| |Here are some teacher approved, kid-tested eleven favorite iPad educational apps for elementary-aged kids, not including eBooks.
1. Baseball McGraw-Hill 1 – 6 Facts - Hooks kids by using baseball to practice math facts, is an educational app available for iOS devices. The app is published by McGraw-Hill and currently costs $1.99. McGraw-Hill also has an Everyday Math Baseball Multiplication 1-12 Facts app and many other educational apps.
2. Stack the States - Clever way to practice geography.
3. Beat the Computer McGraw-Hill
4. Tangram Love this for learning spacial relationships.The tangram is a classic dissection puzzle originated in China. It consists of seven flat shapes, called tans. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces, which may not overlap.
6. Star Walk -A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, Webby Awards 2012 Nominee in Education and Reference category, Winner of Apple Design Award 2010, featured by Apple as Best Apps of 2009, 2010 and in iPad TV
➤ Star Walk Astronomy Point your iPad towards the sky and discover stars, constellations and satellites in real time. It makes it ideal for astronomy students and anyone who has an interest in the sky at night.
7. Robot Tycoon fun way to teach kids about entrepreneurship.
Robot Tycoon is a detailed business sim best suited for Kids eight and up. They can learn a a lot about the economic and financial principles behind running a business. In the game, you start off as a traveling robot salesman, taking orders door to door. The different parts that go into making different robot models all have different costs, as will the resulting robot models. So it's up to you to try to sell the customer on a more expensive model or not. If you do well enough, you can open your own store, complete with hired helpers. And from there, you can open a factory. It's important to note that there's no real way to save your game, so it's best played in one single session, which can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes (or more, if you choose).
10. Doodlefit – visual / spacial This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad 11. Playtime Theater — lots of ways to be creative here.
I think this is our favorite educational app yet! It’s such a clever concept. To solve the puzzles in each scene and level, you need to imagine what your player needs. Then, you type that in — and voila! it appears! So, you might type in dinosaur or hammer. It’s great for spelling, writing, imagination, and problem solving!
You might think that this is a book app but it’s not. It’s a creative storytelling app. Basically, kids create their own stories with either the Egg, Chick, or Big Pigeon. Then, the bus driver asks the kids questions which are recorded. Later, the main character and the recorded answers become a unique, new story. It turns out so cute – very funny as you might expect.
A cute alligator wants to take his bath – you have to get the water to him with varying degrees of difficulty – or he’ll sob and sob. (Which is hilarious.)
This is similar to the Waldo books; my kids aren’t interested in this yet but it seems engaging with lots of activities.
iDress for Weather
We check this in the mornings to get the day’s high and low, the current temperature, and suggestions for what to wear.
Gives you a mostly accurate weather forecast and suggestions for clothing.
iPad Book Apps
I love the Tacky stories and, as usual, Oceanhouse Media did a fantastic job adapting the picture book for the iPad.
To summarize, this iPad book gives readers fantastic graphics, it’s easy to navigate with great sound effects, and I love the expressive narrator!
This charming, not-scary story is about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, a young boy, and his trusty cat, Envelope. Sir Charlie seeks adventure so adventures he finds. First, he tames the beasties –with sandwiches! Then, he befriends the fire-breathing dragon — he just needed some water. Finally, he goes off to investigate a little wooden door at the bottom of a tower. There he finds a princess. As it turns out, The princess is very sad because no one ever comes to her birthday party. Lucky for her, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks has a group of friends (the beasties and dragon) who are already there to attend the party. It’s a happily ever after and a well-conceived iPad book app.
Beautiful photography immediately hooked 9-year old AJ but the text is not easy. However, it’s rich with information so is a great resource. All the pages have a dot you can tap for even more information about the photograph.