Literacy ShopTalk

"Prepare self-directed learners to think critically about the messages received and created by media.”

Tools, Tools, Tools

Written By: Paula Neidlinger

TOOLS, TOOLS, TOOLS
 

1 chirpChirp

Chirp is a magical new way to share your stuff – using sound. Chirp ‘sings’ information from one iPhone to another. Share photos, links, notes and more: all from your built-in iPhone speaker. What will you chirp?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chirp/id529469280?mt=8

2 socrative student clickerSocrative Student Clicker

Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Be engaged for the entire class with educational exercises and games. See all your classmates’ ideas in real time and interact with the responses.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/student-clicker-socrative/id477618130?mt=8

3 things to think aboutThings to Think About

Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids. Created by students and teachers in Michigan.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things-to-think-about/id664670576?mt=8

4 spelling citySpellingCity

VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging learning games using any word list. The most popular activities are Spelling TestMe, HangMouse, and our vocabulary games, available to Premium Members.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spellingcity/id538407602?mt=8

5 bamba ice creamBamba Ice-Cream

It’s every kids’ favorite – Ice-Cream! Let them run an Ice-Cream parlor. Custom-make your ice-cream dish with lots of wacky ingredients. Decorate with the mystery topping! Don’t forget to eat it when you’re done!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bamba-ice-cream/id536449670?mt=8

6 tellagamiTellagami

Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tellagami/id572737805?mt=8

7 educreationsEducreations Interactive Whiteboard

Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula… Create an animated lesson… Add commentary to your photos… Diagram a sports play.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-interactive-whiteboard/id478617061?mt=8

8 class dojoClassDojo

ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classdojo-for-teachers/id552602056?mt=8

9 duolingoDuolingo

Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free. Duolingo is Apple’s 2013 App of the Year!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duolingo-learn-spanish-french/id570060128?mt=8

 

10 chatter pixChatterPix Kids

Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE!
https://itunes.apple.com/ml/app/chatterpix-kids-by-duck-duck/id734046126?mt=8

11 paperPaper by FiftyThree

Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. Try it free—buy additional tools from the in-App Store. Apple App of the Year 2012
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8

12 graphing calclFree Graphing Calculator

A powerful, flexible graphing calculator . . . and it’s free! Scientific calculator, graphing capabilities, unit converter, constants for scientific equations, and more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-graphing-calculator/id378009553?mt=8

13 voxerVoxer Walkie-Talkie PTT

Get instant voice anytime and anywhere. With Voxer every voice message is live (people can hear you as you talk) and recorded (you can play them back later). You can also send text, photos, and share your location alongside audio messages.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voxer-walkie-talkie-ptt/id377304531?mt=8

14 snapseedSnapseed

Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8

 

15 mailboxMailbox

Mailbox is a completely redesigned inbox that makes email light, fast, and mobile-friendly. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash. Scan an entire conversation at once with chat-like organization. Snooze emails until later with the tap of a button — they’ll return to your inbox automatically so you can focus on what’s important now.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mailbox/id576502633?mt=8

16 teaching with techTeaching with Technology Video Library

The NETS video library is a collection of video of actual classrooms, enriched by additional material such as lesson context, teacher handouts and even student work, accessible alongside the video.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teaching-technology-video/id460913574?mt=8

17 virtual manipulativesVirtual Manipulatives!

Provides virtual fraction manipulatives that students can drag into a workspace. From there, they can draw and write around it, providing a virtual space to work and learn.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-manipulatives!/id471341079?mt=8

 

18 google earthGoogle Earth

Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-earth/id293622097?mt=8

19 exoplanetExoplanet

The Exoplanet app is a highly visual and interactive catalogue of all known exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System. It is frequently updated whenever new discoveries are confirmed.
https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/exoplanet/id327702034?mt=8

20 constitutionConstitution for iPad

An interactive, illustrated, very visual version of the Constitution for students to explore.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/constitution-for-ipad/id363287472?mt=8

 

21 too noisyToo Noisy Lite

“Too Noisy” displays graphically the background noise level in a room in a fun and engaging way. If the noise level is acceptable a happy smiling contented graphic is displayed. If the levels of noise increase beyond what the responsible adult has determined as acceptable the graphic changes to reflect the unacceptable noise level. Once the level of noise returns to an acceptable level the graphic automatically returns to the happy contented one.
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/too-noisy/id499844023?mt=8

22 textropolisTextropolis

Travel word-wide and build up your Textropolis by finding the words hidden in each city. Play through 30 different cities in this free-play word discovery game. Stumble across a new word? Textropolis includes definitions for every word in the game. Watch each city grow as you discover its words and add to your total Textropolis population!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textropolis/id301643671?mt=8

