In our school district, we were given 6 iPads to use in each kindergarten classroom. Our students love playing games on them, but we are always looking for meaningful apps that will enhance their learning.
I love finding apps that allow students to share their thinking, or develop their own ideas. Being able to use the iPads effectively within the classroom can sometimes be a struggle, but they can be such a great tool!
Here are my top 5 apps (they aren’t in any kind of order), and how we have used them in our classroom. Make sure you share in the comments your favorite app, I am always looking for new ones!
This app allows you or your students to create mind maps. It is so simple to use, most of our students have caught on and can use it without any help.
You can use it as a whole group to create charts collaboratively, or students can use the app individually to show what they have learned about a topic. There are options to write, draw or take pictures, so it can be easily differentiated based on your class’ needs.
2. Boom Cards
These are digital, paperless, self-correcting task cards. There are so many decks available, and you can get them for any subject or holiday. I use the quick play option that just has students enter a code to have access to the deck. The other way you can use the cards is by creating an account for each of your students, if you decide to do it this way, you can track your students’ progress and see how they scored. The first option is free, and the second option is paid.
You can even make your own Boom Cards if you want, I have made some and I enjoy making the packs (you can check out the ones I’ve made by going here).
3. Draw & Tell
Our students love this app! It is really easy to use, and is so simple: students draw an image, and then record their voice talking over it. If you add stickers to the image, you can move those when you are recording your voice.
We have used this app for math stories, retells, science topics- you can really use it for anything!
4. Chatterpix Kids
This is another simple app, but it is so great for recording student thinking. Students take a picture of something (you can do this with anything: math manipulatives, science objects), then draw a mouth on the object. They can add stickers to their picture, and lastly record their voice. After learning about living and non-living things, we had students pick from a variety of objects, take a picture of it, and record how they knew if it was living on non-living.
At this center, students used two colors of snap cubes to make ten, then they recorded how they composed the number.
This app gives you a library of books right on your tablet! There are fiction and non-fiction, and there are read-alouds too. We have used this on a tablet as a listening center, and students can go to it anytime they want. I have also projected books to use them as read-alouds with our class.
It can also be used during literacy centers so that students can listen or read books on their own, and you have an unlimited supply. They can find books based on their interests, and research different topics.
Have you tried any of these apps? Which are your favorite? Is there an app that you would add to the list?