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Sendy: Steam-Paint Kids Art

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Sendy: Steam-Paint Kids Art, created by Mrs. Judd's, LLC was last updated in March 2013. This is a $0.99 app that does have in app purchases. I think that this app would be great to set up as a station during Daily 5. Students could go to a work on writing station. I believe this app would be a motivator to create well though writing and drawing pieces. Once their piece is perfected they could send the message to me and I could send it to their parents. 

"Learning to write, draw and send messages to family is empowering. We created Sendy so children could tinker with unique writing and drawing tools, inspired by innovations of the past, present and future. This charming steam-mechanized world is just the right place for budding artists and writers to innovate and express ideas."

 

I believe this app will really bring out creativity and will be a motivator in the classroom. I think this app could be used in Kindergarten but could be differentiated for higher grades. THey can add more text as the year progresses. 

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Build a Ship with Kate and Harry

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This is how it works:

First - pick Kate or Harry to be your helper.
Next - design your creation by simply tapping different parts - there are over 3000 design combinations available and all of them are possible to reach in 5 simple steps!
Then - watch Kate or Harry navigate your creation through a randomly generated environment, tap everything you see to check what happens.
Finally - enjoy your creation being applauded by an enthusiastic crowd!

I liked this app, but think that it might benefit younger children, maybe ages 4-5. This app is not free, but is relatively inexpensive at 1.99. This app is made by Very Nice Studio and was updated in September 2013. Students will need to use their higher level thinking skills to create the ship.

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Mathtopia Apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathtopia/id569333308?mt=8

Mathtopia Apphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mathtopia/id569333308?mt=8 | K-2 Apps | Scoop.it
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This is a math app that is great, being free. Omega Labs created this app but it has not been updated since April 2013. Kids that are used to playing games like candy crush will love this app. They won't even realize they are learning they will be having so much fun. I practiced this application with students of several ages. They can choose the math operation they want to learn and solidify and practice finding the sum, product or difference. Once they answer all of the math equations, students will be able to move the bubbles so that they shift and pop, creating space for new equations. There are in app purchased to further the levels, so that is a negative, but for free, it does have a lot to offer.

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Kid Weather

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The Kid Weather app, created by Just in weather was last updated in March 2013. It ties in nicely with the grade 1 curriculum. Students learn about and discuss the weather each and everyday throughout the year. This app will allow students to be able to check the app and figure out what to wear. It will give students more ownership and independence when it comes to picking out their clothes. Here is a quote from a review, "But my daughter loves being able to check the weather and find out what to wear, and it saves arguments about shorts vs. pants. That alone is worth it." The app also asks trivia questions. I think it would be great if students who had access to an iPad or tablet could download this app and we could continue to talk about what they learned during morning meeting. 

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8Daisy the Dinosaur

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Amy Borden Fletcher's insight:

Daisy the Dinosaur is a free app, made by Hopscotch technologies. It has not been updated in 2 years. I think it is a great beginner app to teach kids  little about programming. I think this app can start with kids is young as 4 or 5 through age 7 or 8. Daisy the dinosaur needs to be able to get to the desired object. You need to enter commands such as jump, grow, shrink, step forward, step backward, etc. to get to the star. A child will need to use his or her higher level thinking skills to try and figure out how to reach the object. As you go up in levels it gets progressively harder. When looking at Blooms Taxonomy, students will have to analyze how to get to their desired outcome and to apply their knowledge to actual situations. By getting to their "goal" they are demonstrating an understanding of the skill set they are practicing. I think this is great, would be fun and is engaging. 

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