23 remind 101Remind101

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is 100% free and is used by over 700,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month. FAST, SAFE & EASY!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remind101/id522826277

24 nearpodNearpod

The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nearpod/id523540409?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

25 haiku deckHaiku Deck

Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create and share inspiring presentations – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/haiku-deck/id536328724?mt=8

26 aurasmaAurasma

Aurasma is a new way to see and interact with the world. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aurasma-lite/id432526396?mt=8

 

27 sock puppetsSock Puppets

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sock-puppets/id394504903?mt=8

28 audiobooAudioboo

Welcome to the new Audioboo – the app that helps you share your voice with the world. Record up to 10 minutes for free. Post your clips easily to the web, Twitter, Facebook and more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audioboo/id305204540?mt=8

 

29 splice video editorSplice Video Editor (Free)

Splice together HD photos and videos in an amazingly simple way. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splice-video-editor-free/id409838725?mt=8

30 skypeSkype

Say “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free. There’s so much you can do, right from the palm of your hand.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype/id304878510?mt=8

 

31 skitchSkitch

See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skitch-for-ipad/id490505997?ls=1&mt=8

32 quizletQuizlet

The official Quizlet app is here! It’s a free, fun, and beautifully simple way to study on your iPhone and iPad. Seamless syncing means all your Quizlet study sets are ready to use. Or search Quizlet’s database of over 35 million study sets to find content already created.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quizlet/id546473125

33 science360Science360

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/science360-for-ipad/id439928181?mt=8

34 minds of modern mathematicsMinds of Modern Mathematics

If you have ever wondered how mathematicians and mathematics have shaped the world we live in, this is the app for you. The Minds of Modern Mathematics takes you on an interactive journey that spans nearly 1,000 years. It tells the story of mathematics and how it has impacted almost every aspect of human progress, from science to music, art, architecture, and culture.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minds-of-modern-mathematics/id432359402?mt=8

35 cameraCamera app

This is one of the most powerful apps for education you could use with an iOS device, and it’s already pre-loaded. Take photos of student work. Save information from your whiteboard or chalkboard. Create videos of students. Let students create videos of themselves. There are 10 great ways to use the camera app in this post: http://www.rakisradresources.com/2013/12/10-ways-to-use-your-ipads-camera-in.html

36 flipboardFlipboard

Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. Classes can create their own Flipboard magazines to share articles pertaining to class (example here: https://flipboard.com/section/noticias-interesantes-en-grant-bczNeq)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284?mt=8

37 potteryLet’s Create! Pottery HD Lite

Become a true artist and create “one of a kind” pottery items and share them with your friends! Throw the clay on the wheel, release all your artistic talents and take benefit of dozens of materials available in order to create your own design!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lets-create!-pottery-hd-lite/id397756644?mt=8

38 telling timeInteractive Telling Time Lite

This app was made for you by artists and educators, with the help from school teachers and mother’s groups to bring you the best app in learning to tell the time for young beginners. Interactive Telling Time is great for kids from ages 3 to 12 and comes in 5 difficulty levels so that it helps kids master telling time progressively (statistics is provided to help keep track of your child’s progress).
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-telling-time-lite/id482452233?mt=8

39 blusterBluster!

This word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding for school-aged children. Single-player mode helps you learn and practice important word skills. Match rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more. Team mode: the multi-touch iPad screen allows both players to play simultaneously, so you can work together to weather the vocabulary storm.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bluster!/id416160693?mt=8

40 grammar jammersGrammar Jammers Primary Edition

Catchy animated songs and rhymes make English language arts exciting! Grammar Jammers animations will have you tapping your toes to the beat while learning grammar usage and mechanics. Each animation unlocks a quiz. Answer all the quiz questions for all the Grammar Jammers topics and unlock an interactive reward.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grammar-jammers-primary-edition/id386384446?mt=8

41 pe geekThe PE Geek

The PE Geek app is the one stop shop for teachers interested in utilising emerging technologies within Physical Education. The app allows users to view the latests posts from The PE Geek Blog, listen to The PE Geek Podcast, watch Tutorial Videos from The PE Geek and more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pe-geek-physical-education/id495604149?mt=8

42 ziteZite

Zite is an intelligent magazine that helps you discover interesting things to read. Zite learns what you like and gets smarter as you use it. Zite analyzes millions of articles each day and brings you the best of your favorite magazines, newspapers, authors, blogs, and videos.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zite/id419752338?mt=8

