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8 Free iPad Reading Apps for Young Learners

8 Free iPad Reading Apps for Young Learners
Again the iPad. You might have noticed a surge in posts about iPad apps here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. This is not because I favour iPad over other tablets but because of the huge number of emails I got from readers asking for apps that work on the iPad. I personally love both iOS and Android systems and am familiar with both of them. Anyway if you are reading this and still did not make up your mind about which tablet can work for you then let me help you make your decision and check out this list of The Top 10 Tablets for Educators. Back to our sheep. 1- iPlay & Sing This is an app designed for pre-school, under-5, and non-readers. This is a learning-to-read platform for young kids. 3- ABC Alphabet Phonics This is an awesome educational game that helps kids rapidly learn the ABC by sight, sound, and touch. 4- Find The Words 5- Aesop Quest This is another cool learning game where the player must remember elements of a story to complete a level. 6- Read Me Stories Related:  Parts of school

Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios I have yet to find the perfect Digital Portfolio app that I think I would use exclusively in a Visual Arts class. Some apps can be used as graphic portfolios or as beautiful sketchbooks, others are great at sharing. Not all of the apps available are great at all of these things. Evernote: FREE Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Paper: FREE Paper is an easy and beautiful way to create on iPad. Three Ring: FREE Three Ring is a fast, flexible, and simple way to organize and present your students' real world work, from handwritten assignments to classroom presentations. Coolibah: FREE Coolibah is a digital scrapbooking app that could just as easily be used to present student's work as a digital portfolio.

The Top 17 Free Digital Stotytelling Apps for The iPad 1-StoryKit This is an awesome iOS app that allows users to easily create an electronic storybook via illustrations by drawing on the screen, using pictures and text, and recording audio to attach to stories. 2- Talking Tom & Ben News This is fun app to use. 3- I Tell a Story This is a free app that allows users to narrate and record their stories with their own voice and language. 4- Scholastic Storia This is an app that is designed to help kids learn and love to read in a fun and interactive way. 5- Talking Tom Cat This is a cool app that lets you interact with Tom, your pet. 6- Toontastic This app allows kids to draw, animate and share their own cartoons through imaginative play. 7- Our Story This app lets young learners take part in fun games that can help them develop their reading skills. 8- Bunsella Bedtimes Story This is an app that allows parents to narrate a bedtime story for their child,add their photos, then compile their voice-over to the images. 9- Idea Sketch 10- Sock Puppets

Great Book Apps for Kids – Guest Post BIO: Emma Perry is a Melbourne dwelling book lover. An English teacher in a former life, she can now be found nestled in My Book Corner enthusiastically sharing her passion for literature: "My Book Corner will spark your interests with book and book app reviews on an entire assortment of children's literature, ranging from the fun and quirky to the simply inspirational and unforgettable. Great Book Apps for Kids by Emma Perry There’s no ignoring the flood of book apps on to the market at the moment. I love some of the truly great Book Apps that are emerging. Here are some truly inspiring Children’s Book Apps I’ve discovered recently: Now if you want to start young, then for the very little ones I'd recommend Nighty Night which is beautifully simple, cute and great for bedtime. For ages 4+ there are some awesome choices. Nick Bland’s The Very Cranky Bear is a great one too with some lovely features including an 'extra' game of finding the hidden playing cards.

14 iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom Storytelling continues to gain popularity as an educational activity as it stimulates a deep thinking process, it provides opportunities for reflection and it enhances and enriches the learning experience for our students. Storytelling is a very powerful way of communicating with our peers and portrays to others who we are and what our own stories are. It also provides an opportunity to connect with a group by creating a shared experience. So here are a number of apps that provide the tools for students to participate in the long and rich history of storytelling. Sock Puppets:Sock Puppets lets you add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Doodlecast: Doodlecast is a drawing app that records your voice as you draw. Storyrobe: This is an app that allows you to share your story with other Storyrobe users. StoryPatch: ComicStrip: PuppetPals: Sonic Pics:

High School iPad Apps Create and publish your own wikis and blogs. Use these web services to communicate and collaborate with your friends and coworkers. It's easy to edit this page and create new wikis. To edit this page, click the Log In (lock) button, log in as a wiki administrator and click the Edit (pencil) button. To create a new wiki, log in, then click the Add (+) button and choose New Wiki. Content previously available at this address is temporarily available at If you're looking for our iPad wiki content, it's still online at: Calendar | Change Password | Profile Manager 5 Great Free iPad Translation apps Using iPad for reading is something we all enjoy doing; but what about when reading articles in a foreign language ? It is highly probably that you will come across vocabulary you don't know. Of course you might guess the meaning of words from the context in which they are used but this can never replace a clear and definite explanation of a dictionary.To help you find translations of the new words you come across, I compiled a list of some of the best free iPad translator apps. Check them out : 1- Free Translator This is a great iOS app that allows users to translate any text into 37 different languages. 2- SpeakText Free Speak and translate text document and web pages, copy and paste, key in, this awesome app will amaze you. 3- iTranslate Whether you are learning a new language , traveling through other countries or just need to translate an enail, with iTranslate you are never again lost in translation. 4- Google Translate 5- Interpret 6- Word Lens 7- Free Translator for iPad

