Fresh from from ISTE 2012 (International Society for Technology in Education), we've gathered up some teacher curated favourite tablet apps. While the intention of these picks, many of which are from Camilla Gagliolo of Arlington Public Schools, is for classroom use, they are also great for children to use at home.
BrainPOP: BrainPOP movies are a huge favorite among teachers, these short cartoons are about different educational topics from electricity to the Constitution and are appropriate for a wide range of grades (BrainPOP Jr is for the younger set). This app lets you play the free movies and answer the quiz and if you have a subscription you can also access the entire catalog of movies. Also available on the iOS. Free
Kids Learn to Read: This app is for children who are already pretty familiar with the letter sounds but are just beginning to see and hear how they form words. Although the app is specifically created for PreK it can also be great home practice for older students who are learning to read. $3.99
Kids Numbers and Math: It's easy to see why this is one of the best selling math education apps in the Android platform with over one million downloads. Created for those who are just learning their numbers, the app is able to count in English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Russian. $2.99
Alpha Writer by Montessorium: This beautifully designed app is for young children who are first learning how to read. We have yet to see an app for the PreK set that looks this simple, lovely, and engaging and we think it is well worth the price $2.99
iWriteWords: This app is great for those who are learning to write their letters or need a bit more practice. It's a solid pick whether using a finger or stylus and makes handwriting a bit more fun for the Kindergartener than simply putting pen to paper. $2.99
Motion Math Zoom: Is your child finding visualizing negative numbers a bit challenging? This is the app for them. We love the fun approach to teaching place value and the graphics are pretty cute as well. Free
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)