars CHIP and contains 5 video segments covering such topics as :What is Paleontology and What is a fossil ? What tools do paleontologists use to study the earth and tell its story ? How do fossils form and what types of rocks yield fossils ? "

Since I may not have access to fossils, this would be a really great app to get as hands on and visual as possible without physically having the fossils.


1. Merck's Periodic Table of Elements (by Merck KGaA) FREE:   "displays the periodic table in an engaging way, and includes relative atomic mass, melting point and boiling point, density, appearance, and additional properties for each individual element. Teachers can also connect their device to the TV, making it easy to share the elements with the whole classroom". found on:

This would be an awesome reference app for students who are learning about the Periodic Table. It would be very beneficial to use while students are completing assignments and trying to distinguish between each element.

2.History: Maps of the World (by Seung-Bin Cho) FREE: "students must nurture the ability to place works of art, music, literature, philosophy, politics, and other disciplines into their proper historical or geographic contexts. It compiles cartography from different eras, allowing viewers to watch as boundaries change and tectonic plates shift".

This is a great alternative to the spinning globe or the wall map because it actually shows the changes over time and challenges students to place events and ideas into their proper context which would help them remember and prepare for exams.

3.Shakespeare In Bits (By Mindconnex Learning Ltd.) "Purchase Plays that are specific to the class animated re-enactment, full audio and unabridged text in one comprehensive package. Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and relationships - everything that you need to make understanding and appreciating Shakespear"

Shakespeare is a challenge for many students to understand. His plays are fantastic though and students should love him, not hate him. They would gain a far better understanding using this App and the difference in language would no longer be an issue if they use the translations. It would be a lot easier for them to follow along.

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