Sunday, July 31, 2011


I have went through quite a few apps. I see my students having the same difficulties that my own 5 year old does. On all of the free apps-there is a place for you to click it for a full version or to unlock boards that you can play. One of two things happen- either they click it and don't know know what to do to get back to the app or they want something that can only be played on the full version. Any suggestion?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My 13 year old has helped me a great deal.. I also have a student who I tutor who is special needs and he loves using the drawing pad to work math problems. We also used it for graphic organizers. I have tested many apps the challenge I am facing is really choose how to make the most of it.... during a typical day due to the fact that it can be used for 100's of things. I am a bit overwhelmed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Ok, this will be my official first attempt at boys (5 and 7) have been helping me test apps. Alot have to many steps. The 2 free ones they enjoy are Rocket Math and Penguin race. The first is educational the second is for fun. I am still looking daily.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Math and Reading Folder

I am tutoring close to home and one student LOVES the Pizza 1 App. It is a great fraction app for beginning fractions. Number Math App is also a great tool for different skills such as skip counting, rounding and missing number. MeeGenius has free books that read outloud. The student I tutor really enjoyed listening to the story. Spelling Bug works on CVC words. The letters are mixed up and they have to drag the letter and put in correct order.

For older students, I found some multiplication and division apps. Play 19x19 works on multiplication facts. MathEdge is an interactive long division app that guides the student through the problem.

Just search the skill in the App Store and a lot of choices appear. Good luck!

Fun to encourage talking

I have a folder labeled fun. This way students are aware that these apps are for specific times of the day. Doodle Buddy, Draw Free, and Virtuoso are fun. This may be on the list, but the app Talking Tom 2 is great. It repeats whatever you say in a cat like voice. It is really funny and would be a wonderful tool to use for students who need to verbalize wants and needs.

When searching for an app from the app store, you can click on price and have the store only show apps that are free. That saves a lot of time. Good luck!