These are some of the apps that I use most frequently with my students. They are wonderful tools for making the learning process fun and interesting. (To learn about the brain training games that I use with students, read Brain Training and Educational Games).
This app is great for many reasons. You can think of it as a multi-purpose interactive whiteboard. You can write, draw, paint, and highlight.This is wonderful for demonstrating concepts to students, drawing pictures to represent math problems, etc. It also has a selector tool that you can use to move and manipulate images that you have made. And one of the best things is the ability to import pictures, which you can then draw and write on using the tools mentioned above. This option is perfect for marking in texts that students are reading in, allowing individual sounds and syllables to be visually isolated from others. This is great for students that have reading issues, especially those who are visual learners. The ability to write with your fingers on the screen and to manipulate images is very appealing for kinesthetic learners. See it here.
This app is a wonderful resource of literature and reading material for students in all of the elementary grades. It is used in many schools, and I also love using it with my students. You can choose the students interests and age level, and it will provide a wide range of reading choices based on the options you set. You can also do a general search as well. Included are a wide variety of ebooks, read-to-me books, and audio books, both in fiction and non-fiction. Students always have plenty to choose from to suit their interests and reading levels. Explore Epic
This app works very well for practicing basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as well as all of the other essential math skills in the elementary grades. First choose a grade level, then which concept you want to practice (geometry, algebra, measurement, division, fractions, etc.) and the student will be set up with fun games to practice these skills. Many of the games include visual tools (such as number lines and times table charts), which is a wonderful aid for visual learners. Plus, every time the student gets an answer correct, they earn coins that can then be spent in the fun mini-games. Learn more about Splash Math.
This app offers a way for students to practice with their math facts. They face off against another character, trying to eat more candies than the other. Each candy is a math fact, and the student must find the candies that match the answer they are given. Take a closer look at Monster Math.
This is a simple but effective app that allows students to practice their math facts using digital math cards. The type of operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) as well as which numbers can be customized. There is also a timer that students can practice with try to beat their scores.See it here.
This is an app that allows the student to create their own comic book. They choose the basic template, add in pictures, then add their text into speaking bubbles, and they can insert fun stickers as well. The way I use this app is as a motivator for students to write-they first write a rough draft in a standard writing format, and once finished they get to plan and transform their writing into the comic book format. Students love seeing their writing come to life like this! Plus, they get to practice their revising and editing skills as they transition the writing from paper to comic. Take a look at Comic Book!
This is the perfect app for helping students plan their writing. It allows them to create concept web maps, which is basically where they put their idea into a bubble, and then add other bubbles which connect to this idea. It allows them to visually see their thought process and how one idea may connect to another. Web maps like this are wonderful for helping students plan for structured writing, such as the 5 sentence paragraph for younger students, and the five paragraph essay for older students. See it here.