Apple apps that could be used in a
K-12 classroom

by Nathan Carothers

"With iPad, your classroom materials go way beyond the classroom. Discover over 65,000 apps just for education, interactive books on every subject, and speeches, virtual tours and videos from experts and institutions around the world".

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This is just another example of some apps that would benifit K-12 students.

(More like K-3...But...)

#1 DragonBox Algebra 12+
"An inexpensive algebra tutor that fits in your pocket"

"DragonBox Algebra 12+ is a must-have tool for students so they can earn better grades and gain confidence in algebra and mathematics. It is based on the award winning game DragonBox Algebra 5+ but covers more advanced topics in mathematics and algebra:
* Parentheses
* Positive and Negative signs
* Addition of Fractions (Common Denominators)
* Collection of Like Terms
* Factorization
* Substitution

DragonBox Algebra 12+ gives players a greater understanding of what mathematics is all about: objects and the relationships between objects".

My in class example:  This would be a fun alternative to boring math help.  On their own time, or working in pairs, students could explore the different functions and focus in on specific topics that are relevant to current course discussion.

#2 Poems By Heart from PenguinClassics

"Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics celebrates classic poetry and challenges you to memorize perennial favorites by master wordsmiths. Memorizing and reciting poems helps you enjoy them at a deeper level, learn them for life, impress your friends, and improve your mind—and Poems By Heart makes it fun, easy, and addictive".

My in class example:  This app would be great for making Poetry more personal for students.  While using this app, teachers could create class poetry competitions to promote memory retention regarding poetry.  If teachers can make the learning more fun, the students will be more inclined to learn.

#3 Cell and Cell Structure

"Welcome to a fascinating journey learning about cells, cell parts and structure, and their specific functions. Emantras has launched this new educational app, Cell and Cell Structure, that’s written for middle school students, and also provides a great review for high school students. Learn about life’s smallest unit – the cell. Students and teachers will appreciate the detailed 2D and 3D imagery, stunning graphics and in-depth content. Specifically designed for middle-school students, and offering a detailed review for high school students, this biology app is the perfect compliment to the life-science curriculum".

My in class example:  Through using these detailed descriptions of cells in biology class, teachers can do away with the boring black and white diagrams that they have been using since the 90's.  The vivid color and easy navigation of the app itself will be a welcomed change for the students and the teachers.

#4 Khan Academy

" Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.
Our iOS app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 4,200 videos and articles.
We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, and finance.

Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for the upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia".

My in class example:  This app covers a broad base of learner needs for many different topics.  Being a free app any classroom that has a class set of iPads can have this app on them and if BYOD is necessary then students will not be charged any fee.

#5 Dragon Dictation

"Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice. So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.
Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages".

My in class example:  This app would be great for students who have poor note taking abilities.  For students who are hard of hearing this creates a great way for note taking without relying on anyone to transcribe for them.

All of my Information was drawn from the Apple Canada Website... Feel Free to Browse to Find some other Apps

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