43 european explorationEuropean Exploration: The Age of Discovery

Explore the new world as a European power in the 15th Century by funding and sending expeditions out into the unknown. Hire captains, build ships and outfit voyages to learn of the wonders of the new world. Expeditions can be dangerous however, so be careful or else Europe may never hear of your discoveries!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/european-exploration-age-discovery/id393625741?mt=8

44 todays documentToday’s Document

Explore American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today’s Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year. You can learn what happened on your birthday, search for a document by keyword, or just browse at your leisure.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/todays-document/id412969819?mt=8

45 alphabet plusAlphabet Plus

Alphabet Plus combines four games into one which provides everything your child needs to learn the alphabet, phonics and the sound and first words associated with each letter. This app includes the “Alphabet Song”, a coloring book with a page for each letter, activities for learning the letters in sequence, and fun animated games to teach pronunciation and letter recognition.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alphabet-plus/id475839632?mt=8

46 touch feel emotionsTouch and Learn: Emotions

This app focused on helping kids read body language and understand emotions by looking at gorgeous pictures and figuring out which person is expressing a given emotion.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touch-and-learn-emotions/id451685022?mt=8

47 3d cell3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool

Learn about the cell and all its structures using our new 3D Cell tool. Enjoy the ability to rotate the cell 360 degrees and zoom in on any cell structure. Choose from our list of cell structures to learn more about how each structure functions and relates to the other components of the cell.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-cell-simulation-stain-tool/id381129413?mt=8

48 goskywatch planetariumGoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad

Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goskywatch-planetarium-for/id364209241?mt=8

49 worldtouchWorldTouch

The world at your finger tips: WorldTouch is an interactive data visualization tool. It provides access to the World Bank Open Data Catalog with over thousand global development indicators. Explore and experience the latest economic, environmental and social data and trends using interactive and intuitive graphical representations.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/worldtouch/id493863796?mt=8

50 popwordsPopWords!

PopWords! is an addictive new word finding game. Drag your finger to select words, and watch them vanish with a pop! New letter blocks fall to fill in the gaps, so there are always fresh tiles to work with. You can even select words strategically to move tiles into place and form even longer words.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/popwords!/id472853634?mt=8

51 daisy the dinosaurDaisy the Dinosaur

Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app’s challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8

52 word moverWord Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-mover/id572997152?mt=8

53 makebeliefscomixMake Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix provides comic strip making fun for kids of all ages. Tap into your rich imagination to create your own world and stories with help from our easy-to-use comic strip generator. Then share your comic with the world via email or on any social media channel.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-beliefs-comix/id795026580?mt=8

54 fotopedia heritageFotopedia Heritage

With 30,000 awe-inspiring photos, this much loved app has been called the world’s largest photo book, an inspiring travel guide, an entertaining teaching device and even a bed-time relaxation tool. Created in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Fotopedia Heritage provides a virtual passport to the hundreds of sites that constitute the world’s collective cultural and natural human legacy.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fotopedia-heritage/id383327395?mt=8

55 taptapseeTapTapSee

TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on). TapTapSee helps the blind and visually impaired become more independent in their day-to-day activities.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taptapsee-blind-visually-impaired/id567635020?mt=8

56 brushesBrushes 3

Brushes is a painting app designed exclusively for iOS. Rewritten from the ground up, Brushes 3 is universal — the same version runs on both your iPhone and your iPad. Move paintings between your devices and keep working wherever you go.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushes-3/id545366251?mt=8

57 vocablaVocabla

Vocabla is an app for improving your English vocabulary. You can translate, collect & memorize words, phrases, idioms and other chunks of language. Vocabla is like dictionary, that never forgets about your vocabulary.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vocabla-learn-english-vocabulary/id616731725?mt=8

58 brainlyBrainly

Got a problem with homework? Get the Brainly app and ask questions about what’s causing you trouble! Now, when you have a problem with some subject, you can, free of charge, quickly and from everywhere use your smartphone to get help with your homework.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainly.com/id745089947?mt=8

59 toontasticToontastic

Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 7 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app… and kids can’t stop creating!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toontastic-free/id404693282?mt=8

60 mathmateerMathmateer Free

Play one of the many fun math missions. Each mission has touchable objects floating in space, including stars, coins, 3D shapes and more! Earn a bronze, silver or gold medal and also try to beat your high score. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathmateer-free-formerly-rocket/id408770902?mt=8

61 pandoraPandora Radio

Great music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and we will do the rest. It’s easy to create personalized stations that play only music you’ll love.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pandora-radio/id284035177?mt=8

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