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Interactive Telling Time Lite - Learning to tell time is fun

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Developer:  Giggle Up

 

Curriculum:  Math

 

Description:  In the free version, a digital time is given, both written and orally, and then you set an analog clock.  In settings, choose time to the hour or hour and minutes.  Also, there is an analog clock and you try to stop it at a certain time.  Speed can be adjusted in settings.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Remembering, Understanding, Applying

 

Why:  A fun way to practice, reinforce, and analyze level of understanding of telling time.

 

Lesson Ideas:  If students are able to play on their own, it can be used for practice.  With adult support, could be used for teaching and showing understanding of time concepts.

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MoMA Art Lab

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Developer:  MoMA(Museum of Modern Art)

 

Curriculum:  Art

 

Description:  Create your own works of art, get ideas for art pieces to create, learn about the MoMA.  Pictures can be saved.  If you choose an idea (i.e. Create a shape poem - the app explains what it is, gives directions on how to do it, and then helps you through the process).  All directions can be read or there is audio to read the directions to you.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Creating

 

Why:  Allows students to create their own pictures, but also helps them learn how to create pictures.  Gives information about art.

 

Lesson Ideas:  Could be used in the planning phase of a large project or as part of the culminating activity.  Use before or after a field trip to an art museum.

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TinkerBox HD

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Developer:  Autodesk

 

Curriculum:  Engineering

 

Description:  A physics puzzle game that includes science facts and teaches basic engineering concepts.  There is information that helps explain how to use the app.  Students can build machines and share them.  Pick a piece to add to the invention and tap on it find out its name, function, and where it has been used.  Rotate the object, move it, and see how it works

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Applying, Creating

 

Why:  It is a great, interactive way to introduce and apply engineering concepts.  Motivating for students to be able to design and create their own invention.

 

Lesson Ideas:  Have students create an invention to go with a unit of study or to solve a problem being investigated.  Students could work individually or in cooperative groups.  Have students create an invention and write about it.  Students could create a " user's manual" to go with the invention.

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Kodable

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Developer:  Kodable

 

Curriculum:  Technology

 

Description:  Choose 4 different activities.  In free version, there is only one activity or "world" is accessible.  The world is "1, 2, 3 Roll!"  Choose arrows to program the way that Fuzzy should move.  Collect gold coins along the way.  Make a mistake?  Try again!  It is fun, but the paid version is much more expansive.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Applying, Analyze, Evaluating

 

Why:  A fun way to introduce early elementary students to the basics of coding.

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Number Pieces Basic, by the Math Learning Center

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Developer:  Math Learning Center

 

Curriculum:  Math

 

Description:  Place value pieces to use to teach, reinforce, assess, and develop understanding of place value.  Change the color of the pieces, add pieces, manipulate pieces, join pieces together in groups of 10 or break them apart.  There is a pen tool, so students can write on the screen.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, Creating

 

Why:  Great for use during teacher directed lessons.  Use it to introduce the concept, practice, and assess understanding.  A teacher is not limited by the number of manipulatives she/he has in the classroom.  Also, much quieter than plastic pieces.  It is engaging for students, because they can choose colors, join pieces together and break them apart, and use their fingers to write on the screen.

 

Lesson Ideas:  Depending on the number of iPads available, can be used to introduce the concept of place value, to assess understanding, or for students to create their own lesson to show their understanding of place value.  It would also be great to use in small groups, for student who need more practice with the concepts or with students able to take their understanding to a more advanced level.

 

 

 

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Mini Monet - Creative Studio and Art Club for Kids

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Developer:  Sprite Kids

 

Curriculum:  Art

 

Description:  Use different tools to create your own drawings, color in premade pictures, or improve your drawing skills and practice symmetry by completing pictures.  Pictures can be saved and/or shared.  Pictures that other users have drawn can be viewed.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Understanding, Applying, Creating

 

Why:  Allows students to create their own pictures, but also allows students to access other pictures to help stimulate ideas.  Easy to use, variety of colors and medium to choose from.

 

Lesson Ideas:  After a lesson have students draw a picture to illustrate a concept.  Use it for planning purposes during a project (i.e. if students are going to create a new reading area for the classroom, they could draw what they want the area to look like).  During the Weather Unit students could draw their favorite weather or how it would look outside during a particular type of weather.

 

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Daisy the Dinosaur

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Developer:  Hopscotch Technologies

 

Curriculum:  Engineering

 

Description:  This is an app to help students learn about the basics of computer programming.  There are 2 modes.  In the free-play mode, children can drag and drop commands over to the program section and then watch Daisy follow the commands.  In the challenge mode, children have to program Daisy to move to reach a star.  Hints are given to help with the programming.  If Daisy doesn't reach the star, you have additional opportunities to try.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, Creating

 

Why:  This app is a fun way to introduce early elementary students to computer programming.  It is very motivating to be able to make Daisy move the way you want.  It is also rewarding to be able to make Daisy move to reach the star.  The app is easy to learn, so children can start enjoying it right away.

 

Lesson Ideas:  After students are familiar with the program, the teacher could develop task cards for students to use to make Daisy move in a particular way.  Students could work in pairs, with each student having their own iPad.  One student would make Daisy do something and then their partner would try to replicate the movements.

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Sink or Float free - kids science game to learn and experiment with water

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Developer: Donkeysoft Games

 

Curriculum:  Science

 

Description:  Predict if items will sink or float.  Then watch to see if prediction is correct.  Choose an item and then watch to see if it sinks or floats.

 

Bloom's Taxonomy:  Understanding, Applying

 

Why:  This app aligns well with the First Grade science unit Solids & Liquids.

 

Lesson Ideas:  This app could be used during the Solids portion of the science unit.  After students have had a chance to work with real solids on sinking and floating.  This app could be used as a way to reinforce the concepts that heavy items sink and light items float (more or less mass).  It gives students the opportunity to predict and could be used as a way to assess understanding of the concept.

 

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