Category Archives: iPad

P is for Paid App

Last week, we showed you a couple of free apps to use in the classroom. This time around we are going to introduce you to some awesome paid apps.

abc PocketPhonics

This app is only $2.99, but there is also a “lite” version for free. The developers claim the app was designed with and tested by teachers – while we can’t prove that, they do have a solid understanding of teaching letters.

The app covers letter sounds, letter writing, and beginning words. You can choose for students to learn uppercase, lowercase, or even cursive writing. They cover more than just letter sounds (moving into blends), and even have an accuracy check on the letter writing.

Reading Raven

This cute app, available for $3.99, take students on a reading adventure from pre-reading to reading sentences. The game provides self-paced lessons for ages 3-7. Another bonus is this app has no third party ads!

Stack the States

This awesome app would be great for learning about states. A few pluses..
1. It is only $0.99
2. It is 5 games in 1
3. Students will learn state names, shapes, location on the map, capitals, flags, and much more!
{It has great reviews too… definitely worth checking out!}


We all know and love Starfall. They have five paid apps for the iPad. The prices range from $0.99-$2.99. They have two seasonal games (gingerbread and snowman) and three ABC/reading games. If your students can’t get enough of Starfall, here is another way to integrate into their learning!

Super Why ABC Adventures

And that brings us to Super Why! We just love this PBS show and think their $3.99 app is totally worth it. Their characters are fun and bright. Kids love the show and don’t even realize they are learning. Students will learn letters and sounds… and even get to do a few sing-alongs!

What do your students most enjoy about iPads? Or how often would you use iPads if you had them?


A is for App

More and more schools are starting to implement iPads into the classroom. This week we have compiled a list of 5 FREE apps to use with your iPad.

1. Spelling City – much like the popular website this app has games to help students learn spelling and increase vocabulary. There are tons of word lists available on various levels (beginner – high school)

2.  PBS Kids Video – videos from PBS kids TV series with new videos added every week. Some shows included: Sesame Street, Curious George, Super Why (Only available in the US)
3. Brain Quest – curriculum based questions, like all other Brain Quest products. The free version only allows you to use 100 questions from each grade level. Test it out with your students and see if it is worth it to buy the upgrades.
4. The Opposites – antonym practice. Free for a limited time only.
5. Play 123 – shapes, colors, and numbers
Check back with us next week for some great paid apps. Do you have a favorite app for your classroom?