Ten Superstar Apps for the K-8 Classroom

 

 

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Amid the thousands of apps in the Google Play Store, I have found some champions in the field of  learning. Tried and tested by teachers, these apps deliver skills practice in an effective and enjoyable way.

 

  • Animoto– Kick your slideshows up a notch with Animoto.  Create high quality videos complete with music and effects.  Videos can easily be shared via email, link, or embed code.  Appropriate for all grade levels, Animoto is an ideal tool for classroom presentation.
  • Explain Everything– Explain Everything is a powerful screen casting tool for the classroom. As its name suggests, it can literally be used to explain everything. This highly rated app serves as an interactive whiteboard tool and allows the user to annotate, animate, and narrate photos, documents, and videos.
  • Ted– Impressive to say the least, and one of my all-time favorites, Ted for Android delivers compelling videos presented by amazing people.
  • Edmodo– With the multitude of technology tools being used in the classroom; teachers are using organizational platforms such as Edmodo to manage their e-learning environment.  Teachers can create secure groups, post assignments and polls, house resources and links, and facilitate discussions both in and outside of the classroom. Edmodo continues to serve as an effective professional development tool as teachers can connect with educators in groups covering all aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Britannica Kids-Ancient Rome– Supplement your study of Ancient Rome with this easy to use, interactive app. From images to games, this app makes learning fun and engaging for kids ages 8-14.
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition- For all of your serious Minecraft enthusiasts(and there are many), Minecraft Pocket Edition is an ideal addition to your Android tablets. Perks include multiplayer options over a WI-FI network, and a universal app status which allows you to pay once and play on any of your Android devices.  For ideas on how to integrate Minecraft into your classroom, visit Minecraft: Open World Gaming for your Classroom.
  • Geometry Quest-Common core aligned, Geometry Quest invites students to travel the world while solving challenging geometry problems. The topics covered in this geometry app include: Pythagorean’s theorem, angles, shapes, area, volume, perimeter, circumference, coordinates, isosceles triangles, congruent triangles, lines of symmetry, parallel lines crossed by a transversal,slope.
  • Word a Day Visuals and Audio– If you are searching for an excellent vocabulary app, Word a Day Visuals and Audio provides Vocabulary practice accompanied by audio and illustration. The audio component includes pronunciation along with an engaging short story which explains the word. Quizzes, flashcards, and progress monitoring capabilities are also included.
  • Stick Picks-Stick Picks is simplicity at its best. This virtual version of the soup can with popsicle sticks takes random student selection to the next level by choosing and differentiating questions for learners. Teachers can modify difficulty while developing questions based on a variety of topics.
  • NASA-A virtual treasure trove of information, NASA for Android offers a vast database of images, live streaming of NASA television, satellite trackers, and videos.
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