6 Awesome Free Reading Apps for iPad Reading is a passion that grows as we grow and if it is not well nurtured in its early years then it will never grow sound. Teaching our kids and students how to read and make them love reading is not an easy task , it takes so much time,diligence and efforts. It also calls for some kind of creativity from the parts of teachers especially in selecting the kind of reading material that students would connect to and be motivated to consume.In this regard, there are some awesome and intuitive free reading apps that you can introduce to your students or kids to use in their iPads. 1- Hide Run Growl This is a great story of friendship which mixes creative animation and audio to captivate kids imagination. " it is lightly animated with a nice educational and interactive feature that shows the name of everything pictured on each page with accompanying voice -over". 2- Pango Book1 and 2 3- Play Tales 4- iHowToBook 5- I Like Books 6- MeeGenius

Toontastic 7 Free Drawing Apps for your Students and Kids ( iOS ) Drawing is an important learning skill for students and particularly young learners. It can develop students creative and critical skills and get them engaged in the learning process. As more and more of our kids are taking to mobile devices, it becomes incumbent on us to provide them with some of the educational apps to extend their learning to the mobile sector. Below is a set of some of the best free drawing iOS apps for students to give vent to their imagination. 1- Doddle Buddy Doodle Buddy Gold is a cool mobile app for iOS users. 2- Draw Free for iPad Draw Free for iPad is a great mobile app that allows its users to easily sketch and doodle beautiful drawings. 3-Bamboo Paper Bamboo Paper is a great mobile app that allows its users to sketch whatever they want using their own handwriting on a neat digital paper notebook. 4- How to Draw This is an intuitive drawing app for iOS users. 5- Hand Paint 6- Animal Sketch This free drawing app features 6 awesome sea creatures. 7- Picturizr

Top 15 iPad Book Apps – The Best Extras for Summer Fun A year ago, we presented our first ‘best extras’ list, featuring 10 apps with wonderful games that take learning AND playing to a whole new level (compared to the average book app). I am often a stickler for an emphasis on literacy and reading in book apps, but I still appreciate apps that take things ‘beyond reading’. The following book apps contain games, puzzles and other ‘extras’, either within the pages of the book or bundled together with the app. Books like this are essential, especially for times when you need a little more ‘edutainment’ value along with a great read. So, just in time for the summer travel season and so many long days out of school, I’ve put together the following list of 15 book apps that are ‘extra’ special, picked from over 500 iPad book app reviews on our site. This list does NOT include any of the great apps that made our 2011 list, so please also check out our Top 10 from last year, too! 1. Mo Willems' Pigeon is an instant digital classic ... 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Create Simple Narrated Photostories with Pixntell Pixntell is an iPad app for quickly creating simple narrated photostories. To create a story using Pixntell all that you need to do is start a new project, select some images, place them in order, and then start talking about each of your pictures. You control the timing for each image. If you want to talk about your first picture for twenty seconds, your second picture for just three seconds, and your third picture for fifteen seconds, you can do that. When your project is complete you can upload it directly to YouTube, share it on Facebook, or send to friends via email. Applications for Education The free version of Pixntell limits you to five pictures per project. You could have students use Pixntell to create short image-based stories about themselves.

15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development With the advance of mobile technology into our life, the notion of professional development has been radically reshaped.To grow professionally is no longer limited to a certain geographic setting with a predefined set of resources, we can now learn wherever we are and on the go. No more boundaries and this is certainly one of the biggest advantages in embracing this kind of technology. To expand this professional development notion to your iPad , I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps that you as a teacher and educator, can install on your iOS device. The list is not exhaustive and there might be other important apps not mentioned here but the ones below are a great stepping stone into the world of self learning. 1- Twitter This is Twitter official app that lets you follow your interests, instant updates from your friends, and many more. 2- Skype 3- Google Voice This app allows you to send free text messages to US phones and make international calls at very low rates. 6- Zite

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers 1- ZimmerTwins It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones. 2- Digital Story Telling in The Classroom This section provides resources and materials for teachers to use with their students in storytelling. 3- Story Bird This is an awesome website that allows students and teachers to create short art inspired stories to read, share or print out. 4- Someries Someries is a fantastic storytelling site . 5- PicLits This is another awesome website where students can choose a picture and start drawing or writing a text on it to create a story. 6- Generator This is a creative studio space where students explore the moving image and create their own digital stories to share with others. 7- Capzles This is where you and your students can create rich multimedia stories with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.

6 Great Apps to Create Word Clouds on your iPad Word cloud tools are great for bringing into focus the main elements in a learning activity. You can use them to deconstruct a text or to pull out the main characters in a story or a book. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already featured a detailed guide on how teachers can use these tools in education and here are some of the ideas mentioned there: Make great wordsalads out of documents that matter (or not) to you! With WordSalad you can make beautiful word clouds, super customized with different fonts, colors and words layouts. Unleash your creativity by making beautiful word clouds on your iPad. Visual Poetry lets you make beautiful text collages.Type your text or phrase and watch it instantly arranged as a mosaic in a variety of shapes and styles. 24 symbols are included or you can draw you own shapes. Make beautiful tag clouds from your iPhone and iPad! Create stunning word collages on your iPhone and iPad!